Help! My Root Chakra is blocked!

I’ve recently been learning more about the chakras which, according to some Indian religions, are seven energy centers located along the body. When one is ‘blocked’ it can impede or stagnate your growth or functioning in that area.

I don’t tend to take these things too literally, but I certainly believe that these energy centers, or vortexes (they spin!) are a useful metaphor for considering how certain ‘blocks’ in our lives might manifest as a physical ailment or powerful emotion.

According to a short quiz I took, my most blocked chakra right now is my ‘root chakra,’ which is kind of unfortunate because if that one isn’t functioning well, all the other chakras are going to be out of whack as well. The root chakra is located at the base of your spine, and is associated with the color red.

How do you know if your root chakra is blocked? Well, you feel “ungrounded.” This could be due to physical or environmental stressors, but also just feelings of spaciness or forgetfulness. A good example: the other day I left my lunch sitting out on the counter at work instead of putting it in the fridge. Doh!

It makes sense that I’d feel this way and be kind of scattered right now, because my job involves using unstructured time wisely and trying to deal with a ton of different things at once, including facilitating lots of conflicting perspectives. Being pulled in so many different directions can make you feel untethered, even at the best of times when you’re feeling stable in your own sense of self. (For  me, I think that’s when I’m with close family, which is certainly when I feel most grounded).

Another thing I’ve noticed about my job is that, unlike when I was teaching, there are few immediate rewards. Sometimes “helping” means disciplining a student, or having a really tough conversation with a parent. These are not fun things to do. AT ALL. I’m the first to admit, it’s a blow to the ego.

And I think that’s a big part of why my root chakra is in need of some TLC. I’m renegotiating my relationship with my ego, and realizing that a lot of things are no longer about me. It’s about doing what’s right, for the long term. But that definitely takes a toll.

I’m getting there. In the meantime, I’m trying to rebalance myself by doing lots of oil massages and pranayama breathing techniques. I especially love alternate nostril breathing.

One of my green beauty lifesavers for helping me feel more grounded has been Nubian Heritage “Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver With Neem Oil Hand and Body Scrub.” ($12.99) It is thick and luscious with an earthy grounding scent that helps relax me before bed. I also really enjoy drinking Yogi Tea Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea.

Any other tips are always appreciated!

 

 

 

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Taking a Break from Blogging…

Hello everyone!!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’ve decided to take a break from blogging (for now), mainly because I want to invest my time into some other things and writing projects, and I just don’t have the time to spread around! I have had a wonderful time in this little community, and really enjoyed meeting you all!! I will be continuing my green beauty journey, as I truly am passionate about it…and I know I will miss sharing my finds and reviews with everyone and comparing notes. I am really amazed at how this blog grew so fast, and if I could keep it going and do all the other things I want to do I certainly would…but never say never! I may well be back at some point in the future.

Thank you so much to all those who supported, followed, and commented. I will try to continue reading and commenting on your blogs!!

Liv xx

The Sane Diet: What is Joyful Eating?

A good few years back, I went through a really difficult time in my life. I had just moved to America from England, leaving behind my family and friends. I had a newly minted PhD but couldn’t find a job, and had no academic connections in the U.S. And I knew pretty much no one in America, besides my new husband’s family. New house, no job, and an entirely different culture to deal with. Not to mention homesickness. Not surprisingly, I also began to have panic attacks.

Ridiculously (but I was only about 26 in my defense) I did not give myself permission to feel anger, grief, or upset about these changes. Instead, I blamed myself and internalized everything, thinking there must be something wrong with me for not being able to adjust to them. Jobless, I had a quite a bit of time on my hands with which to ruminate on fixing this problem…

The ‘answer’ I rationalized, was to ‘improve myself.’ The anxiety I felt was my fault, therefore I had to become a more serene, healthier, happier person. I really didn’t stop to think that I had very good reasons to feel anxious!

At around this time, I picked up a book on eating healthily with a plant-based diet. I also started attending yoga classes. I became vegetarian and practiced yoga every day, with a view to becoming a yoga teacher. I started reading lots of books on spirituality, especially Buddhism. A trip to Whole Foods could take two hours because I carefully read the ingredients of every single item I picked up in an effort to avoid any processed or refined ingredients.

