I remember that summer day like it was yesterday, a girlfriend and I sitting on the grass talking about vegetarianism and veganism. My friend was just reading a book in which the topic of cosmetic testing on animals was discussed. I was aware of what the rabbit symbol meant, even at that time, but I was still surprised that many cosmetics often contain ingredients of animal origin. Most often fat from ruminants, hooves, hair, fur, insects, fish scales, and beef placenta.
That was in back in 2009, and since then I have started to take interest in avoiding cosmetics with these ingredients more consistently. I stopped using all cosmetics that didn’t have the rabbit on the package. In other words, I stopped buying cosmetics that were connected to animal harm of any kind. I also started immediately looking for certificates like Ecocert or BDIH on my cosmetics.
As with the ingredients in my food, after a while I became more interested in the ingredients of all my cosmetics.
Because whether we like it or not, the beautiful labels on cosmetic packaging are not always representative of ethics. At that time, I was also in contact with a high school friend who studied chemistry throughout University. He confirmed my thoughts, and helped me solidify my practice. One question I had for him was: Do the chemicals in products (like toothpaste, for example) distort the plastic packaging? The answer was, of course, yes. That means we are not only brushing our teeth with chemicals, but also the plastic packaging that the chemicals break down!
For me the solution is clear. I would like to share with you some cosmetic tips I have been using for the last six months or so:
I mix 2 parts coconut oil with 1 part baking soda. I also add a few drops of quality lemon essential oil and keep the paste in glass container. This toothpaste doesn’t create foam, but you will get used to it quickly. It’s important to remember that dentists will assure you that cleaning your teeth is about the mechanical work and having a good brush, not the toothpaste!
In the last few weeks I have been using olive oil in the shower. Oil doesn’t foam, but that doesn’t mean its not cleaning you! We want to wash away impurities and sweat when we bathe. That includes a little grease, but mostly it’s just water and salt. Soaps are made of fat, oil, and some other ingredient to hold it all together (apologies to chemists for my layman’s definition) So, in the end, I decided to use just the oil, and then rinse it off with water. I mix my olive oil with water in a 1:1 ratio, and before I use it I shake it well to give it emulsifying properties.
I use solid shampoo. Try Camamu Soap or Booda butter Suds of Love. So great!
For a long time I was using nothing to condition my hair, but I recently felt I should use something. So now I use plain coconut oil. I rub about teaspoon of coconut oil in my hands to liquify it and then distribute it to just the ends.
I don’t use it at all during winter time, because for me it’s not necessary. In the summer months I am happy with the Czech company Biorhyme, which is also package free! I have also heard the brand Meow Meow Tweet is great, but I haven’t tried it myself.
6. Make-up removing and cleansing
I use the same olive oil and water mixture as my soap! It’s a simple 1:1 ratio, and I always have the bottle ready. I quickly shake it to mix as well as I can, and then rub it on my face, rinse with warm water, and dry with a towel.
I recommend using a flower water. Right now I make my own flower water. Are you interested in the recipe?
8. Extra skin care
Oil. The trick is to use the oil on moist skin, that is why I use the flower water just beforehand, and don’t dry my face. Choose an appropriate oil based on your skin type. I recommend rose ship, avocado, or argan oil for all types of skin.
9. Face and body mask
I use a white clay. Last time I bought mine in bulk from a French woman in Nice. The trick is to buy it dry and in bulk, so all you need to do is add a bit of water. A simple mask!
10. Body lotion
Since I use olive oil as my soap, I don’t need extra moisture for my body too often. If I do, it’s always nice to have some coconut oil on hand for extra moisturizing.
So, these are the best 10 beauty tips that I have been following this year! Have I missed something? You can write me with all your suggestions. Natural cosmetics never stop fascinating me, and the simplicity mixed with results is the best part. I can have a spa at home with just a few products and on top of that, it makes my traveling easy because I can fit everything in one cosmetic bag.
Have yourself a beautiful pampering day!
Translation with the help of Ellie Farrier