Natural Beauty Giveaway

There is a popular saying in natural beauty circles…”What goes on you, goes in you.” How many of these are natural beauty products?That’s because your body can absorb chemicals–right through the skin.  It is efficient enough so that certain (“trans-dermal”) drugs can be administered by skin patch, including medicines for motion sickness and pain.  While a boon for medicine (I wish they had the motion sickness patches when I was a kid!), doesn’t it make you think twice about what you put on your skin?

What's on your skin?

What’s on your skin?

As the mother of girls I knew I needed to pay close attention.  When they were small, it was nail polish and lip balm.  Then they graduate to… well, more products than the typical adult uses.  One study showed teen girls using 19 products a day versus 12 in adults.  In a study published in 2008,  the EWG “detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families – phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks – in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls aged 14-19. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.”Natural Beauty Products - Better for you, your family and the environment

What might you find in cosmetics or other personal care 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.  For a deeper look and the hazards (and some really great charts), see the EWG’s Top Tips for Safer Products.

But just like switching to natural foods, there are alternatives. For a product by product analysis the Skin Deep database is a great tool.

Natural Beauty Products - Zosimos Blush & Lipstick

Natural Beauty Products – Zosimos Blush & Lipstick

Want a natural glow for summer?  You can still have it with natural beauty products.  And consider the giveaway below.

This giveaway, sponsored by Art of Natural Living is for one blush and one lipstick from Zosimos Botanicals, a $45 value, in your choice of Hibiscus (“Neutral Salmon Pink with Peach Undertone”) or Dahlia blush/Garnet lipstick (red tones). It is open to US mailing addresses and closes at midnight CDT on August 12, 2014.  To enter, leave a comment letting me know something you plan to do to live healthier.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower).  The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 48 hours to get back to me with confirming information or a new winner will be chosen.

For additional reading on many of these chemicals, see Time Magazine’s, The Perils of Plastics.

111 thoughts on “Natural Beauty Giveaway

  1. Tamra Phelps

    I’ve been trying to eat healthier, more organic fruits & veggies, etc. This is mostly because I’m diabetic & need to lose some weight to feel healthier.

  2. Deanna Middendorf

    I plan to start eating mostly fresh foods, homegrown, etc… That along with a daily exercise routine will hopefully help me to take off excess weight very soon.

  3. Tina Robinson

    I am looking into getting a magic bullet, I have heard so many great things about the smoothies and I need to lose weight, lower my blood pressure and just get healthier in general. I have had breast cancer and that is enough to scare you into healthy!! I have reduced my salt intake drastically, started drinking more water and eating more fresh vegies and fruits. And I have started taking fish oil and cinnamon pills! I don’t like taking pills (meds) since cancer treatments, I seem to be allergic to so many things (medicine wise) that I am trying a healthier lifestyle all around to avoid any other meds!

  4. Eric

    I would love to win for my wife!

    She is so busy with our 4 children, but she makes time to cook homemade meals. Thanks!

  5. jamiee

    Work out on a more regular basis, and eat clean! The summer heat is a good motivation to eat lighter. 🙂

  6. Louise

    Hi Inger!
    What a fantabulous give-away! I must say, it is only since my daughter got sick that we really dug into the ingredients in most
    beauty” products. My daughter and her husband have become quite strict about what products the kids are allowed to use since then. There are good products out there but searching them out is sometimes overwhelming. Thank you for this introduction to Zosimos Botanicals. I’ll be checking them out:)

    As for me, I’m on a nutra bullet kick and loving it! I may even try a tomato smoothie in it as soon as I get some ripe tomatoes, lol…Thanks for sharing, Inger…

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    Wish I could enter but I do understand the importance of natural beauty – all about the need for more water and some aloe vera 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Maryann D.

    I plan on making more smoothies with different fruits and vegetables to eat healthier.

  9. Ali

    I try to eat more veggies and fruits. With the heat this summer, this means lots of smoothies!

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  11. Sara Sullivan

    I’m trying to get healthier by switching to natural beauty products. Our skin is our largest organ – and sometimes I don’t think about all the chemicals I’m putting on it!

  12. lena

    not eligible to enter i know…hehe..but what i’m trying to do to get healthier is try to incorporate more juices to my diet, do a bit more of exercise and sleep more!

  13. Jessica Hellfritsch

    Starting on the 23rd, I will be taking a dance class to help me stay in shape and get healthier!

  14. sharon

    i am cutting out unnatural products from my diet and eating all natural. i am trying to make sure now what goes on my body, not just in, is natural too. this would be a great giveaway to win!

  15. jodi

    we get outside more in the sun biking and gardening. we use coconut oil and eat organic.

  16. Paula Ball

    I’m cutting back on caffeine & pushing the water, also getting rid of excess poundage, have lost 20lbs in the last 4 months!

  17. Lauryn R

    I definitely need to drink more water and exercise daily. After having my third baby, I have seemed to forget that I have to take care of myself as well lol!

  18. Irene C.

    I plan to start moving more – walking daily whether its outside or on the treadmill.

  19. Laura I

    I’ve been eating healthier, working out daily x 30 minutes, and drinking lots of water!

  20. Kaitlin L.

    To live healthier I get chiropractic adjustments, try to drink more water, take vitamins, eat superfoods.

  21. Francesca

    I plan on buying homemade soap for me to use! The kids already use a good brand of baby wash.

  22. lisa

    I have been trying to drink more water and eat more raw vegetables. And of course get outside more with the kids.I am following!

  23. Rikka Korte

    My kids and I have cut out all artificial sugars and sweets. We are only eating real food and avoiding processed foods.

  24. Maureen

    I lost my Dad to skin cancer and had a scare of my own recently. Since I am a Florida native, my plan is to protect my skin and the skin of my husband and children using natural skincare products on a daily basis.

  25. Melissa

    i am going to use more natural products and drink more water! thanks for the giveaway! i’d love to try these products.

  26. Samantha Daleo

    I plan to drink more water, eat less per sitting and walk my dog longer and more often.

  27. Susan Smith

    I’m eating healthier by eliminating sugar from my diet and eating more fruits and vegetables.

  28. Heather R

    I’m drinking a LOT more water these days – not only for all of the reasons it’s good for you, but the more water I drink the less I drink other, less great stuff like coffee and soda!

  29. Christina Anne

    I’m trying to drink more water (I mix w/ a little apple juice) and eat more fruits and veggies and exercise more often.
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