Saturday, June 30, 2012

Skin care for babies and children (my first guest post)

As we (adults) take care of our skin, it's important to take care of our children's skin too. Every parent wants the best for their children and to choose a baby/children skin product wisely is a very important step.

Read entire article at Savvy Suburban.

Natural house cleaners

I know it's not about skin care, but keep our home clean with the safest way is at least as important. After all the goal is to live healthy and chemical free.

Cleaning products I use

  • Baking soda - acts as a natural abrasive/scouring agent, deodorizer and cleanser and is gentle enough to use on nearly every surface
  • White vinegar - inhibits the growth of bacteria by creating an unfriendly, acidic environment. It's preferred over apple cider vinegar since it won't stain and it's completely non-toxic
  • Hydrogen peroxide - will help remove stains naturally and easily. Always be sure to check for color-fastness before use.

I save lots of money by using just these items. I can get the Baking soda and the Hydrogen peroxide at Dollarama. They are really cheap.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beauty products in the bathroom

What do you have in your bathroom? This question sounds very simple and easy to answer. At first glance.

You would probably start to enumerate: Tooth paste, tooth brush, flat iron, blow dryer, make up, perfume, hairbrush, night cream, day cream, hand soap, deodorant...the list is endless. you REALLY need all of those things? And why do we use so many beauty products anyways?

There are many reasons. For instance we buy a moisturizer because we saw it in the commercial and it promised us a young look, beautiful glowing skin. Or that girl on Youtube uses it, so it has to be really good. I have already 5 other moisturizers? Yes, but doesn't matter, because this one will be the best - now for sure. Does it sound familiar to you?

The same thing will happen with shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, makeups, etc. We realize after months that we actually didn't really use them and they are not even that good. Time to buy something else! And everything will start all over again.

I was a beauty product collector. Literally I had a small drug store in my bathroom and everywhere in the house. Because "I needed it", because "everyone else uses it", because...I am a woman for god sake!

But one day I woke up and I enlightened. Those products in my bathroom are useless, not good for my body nor my health and I don't even use half of them. My skin won't be better just because I have 6 body lotions. Don't even mention about the ingredients of those products.

I realized the human needs are moderate, but the wishes are endless. Time to focus just on my needs.

So I started to radical changes. I stopped dye my hair (I was bleach blonde- and I lost half of my hair), I put my flat iron and blow dryer (heat is very bad for the hair) in a box and put them away, I threw out my makeup, because I don't use them (I didn't find a real natural one), I threw out everything that contained harmful and toxic ingredients and tried to focus on what I really need and actually had real benefits. I switched to natural and organic skin care products not just in my bathroom, but in my kitchen too.

Here is my list of beauty products that I use (I don't write brand names, because I often switch them):

  • Body Wash
  • Body Butter
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Wash
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • For the summer: sunscreen with SPF 30+
  • Lip balm

List of my household cleaning products

As you can see I don't have hundred beauty and household products. All of them are effective so I don't need other stuffs as an extra.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Product review - Nourish Wild Berries Organic Body Wash

First of all as I mentioned in my other post; Nourish was the very first organic skin care company I chose when I decided to step onto the "green road". For that they will have always a special place in my heart.

Their price is wallet friendly and the costumer service is great. They sell their product at Whole Food Market stores, but unfortunately we don't have it here in Montreal, so I had to order it. And what a pleasant surprise! It arrived in 4 days. The shipping fee is not that expensive either.

If you are looking for a USDA certified organic brand for great price, stop searching it, you found it!

The next thing that I have to tell you guys is that I love fruits. I love eating them, drinking them (as a juice) and if I choose a product I always choose that one which comes with fruit scents, like raspberry, strawberry, or any kind of berries.

This is why I chose the Wild Berries Organic Body Wash from Nourish.

When it comes to skin care, I am really careful, because my skin is very sensitive and dry. When I used an over-the-counter body wash brand like Dove, Aveeno, etc. I always suffered from eczema on my arms, because all of them contain SLS which is a very harsh chemical.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blog Awards and Tags

Before I start this Blog Award thing, let me tell you, I didn't know anything about awards and tags among bloggers until my blog friend Lynn from LovelyCosMe just gave me one. Yeeey! I have 1 award! So nice of her, thank you so much Lynn!

So I asked her what to do, how to do it and now it's my turn to give some awards to my blogger friends. The reason why I give awards and tags for them is because their blog is very informative and their goals are the same just like mine: fight against bad and harmful products, open consumers' eyes, educate them and help to change their lifestyle and skin routine to a natural and better one.

Top 10 Award Rules:

  1. Thank for being tagged (done)
  2. Put in the link to the blog of a person who tagged you (done)
  3. Put on your blog the logo Top 10 Blog Award (done)
  4. Choose 10 bloggers to be tagged by you
  5. Put links to their blog
  6. Inform them about it
  7. Create the list of your top 10 cosmetics

The 1, 2, 3 steps are done.

Product review - Biore Moisture Lotion SPF 15

If I think about Biore, the statement: beauty before healt comes to my mind first . I tell you why I think this. Usually people don't really care about what they use for their face, body and hair, but they care about just to look good or pretty. My friend is raving about Biore, she loves it and I still don't understand why...

