Consider this dilemma: You want to stay looking foxy, but you don't want to slather unhealthy or even carcinogenic cosmetic products all over your dear, beloved skin. Being the girly-lady that I am, I never leave my house without my fancy Shiseido Japanese lotion on, and I also usually use SPF 15 Chanel powder and believe me, gobs of Estee Lauder mascara. But lately I have been thinking... with make-up being such an intimate part of my life, I really don't want to use cosmetics that have been tested on animals, and I especially don't want to be putting anything on my face that contains ingredients that could potentially be bad for me and bad for the environment. Sustainability is also essential to me as well, but what tends to be good for the environment and good for your health also tends to be good for communities and business, and thus eco-friendly markets tend to sustain their own sustainability. So with this all in mind, what options exist for the girl who wants it all without sacrificing quality?
Because I want to extend my orb of consumer-consciousness into my realm of self-maintenance, I need to know what qualifies as "green make-up". Sparkly jade eye-shadow aside, "green make-up" contains fair-traded ingredients, has not been tested on animals, contains no mineral oil or other petrochemical derivatives, and finally, contains no synthetic perfumes, dyes or preservatives. With this in mind, I hereby embark on a journey of experimentation and discovery in the uncharted waters of green cosmetics.
First stop: Certified organic make-up. Some great companies that use organic ingredients in their products and avoid synthetic chemicals include: Alba, Brown Earth, NVEY Eco Make-up, Avalon Organics, Lavera, Lush, Afterglow Cosmetics, Farmaesthetics, and Mod.skin Lab. MAC is also a great company to buy make-up from because their AIDS Fund has raised more than $100 million dollars to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. So the next time you saunter into Nordstrom and cannot resist the alluring pull of the MAC counter, don't even feel bad about it. Just remember that you are actually contributing to a good cause. Also, when you buy from a cosmetics company, be sure that they allow you to re-fill their compacts or containers. MAC applies this concept by allowing their customers to refill their compact by ordering from the company. Have fun on your journey to cosmetic bliss. May it be ethereal, pure, and most of all, certified organic!