Since we usually tend to focus on what we put in our bodies, I thought I would share a little about being mindful of what we put on our bodies.
The health and beauty industry thrives on promises to remove cellulite, wrinkles, blemishes, etc… But at what cost to our health and that of the environment. Numerous ingredients in cosmetics, shampoos, and lotions contain possible toxic and carcinogenic ingredients. In addition, some exfoliators, which have tiny plastic beads, are polluting our lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Most of these beauty products are packaged in plastic, and plastic is cheap and convenient. As we all know, plastics containing BPA and other harmful chemicals are used routinely for beauty products. Actually, some organic and natural products use plastic packaging.
It seems almost impossible to get away from using plastic. We have eliminated quite a bit in our house, but we feel the little we have is too much.
Hence learning to make my own products. I strictly use glass or cosmetic-grade metal containers, which are reusable.
Making things like lip balm and body butter is also more cost-effective. You can buy a pound of raw Shea Butter for less than the total cost of the product(s) containing only a tiny amount. The next time you are in the store, look at the unit price of your favorite face cream, then at the ingredients. I guarantee you are overpaying for your 2 ounces of serum that contains barely 1/2 ounce of argan oil, and you are paying for packaging and the label.
Not into making your own products but want peace of mind knowing you are getting a safe product for you and the environment?
Check out Environmental Working Group to see how your current products rank regarding ingredients, and maybe you’ll find a healthier alternative for you and the Earth.
Also, check out Grove Collaborative for reduced plastic and more sustainable options. We love their products and the unique seasonal options!
Being mindful of what we put on (and in) our bodies allows us to take better care of ourselves, our loved ones, and the environment.
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