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LUSH Halloween Bath Items 2013

As Halloween rolls around again, LUSH has released some new limited edition goodies to celebrate the season.  While they did not bring back Pumpkin soap or the Jacko bath bomb (such a bummer!), they have cooked up a new bubble bar and 2 new bath bombs that you are sure to enjoy if you are a fellow lushie.

Pumkin Bubble Bar is an adorable sudsy treat designed to fill your tub with the scent of ylang ylang oil and orange flower absolute.  Pumkin is no spelling error as it was designed as a counterpart to the Mother’s Day Mumkin bubble bar.  This 3.5 oz product is good for multiple baths, depending on the amount of suds you want, the size of your bathtub, and whether or not your tub has jets.  Plus it’s just plain cute!  And it shares its scent with Figs and Leaves soap-one of my favorites.

pumkin

Pumkin bubble bar, photo by LUSH

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb is a much spicier product chock-full of black pepper and patchouli.  I did not pick this one up because I ordered online and this seemed like a gamble (I am not a bug patchouli fan).  But this sounds like a good one for those who enjoy a small, warm scented ballistic.

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Misrule bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot Ball Bath Bomb is derived from the soot gremlins of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away.  I love this scent because it is simultaneously sweet and savory.  Frankincense, tonka absolute, and burnt caramel make an excellent combination for relaxation on a chilly October evening!  Don’t let the color fool you; instead of turning your bath water black as it may seem, this little guy turns your water a beautiful gold.  Unfortunately this item is not available on the Lush North America website, but you can order it from across the pond at https://www.lush.co.uk/product/6354/Soot-Ball

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Soot ball bath bomb, photo by LUSH

Lush is also promoting some of their Halloween-themed permanent items such as the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb and Buffy body butter, among many others.  Limited edition Halloween items usually launch in North America in mid-October.  They launch much earlier in the UK (September).  I find this strange as they could potentially sell more items by releasing them earlier.  And why wouldn’t they sell Soot Ball here?  Nevertheless, I will put these items to good use as I always take more baths in autumn and winter.

Did you pick any of these up?  What do you think about Lush’s decision not to bring back previous Halloween limited edition items?  Leave a comment below, and as always thanks for reading.

My video featuring these items:

“But those who put their hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40: 31

MAC Centre of Attention Review / Swatches: Divine Night Holiday MSF

MAC Center of Attention MSF. Divine Night Holiday Collection 2013. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Center of Attention MSF. Divine Night Holiday Collection 2013. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Cosmetics has now launched their Divine Night Holiday color collection in the US.  In this collection are three highlighting mineralize skinfinish powders.  I picked up Centre of Attention (I’m so proud of my restraint!) and thought I would share my thoughts on whether or not this $33 beauty item is worth the dough.

This MSF is priced at $33 rather than the usual $30 due to the limited edition packaging.  This includes lettering on the box as well as the pot in gold instead of the usual white.  Is that really worth an extra $3?  I’m not so sure.  The design of the mineralize skinfinish itself is also unique as the usual veining was foregone.  The base color is a soft peachy pink that is finely milled.  Inside is a square filled with a 14-karat gold glitter.

The color payoff of this MSF is rather disappointing.  I found both colors to be quite sheer, with the gold being a bit more prominent.  Since the pink is so light and sheer I would think it is better suited for paler, cool-toned skin.  At first it reminded me of MAC’s Play It Proper, but when swatched side by side PIP is much more pigmented and more of a true pink without the peachy pull.  CoA is very powdery.  The yellow gold applies much like a pressed pigment.  It is very chunky glitter, and while I applied it to the tops of my cheeks it most certainly did not stay there.  After a couple of hours the gold glitter was literally all over my face (perhaps my oily skin has something to do with that).  I found it applied a bit better when using a wet brush and placed on my lids over a creamy eyeshadow base.  Because the gold is so coarse and gritty, when swatching the two colors together it is much more pronounced.  Maybe that is why I did not find the color of mixing the two to be very appealing (and they really didn’t blend).   As you can see in the pictures and video below, swatching one or two layers of the product was hardly noticeable on my light skin.  I considered adding more layers to the swatches but that seemed misleading.  What you see in these pics is truly what you get.

