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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Safe(r) Cosmetics

Long ago I realized I would eventually need to change something about the cosmetics I use, but it wasn't until recently that I was forced to make the first step. Though I don't use a lot of it, I do use makeup daily, and a couple weeks ago I narrowed down the cause of my aching, irritated eyes to my mascara. I admire those who have given up cosmetics altogether, but I guess I'm not brave enough to do that. (Though if every other woman did, I would give them up in a heartbeat! :)) So I asked a couple friends about it, whom I knew used safer cosmetics, and started doing the research. I knew it would cost me quite a bit more money to make this change, but my eyes were begging for something better.

For years I have preferred Cover Girl's washable waterproof mascara because I loved how easy it was to remove (without adding more chemicals to my daily regimen) yet didn't run if it got wet during the day. However, I wasn't surprised to discover that it has a high toxicity rating. EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database has a really handy search where you can type in your favorite brands of cosmetics (and lotions and other products) and find out what their rating is, from zero (non toxic) on up. My CG mascara receives a 6. No wonder I developed problems with it!

I decided to start my change with Honeybee Gardens' Truly Natural Mascara and just see what I thought. It arrived in the mail a few days ago and so far I am impressed! It really does feel weightless, which I love. And while it's not waterproof, it is paraben free, water-resistant, and work-out proof.

Thus far I am glad I took the plunge and started this effort to lower the toxins in my life. I would love to get your comments on how you made (or are making) this change, and other non- or lower-toxic products you use.


Natalie said...

Yay! So glad you like the mascara and you finally took the plunge. I love how the cost is pretty much the same. If you like their facebook page you will get updates on free shipping days and such.

One step closer to toxic free living.

Even if everyone stopped wearing makeup, I am pretty sure I would still love it :)

Katrina said...

Well, for me the cost was about triple what I normally pay, so I'll have to keep a lookout for those free shipping days. Thanks again for all your help!


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