Polysorbate-20. Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Parabens. Phthalates. Formaldehyde. Fragrance. Have you ever looked at an ingredient list on your personal care products and thought, what the HECK is all this junk? On my journey to live a more toxin-free life and (hopefully) increase my chances of getting pregnant, I started to put my lifestyle under a microscope. I cleaned up my diet, started choosing organic foods and eliminating processed junk, bought a fancy reverse osmosis water filter to get the fluoride and chlorine out of my water, switched to simpler laundry detergent and swapped plastic food storage for glass.
I began living and choosing products more purposefully, but turned a blind eye to my beauty routine. I am a self-proclaimed beauty JUNKIE! I love going into a gleaming Sephora store, chatting with the super cool sales girls, and buying some tiny little pot of something for $50 that promises me nothing short of miracles. I love the first swipe of a new lip color, brushing on a new bronzer for the first time, and my FAVORITE part of the day is washing my face at night and doing my skincare rountine. I just never believed that natural skincare could work as well as the toxin filled, perfumed stuff I bought at the mall. I finally dumped a bunch of my toxic luxury stuff in favor for more natrual, and some organic, choices. But what I found were a lot of greenwashed companies, touting all natural products with ethically sourced organic ingredients. But many of the labels still included lots of long, unintelligible words. I was frustrated, and spent a lot of money on product that didn’t perform, so I went back to my old stand-bys, chemicals and all.
Recently, I had the chance to test out a newer brand of “natural” products that have take the beauty world by storm. They’re sold mostly from brand reps, in a multi-level marketing structure (controversial in itself) and have also had pop up shops in major retail stores. I was intrigued, and gave them a test drive for 5 days or so. My skin looked great, but when I went to add up the products I liked that would give me a well rounded skincare routine, I was looking at a price tag of $400-$500!! Now, I’ve been known to spend $55 on 1/2 ounce of eye cream, but that $500 price tag was too much to swallow. Will I buy a few of my favorites from them? Probably.
When I really thought about the products I liked from their line though, a little lightbulb came on in my head, and a voice was nagging me that I could probably replicate many of the products I had tried. That’s when I decided I was going to make my own skincare products and challenge myself to use only homemade stuff on my skin for the next 30 days. Now, as someone who obsesses about a single pimple on her face, this challenge is a little daunting to me. I’m determined to formulate products that work for my skin. Here’s the rundown of what my homemade line will include and my performance expectations for the products:
-Soapy cleanser: remove impurities, oil, dirt and provide some acne treatment
-Cleansing balm: remove makeup, nourish skin (cleansing balms are similar to oil cleansers, but you use a hot muslin cloth to wipe them off your face; it feels DIVINE on skin!)
-Toner: I don’t regularly use a toner, but after trying one from the above company, I want to make one. It should be refreshing and calming.
-Serum: nourishing, anti-aging, moisturizing. It should be non-greasy and easily absorb into the skin
-Scrub: exfoliating, invigorating, energizing. It shouldn’t be too harsh, since I have sensitive skin
-Mask: clean and refine pores, acne treatment, tighten skin
-Moisterizer (for daytime): non-greasy but a good moisturizer, as I’m super dry in the winter, and anti-aging and calming
-Eye treatment: potent, absorbable formula with anti-aging and energizing properties
Whew! That’s a tall order I’d say. So I’ve ordered my ingredients, and just have to wait on them to come in for the fun to begin!
Also, if you don’t want to make your own products, but you want some safer options, I’d check out ecofriendlymamausa.com. She’s got great lists of good, so-so and greenwashed companies as well as some great posts on specific brands, products and ingredients!
I’ll be back for an update for you all once I get started with my homemade products! Stay tuned!!