Now before I sound completely doom and gloom, I would say that the peachy pink base color is beautiful and provides a very subtle, flattering sheen.  If you do not have a pinky highlight then this might be worth the money for that alone.  As for the gold, I can’t say that it is all bad just because it didn’t suit my skin tone and larger pores.  If you can pull off very large, yellow gold then you may love this product.

I definitely recommend trying this product in person before buying if at all possible.  Overall I did not find Centre of Attention to be impressive, which is shocking as I have an unnatural love for MAC’s skinfinishes and beauty powders.  I wanted to love it!  But there are much better permanent MSF’s, and the next great limited edition collection is always just around the corner.

For live swatches watch the short video below.  What did you think of this product and the collection as a whole?  Do you disagree and absolutely love it?  Leave me a comment below.  Thanks for reading.

Products are available at MAC stores, counters, and on-line at www.maccosmetics.com

This product was purchased with my own money.  All opinions are my own.

“Search me, O god, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

MAC Centre of Attention MSF in Packaging. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Centre of Attention MSF in Packaging. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Centre of Attention MSF Divine Night. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Centre of Attention MSF Divine Night. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Centre of Attention MSF Divine Night. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.comMAC Center of Attention MSF Divine Night. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

MAC Centre of Attention MSF Divine Night. Photo by somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Pink 1 layer swatch

Pink 1 layer swatch

Pink 2 layers

Pink 2 layers

Top: MAC Play it Proper, Bottom: COA (pink)

Top: MAC Play it Proper, Bottom: COA (pink)

Top: CoA Gold, Bottom: Pink

Top: CoA Gold, Bottom: Pink

CoA gold and pink swirled together

Top to Bottom: CoA gold and pink swirled together, gold, pink

Product Review: Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer and Refining Finishing Powder

Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturizer. Refining Powder, Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturizer. Refining Powder, Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Up for your consideration are the Tinted Mineral Moisturizer and Refining Finishing Powder by Juice Beauty. I spotted these in Ulta awhile back, and since I’m always on the hunt for effective low-toxin products, I thought I would give theses a shot. Here’s a bit of background on Juice Beauty in case you are unfamiliar.
Founded in California, their goal was to create healthy and effectual personal care products. They have created antioxidant and vitamin-rich, organic, juice-based formulas that strive to be more effective than their high toxin-counterparts. Using juice as a base eliminates the need for petroleum derivatives that many other companies use, which suffocate the skin and frequently contain harmful chemicals. Juice Beauty is a certified organic brand, so you can purchase their genuinely natural ingredients with confidence. But enough chat about the company. How well do the products actually work?
The Gist
The tinted moisturizer has an SPF of 30, which is a bonus so no added sunscreen is necessary. Obviously the ingredients are a major plus. Not that all of my makeup is completely natural/organic, but I prefer anything that goes all over my entire face to be as natural and low-toxin as possible. It is very moisturizing, and since I am an oily girl, I do not use any supplementary moisturizer with it. This leaves the skin with a very dewy finish. For dry skin this is great; however, if like me you are more slippery, I would recommend using the refining powder to set it. The loose powder is very light and leaves the skin with a very natural finish (as in the middle ground between dry and oily). It does not look cakey, and for me it seems to last all day, even in the summer. Not everyone cares for loose powders, but they do not bother me if they perform well. I noticed it settled a bit into my smile lines throughout the day but not terribly. I saw no noticeable difference with how it looked when I used a primer underneath or not. The refining powder scores a 2 (low toxin) on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. The tinted moisturizer scores a 2 in the shade ivory, 3 in sand and tan (which puts them just into the moderate range). For more information on what these ratings mean, visit http://www.ewg.org/skindeep
Application
For the tinted moisturizer, I dot it all over my face with clean fingers and then massage into the skin. I usually then go over it with my Bare Minerals precision face brush just to even it out. I apply the refining powder with the Bare Minerals flawless face brush, tapping off any excess product into the cap.
Overall
If you’ve been burned by tinted moisturizers that lack any semblance of coverage, this will not disappoint you. However, if you are in search of a full coverage product, this (or any tinted moisturizer for that matter) is not the item for you. While the price point is a bit steep (the tinted moisturizer retails for $29 for 2 oz of product; the refining powder goes for $22 for .28 oz), you get plenty of product. Could the health score of the tinted moisturizer be better? Of course (in the darker shades that is). So if you are really uncomfortable using anything other than low-toxin products, you will want to pass on this. Overall I think you get what you pay for: high quality, natural products that do pretty much what they say they do. And if you purchase them from Ulta and are dissatisfied, you can return them for a full refund or store credit (at least here in The States).
Have you tried them? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and skin type. Of course I purchased these with my own money and these thoughts are my own. Thanks for reading.
Info on the company found at http://www.juicebeauty.com
Skin Deep database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep
Interested in seeing how these products look on the skin? Watch my YouTube video:

