Apparently, it’s going to snow again this week. And it’s March already. While I long for the days of hot July, I’m finding some comfort that day light savings is ending soon (yay, more sun!) and perhaps the snow storms will slowly melt into April showers. And the winds will no longer be hap hazardous, but comforting. In the mean time, I’m browsing Pinterest for glimpses into warmer weather and looking forward to packing away my sweaters in favor for pastel skirts and light jackets. Because this girl could use some COLOR. Below are some of my eco-fashion guilty pleasures.
There’s no better way to say “Hello Spring” than with bright dresses! Found these gorgeous dresses at Amour Vert.
I can’t wait to store my boots away. I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment. I’m tired of trudging in thick snow. My feet need a pedicure pronto and a night out on the town. These pastel vegan heels will add a new sprint into my life.
Once the weather gets warmer, we won’t have to cover every inch of our body for insulation. Say no to scarves and gloves and hello to necklaces, cuffs and rings! I’m taking a liking to soft gold jewelry that have a delicate touch to them. These accessories are made from recycled gold; even better.
Follow my Eco-Fashion pinterest board for more Spring fashion sustainable inspiration.
What Spring trends are you looking forward to rocking?
I was tagged by the lovely Kasey of Plein Vanity to do The Going Green Tag. This tag was originally started by Rachel from All Natural Aspirations. It’s been so much fun reading all the posts on this tag and finding out how each blogger was motivated to go green. So honored to continue on with the tag. Here goes:
What started it all off for you?
I was living in China for a couple of years and the environment was taking a toll on my health and my skin. Going to the Chinese doctor for herbal medicine did do some help, but the medicine was not something I wanted to consume on a constant basis. So I began doing research on how I could improve my overall health. That research let to the discovery in the toxins that are prevalent in our beauty and household products that are in turn polluting our health and the environment. My first exposure had to be the video made by Safe Cosmetics: “The Story of Cosmetics.” It really opened up my eyes to a whole new greener world.
Why I decided to try the no (sham)poo method, my hair diagnosis, and my first impressions.
My hair may look nice to a passerby, but it does have its problems.
My scalp is oily so I have to wash my hair every other day. Do you have to deal with the case of oily bangs. It’s something I deal with everyday, thank goodness for dry shampoo. Although my scalp does produce oil, I also have to deal with dry itchy scalp. My hair diagnosis is most likely this: cold winter weather and indoor heat has left my scalp very unhappy. To compensate, it produces more oil than needed. Although I’ve switched to a sulfate and paraben free shampoo, my hair condition has not improved.
But I was always hesitant about washing my hair with baking powder. That is until my sink got clogged.
This is what happens when you blog dry your hair over the sink. The hair slips into your sink drain and then clogs it. I suppose it’s hair karma. Not wanting to use commercial sink unclogging liquids that contain chemicals, I searched online for a natural alternative. The simple solution was baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water.
After successfully unclogging my sink, I pondered what to do with the baking soda. Cookies, or cupcakes, or hair cleanser?
So that night, I poured 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a cup, mixed it with some luke warm water, gave it a good stir and poured it over my wet hair in the shower. Massaging it into my hair was a different experience. Not having a lather made me second guess whether the baking soda would get the job done. The smell of baking soda was apparent, but not off-putting. I rinsed out my hair for an extra five minutes to make sure that the baking soda was thoroughly rinsed out. And then I blow dried my hair and went to bed and dreamed about Rapunzel.
I was definitely pleasantly surprised with my hair when I looked in the mirror the next morning.
It was shiny and had a bounce to it. It was luscious and happy. I felt confident and ready to conquer the world. My scalp has not been itchy throughout the day. But of course, this is just my first impression. I will be using baking soda for the next two weeks and will post an update post. So hang tight.
Have you tried the no poo method? Have you experienced good results? Please share!
“Natural,” “Botanical,” “Made from Natural Ingredients.” These are all false advertising terms that the marketing industry is using to confuse consumers into believing that what they are buying is good for them.
