In middle school, I became aware of cancer-causing ingredients in beauty products (can we say Sodium Laurel Sulfate?). I tucked that piece of information away for quite some time and continued using synthetic products. Recently, I discovered cosmeticdatabase.com in an issue of O The Oprah Magazine. The Web site scores products from 0-10, rating them as a low hazard, moderate hazard, or high hazard. After searching most of my personal care items, I realized I had to make a change. Now, I am passionate about natural and organic beauty and enjoy examining new products. I would like to help friends naturalize their beauty regime, ultimately discovering that natural beauty is easier and better than synthetic!
The Easiest Beauty Conversions
Earthly Delight Shampoo and Conditioner
With a list of about ten ingredients, Earthly Delights Shampoo and Conditioner is my favorite new hair product. Clean, fresh and light, both the shampoo and conditioner leave hair feeling and smelling fabulous. Don’t let the homemade-looking bottle deter you, this is your first step to living natural beauty.
Whole Foods Market, $12 each.
100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Fruit Pigmented Mascara
An amazing mascara made with fruit pigments only. This product’s lightweight feel combined with remarkable length and fullness makes this mascara an easy rival to any designer mascara. 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Fruit Pigmented Mascara is easy on eyes, great for contact wearers, and effortless to remove. Application tip: make sure your eyelashes are completely dry.
QVC.com, $25 for two. 100percentpure.com.
Never one to take credit for someone else’s work, I must acknowledge my friend Emily Swift for her effort to be “Gorgeously Green” and turning me on to many of these products.