Toxic Makeup Best & Worst: Urban decay review

Urban Decay's logo

Urban Decay’s logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello, Lovelies!  I’m back with another makeup brand review.  I previously reviewed E.L.F. Cosmetics (to read this review, click here).  This time we are looking at Urban Decay and spotlighting some of their best and worst health rated products.  As usual I use www.goodguide.com and www.ewg.org/skindeep to get these ratings.  Below I have listed current ratings as of this writing.  Don’t forget: product formulations are constantly changing so you may want to double check scores before purchasing.  For Good Guide (gg), 10=no toxin, 5-9=low toxin, 3-4=moderate toxin, 0-2=high toxin so the higher the number the better.  As for Skin Deep (sd), the ratings are opposite of Good Guide; 0=no toxin, 1-2=low toxin, 3-6=moderate toxin, 7-10=high toxin so the lower the number the better.  I included prices if available, but don’t fret, ebay and amazon are always loaded with discontinued makeup.  I included ratings on d/c’d products in case you have them in your stash.  Let’s highlight some of their low-toxin products first.  Urban Decay has quite a few low-toxin products.

The Best:

24/7 glide on lip pencils in all colors except Wicked (gg 7, sd 1 or 2); $19

Lip junkie lip glosses (gg5+); $19

Naked 2 eyeshadow palette of 12 shadows (all shades score well except for Blackout-gg 4; could not find score for Bootycall); $50

Most of their false lashes (gg 8); $15

Urbanglow cream highlight in the shades sin, wicked, and brown sugar (gg 8); $24

Cannonball ultra waterproof mascara (gg 8); $20

24/7 glide on eye pencils in the shades: zero, lust, perversion, ransom, rockstar, stash, demolition, underground, yayo, flipside, gunmetal, graffiti  (gg 6+, sd 2); $19 (some shades are on sale on www.sephora.com for only $6!)

Eyelash primer potion (gg 8) $20

Meltdown Make-Up Remover (gg 8); $24

Lipsticks in the following shades: gravity, trainwreck, jilted, vinyl, voodoo, wanted, buzzkill, requiem, revolution, midnight cowboy, lovechild, hot pants, rush, sellout, naked, apocalypse, peroxide, confession, and gash (gg 6+); *note: these are the old lipsticks, not to be confused with the brand new Revolution lipsticks that, to my knowledge, have not yet been rated.

Ammo eyeshadow box/palette – 10 Shades (gg 7); $34

Eyeshadow singles in the following shades: buck, darkhorse, roach, woodstock, foxy, baked, virgin, zephyr, s and m, smog, loaded, lost, tease, naked, verve, evidence, asphyxia, toasted, freelove, rockstar, blunt, bust, mildew, x, ydk, peace, flash, pistol, fishnet, bender, scratch, snakebite, busted, vanilla, mushroom, gravity, shattered, bordello, height, secret service, half baked, swf, radium, sellout, kush, snatch, suspect, last call, abc gum, psychedelic sister, acdc, twice baked, gunmetal, sin, grifter, midnight cowgirl, chopper, oil slick, stray dog, polyester bride, midnight cowboy, rodeo, midnight cowboy rides again, and the stardust eyeshadows (gg 5+); $18. *Note the older formulations of these shadows have much worse scores

Eyeshadow Primer Potion in sheer nude, eden, and greed (gg 6+); $20 (greed is on sale right now at www.sephora.com for only $10)

De-slick, All Nighter, and Dew Me setting sprays (gg 6); $14-29 depending on size

Revolver fragrance Oil (gg 6)

Guardian angel spray moisturizer SPF 8 (gg 6)

Stardust sparkling lip glosses in andromeda and space cowboy (gg 6)

Midnight cowboy body shimmer lotion (gg 5)

Rollergirl eyeshadow palette of four shadows (gg 5)

Worst:

It would take too long to list all 500 or so poorly rated products, so I’ll highlight a few.

