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*Wonder Pencil: http://fave.co/1HsZxiX
Why I do these "Finding Better Beauty at the Drugstore" videos:
As is obvious from my channel and my blog, I have a strong interest in and focus on green, natural, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic and cruelty-free beauty. Since that is the case, it may seem antithetical to some that I am making this particularly series of videos. Why give the big makeup companies and sprawling, unsustainable and unethical corporations any more attention than they already have?
While I do think that our best options when it comes to toxin-free makeup and beauty products are small and locally owned businesses, especially when it comes to finding products that are created in a way that align with each of our personal set of ethics, I know that this is not always possible for anyone.
Whether you live in a rural or remote area where shipping is unavailable or prohibitively expensive, or you're on a tight budget that does not allow for spending on expensive organic beauty products and shipping, I wanted to outline other options for you. Maybe in the future I'll create a video specifically about this quandary, but for now, here are my suggestions:
-Try DIY. Many products available in the grocery store can make wonderful organic or natural beauty products. Try a Pinterest search -- there are tons of recipes out there! Plus, you never know where it may lead! Maybe you'll fill a niche in your local community and have a small business of your own.
-If you, like me, are hopeless at DIY beauty skills, check out your local community. You never know whether or not there are already wonderful small businesses around you unless you check. In my local area, there's a small natural beauty business that doesn't even have an internet presence beyond an email address! Check small boutiques and local health stores for these.
-Try to get a 'shipping group' together of friends so that you can make a single large, combined order and save on shipping.
But if none of these options work for you, I offer these videos as a way to find inexpensive makeup (and eventually, I'll do videos about skin care and hair care) that is safe to use.
Just be aware that the companies that make these products will not align with your personal ethics. Some of them, like NYX, do not test on animals. And a handful, like some Burt's Bees or Physicians Formula, contain natural ingredients such as beeswax or minerals.
But all of them have one thing in common: they contain (something safe) synthetics that may be petroleum-based and therefore are not a sustainable resource, and ingredients that are not necessarily safe for the environment. As long as you know all this, it is up to you to make the best decisions for your lifestyle, budget and ethics. I am here to give you all the facts.
So how do I figure out whether a product is 'clean' or 'safe'? I primarily use the app Think Dirty. You can find it here: http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/
However, I also use the website version of the Good Guide, which you can find here: http://www.goodguide.com/
I cross-reference each resource when it comes to the health effects of products, and when a product falls into the 'green' health category (green means go = safe to use), I include it in these videos. Where a product is not listed on either one or the other, or both, I investigate individual ingredients myself. I compare the ingredients to others listed on Good Guide and Think Dirty, or I look them up through various websites. If their health effects are currently unknown (which is the majority of cosmetics compound in use today), those products are disqualified. If an individual ingredient is included in Good Guide or Think Dirty's databases but does not fall under the 'green' score, that product is disqualified.
So for example, 100% silica is rated as green on Think Dirty even though the NYX HD Phtogenic Finishing Powder is not. Since Silica is considered safe and this product is made from only silica, I included it in this video.
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