Now, this is actually a pretty healthy lifestyle, right? Arguably, yes. But, here’s the thing. I was practicing this lifestyle for all the wrong reasons.

I was feeling so out of control of my own life, placing all of the blame for my negative feelings on myself, that I had turned to diet and spirituality as a means of gaining a modicum of control. Every time I checked the food labels, I felt empowered and in control. In reality, I was anything but. And, crucially, it didn’t make me much happier…it certainly didn’t make me a ‘better’ person (what did, IMO, was gaining confidence at work, and being less serious and more lighthearted about life).

Don’t get me wrong, yoga and healthy eating are both great. I still try to practice both. But I’ve quit the obsessive label-checking; the flirtations with veganism (which, again, I think I flirted with only because I was down this path of food control = moral purification. In other words, it was a way to feel ‘in control’ again) and the self-help/diet book reading. I would like to be vegetarian again, however. I fell off the wagon two years back, but I care deeply about animal welfare, and still feel guilty when I eat meat! I think that is the right reason to be vegetarian, though.

What I’m getting at here is that deep down, you know when you’ve been hijacked by your own desire to ‘self-improve.’ You know it because you feel anxious about food, weirdly ‘high’ when you eat healthily for a whole week (or some other self-imposed goal) and, perhaps the biggest giveaway, you feel like you are on some kind of ‘journey’ or ‘quest.’ Let me tell you, this is a quest that you can never achieve, because the only place it leads is more self-doubt, recrimination, and anxiety. Once you’ve reached one goal, all you can do is replace it with another more restrictive one. Where’s the joy in that?

If you’re wondering why I felt compelled to suddenly share my thoughts on this topic, it’s because I just finished reading an article about a new eating disorder that’s appearing on the DSM V: orthorexia. This is defined as an obsession with food and diet as a means to self-purify, to the point where it negatively impacts one’s health or ability to function in the world.

I don’t think I was even CLOSE to this point…orthorexia is a radical condition, and fairly rare. Still, all disorders appear on a continuum and I perhaps splashed about a bit in the paddling pool end of the spectrum.

So, how SHOULD one eat? What is joyful eating? Really, it’s simple. Too simple for control-freaks like me, perhaps, but all the more healthy because of it’s simplicity! As author Michael Pollan suggests, “eat food, mostly plants.” If you’re eating a well-balanced whole-food diet, getting exercise, drinking enough water, and cutting down on sugars, you’ll be just fine. Cook at home. Eat some chocolate when you feel like it. Avoid binges (which is pretty easy when you’re not dieting) and don’t think about food too much. And, by all means, practice yoga. Yoga, in fact, is the one exercise that keeps me feeling sane and balanced. I just don’t obsess about getting the ‘perfect pose’ anymore. I do it for me, and to feel good – not to prove something to my teacher or to myself. I also highly recommend mindfulness practices. It really helped me deal with my anxiety and accept rather than to seek to change it.

Right now, on this green beauty journey I’m on, I’m careful not to get obsessive about ‘purity’ because I know this is a flaw in myself that can be a problem, especially when I’m feeling out of control or low-confidence. So if a product isn’t 100% clean, I’m OK with that. I don’t want my old food issues to simply transfer to another locus of control!!

I hope this advice proves useful to you guys, and that as 2015 approaches you can put it to some use as you crack out the resolutions journal…

Have a happy healthy Holiday season…and eat joyfully!

Liv 🙂

Discover The Best Oil For Your Skintype!

I know that I have no right to complain about the weather being as I live in L.A. and all, but I’m originally from Britain and complaining is what we do best. And, even in L.A, where people get excited if they see a CLOUD, there’s a chill in the air and a nip at my nose.

The side effect of colder weather is drier skin, so I’ve been researching more about oils recently. And if you’re looking for the perfect oil to experiment with over the bleaker months, I hope this proves a handy guide!

So…which is the best oil for your skin? I’ve done my own research, plus consulted a great book called “The Idiot’s Guide To Making Natural Beauty Products,” to bring you a great list to choose from:

ALMOND OIL – Sweet almond oil is great for dry, itchy skin – especially if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or inflammation. This makes it a great ‘winter weather’ oil. (Also a great carrier oil for essential oils)

APRICOT KERNEL OIL – Like almond oil, apricot kernel oil is great for dry skin, and also used in lots of products for mature skin.

