ciderSo You Want to Make the Transition and Start Using Artisan Cosmetics Full of Goodness and Delight?
It all really starts with your approach to beauty, are you consuming based on shame and insecurity? or based on celebration, delight and self-care?
When you decide to dwell into the path of healing beauty, you may throw all commercial products you own away and start from scratch.
My recommendation is however to start slowly and start replacing them little by little as they are finished. You can start by creating your own cosmetics for daily use or buy from organic and natural brands aligned with your new lifestyle.
What Should I Replace First?
The first cosmetics and products you should start replacing are those you use daily to avoid continuous contact with toxic components.
Face creams: We put them on twice a day, day, and night. You can replace them with a nourishing oil, like jojoba oil. This oil is great for all skin types, just make sure you have your skin wet before applying it.
Deodorant: There are several organic deodorants in health and food stores. In my “Easy Peasy Zero Waste Cosmetics” course, I teach how to make a super deodorant bar and how to detoxify your underarms from previous toxins. If you want to make yours on the run, I recommend to spray white vinegar on your armpits, since baking soda irritates most skins, white vinegar is the best alternative ( and its super effective).
Shower gel: Even though we rinse it, some toxins penetrate the skin, and it is a primary daily product that is very easy to replace. For that, use a bar of handmade soap and some coconut oil.
Toothpaste: This is very important since it goes straight to your mouth. Many of them contain fluoride and other super-toxic chemicals for the body. You can replace it with a 1/2 teaspoon of Curcuma and coconut oil.
Milk or body oil: You can moisturise your skin with light oil, such as sesame or almond oil.
What about the Hair?
The hairline is usually more complicated, and you have to be patient. Since most ecological shampoos do not have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a detergent base to make foam, your hair may need a transition time. Now that the good oils of the hair are not washed all over again the hair will balance itself again. Our beautiful hair is like an ecosystem, if you feed it and clean it properly it will bloom and shine!
You can start making changes by using solid shampoos with natural sulfates such as SCI or SCS which are derived from the coconut. If you don’t feel like it, you can wash your hair with green clay, or rhassoul clay and rinse it with apple cider vinegar and water. It works great and leaves your hair shiny and clean. To comb it, you can put some coconut oil on the ends and brush it before going to bed to spread the hair’s natural oils.
Beware of the “Green Washing”
Many brands practice a new marketing trend called “greenwashing”. Companies claim that they have natural ingredients and show fruits, flowers, or plants on their Ads and brands. They abuse the concept of green and natural to make us believe that we are buying a harmless cosmetic. We should not be fooled by all the advertising claiming to have 100% natural, plant- cosmetics, natural cosmetics with organic or Bio ingredients.
Just because a brand has natural ingredients doesn’t mean they are safe: They may have natural and/or organic ingredients, even in high proportions, but the remaining percentage may contain all the toxic elements we want to avoid: parabens, petroleum derivatives, petroleum and so on…
Making your own Cosmetics
Unlike food, ecological cosmetics are not regulated, and words like natural, ecological, bio, or organic are not protected. They can point out that there is a bio ingredient, and they will not lie, but we can fall into the trap of believing that it is an eco-product when it is not.
To know how to differentiate an organic cosmetic, you have to know how to read the labels. Private certifiers like “Ecocert” is a good starting point, but each label has its own rules, and the only guarantee is to understand how to interpret the list of ingredients INCI.
The easiest, most therapeutic, and fun option is to create your own products.
You can customize your beauty products, to your personal needs, you will know exactly what ingredients are in each of them, and you can even start your own line of natural cosmetics with integrity!
If you feel you are ready to take this journey, I have put my heart into making the Academy of Beauty, Medicine, and Wonder. where I will teach you how to create your own products in a fun, economical, and very effective way!
Let me know what kind of products would you like to replace or create?
I ready you always 🙂