The path to my discovery of toxins in beauty and personal care products has been a long one. Although I’ve been writing about beauty for several years, I had no idea about the nasty chemicals that were present in my favorite makeup, hair products and skincare. I was clueless.
I’ve written about this before but I’ll quickly bring you up to date- I was searching for ways to make my frizzy hair smooth, the curls more pronounced. This lead me to the Curly Girl Method of caring for hair and learning about steering clear of silicones in hair products. Which lead me to reading up on ingredients in hair products. That path led me to reading more about toxins in not only hair care but makeup and personal care products like deodorant and body lotion.
I knew about natural makeup, which I mistakenly believed to be subpar. (read about natural beauty myths here) However, I couldn’t ignore the facts about parabens, breast cancer, toxins in makeup leading to a host of health problems that wasn’t limited to cancer. Once you know all about this, you can’t ignore it- at least I couldn’t.
When I found out so many of the products I used were toxic, I did a clean sweep of my beauty arsenal. But first I went through the stages of grief:
Denial: this luxury lipstick that cost me $30 can’t possible be toxic! My hair serum cannot be bad for my hair!
Anger: What the heck? Why would companies knowingly add lead and other toxins to my makeup?
Bargaining: I’ll throw out some of my haircare, makeup and lotions but I’m keeping the expensive stuff.
Depression: I have nothing! I just threw away hundreds of dollars worth of makeup. What am I going to write about? My blog will fail. I’ll lose readers. And I won’t get to wear my favorite yet toxic lip gloss.
Acceptance: I will take control over my health and cancer prevention. I will encourage people to do the same and I will seek out the best natural, non toxic beauty products.
How can companies continue to use toxins in their products and still have a clear conscience? With a strong history of breast cancer in my family, I decided to be proactive and use clean, non toxic products from head to toe. I have done so and I haven’t turned back.
Luckily there are many companies who have made awesome, clean beauty products and I haven’t missed my old toxic products. In fact, I have new love and appreciation for clean, green beauty products. I have met numerous people who create products that have blown my mind and made me a nature beauty product lover!
Here are some of my favorite clean beauty products that I have discovered since going natural- some are handmade with the finest organic ingredients, others are mineral based. Check them out:
May Lindstrom Skin
Marble & Milkweed
Pur Minerals (the make awesome mascara!)
Vapour Organic Beauty
Skin & Bones
Red Apple Lipstick
All Natural Always (ANA)
Have you detoxed your beauty products? What are your favorite natural products?
Additional reading: An Easy Way to Detox Your Beauty Products