ARGAN OIL – Every green beauty bloggers’ favorite, and for good reason. Argan oil is a great all-rounder, helping with hydration, anti-aging, dry skin and increasing skin elasticity. Another benefit is it doesn’t clog pores.

CHERRY KERNEL OIL – This unusual oil has many of the benefits of almond and apricot kernel oil, but is more nongreasy in feel.

COCONUT OIL – Another beauty blogger favorite (and mine) coconut oil is fantastic! It hydrates, absorbs easily, and leaves skin with a dewy glow that can’t be beat. This is why I love it as an ingredient in lipbalms and beauty products as well; it makes the consistency and finish just lovely. I have an article about the top 10 uses of coconut oil here.

CRANBERRY SEED OIL – Good for anti-aging, it protects skin from damage caused by free radicals. Great for under the eyes too.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL – Great for dry, itchy skin, acne, and dermatitis.

GRAPESEED OIL – Grapeseed oil is very healing, as it contains vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids. Another oil that is used for acne.

HEMP SEED OIL – Good for dry, irritated skin. I love the company “The Wonderseed,” all of whose products contain hemp seed oil.

JOJOBA OIL – One of my favorite oils. And guess what? It’s actually a liquid wax! Jojoba oil is great for dry skin, wrinkles, acne, and a few drops on your hair will help moisturize. The biggest difference I’ve noticed in my skin since using jojoba oil is a lessening of redness around my nose. You can also use it as a make-up remover. BONUS – has an infinite shelf-life, so crack out that four year old bottle you’ve got lying around!

KUKUI OIL – This is exotic sounding, but is really good for sun and wind burns, so if you’re going skiing or snowboarding this winter, get yourself some kukui oil! It’s also a good hair product, especially for dandruff. And despite the exotic sounding name, this is readily available to buy online!

MACADAMIA OIL – I’d love to try this; I have a feeling my skin would love it, because it’s very rich, being high in fatty acids. It’s especially good for regeneration of skin, scars, irritated skin, fine lines, and softening the skin.

MARAJUCA OIL – An anti-inflammatory oil, it helps dry, sensitive skin, and helps balance sebum.

OLIVE OIL – Another favorite of mine! Nothing beats the moisturizing properties of olive oil so if it’s a ton of moisture you want, this is the oil for you.

PASSION FRUIT OIL – Used for acne.

PRICKLY-PEAR SEED OIL – This is the new darling of the beauty world! I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s supposed to be good for fine lines, hydrating, and dark under-eye circles.

PUMPKIN SEED OIL – Another ‘healing’ oil used for rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, burns, wounds, and scars.

ROSEHIP SEED OIL – Known for its anti-aging properties, it renews skin cells, and helps fade age spots.

SESAME SEED OIL – In Ayurveda this oil is meant to be very soothing and grounding. Great for self-massage, and very moisturizing.

WALNUT OIL – Walnut oil has great anti-aging properties. Helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines.

WATERMELON OIL – One for the summer! Very lightweight and balancing; great for T-zone type skin. Not greasy, but very moisturizing, this one is on my wishlist once the warmer months roll back around. Actually, like jojoba oil this has an indefinite shelf life, so you can get it now and just save it for summer 🙂

You can also mix oils to create your own custom blends! Jojoba and olive oil is very nourishing!

Any new oils here you’d like to try? Any I’m missing? Let me know below!

Liv:)

#Giving Tuesday: Support Safe Cosmetics!

Hi Friends,

This Giving Tuesday I received the following email from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – I wanted to share it with you guys! I donated – will you? 🙂

December 2, 2014Dear Olivia,
December 2nd is #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate our nation’s great tradition of generosity and have fun boosting our favorite causes. #GivingTuesday demonstrates that we can do more with our wallets than just shop Black Friday sales, and that we don’t have to be multimillionaires to give back to causes and communities we believe in.

Be a part of the #GivingTuesday movement by supporting our work to make cosmetics safe for all your loved ones.

Did you know it’s legal to use cancer-causing chemicals in cosmetics like shampoo, lotion, mascara, and eye shadows? Outrageous, right? It’s completely unacceptable to us that cosmetics and personal care product makers think it’s ok to expose women, men, and children to cancer chemicals as part of our daily cleaning and beauty routines.W We believe we can change the cosmetics industry for the better and make the use of cancer chemicals a thing of the past.