Naked 1 palette of 12 shadows (gg 0); $50

Urban brow styling brush and setting gel  (gg 4); $20

Urbanglow Cream Highlight in the shade Moonshine (gg 4); $24

Many eyeshadow colors (too many to list), here’s an example of a few: cobra, blackout, chase, maui wowi (gg 0-4), $18

Big fatty waterproof mascaras (gg 2-4); $20

24/7 glide-on shadow pencils (gg 4); $20

The black palette (gg 4)

Loose pigments (gg 0)

Surreal skin mineral makeup and Surreal cream to powder foundations (gg 0, sd 3+); $31 and $35 respectively

De-slick mattifying face powder (sd 3); $32

Naked skin beauty balm (sd 5); $14-34 depending on size

Afterglow glide on cheek tint (gg 3-4); $24

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (gg 0); $19

Ultraglide lip glosses and xxx shine glosses (gg 0)

These bad scores are due to ingredients such as silica, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propylene glycol, triethanolamine, and multiple parabens.  These are linked to health concerns such as cancer, organ toxicity, hormone disruption, and cellular level changes.  Overall, Urban Decay health product ratings are 2.8, their social responsibility rating is 3.2, and their environmental responsibility rating is also 3.2 (none too impressive).

So judge for yourself if Urban Decay is the right brand for you.  Most of their low-toxin products, while costly, are highly pigmented, beautiful, and have great staying power.  And remember that not all high-end makeup makes for good health quality products.

What are your thoughts on Urban Decay?  Leave a comment below.  As always, thanks for reading.

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the most high, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling for He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-11

References:

www.ewg.org/skindeep

www.goodguide.com

Malkin, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The ugly side of the beauty industry. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Quilty, D. (n.d.). What Is BHT And Why You Should Avoid It. In The Good Human. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from http://thegoodhuman.com/2009/09/24/what-is-bht-butylated-hydroxytoluene-and-why-you-should-avoid-it/

Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7: First impressions review and swatches

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7.  Picture by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Picture by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs is launching his own beauty line, Marc Jacobs Beauty.  When I got the e-mail from Sephora about this it piqued my interest.  The collection preview on Sephora’s website consists of Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow palettes (7 refers to the number of shadows), two Style Eye-Con No. 3 trios, the Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer lipgloss, the Magic Marc’er Precision Eye Pen liquid eye liner, and the Lip Lock Moisture Balm. The full collection will be available August 9 and will include 122 products.  I opted for the shadows.

The No. 7 palettes are a better value.  At $59 you get seven shadows in a range of finishes and .24 oz of product.  This comes out to about $8.50/shadow; not a bad deal for a high-end eyeshadow.  The No. 3 trios cost $42 for only three shades (though I am unsure of the product weight).  For an additional $17 you get four more shades.  Also, I was not in love with the choice of shades in the available trios.  If you are going to spend money on a high end product, you better love it.

The seven shadow palettes preview come in two color ranges: #202 The Tease and #204 The Starlet.   Tease is chock-full of with purples and pinky-tones: a purple sheen, matte grayish purple, matte pale pink, iridescent champagne sheen, metallic pastel pink w/gold shimmer, matte bright aubergine, and deep aubergine w/iridescent shimmer.  Starlet has a larger range of shades: a metallic muted lilac, metallic champagne pink, metallic dark copper brown, metallic bright copper, metallic gold, metallic bluish silver, and metallic gunmetal gray.  I purchased The Tease (see below for swatches and additional pics).

