Gifts from Bend, OR

Live in Bend, Oregon and want to give a gift from Bend, Oregon? Follow my local gift giving series!

Green your coffee routine

Save 23 lbs of waste this year and start using a reusable coffee cup to keep you caffeinated.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Goal #3 Use green/natural beauty products

Before I was pregnant with my son, I never questioned what was in my beauty products. I just took for granted that the products were safe since I thought the FDA looked at everything. Well, the FDA only screens about 20% of them. YIKES!

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I jumped on forums and chat rooms to get the latest information on everything baby. It was there I first discovered I was putting a lot of toxins in my body. I vowed to start using natural deordorant, shampoo, soap -- you name it. And then, third trimester hit and I was too tired to even look at forms and chat rooms anymore.

Then this video popped up a few months ago and inspired me to go green, gradually

Why would I use something that causes cancer and messes with my reproductive system? Did you know that the average baby is born with only 200 chemicals in their body?

I started asking my friends via Facebook and Twitter and looking for new, safer items to use in our daily routines.I made a list of things to start seeking out that were considered "natural" or "organic."  My list included: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, baby shampoo, soap, lotion, facial cleanser and moisturizer.

If you're looking to make this switch but are stumped,  a good place to start is the EWG's Cosmetic Database or The Good Guide. At a suggestion from a friend, I also checked out Bubble and Bee's blog on chemicals to avoid. They've done a good job of outlining what you should be looking for (and yes, they do sell products).

One thing that had me worried -- would these products be as good as the products in our mainstream store aisle? My hair was the one I was particularly worried about considering I have baby fine, limp hair. Of course, I don't have to buy products, I can make some of my own which I still very well may do later on.

I spent a few hours gathering all the items I needed to stop using and switch out. It was a full box as you can see:

Next up: I'll talk about the products I tried. Note: I haven't talk about make-up yet. I'm subscribing to the 80/20 rule as No More Dirty Looks would call. it. I don't wear much make-up anyway (mascara, concealer and blush) so once I run out of the product I have, I will start my journey on replacing those products as well.

Do you have a favorite product? A favorite trick? A suggestion? I want to know. Leave a comment below.


  1. I'm a mom of teens ages 14-18, I have come to the point in my married life that I can say the prime has passed and the excitement deteriorated. But one day a friend visited me and I was surprised at how young she looks considering that she is 4 years older than me! Then she introduced me to REVIVE SP from the Purity12's line of products. And the rest is history for the name stood up to its promises. Fine lines are gone and it made my skin supple. Not only was my skin revived but also my married life! Thanks much Purity12!

  2. I really like Aubrey Organics products, because they really are very natural and I especially like their shampoo and conditioners :)



Related Posts with Thumbnails