Green Beauty Resources to Keep Us On Track.
Hi there folks. I am having a rough time of things over here at Pemberley Jones. What’s wrong you ask? Well, for starters, there’s Phenoxyethanol. Oh, and the ever confusing Benzyl Alcohol is really bumming me out these days too.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “But Pemberley Jones, surely all of your research, hard work and hippie know-how is protecting you from those nasty things?” No, dear readers, it isn’t. In my haste to get started building a hippie-friendly makeup kit and my readiness to change over my own daily makeup routine, I overlooked some things and reached for pretty packages. But no more. I’m still going to tell you about these items, but I’m going to be honest about what’s in them. I don’t want you to make the mistakes I’m making, so I’m here to report my findings. If you still want to use these items, hey, go for it! But at least you will KNOW!
I am not a scientist, a chemist or a doctor. But DAMNIT, I shouldn’t have to be to understand an ingredients label!! I AM a makeup-loving hippie, an esthetician and a dedicated, albeit confused, natural beauty blogger. It may take me another ten years to understand all this stuff, but I am going to try my best for you! For now, here are some wonderful online resources that I have found (some a little too recently):
Fig and Sage: These are two fabulous sisters who are doing the hard work for all of us. They test and review products and do the research. In particular their about page has a list of 37 ingredients that we all should avoid.
Skin Deep: Skin Deep is the Environmental Working Group’s database of personal care products. This can be a frustrating can of worms to open, but it can also be a useful wealth of information. Now, don’t make yourself insane on this website like I have, it can be overly technical and seemingly contradicting at times, but they do have some wonderful lists of products that they recommend.
Green Beauty Guide: This site supports a great book of the same name, which is one of the first that I found when getting started. Green Beauty Guide has lots of great information including a more extensive list of ingredients to avoid and tons of DIY makeup recipes that I’m dying to try.
If you are interested in going all-natural, I encourage you to peruse these sites. There are others out there, but these are the ones that I trust and feel confident recommending at this point in my non-toxic journey. This is a frustrating process, and though I’m enjoying it most days, sometimes I get a little bit crazy. It would be so lovely if I could just trot over to Ulta or Sephora and grab some pretty packages, but it appears it’s not going to be that easy. I comfort myself with the knowledge that you all can learn from my mistakes!
What are your favorite online resources for non-toxic beauty?