In fact the FDA does not require that skin care products be tested or approved by them before being put on shelves for consumer consumption. According to the FDA website:
Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives. Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.
This in itself is very unsettling to read as a consumer. The FDA does not take any responsibility for the cosmetic companies that add chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens into our daily household and beauty products. Our bodies absorb 60% of the products that we apply on it. Is this not enough to influence a change?
Thankfully, we as consumers are taking matters into our own hands. Recently Johnson & Johnson released an improved formula for their Baby Shampoo that got rid of a formaldehyde-releasing preservative called quaternium-15. Consumers are now becoming more aware of what their buying and choosing to read labels rather than trusting the marketing terms. The power of social media has also helped magnify consumers’ voices.
But there is still more work to be done.
It’s a great first step to make companies be more transparent about what they put in their products. However, there’s a lot more room for improvement.
Here is a hilarious, but educating video from onlyorganic.org on the False Advertising Industry.
Let’s get serious ladies. We all get annual check ups, but during those sessions, does your physician take a look at your moles? This may be something that you and even your doctor may neglect. But getting those moles checked is necessary.
During my annual check ups as a kid, my child physician would always take a look at the moles on my body. One year, when I was 13, my doctor took a serious look at a mole on my back, which was 5 millimeters in circumference and was quite pronounced. Concerned of my chances of getting melanoma, he recommended that my parents bring me to a skin specialist to have the mole removed. The surgery, and the fact that it was my first, was definitely daunting for a 13 yearsold. The reality that a doctor would be operating on me with a knife, or any surgical tool, did not struck me until I was changing into my dressing gown and waiting for the nurse to take me to the operation suite. Tears streamed down my cheek as the doctor numbed the area on my back with the mole. Thankfully, the surgery was quick, but the fact that 5 fellows were crowded around the operation table while the doctor was operating on me definitely did not make me feel any less uncomfortable. The results came back after the surgery and thankfully my mole did not have any signs of melanoma. But the scar that was left on my back reminded me of the importance of protecting my skin.
Sunscreen is definitely something that I apply to my face and body year round. No matter what the weather is outside, if I head out, sunscreen application 10-15 minutes prior is always a must. While sunscreen is a key for preventing melanoma, your best bet is to get your moles checked on an annual basis by your physician or dermatologist. You can also check on your moles and see if any of them have changed in shape or form.
Here is more info on melanoma: http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma
Do you get your moles checked by your physician or dermatologist on an annual basis?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS), no matter what variation it may be, sulfates are not a girl or guy’s best friend. Found in common skincare and household products, sulfates are creeping their way into our skin and bodies, causing more damage than you may think.
Let’s start by breaking down what sulfates actually are:
Sulfate is a synthetic ingredient that is a salt of sulfuric acid, which is derived from petrolatum or other sources. It’s inexpensive and lathers easily, which is a main reason why hair care companies include sulfates in their shampoos.
If you want shiny healthy hair, stay away from sulfates:
A good lather has become a general expectation in shampoos. Lather means a good thorough cleanse. However, the sulfates that are lathering and cleansing your hair are actually stripping your hair of it’s natural oils. Does your hair feel dry after you rinse out your shampoo? Do you automatically reach out for your conditioner to add back moisture to your poor strands? That’s exactly what hair care companies want you to do. Sulfates are the culprit in taking out the moisture from your hair, making you dependent on the hair care companies’ conditioners as well as their shampoos. More bucks for them, less gorgeous hair for you.
Other negative attributes of sulfates include it’s possible contribution to hair loss, eczema on the face and body, and whiteheads and blackheads on the face.
Sulfates aren’t just in hair care products, it’s also present in nearly all bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts.
If sulfates are prevalent in bleaching agents, do you think it’s safe to use in shampoos and toothpastes?
Make a change. Check those label the next time you shop for a new bottle of shampoo or toothpaste or any skin care or household product. If you see a sulfate, put the bottle down and walk away.