Beautiful Skin,
Beautiful World!
    

On Make-Up:
Like hair care and other organic products, natural or organic makeup may cost a little more than at a conventional store, but costs are comparable to other specialty lines. Some natural or organic makeup might be found in health-food stores or whole-food grocers, but a larger variety is available online. Many of the natural makeup lines rely on powder foundations as opposed to liquid to avoid ingredients that are more likely to cause irritation.




    EcoTools is a cosmetic line in which all products are made from at least 98% natural materials, Paraben and Phthalate free, and are never tested on animals. The cosmetic line offers a wide array of beauty tools as well as its own line of bath accessories and body scrubs and lotions. All lotions and scrubs are gentle and natural, perfect for any skin type from normal to sensitive; and while they are dermatologist tested, not one animal is used in any testing.

    The tools, which are the biggest seller, consist of any type of make-up brush one could possibly desire as well as powder puffs, tweezers, nail files, and eyebrow scissors! Every brush handle is made from bamboo which has a low impact on the earth's resources, as it is a highly sustainable plant. The bristles are synthetic takon, 100% cruelty free, and the "barrels," which are the metal section of the brush connecting bristles to the handle are made from recycled aluminum. What is most wonderful about these products is the packaging they come in. Unlike your everyday cosmetic products, EcoTools do not come in plastic packages to be thrown away, but in natural cotton and hemp cases that are reusable and great for storage!



    Burt's Bees makes a variety of earth-friendly products. Better yet, the packaging is "green" too! All Burt's Bees products are made from natural ingredients mostly using: beeswax, botanical and essential oils, herbs, flowers, and minerals. What you will never find in Burt's Bees products are things found in everyday cosmetics such as: petroleum, sodium lauryl sulfate, and glycol. Although many of their ingredients like beeswax, royal jelly, and milk are derived from animals, their products are never tested on them. Burt's Bees embodies the idea that nothing unnatural should be used on your skin!

    The reason why so many people have allergic reactions to cosmetics is because they use non-natural ingredients so for those with sensitive skin, Burt's Bees is a must whether you're concerned about the environment or not! Burt's Bees is not, however, limited to lip balm. They have a large line of products including all natural shampoos and conditioners that avoid using harsh chemicals found in most shampoos that strip the hair of its natural oils, eventually causing dry damaged hair and split ends. Due to the use of all natural and organic products, Burt's Bees is even fit to offer a line of baby care products including soaps, moisturizers, and diaper creams!


    Do-It-Yourself

    There are also many at-home skin care treatments that you can try. Not only are they affordable, but they are also good for the environment because you are using all-natural ingredients. Home remedies are always one of the best ways to ensure that you know what your putting on the largest organ in your body, your skin!

  • Facial Scrubs: One of the oldest facial scrubs is a simple mix of olive oil and brown sugar. All you do is take a small amount of olive oil and sugar, mix it up and scrub all over your face and body to remove dead skin and dirt and leaving your skin clean and smooth and, believe it or not, olive oil does not clog the pores!

  • Makeup Remover: While you're more than welcome to go out and buy expensive makeup removers that do who-knows-what to achieve their formulas, why not try an inexpensive and animal and environmentally friendly option? Oil is the base of most makeup and, in the case of cosmetics, like removes like. Try using olive oil or fish oil before washing your face or brushes. This will break up all of the makeup particles making it a breeze to wash everything off. It also conditions your brushes and softens the skin! For an instructional video, see click here.

  • Mixing Medium: There are many mixing mediums available and while many make their own with glycerin, there is a better and more natural way to make your own mixing medium! All you have to do is get a $.99 spritzer bottle and some Rose Water which is available for about $3.00. Fill up your spritzer bottle about half way with regular tap water and half way with rose water, mix it up and there you go!

    This mixing medium can be sprayed on brushes before makeup application to get a perfect consistency for application and reduce fallout or sprayed on a powder puff and patted on the entire face to set your makeup. You can also use it as a perfume and to spray on furniture to prevent dust buildup!




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