The packaging is very slender, glossy, and lightweight.  This would be a great palette to travel with as it is much less bulky than, say, the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  This can easily be stored in your purse and has a mirror inside.  The downside is that, even though it comes with a fabric protective case, as soon as you touch it there are big time, noticeable fingerprints.  This makes it look not so sleek and dirty in a hurry.

As for the shadows themselves, overall these are great.  The colors are absolutely beautiful.  Most of the shades are smooth and easy to blend; the shade #7 is the only one that is gritty.  Some have better pigmentation than others.  I find numbers 2,3, and 7 need to be built up a bit, but once they are they provide a gorgeous finish.  I wish the palette would have included a matte mid-tone brown for blending, but it does offer a couple of matte shades so it is not all shimmer and sheen.  These shadows have great staying power (I’m an oily girl, so that’s saying something!).

Is this palette worth picking up?  If you are in the market for high-end eyeshadow and could use an easily-blended palette to spice up a neutral collection-sure.  While not all high end makeup equals high quality, this definitely is (and it’s certainly more affordable than Dior).  Plus purples look great on every eye color.  It can be found here.  If you already own plenty of decent shadows then I wouldn’t break the bank for it.  Remember, at some point it’s just makeup.  You don’t need it to be beautiful.

Have you purchased any of the Marc Jacobs Beauty products?  Let me know what you got and how you like it in the comments below.  Thanks for reading.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 swatches. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7. Pic by http://www.somethingtoconsiderblog.com

‘Good’ Looks?

English: Makeup before attendance. Српски / Sr...

English: Makeup before attendance. Српски / Srpski: Шминкање пред наступ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” -Ninon de L’enclos

Have you ever stopped to think about what is in your makeup?  Unfortunately we cannot assume that if a product is allowed on the shelves it must be okay.  In fact, it may even be toxic.  Thanks to being born the only girl in a house full of boys, makeup has never been that important to me.  Still, I like to get dolled up on occasion, and I want to feel good about what I am putting on my face.  This post is not an alarmist scare tactic.  Rather, my opinion is that people should be educated about their products so they can make an informed decision.  Below is a list of personal care ingredients that are suspected toxins known as the “dirty dozen,” a brief description of the serious health concerns to which they are linked, and resources for finding non-toxic products.

  • BHA & BHT
  • Parabens
  • DEA-Realated Ingredients
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
  • PEG Compounds
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • Petrolatum
  • Siloxanes
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Fragrance
  • Triclosan

While each ingredient affects us differently, some are known carcinogens, linked to organ toxicity, as well as birth defects, hormone disruption, cancer, skin rashes and irritations, allergens, asthma, and reproductive problems for both genders from either direct use or in utero exposure.  I enjoy makeup, but it is absolutely not worth those risks.  Some argue that many of these ingredients are considered low risk in small amounts.  However, people are not just exposed to them in a one-time use product.  Unfortunately, most personal care products contain one or several of these toxins, from lipstick to shampoo, lotion, soap, and more each and every day (not to mention toxins in other products such as food and cleaning products).  I would rather yield to the Precautionary Principle and limit them as much as possible.  It seems inconceivable that these ingredients would be allowed in so many of our products.

“Most consumer products are unregulated in the U.S., so manufacturers are allowed to use hazardous chemicals without demonstrating the safety of the products and without labeling them as toxic.” (Malkin, 2007).  Stronger regulation of cosmetic ingredients would help reduce or eliminate the risk posed by these components from the products that we put on our skin.  As the skin is our largest organ, the majority of what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies.  Some of the ingredients above help products penetrate more deeply into our skin, causing us to absorb even more.  Many in-depth resources have been written about toxic ingredients and the lack of laws regulating their use, such as the references listed below.  If these ingredients are in so many products, how can they be avoided?

If you are like me, trying to decipher the ingredients list on a package can make your eyes cross.  What’s more, many of these products are listed under multiple names, such as the many types of siloxanes (generally they are listed as words ending in “–siloxane” and “–methicone”). Luckily there are search engines available that provide information on the safety of product ingredients.  I use Good Guide at www.goodguide.com and Skin Deep at www.ewg.org/skindeep. Each site pulls up a detailed rating regarding ingredient safety and toxicity.  Good Guide even has an app for smart phones.  Although I have found the regular search engine works a bit better, it is convenient to have it at my fingertips in the store.  It has enabled me to avoid purchasing a product with a low health rating numerous times.  Before you think this message is all gloom and doom, be encouraged that many products are available with safe ingredient alternatives (both affordable and high end).  And if you are motivated, you can take action.