This year, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics launched the Cosmetics Without Cancer campaign to pressure cosmetics companies to stop using chemicals linked to cancer in their products. We can win this effort, but we need your financial and political support.

On #GivingTuesday, make a gift that makes a difference. Together we can make Cosmetics Without Cancer the new industry standard! 

Thank you. Your support means the world to us.
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Warm regards,
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Janet Nudelman
Director, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Kloverbox November 2014 Review!

Hi Peeps!

First of all, what do you think about the new format for my blog?! My hubby, Josh, told me that the other theme (‘Forever’) didn’t convey “my personality” (ominous) and that he thought this one was more fun. So, we’ll see if it grows on me! It’s tough – I’m kind of used the old format.

Anyway, enough rambling. Today’s review is of a new-ish green/eco-friendly subscription box called Kloverbox. Unlike Petit Vour and Vegan Cuts, the items in Kloverbox are more ‘lifestyle’ products; not just limited to skincare and makeup. This piqued my interest, because I’m trying to be greener in other aspects of my life as well as beauty. Wouldn’t anything else be hypocrisy? So I was keen to try Kloverbox’s offerings. A 25% off coupon from their Twitter feed meant I got to try this box a bit cheaper than the usual $25.00. That sounds like a lot, and it is, but the nice twist to Kloverbox is that you can buy just one box when you feel like it, or subscribe for savings: a 6 month subscription = $22.50 a month, which is just a dollar more than Vegancuts. And I like the fact that you can buy one box every so often, if you fancy treating yourself.

So, let’s take a peek inside the box, shall we?

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was a very, VERY strong apple scent! That’s because of the SoyWerks Appletosh Soy Candle (full-size, value $5.00). It’s a GORGEOUS tart-sweet appley scent, and is now sitting on my coffee table making the whole room smell like apples. I also love that it’s 100% vegan and soy wax, and handmade.

Here’s a piccie:

candle

But wait! Something else in the box was smelling amazing! The next thing I pulled out was a Cocoa-Mint Handmade Soap from Kloverbox’s featured Etsy shop of the month, Small Beauty Keys. First off, I love the fact that small shops are being featured in their box, but I also just loved the scent of this soap. It’s intensely minty, and I’m sure will tingle a bit in the shower. YUM! (full-size, value $5.00)

I kept pulling stuff out; it was like Christmas. Here are the other items included:

The Wonder Seed Hemp Hand Cream (full-size, value $12.95). This hand-cream smells intensely of lavender. Love it.

Lavina 100% Pure Argan Oil (sample, value $2.14). I already own argan oil, but it’s nice to have a travel-size.

Kosmatology Hand Sanitizer (full-size, value $3.99). Scented with grapefruit and clove, this hand sanitizer contains no triclosan or chemical thickeners. And it smells yummy.

Love Reusable Bags (full-size, value $13.95) As you can see from the picture, this is a cute and stylish lunch tote lined with food-safe PEVA lining. I like the Tartan; reminds me of a wonderful visit to Scotland I took a few years back…och aye!

Jolly Oak Dark Chocolate Coconut Raisin Granola (sample, value $2.50) I love dark chocolate and coconut anything, so this is a great sample for me to try.

And finally, here’s a pic of all the goodies (excepting the candle).

kloverbox

My favorite products thus far are the candle (incredibly scented – I’m sitting on my sofa and keep getting whiffs of apple!) and the lavender handcream, which was great timing as my hands have been really dry lately. Plus, I love lavender. But honestly, I love everything in the box. If I could afford another subscription, I would totally get this one, but it’s nice to know I don’t have to subscribe and can just treat myself now and again. As for value for money, the total value of this box is definitely more than $25.00, and definitely a lot more than the $22.50 you’d pay for a 6 month subscription.

Kloverbox have been getting some great buzz in the blogosphere, but now it also gets…the Liv seal of approval!!

