Ever since my month as Eco Mama, I’ve been really careful about the products I put on my body. Out went the Pantene, in went the super expensive conditioner from Whole Foods that made my hair look like a tangled bale of straw. For a while I wondered if it was actually possible to buy healthy beauty products that worked and didn’t just help the Earth. I mean, seriously, can’t I look good while saving the planet?
The first product that made me an eco-beauty believer was organic coconut oil for washing my face, but then ever so slowly I’ve discovered some more amazing finds that I just had to share with you —
This is the best mascara I’ve ever owned. They leave out the lacquer, shellac and alcohol and put in natural clay and flower wax coated iron oxides (whatever that means). It’s also vegan, gluten, fragrance & paraben-free. Which I guess means you can eat it. So it’s your desert island mascara! And most importantly, this mascara stays on all day without “Tammy Fay Bakering” down your face and it’s soooo easy to take off at night. Have you ever had one of those evil mascaras that you actually can’t get off so you scrub and scrub and end up pulling some of your eye lashes off? Well, Eco Bella won’t do that to you and it even comes with it’s own vegan mirror (Okay, I may have exaggerated the vegan part, but it does come with a cute mirror).
This eyebrow pencil is all natural, made from organic sea fennel extract. It’s not “cakey” at all and even has a brush on the end of it to uh, brush your eyebrows. I never thought I’d actually use the eyebrow brush but I actually love it. It turns out that it’s very relaxing to brush something that doesn’t really need brushing and it gives me the illusion that I have a lot of time on my hands. Forget the dishes! Forget picking up the kids at school! Damn it! Can’t you see I’m brushing my eyebrows????
I use this as a perfume — dab a little on my wrists and I have this warm, Earthy cinnamon smell all day long. And it’s not like that gross cinnamon smell from a Bed, Bath and Beyond candle or an old bowl of cinnamon potpourri someone has in their bathroom — it’s real cinnamon leaf, so it’s almost like wearing a type of patchouli all day… but better, because it’s dessert based.
Facial oils can get really expensive and this one by Aura Cacia is amazing and really well priced. It smells like vanilla and it makes your skin buttery soft without breaking it out. I have noticed a big difference in my skin and I’ve only had it for a week.
Okay, so this isn’t something you slather on your body, but still, it’s the best beauty product ever. I’m not going to tell you this drink tastes great — I won’t lie to you — it doesn’t. The “Just Greens” juice will never compete in the chocolate milk shake world or even the decaf latte universe, but it happens to be really good for you and it’s one of the most inexpensive organic veggie juices on the market.
Almost every afternoon I seem to run out of energy and so I get on the caffeine train until dinner time. But one day, instead of buying my usual triple fat carmel vanilla grande whatever, I decided to buy this “Just Greens” drink instead. I barely gagged the thing down — really — I felt like I was swallowing someone’s yard, but then, something amazing starting to happen to me — I got a ton of energy! And not just make-you-jittery-caffeine-energy, but actual energy — like I’d given my body what it needed and it was thanking me!
Since then, I’ve never looked back and I make sure I have some super nasty green drink ever day. My winter dry skin has totally ceased, my eyes are clear and bright and I have enough energy to keep me going all day long. If I drink this Columbia Gorge “Just Greens” drink after lunch, I can actually sit on the couch in the afternoon and read stories to my kids without having to pinch myself to stay awake. I can even read, “Clifford, the Big Red Dog” to my kids without falling asleep — and those books suck. He’s a big, red dog. We get it.
So those are my eco beauty picks that I’ve found so far. If you have any you’d like to share, I’d love to hear. And if you take nothing away from all of this except one thing — go get a super nasty green drink — It will freak you out.
In a good way, of course.