Yep, for the past 5 or so years I’ve worked at titles like Marie Claire, Famous, and PRIMPED, talking about all kinds of fun ways to braid your hair, wear red lips, or apply false lashes correctly. You know, life-changing things like that.
So, clearly I love a beauty product. Or ten thousand. And years of learning about beauty treatments and products and trends has taught me the difference between thermage and balyage and everything ‘age’ in between. It has also taught me that there’s a huge shift away from more mainstream beauty products towards smaller, niche brands that offer organic, ethical beauty products that aren’t rammed with chemicals and ingredients that we then slather all over our largest organ – our skin.
That said, I’m no martyr in this arena. I too am slowly phasing out some of my beloved skin products and consciously making the decision to not only eat clean food, but incorporate clean products into my daily regimen too. Not just beauty products, but cleaning products as well. It’s a work in progress, but I figure why ruin all my hard eating work by piling chemicals back in when they don’t really need to be there.
But here’s the snag in the stocking, Happies. The organic beauty world is relatively unregulated and the guidelines for the Australian and American organic governing bodies, for example, differ greatly from that of the French. Or English. Or German. So, any old chap can choose a simple governing body and get their products stamped with an ‘organic’ seal of approval, when all they’ve had to do is include some minute amount of organic ingredient in there. Spooky, no?
We then, as the consumer, see that stamp and trust in those stamps and buy said product, being fooled all the way to the chemical plant. Bummer! I’m going to have the lovely Sally from miniOrganics come on here and explain what to look out for – because for every dodge brand there are 10 ligit ones, you just have to know what to look for. But until then, check out this…
Pretty much the most exciting thing to have happened to me in the last 24 hours, this website sells a HUGE variety of natural, organic, ethical, sustainable beauty brands that you can trust. They’ve done all the hard, annoying sifting for you. Brilliant!
I’m lusting after the Ilia Pure Lip Care, because I’m starting to think I don’t want all those nasties near my mouth.
Go have a little look around and see what you like. Think: Christmas Gift Ideas, Christmas Wishlists, New Year’s Eve Party Makeup Buys. Ahh, the list is endless. Have fun! And why not share your thoughts on organic beauty products and where you stand with them. Do you have any favourites?