It’s that time of year again. Time for the early summer consciousness raising about, well… all that stuff that goes onto your skin—sunscreen, lotion, soap and so on. Did you know that the average the average adult uses nine personal care products daily & teenage girls use even more? I know summer is an especially big time for me!
If you are eating well and exercising, doesn’t it also make sense to also pay attention to other products you use? “What goes on you, goes in you,” they say.
But I’m not preaching deprivation—there are lots of great alternatives around. And to sweeten my message, I am hosting a giveaway from Good Earth Beauty, an internet retailer focused on providing fine natural bodycare items.
Finding Natural Beauty Products
Of course just like eating healthier requires a little thought, so does picking out a soap or a sunscreen. Before buying bodycare products, I usually take a peek at the Skin Deep Database from the Environmental Working Group–the people who brought you the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen food lists.
For personal care products, they have a rating system that goes from 0, the best, to 10, “don’t even think about it” (my paraphrase). Their database has over 70,000 products already rated, with a Build Your Own Report option to help out small business lovers like me. For unrated products (e.g. from vendors like Good Earth Beauty), you can enter an ingredient list for a custom rating. I settled on looking for a rating “3” or lower so I can get a low rating along with nice sensory characteristics and good performance (after trying and comparing literally hundreds of products).
What kinds of chemicals might you want to avoid in your products? For starters: lead in lipstick and men’s hair coloring, talc in antiperspirant, phthalates in soaps and perfumes, formaldehyde in nail polish… Hmmm, lead is a neurotoxin banned in paint and gasoline, talc is a possible risk for ovarian cancer, phthalates are potential endocrine disruptors now banned in children’s plastics, and formaldehyde is that nasty smelling stuff they preserve lab rats in. ‘Nuf said?
So I was delighted when Good Earth Beauty sent me their Cranberry Citrus bodywash and Coconut Lime Exfoliating Body Whip (Scrub) for a review and giveaway. The soap lathered well and had a beautiful fruity scent that made me think of eating popsicles on a warm summer day. The scrub hit one of my hot buttons—from face to legs, I believe that exfoliating is key to helping your skin look its best. Especially important in swimsuit season! I ran both of these products through the EWG ingredient analyzer and each came up as a “3.” Ding, ding, ding–winners!
There are a couple other things I should note about Good Earth Beauty. First they stock a wide variety of items—from their own to those from other small to medium vendors (including some of my favorites). This makes your shopping much easier than going from store to store (even online)! Then there is free shipping in the US (always) and flat rate shipping worldwide.
And now for the giveaway…
This giveaway is for the two products (body wash and scrub) that I reviewed. It is sponsored by Good Earth Beauty and open to US residents. It closes at midnight CST July 12, 2015. To enter, leave a comment telling me why you think going natural is better. For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment mentioning this (or a second comment telling me you are already a Facebook follower). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with an address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.