I was recently tagged by Mary of Makeup By Mary B. to do the "Going Green Tag." This tag was started by Rachel of All Natural Aspirations, who wanted to learn more about other bloggers' experiences in going natural.
Here's my story:
What started it all off for you?
The Beauty Counter. My husband came across this NYT article about them and I got really curious. At the time, I was also experiencing a lot of anxiety and skin breakouts. I wondered if "cleaning" up my skincare routine would help.
What was the first thing to go? (Ingredient or product)
The process was really fast...I'm extreme in that way (though I'm now learning the art of balance and how important it is). As a beauty blogger, I already collected sooo much skincare stuff. But, I literally just threw it all away and started fresh. This Japanese site CosDNA was a life saver. You can copy and paste ingredients into their search engine and see it's safety and irritation levels. If the alerts were red or yellow, I would use EWG to cross reference and dig deeper. It was an obsessive and detailed process- but very educational. I've now learned to chill out a bit.
What are you/did you struggle to let go of?
Mascara, eyeshadow, makeup in general (until I discovered RMS and Kjaer Weis). Also, it was hard to let go of a lot of my Asian skincare products. They work so well on my skin and there's nothing like them on the market...clean or not clean.
What has been your best find or change? (i.e a green product or a tip that you're really glad you've found/learnt)
Soapwalla Deodorant- this shit works. I'm obsessed and won't go near the dirty deodorants now. Plus, huge bonus of long term use, I sweat less and B.O. is neutralized...same goes for my husband. He used to stink when we first started using it. But, now, not so much... :)
RMS Living Luminzer. I put it everywhere- cheeks, cupid's bow, bridge of nose, collar bones, and I even mix it with concealer to instantly brighten my under eyes!
What has been the worst thing about going green?
Designing your limits, your own exceptions to the rule. Like I said, I'm prone to extremes so in the beginning, I just chucked everything. I don't regret it- I learned a ton- but a lot of that was fear based and extreme thinking. Now, I know, if I use a spritz of perfume here and there, light a scented candle, or use my favorite Asian brand toner...it will not kill me and it doesn't make me a bad person.
This is all for fun right? None of us really need any products or makeup....clean or not clean. There are some key ingredients that I will always stay away from, but, the truth is...and, I guess, my confession is that...
Though I try to be as green and clean as I can, I still use my Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara when I need something waterproof and though I love my clean eye shadows, I often grab my Dior because it stays longer on my oilier lids. I love organic eating and juicing as much as the next person, but I also love potato chips and ice cream- and sometimes potato chips in icecream.
Anything else to add? Any tips or tricks to pass on?
Cleaner and greener is great...wonderful as a matter of fact. But don't take it all too seriously. The purpose of being aware and knowledgeable about your ingredients is so that you can be safer and smarter about your choices- not to imprison yourself within them. With that said, do the best you can and have fun and love yourself no matter what.