Episode 3: Skin care & Beauty products

Hi all! After a small break, here’s the third episode of the series: “How to consume less/better every day”.

Today, we’ll see how to stay clean and take care of ourselves, whilst reducing our impact on the environment and our health 🙂


Why change our products?


We use them almost every day: shampoo, soap, moisturizer, toothpaste, deodorant, makeup… And yet, these products are often dangerous for our health!

Have you heard of Endocrine Disruptors (ED)? They are “chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders*“. And they are most present in skin care & beauty products! You may have heard of Parabens or Cyclopentasiloxane for example.

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Products with the most Endocrine Disruptors

We often hear that skin care & beauty products have a negative impact on the environment as well. For example, cosmetics can contain plastic microbeads, which contribute to the pollution of the oceans and are found inside 99% of seabirds. Also, petrol by-products and silicones in shampoos aren’t biodegradable and very toxic.

Finally, cosmetics can contain ingredients of animal origin. It’s also possible that they’ve been tested on animals, which can be in contradiction with one’s principles.

Wouldn’t you say these are all good reasons to change the products in our bathroom closet?


100% natural ingredients


One of the solutions can be to buy 100% natural products, preferably organic, (paying attention to what’s written on the label). Several brands have a large choice of products for all types of skin, such as:

                            Lauren Brooke cosmetics                 Grass roots                    Lavera

                    Be natural organics                 Zoe Organics                 American Provenance   

                                 Meow meow tweet                       Oolution                           Bonnie

                      Farm to skin                      Juice Organics                         Amrita organics               

Here’s also a list of cruelty-free, vegan brands.

Also, if you like the “box” concept, Goodbeing is meant for you! You can customize your box by choosing the products that suit you. It can be very useful if you want to test different brands, and a good gift for your family and friends 🙂

box

The most important thing when you buy your products, is to avoid certain toxic ingredients like aluminum (deodorant), fluoride (toothpaste), silicone or sulfates (shampoo). The Making Cosmetics website offers a list of seals you can find on skin care products and which guarantee a certain quality. Here are some examples:

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DIY


100% natural brands can sometimes be expensive and we don’t all have a stretchable budget for cosmetics and skin care products. Once again, DIY is a great alternative!

The material

In order to make your own cosmetics, you can buy specific material or simply use kitchen utensils: spoons, bowls, glasses, pots, cups, a small whisk, a funnel, a coffee filter… For hygiene purposes, it is strongly advised to use utensils and containers made of stainless steel, glass, porcelain, or silicone; but for preparations meant for immediate use, natural materials (wood, bamboo), can be used. For the final product’s conservation, you can use different sized flasks and bottles.

materiel

Basic hygiene

Here are some basic rules you should follow when manipulating ingredients:

  • Wash your hands and nails beforehand
  • Check the conservation date of your ingredients
  • Thoroughly wash and dry (and/or disinfect) the utensils and containers
  • Work in a clean environment
  • Write the date on the flask when you’re done

For lotions and creams, the rules are stricter: wash your hands with antiseptic soap, disinfect the working area, sterilize the material (with alcohol or boiling water), and close the flask when the preparation is ready.

Basic ingredients

They can be divided into 3 categories: vegetable oils, essential oil extracts, and cosmetic ingredients. Here are some basic ingredients you can use in many different recipes:

  • 5 vegetable oils : sunflower, sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and rose hip
  • 5 essential oil extracts : true lavander, small grain bigarade, ladanum-bearing cistus, tea tree, and cineole rosemary
  • 6 cosmetic ingredients : a tube of aloe vera gel, white or green clay, liquid soap, rose water,bee wax, and glycerin

huiles-essentielles

You can probably find what you’ll need in organic shops, drug stores or cosmetic specialists. I also found this website where you can buy ingredients but I haven’t tried it myself : Making Coesmetics. If you have, please share your opinion of it by commenting this article 🙂

Btw : It’s always better to buy organic ingredients!

The DIY part of this article is based on a book called Je fabrique mes cosmétiques ! from authors Sylvie Hampikian and Frédérique Chartrand.

L’impact écologique et psychologique de la cosmétique actuelle est très lourd pour la planète, pour notre portefeuille et pour notre état d’esprit. Face à ce constat, certains se disent qu’une autre cosmétique est possible.» Julien Kaibeck, Fondateur de la Slow Cosmétique

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