Environmentally sustainable beauty products you should be using

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Environmentally sustainable beauty products you should be using

Some of these products I’m already using. Some of these products you may be using too. I thought I’d take a swing at this subject today by creatively blending in my own thoughts on a short list of no more than four essential beauty products mainly used by women.

If I’ve used one or more of these products already then I’ll share my personal experiences of how it makes me feel and what it does for me. If not, then you are more than welcome to share your own thoughts (if you’ve used the highlighted product) in the Comments field provided.

One of my favorite things to do in the evening after work or during weekends on both days, when there’s time enough, of course, is to meander through the many arts and crafts markets across the city. I have also long lost the desire to browse among cosmetics counters in our city’s remaining major department stores. What they sell has taken on a veneer of being utterly plastic and most of the things that appear to be attractive are frightfully expensive too.

A lot cheaper are the home-made soaps I’ve collected over the last few years from my market expeditions. What attracted me to them in the first place were their freshly scented smells. This was made possible by keeping the soaps loosely wrapped in brown paper and not with tight-clinging plastic. I can only really use one or two bars of soap at any one time, so the rest of my soap bars serve as decorative elements and adds a lot of pleasing scents to the bathroom.

I think what makes these smells and the soaps’ colorful variety so appealing is that they’ve all been hand-made from natural ingredients. There’s not a whiff of chemical pungency among any of the bars which add still more variety through their different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, I get a lot of joy just looking at them. I use all my bars so sparingly, not out of a concern to save money but more to do with not wanting to spoil their beautiful unused looks.

An import eco-friendly note worth making here is that none of these soaps include chemicals and none of them are packaged in or with plastic. Then there’s the labor of love that goes into making them. As you let the soft, moist soap caress your skin, you can almost feel this.

A personal favorite of mine, practical for everyday use is the so-called shower to shower combination of shampoo and body wash. I’ve mentioned this before; showering daily is now an essential replacement for the luxurious ritual of hot water baths. It uses up a lot less water and saves on the costs on the excessive amounts of energy your geyser generates. Vanilla is one of my favorite scents, I use it almost daily, but sometimes over weekends I indulge myself from my lavender collection.

There’s just one difficult poser here. The bottled varieties cost so much more than the plastic packaged shampoos. One is still forced to make savings and the shampoo and body wash mixture gets used daily and is quickly replenished. But all in all, the products I’m using are biodegradable and, interestingly enough lather a lot better than the commercial lines I used to buy before. Also it’s a lot healthier for both my hair and skin. Not that I’m planning to have kids any day soon, but I read that these natural lotions, some of them anyway, are so gentle to the skin that they can even be sparingly applied to the baby’s soft skin.

Now, for reasons that I’m sure most of you will understand, I cannot at this stage mention any one product by name. It’s business, sorry to say it. Also, we could get into a lot of trouble describing in detail what others have already written about certain commercial lines. But if you’re in or near Brooklyn, see if you can challenge yourself and hunt down this specialist store that I discovered. They have an entire range of beauty products specifically produced for women.

One particular product I happen to like is their make-up remover. I use this sparingly because I generally don’t use make-up much anyway. But what I’d like to say is that this store’s entire range is organic. Some of the eclectic mixtures of ingredients and its scents include jojoba, almond and olive oil. Oils, in the past, were frowned upon by most women who were concerned about achieving the perfectly toned and clearest skin. But the skin needs its oil, not too much of it, mind you, and all these oils are natural anyway.

Most women, understandably, are also heavily concerned about their facial skin. Many still spend hours trying to perfect their skin, trying new products all the time. To achieve near-instant success with this essential practice of removing dead skin cells, simply use natural and organically produced products. They also do well in at least reducing the visibility of blemishes and premature wrinkles. One last thought on beautifying yourself the natural and healthy way.

Using organic materials to cleanse your skin is good and well. But the job is only half done. You still need to pay a lot of attention to what you eat each day. Eat natural ingredients wholesomely and in a balanced manner three times a day and drink lots of water and much of your work is done.

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