Ethical Beauty Is Good For Your Skin, Your Health And Your Planet Too
Plus, thanks to green beauty brands, it’s dead easy to get your hands on
Oh god I love a beauty buy. But you know what else I’m pretty into? Doing the right thing. And that means opting for ethical beauty products – always. Well, when humanly possible anyway. And why not? If you can buy ethical you do right? Of course you do.
Buying ethical beauty (and lifestyle) products used to be something of a challenge. One that meant hunting high and low – even hitting the health food store. This type of product simply wasn’t available anywhere else. End of story. Thankfully, the world has changed.
Today, buying ethical is simply a matter of making the choice to do so. And we have a swag of cool companies to thank for that.
Beauty and lifestyle companies such as Lunette Australia, A Good Scout and Kohle are changing women’s care landscape – and, accordingly, the real-life landscape too. This is because all three (plus many others) are dedicated to reducing their footprint on the earth, cutting down on waste, using organic and natural ingredients when and wherever possible and ensuring that all facets of production are as sustainable as they can be.
Brands such as this ace trio deserve a standing ovation. They’re doing it right. Now, it’s our turn – because we have a responsibility too. The truth is, as consumers we can make choices that will benefit our health and the health of others, plus this beautiful blue planet of ours.
Maybe you’re already doing that, but if you’d like to step it up a notch this is your chance. We have some easy, effective tips on how to do the right thing when it comes to beauty and lifestyle buys. These tips come directly from the clever, generous, green-minded folk who own and run these businesses. You ready? Okay – let’s get ethical.
Ditch The Bleach
Ever heard of making your own tooth paste? Believe it or not making your own toothpaste is not only good for your mouth, bank account and the environment. If you simply do not have the time or the inclination. there are cruelty-free, vegan friendly toothpastes that contain no synthetic chemicals, parabens, sulphates, silicones or fragrances. Brands such as Kohle make tooth pastes with all the good and none of the nasty plus use recyclable packaging. Try Kohle Deep Clean, Refresh & Whiten Teeth Care Set, $84.95.
Toss The Wipes
Forget using pads and makeup wipes full of chemicals – or, at the very least use them infrequently. The unfortunate truth is, these are not biodegradable and may block up your drains. Instead, try an all natural makeup remover such as coconut oil, on washable bamboo towelettes/flannels. Not only does it remove product from the skin easily and effectively, your face will be beautifully moisturised too.
Consider A Cup
Tampons and pads are a leading cause of blocked trains. Given that, they’re also a risk to the environment. It’s worth considering a period cup. These little numbers are long-lasting, cause no harm to the environment and you only need to buy the one! Hello money! The Lunette cup will last up to 10 years, is easy to use. Try the Lunette Reusable Menstrual Cup, $55.
Making your own deodorant will save you money for starters. If that’s not enough to get you on board, consider this. You will make your product with eco-friendly ingredients so you need not worry about your health. Try a mix of coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda, essential oil of your choice, and a little shea butter. The terrific thing here – it works! Plus, no aluminium, obviously.
Make Your Moisturiser
Many women spend hundreds, possibly even thousands on skin care products each year. But, it’s not impossible to make perfectly good hydrating products at home. Coconut oil is an awesome option. Not only is it an effective way to remove makeup, it hydrates beautifully and can be used from head to toe. Add a little vitamin E oil if you like your moisturiser on the rich side. If you’re a face mask fan try Pampered By Plants Botanical Pink Clay Face Mask, $24.
Learn To Read A Label
Understand the background of the products of the brands you buy from. Research products that are ethically produced, cruelty-free and of course, environmentally friendly. There are a lot of ‘marketplace’ style brands, like A Good Scout, out there now that house a collection of sustainable products. These marketplaces make it their mission to be greener and kinder to the world. The folk behind them understand how important it is to connect conscious consumers with ethical brands and make it easy for them to purchase.
Top Three Reasons To Go Natural
1. You will save money
2. You will do your bit at keeping waste out of landfill – or even only using products that are biodegradable and waste friendly
3. You will decrease the amount of toxins you put in your body – hello health!