3 Ways to Clean Up Your Cosmetics

“The current system is failing consumers,” a quote today during the U.S. Senate committee meeting on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions about the cosmetics industry. Personal care products are being regulated under laws that haven’t been updated since 1938, so a number of advocacy groups and political leaders are working to change this through the Personal Care Products Safety Act. It doesn’t matter your socio-economic status, personal background or where you live in this country…you should care. Why? Because what you put on your body, goes into your bloodstream. Many toothpastes, shaving creams, lotions, shampoos, lipsticks, gel nail polish, hair straighteners and the list goes on…are filled with toxins. Our skin is our largest organ and we absorb all the chemicals into our bodies. Studies have shown that these toxins may include hormone disrupters that fuel cancers, agitate allergies and influence fertility. So, what can you do? 3 Ways to Clean Up Your Cosmetics

1. EDUCATE: If you want to educate yourself, there are many advocacy groups that research and build awareness around the topic of clean cosmetics and personal care. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics provides information and resources in a digestible manner so that even a newbie to green beauty and personal care items can understand. Also, The Environmental Working Group is a highly credible non-profit, non-partisan organization with numerous resources including their Healthy Living aka Skin Deep database, where consumers can scan products to learn more about their toxicity.

2. ADVOCATE: If you want to follow what’s going on in Congress with Senator Feinstein and Senator Collins’ Personal Products Safety Act, check out the U.S. Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. If you’re motivated to write your Senator, scroll down on their site to see the names of the committee members.

3. CHOOSE: If  you are inspired to update your personal care items, let us help you. When the seasons change, so do our wardrobes and cosmetics. So, celebrate fall by ridding many of your every day soaps, shampoos, toothpastes for less toxic products. For the past few years, I’ve been writing about my favorites. Today, I still use mostly clean and green items.

In the spirit of fall and green beauty trends and necessities, below are my favorites:

Fall Trends: The best makeup trends on the fall runways: blackout eyeliner, a healthy-natural glow look and stained red lips.

Kid products: non-toxic face paints for Halloween. Check out Eye Black Battle Paint for sports.

My all-time favorite personal care items: Dr. Bronner’s peppermint for body soap, tea tree oil for face wash, LaVanilla or Pit Paste deodorant, Tom’s toothpaste and EO hand washing soaps.

What’s in my bag/drawer now:

Are you willing to make any small changes? If so, how?

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  1. It’s funny, I love Burt’s Bees and wear their tinted lip balm often, and people say, “Oh your lipstick it’s so pretty.” I think they’re often surprised when I tell them what it is. :)
    I love Pacifica!! I have the roll on vanilla perfume in purse and I love their facial wipes. :)

    • OOoohhh, sounds like we would have such a fun makeup party together since we like many of the same brands. I’m sure you have heard of BeautyCounter. Have you tried their new mascara? I’ve been meaning to check it out. I’m still a fan of the Mineral Fusion one I listed. I’ve tried at least 10 “green beauty” ones and that one is still the best so far. Stay tuned…

  2. I am definitely forwarding this to my wife!

    • Thanks. I’m glad you like my recommendations. Let me know what she tries and whether or not she likes it. Have a great week.

  3. I LOVE reading what you use, thank you for such a helpful guide. BTW the Halloween stuff is really good too. I had never thought of that!
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    • I can’t believe that it is almost October. I just bought my son’s Halloween costume, too. I actually will be using the non-toxic kid’s face paint for my costume this year. :)

  4. Wait, the laws haven’t been updated since 1938!! That is crazy! I am a very low maintenance make-up and beauty product kind of gal, but I bet there are some things that if I knew the full truth about them would scare me to death. So I think I will spend a little time researching… Thanks for the heads up!
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    • The good news is that research is much easier now. Download EWG’s healthy living app, which will rate both food and cosmetic products based on their toxicity. You can take this into Target or the local pharmacy and figure out your products on the fly. Have fun with it…I know I do. There are also some great brands like BeautyCounter, Mineral Fusion and Burt’s Bees that are pretty good across the board.

  5. I can’t believe the laws haven’t been updates since the 1930’s! Things need to change. I like using Burt’s Bees and the Honest Company :)
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    • I know. Isn’t it wild that the laws haven’t changed. There is so much information out there now, I do believe that they will be updated soon. Until then, we have great tools like Skin Deep and Think Dirty apps, plus the Environmental Working Group’s advocacy campaigns that can help us all make better choices.

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