Food For Thought Friday: Sustainable Beauty

Food For Thought Friday: Sustainable Beauty

posted on: 4.19.2013

Sustainable beauty... Sounds like a great concept, right? In today's more environmentally aware society, words such as "organic" and "green" get tossed around more than most other words do. But are most "natural" beauty products actually, well, natural? Before I briefly get into this, it's important to understand what sustainability is in the first place. According to the EPA, sustainability can be defined as the following:
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have,  the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.
Beautifully said! There have been a lot of reports on the amount of chemicals that are found in our daily beauty products, from deodorant to lipstick. HERE is a pretty informative post on what's hanging out in most beauty products. Getting back to the point of this post, here's a fun fact: the FDA doesn't actually regulate what's inside beauty products. Many products get away with labeling their products as "natural" and "organic", without the products actually being natural or organic. So what's a consumer to do?

For one thing, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics advises consumers to be wary of the ingredients in your products. They have a list of ingredients to be wary of on their website. Make sure if a product says it's organic that it has a stamp from USDA organic or EcoCert. Now all of this is definitely easier said than done. It's important to be informed on issues like these, but will it change my buying habits?

Well, yes and no. I am aware of the ingredients in the products I use, but if I love a product, I don't necessarily care about what's in it. It's awful, I know, but it's difficult finding sustainable brands that actually have products that work. It's kind of a moral dilemma, if you think about it. I love the idea of sustainable cosmetics, but it's hard to follow through. Plus, the ridiculous prices for most organic products deter me from going the all-natural route. But that's just me. What are your feelings on this topic?


  1. Such a good post! I am exactly the same.. I don't care what's in my products as long as they work. I'd like to introduce some more natural sustainable products into my collection but they're SO much more expensive.. so I can't justify it :L xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Thanks Gemma! Hopefully brands will get their acts together and make their products safer. One could hope!


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