Biore claims that Biore Moisture Lotion SPF 15 "features moisture-binding ingredients for a nourished look and feel all day. A broad spectrum sunscreen helps guard your face against both UVA and UVB rays without the heaviness of typical sunscreens. With conditioning anitoxidant vitamins A, C, and E, plus natural extracts of wild yellow poppy, rose hip, chamomile and aloe, this lotion helps your skin look and feel soothes, moisturized and nourished."

It doesn't say what skin types it's good for. I am just guessing it's for oily skin, since Biore has products only for "problematic" pores.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What is Greenwashing?

Greenwashing is "the act of misleading a consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a products or a service."

In skin care it means when a company claims that their products are natural or organic when they're not.

The main problem with Greenwashing is that consumers will lose their faith in natural brands. I've heard from lots of people that they bought a "natural" product and it wasn't good for them. Usually it happens because they thought the product was natural, but it wasn't and the harmful chemicals had a bad effect on their skin.

Don't be fooled by false advertising.

Natural lifestyle became very popular lately (which is good!), but companies take an advantage of it. Also, they (companies) know exactly that consumers will not check the ingredient list, because they believe their claims. Thus, saying about a product that it's natural, it's a big business.

When I went shopping I used to check the beauty section. Every single time when I found a product that said it's natural or organic I was disappointed. Although the bottle was perfect with those natural images, the ingredients weren't even close to being natural.

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to choose natural skin care products?

You are standing in front of the counter and you can't decide which product is really natural. There are so many green bottles and labels saying 'all natural', 'organic' or 'herbal' that you are just so confused and puzzled.

Unfortunately lots of beauty products are falsely labeled as "natural" or "organic". Just because they contain few natural ingredients, they say the product is natural (eg. Aveeno who claims that they are "the leader of active naturals"), when it's not. It's called "greenwashing".

Companies are not required by law to disclose all their ingredients on product labels. This means they can put anything in a product what they want. And they even can call it natural when it's not! According to Dr. Sarah Lantz "Manufacturers may also apply for ‘confidentiality’ or ‘trade secrets’ exemption in relation to the formulation of the product. If successful, the manufacturer only has to list the patented name of the formula and not its specific ingredients. The exemption process effectively denies consumers the right to access information about the ingredients in the product."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Product review - L'oreal Skin Genesis Night Cream

Claims and product details (from their official site):

Creates an improved environment to care for new skin cells. After seven years of research, L'OrĂ©al introduces its latest innovation for younger-looking skin. The formula combines patented Pro-Xylane ® with Hyaluronic Acid.

At night, the skin is less exposed to daily aggressors and actively recovers and recuperates.Derma Genesis Intensive Night cream helps to nurture skin with moisture during this time. When you wake up your skin feels revitalised, tautened and appears plumped-up. Your skin looks visibly younger.

A unique lightweight night treatment that works deep within skin's surface layers to accelerate the strengthening process while you sleep. Skin wakes up smoother, better hydrated and fully recharged.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Product review - Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash: what's behind the label?

The following statement caught my eyes:

"Neutrogena, a leading dermatologist-skincare brand, offers a variety of beauty and skincare products and Neutrogena Body Wash is one of the best products they boast of.

So when I was reading this I felt I had to post about it for 2 reasons: 1. there is too much hype for this product and 2. I used it on my back with no results.

Yes, maybe it smells good, but when I took a shower and I used it, the harsh chemicals in it caused me eczema.

Since you can't really treat acne or any pimples from outside, this product won't be a cure for any acne prone skin. (And it didn't help me either.)

On the bottle you can read the following: "NEUTROGENA® BODY CLEAR® Body Wash is a refreshing clean-rinsing body wash that cleanses acne-prone skin on your back, chest and shoulders. This effective, yet gentle formula contains salicylic acid that penetrates deep down into pores, removing oils and impurities without overdrying or irritating your skin. The foaming lather rinses completely without pore-clogging residue, leaving your skin feeling clean."

I checked their website and I clicked on the "Why Neutrogena?" and I found these claims:

  • The strong relationship between Neutrogena Corporation and dermatologists gave the company an exceptional competitive advantage.
  • (...)a new emphasis was directed toward marketing and research efforts to create a line of safe, mild, premium quality skincare products.
  • Member of Johnson & Johnson companies
  • Neutrogena the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand

This sounds very nice and very promising to someone who wants to purchase any Neutrogena product.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Why professional skin care products are better than the drug store ones?

I have read somewhere else that "If they (estheticians) glower at you when you mention you use drugstore skincare, I would not return again. Nothing irks me more than snobby estheticians who try to profit by making you feel less, looking down on because of how much you spend on your products."

As all of you know already I use just 100% natural and certified organic products. Therefore I can't agree with that claim above 100%, because drugstore brands usually contain synthetic and harmful ingredients that are really bad for the skin and our health.

Your esthetician should tell you why she wouldn't suggest those drugstore brands. It's not fancy, or being snob, it's aware you about the ingredients and their effect on your skin.

Drug store brands and salon products can have the same ingredients (although it's hard to find), but the amounts of those ingredients are different. Over the counter brands have those effective (if there is any) ingredients in much lower quantities.

While some of these may have benefits for your skin, I think there are not enough of those ingredients (with benefits) in the product to have any real effect, especially not for a long term.

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