Two New Organic Beauty Spots to Shop

Today I’m thinking about two new organic beauty shopping sites.  Well, one is brand new and one is new to me.  

First we have Fig & Flower.  Cute name, awesome store.  This one carries lots of top organic beauty brands and has mad good customer service.  My products arrived super quick and I loved every one of them.  Fig & Flower stocks not only beauty items, but products for home and pets too.  Check it out.

Next is The Detox Market.  This store is the baby of Odacite creators Valérie Grandury and Romain Gaillard, so you know they know nontoxic.  TDM stocks some of my favorite organic beauty brands, plus some I have yet to try.  They also offer juices, supplements, and kits to help you get your cleanse on.  

It’s always exciting finding new places to shop, don’t you think?  I’ve added these two to My Favorite Places to Shop, so get going.

Now for the Big Question

Will switching to safe cosmetics break the bank?  

Absolutely not!  You shouldn’t have to spend all of your money to be healthy, and you don’t.

There are certain luxury products that I will always want to have on hand, but daily care items (the ones you go through the quickest) should be affordable for you.  Cleansers, toners, exfoliants can be found at nominal prices, moisturizers and serums are the next rung in the pricing range, followed by facial oils and eye creams.  As with conventional beauty products, you can purchase from the low end all the way up, but more expensive is not necessarily better.

Opting for less expensive cosmetics does not have to mean sacrificing quality.  There are many products and brands that I swear by and use regularly that are both cost-effective and high-performance.  You can take a look on my Brands I Love page or take a look at Favorite Places to Shop to get started shopping.

Here are some of my favorite lines that are both nontoxic and economical:

Benecos  great makeup at reasonable prices

Lavera  I can’t live without the Basis facial cleansers and Mattifying Balancing Cream

100% Pure  Love their lipgloss, eye cream

Acure Organics  High performance natural hair products at low prices

Bubble & Bee  Love Pit Putty deodorant and their body creams too

Your Own Personal Nutritionist (app style)

Want to lose 5 lbs with me?  Or maybe figure out how to boost your energy?  Maybe you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look extra fabulous for?

Let’s do this!

Haven’t you always wanted a personal nutritionist to help you out with this kind of stuff?  Me too.  And I have one.  For the next 10 days.  And so can you.

Here’s the deal:  Rise is a new iPhone app that helps you track what you eat and connects you with a real life nutritionist who guides you on your mission to healthier eating, feeling great, and looking like a million bucks.

All you have to do is download the app and plug in your deets to get started.  The nutritionist is a subscription service, but the folks at Rise have given us a special discount code to get started for free.  Wee!  You’ll still need to enter your credit card info, but where it says gift card enter code RISEGK8 and you won’t be charged.

I’d love it if you jumped on the Rise bandwagon with me and share your experience along the way.  I’ll be posting on mine here and at Feelgood Style.

Trends :: The Scrunchie (for reals!)

No, I’m not messing with you.  The scrunchie is back.   While I quickly re-embrace some resurfacing trends (I wouldn’t hate if hot rollered hair was back in, just sayin’), I did softly gasp when I read about the return of the scrunchie.

Now, I loved the scrunchie as much as anyone.  Probably more than many.  I even had one that was my absolute favorite (dark green silk) and totally mourned its loss once the elastic gave.  I could never find another that lived up to its awesomeness and tried my hand at sewing in an attempt to reincarnate my beloved scrunchie.  The DIY scrunchie was a DIsaster and the fad fell by the wayside soon enough anyway.

So why do I not feel overjoyed to see that these guys are back on the scene?  Maybe because they are so very 80s that it just seems completely wrong.  But take a look at @scrunchiesofinstagram and it brings you straight to the now of scrunchiedom, plus some pretty great throwbacks.  

Basically, to pull off this accessory these days, without looking like you are headed to a Jazzercise class circa 1986, think messy hair pulled up high.  Try half up or a pony at the crown.  And, now that I’ve had time to get used to the idea, I’m sort of in love with this adorable version from Free People.

What do you think?  Are you gonna scrunchie? 

Is it Really Safe? How to ID Nontoxic Products

Last week we talked about the easiest ways to make the switch to nontoxic products.  So you’ve decided how you’d like to do this (ease in or all in, now for finding those products.

There are tons of natural cosmetic brands on the market today.  Compared to a decade ago, the numbers are staggering.  But you have to beware tricky marketing and get to the good stuff.

So, how can you tell if a brand is truly committed to safety in cosmetics?

The old adage If it seems too good to be true, it probably is works here.  If a mainstream brand that has been making toxic products forever suddenly pops up with a new “pure” or “natural” product you have every right to be skeptical.  Creating nontoxic products takes time, research, and money. Even more so, reformulating toxic products.  If a brand were to come up with a truly nontoxic product to add to their toxic line, they would have to go to a lot of effort, testing, and dollars spent.  And they would definitely want you to know all about the steps they took and healthy ingredients they use. 

Slapping the word “natural” on a product does not make it nontoxic.

You have what you need to ID a safe product.  Because you are armed with your trusty Ingredients to Avoid list, well-versed in breaking down a product ingredient listing, and know exactly what YOU want, it is going to be that much easier to identify greenwashers.  You’ll be throwing products aside at a glance in no time.  And getting straight to the good stuff.

Remember, ingredient listings can be confusing.  Some are even meant to be that way.  That is a red flag.  No readily available ingredient listing = another red flag.  If a brand does not disclose a full ingredient listing for each of their products, be skeptical. 

My last, favorite, and possibly most important tip on choosing safe cosmetics:  Shop brands you can trust.  There are many companies committed to safety in cosmetics.  Take a look at their commitment page or read their story on their website.  Check the list of ingredients they never use.  Follow them.  Buy their stuff.  

Our purchasing power is our greatest tool in providing ourselves with healthy bodies and a healthy environment to live in.  When we buy products that have no toxic ingredients in them and have been manufactured with environmentally friendly processes we are creating a demand for these products and ingredients, which in turn means more organic farming and safer manufacturing methods.

All of these point to healthier living.  And maybe by using safe organic products on our children we can raise more aware, healthy adults.  The key to a healthier environment for generations to come.

© 2014 Organic Beauty Source  |  All Rights Reserved  |  Template Design by Indie Shopography