Hello again lovely readers and a very Merry Christmas!
Today's post is inspired by my "little" (in inverted commas as she's taller than me now...) sister as she has recently become super eco aware and has totally educated me on the dangers of the parabens and chemicals we so ignorantly put on our skin every single day. Not only this, but also made me aware of how many ethical brands there are out there which adhere to strict policies when it comes to animal testing and using vegan ingredients. I, myself, am neither vegetarian nor vegan (if I wasn't dairy and gluten intolerant and already pushed for food I can actually eat, I would really consider changing my lifestyle... however that's for a different post), BUT I really care about what I have been unknowingly putting on my skin and into my body and about the unnecessary suffering of animals in the cosmetic industry. So, without further ado, I'm going to take you through some of my top natural/ eco friendly products.
Firstly, is Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap range. This amazingly versatile, completely natural, Castile Soap has 18 uses and you can grab it in 5 different sizes plus a massive range of scents. I have used the Tea Tree one as this essential oil really helps keep my skin clear but you can also get Lavender, Citrus, Almond, Peppermint, Baby Unscented... the list goes on. However Dr Bronner's isn't just for skin, you can use it on your teeth, hair, body, food, pets and any surface you need cleaning. It's a miracle bottle. Not only this, the story of how these soaps came about is incredible. You can get these soaps from £2.50 online (my sister got a 1L bottle for £16 and in 6 months has only used 1/10th of it... We're talking 5 years worth, people!!!)
Next on my list is my all time favourite moisturizer which I have re-bought time and time again. My Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser in 50ml bottle. I get this directly from the Liz Earle website for £19.50 and it will last me a good 6 months with a twice daily application. Liz Earle is a major favourite company of mine as most of my regular readers will know. They are ethical, organic, botanical and based in Britain so all the more reason to love these home grown beautiful products.
My Dad is currently doing a Masters of Science - he's a boss. But during his studies he has been reading about a major link between our daily uses of Aluminium and Alzheimer's Disease. I made a choice, after learning about this, to cut out the use of foil and any aluminium pots, pans or baking trays I had in the flat. I now only use ceramics and baking paper and I haven't missed it at all. The reason I'm bringing this up is because one day I was intrigued about what exactly was in my roll on deodorant. To my utter disbelief I found Aluminium right there on the ingredients list. I straight away stomped off to Boots and picked up an organic, paraben and aluminium free deodorant called BioSen. However, I found it just didn't keep me feeling (or smelling) fresh for more than 5 hours... However I have recently been recommended Salt of The Earth in spray form. For £3.99 in Holland & Barrett, this wonderfully, all natural deodorant actually works for me! I feel far better about putting my deodorant on now as it's SUCH a sensitive part of the body especially with us girls and the vast amount of links to breast cancer caused by harsh chemicals is frightening so I feel like I'm doing a good thing for my body.
Next up on my big ol' list is this wonderful new company I stumbled upon whilst doing a bit of YouTube-ing. Tarte cosmetics is an American based company and they strive to create beautiful, long-lasting, "high performance naturals" (as says their slogan). I recently bought their Amazonian Clay Powder Foundation and am absolutely in love. The moisture it gives to my skin is INCRED. The first time I wore it one of my best friends said "You look gorgeous, have you done something new with your make up." BOOM. I love the thought that I'm treating my face with Amazonian Clay, haha. But not only that, not covering the only face I'll ever get with chemicals that have been tested on animals -not a pleasant thought. I also bought their Swamp Queen eye and cheek palette and use this every single day. They are having a 70% sale right now so hit them up here!
It took me a long time to find a make up remover that my skin doesn't reject so learning my Micellar water that I currently use has some undesired chemicals in and is made by a company that... AGAIN... tests on animals, left me seriously face-palming. However, to the rescue came Yes to Coconut's ultra hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. This really handy pump means you just pop your cotton pad on the top and push down twice and have the perfect amount to take off your everyday makeup. It's completely natural and full of coconut-y goodness.
Another thing I became concerned about was the use of harmful chemicals around my flat when I am cleaning. Walking down the cleaning product isle in Tesco is like a sea of colour but this brand caught my eye. So cheap, so colourful and SO natural and eco friendly! I only buy this washing up liquid and this multi-purpose spray now. I feel so much better that I'm not breathing in bleach or leaving harsh chemicals from the washing up bowl on my plates. Also, they smell gorgeous! You can grab these for £1 (Washing Up Liq) and £1.50 (Spray) from your local big Tesco.
I feel tonnes better about the health of my body plus my contribution to the health of the earth by changing just a few of the products I use every day. The price difference is minimal and a lot of these products last for far longer and require much smaller amounts when applying. I hope this little Blogger Faves post has inspired you to see if you could change up some of your own products too. Who knows the change we could all make!
Loads of love
x Abster x