Going Green Tag

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I love a good tag to get the ideas bouncing around again. Thank you so much to Mary, Paula and Jules for shaking it up a bit for me. I’ve been in a bit of a writing funk. So here it goes!
This tag was started by Rachael of All Natural Aspirations as a way to find out about others experiences with going green.

1. What started it all off for you?

I have to say I was pretty fortunate in my exposure to green beauty and health. My mom was always an advocate for handmade things and we would often make homemade body scrubs, face cleansers, herbal baths and the like. She was a naturalist in her college days so I think being green comes very easy to her. Around high school it started clicking into place that some of the things I was using could be harmful. I was lucky enough to be hired in at a local health food store run by some the most amazing advocates for natural health in my area. My coworkers there really helped open my eyes to all of the amazing natural things you could do for your body. When I started my program to become an esthetician I made the connections of “if it wasn’t good to put in my body why the heck would I want it on my body?” It kind of built from there.

2. What was the first thing to go?

I can’t remember if it was deodorant or toothpaste but they happened around the same time. At the health food store they were discussing how nasty aluminum is in your deodorant and I was like “well that’s got to go.” I think apricot scented JASON was my first natural deodorant. Toothpaste was another one I had to switch. I was talking with my manager at the health food store one day and through conversation figured out that the SLS in toothpaste was causing the problem I was having. I started eliminating a lot of things with SLS after that too. Now both of those ingredients are a total no-go for me.

3. What are you/did you struggle to let go of?

Nail polish. Thankfully 4 & 5 free options are being made now in so many fun colors. Mascara was another one for me that was hard to find a good natural replacement for. Thankfully I’ve found a few good ones this year. It only took nearly a decade of searching.

4.What has been your best find  or change (i.e. a green product or tip that you’re really glad you’ve found/learnt)

Coconut oil. It can be used for nearly everything. I now always have a jar around. We use it for cooking & baking, I use it on lips and body. I even solved my one cat’s skin issue with coconut oil! It’s magic as far as I’m concerned.

5. What has been the worst thing about going green? What has been the hardest to transition or find an adequate green replacement of?

Two part questions get two part answers. I think the worst thing about going green for me was availability. For a long time it was hard to find products in my area without having to drive an hour or two. It’s gotten a lot easier to find things local but I still order the bulk of my things online now.  The thing I had the hardest time finding a green replacement of was a good effective deodorant (which I now have), and pressed blushes. I really like pressed blushes and for a long time if you wanted mineral or natural it was a loose blush. Thankfully there seems to be a number of them popping up these days.

6. Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?

My biggest advice is to find what green beauty means to you. There are so many variations of “clean”, “green” and “natural” out there now. Do your research and find out what it is you want to avoid in your products. Everyone is different.
And when in doubt, don’t be afraid to DIY. For example I love store bought scrubs for their scents and all the added bonuses, but when it comes down to it I really always go back to my honey and sugar scrub. I freakin’ love that stuff.
And last but not least, apply your body oils on damp skin. When I learned this (Thanks Sarah of Osmia!), it was life changing. I mean it. Now I preach the word to others in hopes that no one will stay ashy or over oil themselves again.

It’s been hard to keep track of who’s gotten tagged. So I’ll go outside of the box and tagging some green brand founders, the ladies of R.L. Linden & Co and La Bella Figura!

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Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

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If you’ve never had the pleasure of perusing a Plum Market , it’s a magical place. Their beauty section is, dare I say it, better than Whole Foods. Really, it’s true. They have more makeup, more skincare and well just more! Last time I was at one I stumbled upon the whole range of Pacifica’s makeup. Now I’ve seen bits and pieces of it in Target before but this was glorious. And they had testers of everything. Well after swatching and staring for what seemed like forever I finally decided on taking home the
Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara“.
Longest name ever. My selling featuring – the short packaging. It’s the size of my palm and has a delightful short handled wand with a fat fluffy brush at the end. Once I got it home, I knew it was love. The formula is a bit thicker and drier than some of my other natural mascaras. Which for me works out perfectly. It gives me a great dark lash with tons of volume and length. I am also loving how gentle it is on my lashes and eyes. Never any stinging and super easy to remove. At $14, it’s cheaper than my recent favorite and totally worth a repurchase.

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seriously isn’t this brush awesome?!

You can find this mascara at Pacifica’s website.
Plum Market can be found in SE Michigan and in Chicago!

Modern Radiance Concentrate

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Need a little more glow this winter? Look no further! La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate is the answer.
I’ve been using this high performance vitamin C in my daily skincare routine for quite a while now and I have to say I think I’m pretty hooked. It’s the natural beauty’s answer to the clinical vitamin C serums out there. Pre-greening I was a big fan of SkinMedica’s vitamin C as it was both fat soluble and water soluble. What’s I didn’t love is all of the junk that they put in it. LBF’s Modern Radiance Concentrate is even better than my old favorite. It has a healthy dose of vitamin C along with ferulic acid (not scary acid-  the collagen boosting kind) as well as a plethora of skin brightening ingredients and antioxidants. Seriously just look at this ingredient list:

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Fruit) Juice*, Opuntia Ficus (Barbary Fig) Seed oil*, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Cell Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Aronia Melanocarpa (Aronia Berry) Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Fruit) Oil CO2*, Ferulic Acid (Acid Derived From Plants), Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Root) Extract*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Flower) Extract, Olea Europea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Helichrysum Stoechas Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract*, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Extract*, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Bean Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine Flower) Oil, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (Radish Root) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil CO2*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Cold Pressed Virgin Carrot) Seed Oil*, Zingiber Officinale (Fresh Ginger Root) Oil, Cymbopogan Martinii Motia (Palmarosa) Oil, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract*, Xanthan Gum (Non-GMO)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Derived From Coconut), Vegetable Gylcerin (Non-GMO), Ethyl Alcohol (Derived From Non-GMO Corn)*

What I’ve noticed since adding it into my routine is that my skin is brighter and clearer. My tiny bits of pigmentation have faded nicely. And the icing on the cake is that in the past two months I’ve received more complements on my skin and I’m wearing less makeup! Even my mom asked what I did different! If it can pass the mom test it’s a total keeper in my routine.
So in a nutshell, is it expensive- yes.
Is it totally worth it for me – heck yes.
Karen & Victoria – please don’t ever stop making this. It’s a total gem!