My favorite eco beauty products…

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 —

1.  Eco Bella Mascara

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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).

2. Zuzu lux eyebrow pencil

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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????

3.  Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

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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.

4.  Baobab Nighttime Face Serum

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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.

5.  Columbia Gorge Organic “Just Greens” Juice

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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.

16 Comments

  • Von says:

    Hi Holly, I’ve not posted a comment for a while but I’m still reading. I tried juicing spinach but it bungs up the juicer or I’d have probably been green by now. Drinking it sure beats eating it anyway and I know what you mean, I really did feel a difference. A while back I was looking into Dr Terry Wahls and she makes good sense to me for everyone, see the bit where she talks about nutrients later in the vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc I haven’t seen that green juice but I wouldn’t mind drinking it if it gives energy, even if it does taste like lawn cuttings.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Hey Von, nice to hear from you! The juice totally tastes like lawn cuttings. I have a vita mix and the only problem is that when I make juice in it — it uses all the pulp so the juice is really thick. I guess it’s good for me but it tastes like sludge.

      • Von says:

        Has to be good for you then if it tastes of lawn cuttings. I had a look about but I can’t get ready made green juice here but making some myself seems like a good idea if I can find a way. Perhaps a food processor would be the way to go with leafy things. Wheatgrass is available at juice bars where I used to live, have you tried that?

        • My Year of Fabulous says:

          I still have trouble drinking wheat grass juice. I know it’s good for me but seriously, it’s nasty! Have you tried it?

  • Marsha Calhoun says:

    Just Greens – do you have to drink the whole thing? I can’t tell you how much I am resisting the idea, which somehow suggests to me that I should try it.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      You HAVE to drink the whole thing. There are a ton of different brands out there so hunt around and find one that makes you gag the least. You really will feel good and it’s so good for you — you also don’t have to spend any time making a salad (something I hate doing) and then eating a salad (something I hate doing more). And I’ve gotten used to the taste — even today my four year old asked for a sip (which he always does and then makes this totally gross face after drinking it and telling me it’s disgusting) and he said, “Not bad.” I thought — wow, even August is getting used to drinking it! But just don’t ever believe anyone that says it tastes actually good….

  • Becky says:

    I make this face scrub and I have been quite happy with it. You can tweak the oils until you have a mix that works well for you- more castor for oilier skin and more grapeseed for dryer. I also add 10-ish drops of tea tree oil because I was having a little trouble with break outs. It cleanses nicely but doesn’t over-dry.

  • rednalgne says:

    Sorry Holly but I don’t believe anything I read on the bottle, not after hearing about the studies of the real ingredients inside the organic medicinal next to the cash register at my warm and fuzzy health food store.

    However I would like to comment on you last post about reading Money Magazine. There is a blog that comes out about twice a week called Dividends4Life, you can subscribe and it is free.

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/2065593-dividend-stocks-vs-dividend-etfs?source=email_authors_alerts&ifp=0

    It is not the Gordon Gekko approach, it is a very leisurely way of investing. Usually the posts are about individual stocks but occasionally he will talk about more general topics like the link above. I own only a few of the stocks that he recommends but I do learn from his analysis’s and have a better appreciation for the value of dividends over the long term.

    There are no ads for men unfortunately but recently there was a quote from some long past tycoon saying that what really makes him happy is when the postman delivers a dividend check. So be warned before you go down that road.

    take care

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