-Urge your country’s leaders to pass legislation for safer personal care products.  If you live in the U.S., contact your representative and encourage them to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385) here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=13369.

If you live in Canada, go here: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/cosmetics.

-Support health-conscious businesses by purchasing their products that have safe ingredient ratings.  Do not assume that if a product is labeled “natural” or “organic” that they truly are.  Companies recognize that many consumers are interested in healthier product ingredients.  They are trying to capitalize on that, labeling products as natural and organic which are not.  This also happens due to the lack of regulation.  Also do not assume that just because a company makes certain products with low-risk ingredients that all of their products will have the same rating.

-Reduce the number of products you use each day.  And remember, you do not need makeup to be beautiful!  The times in my life I’ve worn the most makeup were when I was most insecure, which is no good reason to wear it.

-Contact cosmetic and personal care companies and retailers to let them know healthy product ingredients matter to you.  For a form letter to retailers, go here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5500/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12309.

-Spread the word so others can make informed choices about their products.

-Stay informed through campaigns such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (http://safecosmetics.org/), Teens for Safe Cosmetics (www.teensturninggreen.org/ ), and the Breast Cancer Fund (www.breastcancerfund.org/), among numerous others (a list of more endorsing organizations can be found on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website).

Don’t be discouraged.  Many companies are making the move toward safer products for their consumers; products that work just as well if not better than the toxic alternative.  It simply takes a little extra time on our part to find them.  Each time we purchase them, we send a message that toxic makeup should be a thing of the past.  Companies will make what people will buy.  Thanks for reading.  Please let me know your favorite low-toxin personal care products in the comments below.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1Peter 3:3-4

References

Malkin, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The ugly side of the beauty industry. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers.

Suzuki, D. (n.d.). “‘Dirty Dozen’ Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid. In David Suzuki Foundation. Retrieved June 4, 2013, from http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

http://www.goodguide.com/

http://safecosmetics.org/

Watch my YouTube video on this topic:

Product Review: Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner

Product Review: Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner

Over the last few months I have been trying to green my beauty routine.  This included purchasing a conditioner called Happy Happy Joy Joy (you can find it at www.lushusa.com).  The last time I visited LUSH I asked one of their staff for a conditioner recommendation for my hair type: long, oily, fine, lots of hair.  She suggested Happy Happy Joy Joy, their new conditioner.

The Product

HHJJ is a vegan conditioner that contains ingredients such as rose water, almond milk, and orange blossom water.  LUSH is known for creating products with little to no preservatives.  It is advertised as a light conditioner for all hair types including processed and color treated.  The conditioner is perfumed and leaves your hair smelling rosy the entire day.  It is sold in the following sizes: 3.3 oz ($12.95), 8.8 oz ($24.95), and 16.9 oz ($39.95).

The Results

This conditioner left my hair feeling soft.  It is definitely perfumed as the makers suggest.  When I smelled the scent in the store I liked it; however, I learned that I do not like it enough to be on my hair for an entire day.  I like the rose scent, but I wouldn’t say I love it (although the aroma grew on me over time).  While the consistency definitely seems lighter than most conditioners, I found that if I did not take extra care to wash it out completely it left my hair flat.  This is a huge issue for me, having fine hair.  Overall I would rate this conditioner a 3 out of 5.  If I can get it rinsed out enough I rate it a 4, but it seems like I have to rinse it much longer than other conditioners I have used.  This may work better for other hair types that do not get weighed down as easily.  If you really enjoy a rose fragrance you will love this in your hair all day.  I may repurchase this in the future but will likely try another conditioner first.  Hope this is helpful!

As always I purchased this myself and I am not affiliated with the brand in any way, just wanted to pass along my experience with it for those considering giving it a try.  Please leave a comment below if you have used it with your results and hair type.  Thanks for reading!