posted on Nov, 20 2009 @ 09:17 AM
I've been fighting the battle against toxic or animal tested cosmetics for a long time now. One thing i discovered is that in the end you don't have
to give up that much. I've found brands that are organic, that are paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate and silicon compounds free and that aren't even
more expensive than regular cosmetics.
Also a few tips, from my own experience:
-while i can't personally give up shampoo (i have long, straight hair and it would just look and feel nasty) you can reduce the quantity that you
use. Only your scalp needs shampooing, doing it to your tips will destroy your hair over time and no amount of conditioner will fix it. Less is more
in this case.
-i don't care what your shower gel bottle says, it is NOT gentle on your skin. A natural, organic, with fewer ingredients (and a little more
expensive) soap is far better for your skin and for the environment.
-some things you can give up buying altogether. Like face and hair masks, and face and body scrubs. The natural alternatives that you can make with
stuff from your fridge and cupboard are far, far better than any of the stuff you can buy. Anyone interested, feel free to u2u me for details, or
simply google it.
-chemical hair dyes are useless. Your natural hair colour will always look better than anything coming from a bottle. If you have grey hair (thank
god, i don't yet) there are natural alternatives, like henna, that are actually good for your hair.
-antiperspirants are evil, that's all i can say. Choose a simple deo, without aluminium compounds.
I'm not a complete tree hugger hippy, i am as vain as the next person i guess, but i didn't have to give up anything, bottom line is, there are
[edit on 20-11-2009 by Wallachian]