Going Green – Personal Products

Do you remember when I asked you guys what natural products you liked to use on Facebook? Well, lots of you gave me some great suggestions and I ran out and bought a whole bunch of hippy stuff and I loved it.

I was all geared up to do a bunch of reviews, but not only am I venturing into an area that I know nothing about, I am the only one testing them. So unless you’re a redhead with normal skin that is not really sensitive (oddly) it may not help you that much, so I scraped the idea.

The most important thing I did find out though is that there is a lot of crap in the things I was using everyday and very little regulation on those things. I also found out that the things that didn’t have crap in them were just as good (if not better in some cases) and cost about the same so why the hell wouldn’t I switch?

Look, I know you’re already being bombarded with people telling you about the things you shouldn’t be doing in your life right now so I’m not trying to add to that here, but I did find these great sites and I wanted to pass them along:

The Story of Cosmetics does a great job at explaining how we’ve gotten to the place we are in the cosmetic industry (warning: it’s a short movie that just launches into playing so if you’re supposed to be working, turn the volume down). It’s a little basic at times but, hey, it can’t hurt and I did learn some interesting tidbits.

The other site is called Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, although the domain name is cosmeticdatabase.com (they are better greenies than marketers) but the site is incredible. They have a gabillion products where they rate the hazardous chemicals in them on a scale from 0-10. If they don’t have the product they are looking for, you can type in the ingredients and it will list all the nasties that go along with it. I love this site because some of the “mainstream” stuff I’ve been using isn’t that bad and some of the “natural” products I’ve been trying aren’t all that natural. It’s a fantastic resource.

And finally, here’s a great post I found at Working Mom Goes Green that is written by the owner of Bubble and Bee about how to navigate your way through the Cosmetic Database. I found it really helpful especially the tip that a zero rating wasn’t necessarily better than a rating of 3.

You may already be hippy’fied but, if you’re like me, it may take a long time to wean yourself off the products you’ve been using for years and replace them with something better.

So far I’ve cracked shampoo, face moisturizer, body lotion, sunscreen, hand cream, exfoliant, toothpaste, bubblebath, soap and lip balm. I still need to find a good tinted moisturizer with sunscreen and I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that they don’t make an organic anti-perspirant (the whole concept of not perspiring kind of goes against the whole get-crap-out-of-your-body anyway) but if I don’t want to sweat I have to use my pit poison. I don’t care, I need my pit poison. No kumbaya for me yet, but no construction-worker, giant pit stains for me either – I’m okay with that.

I also ordered most of it online from well.ca and drugstore.com and Tara over at maternitique.com was really helpful in suggesting some great pregnancy products too.

How green are you when it comes to these things?

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