Deep Dives

What is Bioaccumulation and why does it matter?

What is bioaccumulation and why does it matter? Bioaccumulation implications for cosmetics ingredients.

This is a simplified explanation of a very important subject. For a deeper deep-dive on toxicity in general, I highly recommend The Dose Makes the Poison by Patricia Frank and M. Alice Ottoboni.

Do you know the pH of your shampoo? This is why you should.

Do you know the pH of your shampoo? Why shampoo pH is critical for healthy, shiny hair.

 

Shampoo was my gateway drug into green beauty. Nearly ten (?!) years ago now, I was struggling with hair loss and breakage and began looking into everything and anything that could be contributing to my tress plight. I stumbled upon the hair-damaging effects of sodium lauryl sulfate, and away we went.

Protect yourself from more than the sun: Everything you need to know about sunscreen

Protect yourself from more than just the sun, what to know about sunscreen

I still have my grandmother's words ringing in my ears: "The sun is not your friend." It's true – too much sun certainly is not your friend (but the vitamin D you get from it is). We're used to hearing that too much sun will give us cancer and cause premature aging, and we've been taught to wear sunscreen every day – if not to protect our health, at least for the sake of vanity. 

When Vegan Cosmetics are Misleading

Choosing healthier personal care products can be daunting with so many choices out there, and, as a result, we tend to focus on one or two buzzwords to help narrow down the choices and make an ultimate decision. (More about that circus in my Greenwashing post.)

The Truth about Willow Bark and Pregnancy

The Truth about Willow Bark and Pregnancy

A brief aside before we get started: I'm not here to freak you out. I only want to help others avoid the anguish I went through of assuming something was safe, and finding out later that this assumption was not entirely true. 

What is Greenwashing and How to Protect Yourself

Green beauty is very much coming into vogue, which is super exciting for multiple reasons: It's healthier for our bodies, healthier for our children, and healthier for the environment. (If you aren't familiar with the fact that the cosmetics industry is essentially unregulated, read all about that here.)

What is greenwashing? How to spot it and protect yourself.

How Aloe Exposes Truths of the Beauty Industry

How Aloe Exposes Truths of the Beauty Industry

I was talking to a lady boss friend recently (shout-out to Adrienne Krieger of Everling Jewelry – seriously, go check her out) about the pervasive presence of aloe vera in makeup products.

The Truth about Natural Beauty

We wear makeup for lots of reasons: it enhances natural features, disguises blemishes, it's fun, and it can make us feel good.

The truth about natural beauty

Despite the laundry list of reasons for wearing makeup that I'm sure we could collectively come up with, I worry that, too often, there's an emphasis on covering up, on creating features we don't have but wish we did, on trying to craft ourselves into some idealized view of beauty.

Toxins in Your Cosmetics and What You Need to Know

WHY CARE?

Let's talk about rules! I promise, this will be exciting.

While "rules" may not sound like a thrilling conversation topic, this information is the foundation for all of the "green" chatter we see when hunting for personal care products. It is also the reason why I urge you to be your own personal regulatory agency.

Generally speaking, there is a shared assumption among U.S. consumers that stores wouldn't sell cosmetics products if they were harmful to human health. This is a very reasonable assumption. If the FDA closely regulates food and drugs, doesn't it do the same for cosmetics, another category under its purview?

The short answer is "yes," but the more accurate answer is "no."

Toxins in Your Cosmetics and What you Need to Know