Liv 🙂

Ayurvedic Abhyanga Practice…

Hi Friends!
I’ve been so tired and stressed lately…I’ve literally been coming home from work and napping and then going to bed at 10pm! In an effort to relax and get my focus back on self-care I’ve been practicing Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage at nighttime. It’s definitely helping…I thought I would share with you a bit about this practice, which soothes both body and mind. At this time of year, especially, I think it’s really important that we honor ourselves, our bodies, and our need for rest…Enjoy!
Benefits of Abhyanga
Abhyanga increases circulation, lubricates joints, and moves the lymph (helping detoxify). It also improves sleep and helps you relax. It’s also, obviously, good for your skin!
Choose Your Oil
You can use any oil, or choose an oil that benefits and balances your Ayuvedic dosha. There are numerous dosha quizzes online, but in general…
-If you are an anxious, flighty person tending to dry skin you are probably VATA. Choose sesame or almond oil.
-If you are a fiery type, prone to irritation, anger, or traditionally ‘Type A’ you are probably PITTA. Choose coconut or safflower oil.
-If you are a grounded type, ‘earthy’ with a tendency to need ‘revving up’ for things, you are probably KAPHA. Choose safflower oil.
-If you’re not sure, choose jojoba oil, which is good for all doshas.
Vatas should practice abhyanga more often than other types, as it is profoundly soothing for their flighty, nervous natures! (I’m a vata, I should know!)

Here are the instructions which I’ve been following, taken from the Deepak Chopra website: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-benefits-of-ayurveda-self-massage-abhyanga

Steps to Follow for Self-Massage:
  • Warm the oil
  • Sit or stand comfortably in a warm room
  • Apply oil first to the crown of your head (adhipati marma) and work slowly out from there in circular strokes—spend a couple of minutes massaging your entire scalp (home to many other important marma points—points of concentrated vital energy)
  • Face: Massage in circular motion on your forehead, temples, cheeks, and jaws (always moving in a upward movement). Be sure to massage your ears, especially your ear-lobes—home to essential marma points and nerve endings
  • Use long strokes on the limbs (arms and legs) and circular strokes on the joints (elbows and knees). Always massage toward the direction of your heart
  • Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side
  • Finish the massage by spending at least a couple of minutes massaging your feet. Feet are a very important part of the body with the nerve endings of essential organs and vital marma points
  • Sit with the oil for 5-15 minutes if possible so that the oil can absorb and penetrate into the deeper layers of the body
  • Enjoy a warm bath or shower. You can use a mild soap on the “strategic” areas, avoid vigorously soaping and rubbing the body
  • When you get out of the bath, towel dry gently. Blot the towel on your body instead of rubbing vigorously.

Repurchased! Products To Rave About…

Hi Friends,

I’ve been experimenting with green beauty for about four months now, and have come up with some winners…the following items are all things I’ve repurchased in the last month. Because they ROCK 🙂

1. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer.

yes to cucumbersIt was a happy accident that led me to buy this: I was looking for a new moisturizer in Target, but my hubby was waiting on me to go to dinner and I had about five minutes to pick something. After a quick browse through the ‘Yes To’ brand I decided to just buy the one that was the ‘most’ natural (98% in this case). Ordinarily, I’d pick a moisturizer for dry or aging skin rather than a ‘calming’ one, but now I’ve fallen in love with the scent. It’s that gorgeous, fresh, cucumber scent you never get tired of, and it works wonderfully well – not too thick, not too thin. Perfect for pre-makeup application…I also love the ‘Yes to Cucumber’ facial wipes because they’re one of the few wipes in the ‘Yes To’ range that don’t contain alcohol, which burns my skin something wicked. Price: $14.99. Buy here.

2. Mi-Me Tangerine Hydrating Lip Balm

mi me lip stuffI don’t think I really knew what a good lipbalm was until I tried the Mi-Me brand. Chock full of essential oils, coconut oil and soothing butters like mango, tucuma and mururmuru, this lip balm is the perfect not-too-thick or thin consistency, smells great, AND leaves lips with a gorgeous lipgloss-like shine. One of my friends thought I was wearing that famous MAC Lipglass (the clear one) and I was like, nope! Just my Mi-Me! Petit Vour sells them in packs of two for $10.00. Buy here.

3. S.W Skincare Makeup Remover.

SW makeup removerGuys, I’m almost tired of going on about how much I love this product! It’s the ultimate multi-tasker: makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer in one. I use it every night, and although it doesn’t smell amazing (no thanks to you olive oil) it works so well and is such a perfect consistency I forgive it. It’s a blend of jojoba, olive, and sweet almond oil, and somehow the ratio works perfectly. I use this before applying argan oil before bed, and my skin has never felt so soft upon waking up. And it removes even the most stubborn eye makeup easily.

