So you’ve decided to make another sustainable switch, but what should that be?
You don’t have to look much further than your bathroom!
Sustainable cosmetics are an easy and affordable switch.
What Are Sustainable Cosmetics?
Sustainable Cosmetics are cosmetic products using natural ingredients produced from renewable raw materials.
Many sustainable cosmetics also come in sustainable and recyclable packaging!
Why You Should Buy Sustainable Cosmetics
Honestly, this is one I fought pretty hard over the years.
We are so accustomed to fancy packaging and plastic bottled goo (that we also hoard) that switching to bare-bones packaging seems overwhelming and well, boring.
Try hard to not let that deter you.
Sustainable cosmetics are better for your health, better for the environment, and can actually SAVE you money!
Examples of Non-Sustainable Ingredients
BHA and BHT:
These are synthetic antioxidants that are used as preservatives. You’ll find these in moisturizing creams and lipsticks.
You’ll find this in antiperspirants. You’re shocked, I know.
The aluminum enters the body through your underarm tissue and blocks sweat ducts. Unfortunately, this has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and osteoporosis.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):
You’re probably familiar with this surfactant as it’s been making headlines over the years.
While cleaning products containing SLS may irritate the skin, skin and hair products that contain SLS are not necessarily irritating to the skin.
According to a 2015 peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Health Insights, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that skin contact with SLS causes hair loss and no scientific evidence indicating that SLS is a carcinogen.
All of that said, I’d prefer to skip this when there are sustainable alternatives.
Examples of Sustainable Ingredients
Coconut Oil is a big one in the crunchy mom world! Coconut oil for everyone - for everything!
Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed, sunflower, and Jojoba are also widely used. Palm oil is still used in many products but is not necessarily sustainable.
Palm Oil is notorious for wiping out rainforests. Brands such as Lusa Organics, are working towards being 100% Palm Oil Free
Plants and Other Organics
Soybeans, Calendula, Yarrow Flower, Plantain Leaf, Lavender, beeswax, chickweed, comfrey, and chamomile can be found in an array of sustainable cosmetics.
Sodium Bicarbonate aka Baking Soda, activated charcoal, and Himalayan Pink Salt provides a gentle exfoliant for skin and teeth.
Essential Oils play a key role in sustainable cosmetics by adding therapeutic properties, pleasant aromas, and even aromatherapies.
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My Favorite Sustainable Cosmetics
Sustainable Cosmetics - Hair Products
One day when I was scrubbing the shower I was incredibly irritated at the number of bottles I had to remove.
Even when I was younger, childless, and spouseless I had 4 or four bottles of goop in my shower alone.
It’s too much guys. It’s simply unnecessary.
ONE bar can replace your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shave gel. Yes, one.
This leads to a lot less waste and more money in your wallet.
What is this magical bar?
Have I mentioned my hair and skin have never looked better?
Sustainably Cosmetics - Oral Products
Are you missing that just back from the dentist’s clean feeling?
Did you know that you can mimic those results without spending an arm and a leg on an office visit?
You’re going to squirm a little in your seat right now, but you’re going to have to trust me on this one - Tooth Powder.
Yes, I said Powder.
ELEVATED Taylor's Tooth Powder is an alternative to toothpaste that uses healing herbs and charcoal to not only clean but whiten teeth.
Sustainable Cosmetics - Face Care
My skin is very dry most of the year. Typical drug store cleaners are too drying and lead to breakouts.
Makeup remover? Forget it. My skin is too sensitive.
A few years ago I decided to deep dive into skincare and all things makeup.
What did I learn? #1 I needed to moisturize more effectively and #2 to stop using harsh makeup removers!
Yes, even that most waterproof eyeliner you have can be removed with a sustainable cosmetic!
Bonus - this ONE product is both cleansing and moisturizing.
LuSa Organics Facial Cleansing Oil & Moisturizer rebalances oily, acne-prone skin and nourishes dry, sensitive, or mature skin. Easy to use and it is organic!
Sustainable Cosmetics - Moisturizer
I cannot for the life of me stand greasy, creamy (shudder), or lotion-y lotion or moisturizers.
It’s a sensory thing. I just can’t do it.
I’m supposed to be a product specialist who is obsessed with LuSa.
While both of those are true, it wasn’t until recently that I tried this lotion bar.
I had pretty much just opted not to moisturize anything except my face.
LuSa Lotion Bars have lotion with a difference!
To use, rub it sparingly on dry or wet skin.
You will get just the right amount with this bar.
Then relax for 30 seconds while the lotion fully absorbs.
This lotion will stay put - even when your skin gets wet!
Conclusion - Sustainable Cosmetics
Making a sustainable switch doesn’t need to cost an arm and leg nor does it need to be daunting.
If I had to choose just ONE sustainable cosmetic to stick with or try it would definitely be the Lusa Shampoo and Shave Bar.
I have tried other brands and similar products and just haven’t found anything that doesn’t eventually gunk up my hair.
There is an adjustment period, but once you make your way out of that, it’s smooth (and silky) sailing with only one bar taking up your shower space.
Click HERE to declutter your life, make a small switch to sustainability, and have the best hair of your life.