Lately, I’ve been pretty conflicted when it comes to switching to all-natural and organic “clean” beauty products. There was a period in my life about a year ago when that was all I talked about and the only products I would purchase. I switched almost everything in my household to all-natural and 100% organic products that were non-toxic. The reason I stopped purchasing these products was because it got very expensive and I heard that a lot of the brands I was using were greenwashing.
Greenwashing is when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.
However, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve become interested in nontoxic and green beauty again. As a blogger that is interested in beauty, I’d like to trust all of the products that I am using on my body (or in my household). So I’ve been conscious of what I’m consuming and reading labels on products.
However, after a lot of intense research I’ve come to one conclusion: all-natural and 100% organic products work for some people, but not all. They truly work when you don’t think about it to much, but focus more on simplifying beauty product usage in general.
the pros & cons of all-natural/organic “clean” beauty products:
This is completely my opinion and what I have learned about the clean beauty world over the past two years.
- better for your health
- better for the environment
- you know exactly what is in the product you’re using
- it can be expensive
- greenwashing is a problem
- researching products is time consuming
- making your own products isn’t always easy
- I’m allergic to coconut oil, so half the products I can’t even use
sometimes the cons outweigh the pros
When it comes to beauty products convenience is usually the chosen option. It’s easier to purchase some Dove sensitive skin soap than it is to find my organic tea tree soap that doesn’t irritate my skin. I understand that our skin is our body’s largest organ. But it’s hard for me to overhaul everything I currently love in order to help one tree from being chopped down. I’m not 100% nontoxic and organic (obviously), but I’ve decided to pick and choose my battles.
Such as, I will no longer purchase cleaning products that are toxic. They irritate my skin and I’d rather not breathe in fumes, like bleach, chlorine, and the like. So, I do have a few favorites that I use like Green Works All Purpose Cleaner Spray, The Honest Company’s Glass & Window Cleaner, and All Free and Clear Laundry Detergent Pods.
taking an 80/20 approach when it comes to products
I’ve decided to take an 80/20 approach when it comes to products. This way I don’t drive myself crazy by obsessing. But I also don’t have to throw away all of my products because this person or that blog said I need too. I’ve decided to do what’s right for me! By taking an 80/20 approach, I’m ridding myself of 80% of toxic products and switching to cleaner beauty products. I’m also minimizing how I look at and use toiletries in an entirely new way.
When it comes to my hair I am taking a purely natural approach. All of these products will be included in the 80% of products that I use. This was a simple switch for me, being that I have natural hair. I’ve also switched all of my hair products to all-natural and organic products, including Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner.
Whereas the other 20% will include products that I love and don’t want to get rid of. For instance, I love Aveda products and they are usually 97% natural. So until I find a brand that is 100% organic and gives me the same results as they do, I will continue to use them. The same goes for nail polish. I love some five-free brands like Zoya, so I’m slowly transitioning to cleaner nail polish. Until then, I continue to use Sally Hansen because I love it. Nail polish is also something that is really difficult to put into the “clean” beauty category.
how i’m using the 80/20 approach
In order to figure out what products I’d like to consume, and what I’d like to get rid of. I’ve been using the Think Dirty app, which rates how toxic products are. Products that have a rating of eight or higher will be replaced and each product is rated based on a scale of 0 to 10. Whereas the products with a zero include all nontoxic ingredients, and the products with a ten include the most toxic ingredients. I’m hoping to only have products that are below a seven, but only a few of them in my beauty stash. If i end up with one that is a ten, I won’t obsess over it. Because I’m doing what I feel will work best for me. I’m mainly doing this to figure out if I’m using an average of very toxic products. I’d rather know what is in my products and decide if I want to take the risk, or not. Below is what the app looks like and it is free to download! You can learn more about it here.
I’ve decided to choose my battles when it comes to all-natural, organic, and clean beauty. Some companies claim to be 100% organic and they aren’t. So I’d rather know what is in the products I am purchasing and decide if I’d like to consume them, or not. Because let’s face it – there’s more to life than stuff!
I wanna know below, what’s your stance on clean beauty products?