4. Adama Minerals Orange Vanilla Body Lotion

Zion healthI reviewed this about a week ago and, believe it or not, I already repurchased the large version of my smaller sized orange vanilla body lotion (right) because that’s how darn confident I am that I will never tire of this product. The scent is divine, the consistency is perfect, and I want more orange vanilla everything in my life. And the price is a very reasonable $10.49 for 8oz. Buy it here.

Have you tried any of these products? Have you made any great purchases recently?

Tune in soon for a review of some lurvely Mineral Fusion nailpolishes and an Ayurvedic massage tutorial…

Liv:)

…In Which Liv Has a Muse About Blogging!

my brain

First off, I know, second post of the day! I am not a blogging addict, I promise! And I apologize for clogging up your email/reader. But as you can see from the picture above, I am one of those people who, when they’re into something, they are REALLY into something, and when they’re not, they’re not. Right now I am quite into blogging 🙂

So I’m going to have a muse about blogging for a bit. How meta am I?

I was reading some comments on another lovely lady’s blog, and suddenly got to thinking about the whole blogging deal and what I’ve learned about it. And what I’m still not clear about. Perhaps you can even help me with that! Here are the results of my musings, in no particular order.

1. Blogging is super-duper hard. I used to have a friend who was a professional blogger and in my mind that meant she sat around all day in her P.J’s eating ice-cream and scrolling through her Twitter-feed. Actually, it’s really hard work. I didn’t realize this when I first started my blog, but to some extent you are creating a brand, and then working to refine that brand…to craft your presence, if you will. On top of which you have to write, tweet, comment, stay current, spend money actually buying stuff to review (until I get mega famous of course) and worry about how many views you got that day. It’s a recipe for crazy-eyes. Yet so fun!

2. Am I doing a good job? It’s like an existential howl into the night (sort of). I write my little post, press ‘publish,’ but then it’s so out of my control! And even when I get comments and follows I totally worry that I’m not ‘connecting with the audience’ or something like that. And then other bloggers say you should just worry about putting out quality content…and I’m like, erm, what’s that ‘look like’ exactly? I guess you just can’t quantify these things.

3. I’m still fuzzy on how to use tags and categories. I’ve looked at other blogs and tried to see what categories they use, and they usually seem much more specific than mine (i.e. a brand name) but then when I search that brand name in the reader nothing pops up. So why categorize it that way? Am I missing something?

4. It took me frickin’ forever to learn how to a) create a menu, b) add an instagram feed and c) add a featured image so that the whole of my post wouldn’t appear on the homepage. Grrrrrrrrr. I’m like a caveman learning how to bang one stone against another here.

5. I like getting free stuff. Is this really a perk? I’ve only had one freebie thus far, but it was AMAZING and really motivating. And I truly love the idea that I might get to promote smaller brands that I love.

6. The blogging community is fantastic. People are so supportive and friendly. I know that out there in the ‘real world’ horrible trolls lurk under bridges, but in the green beauty world at least, no one has been anything but lovely and kind. THANK YOU!!!!

I hope you guys have been enjoying my posts. Plenty more to come! In the meantime, fellow bloggers reading this, what are your thoughts on blogging?

Heard about Pinkwashing? What it is & How to Avoid It…

I learned something new yesterday…the term ‘pinkwashing.’ This is the term for when cosmetics/skincare items display the breast cancer pink ribbon logo to show their support for the issue – normally donating a portion of their sales to breast cancer research – but the ingredients in their products ACTUALLY CONTAIN CARCINOGENS. Cue shock-horror.

It’ such blatant hypocrisy and it makes we wonder, with weary cynicism, how companies can get away with it. But, of course, they do. It’s just one of many reasons I got into green beauty.

The way to avoid being ‘pinkwashed’ is simply to check the ingredients of a product brandishing the pink ribbon logo. Does it contain any of the following?

-parabens

-phtlates

-fragance

If the answer is yes, then it’s best avoided.

Here’s a short video from YouTube made by “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” that discusses the issue and argues that if a company wants to advocate for women’s health they’d do well not to put known toxic chemicals in their products to begin with…