The Green Blog
Is Your Makeup Bag Green?
When I first started going green, recycling was the first thing I did to help the environment. But as I became more educated and aware of how my personal choices affect the earth we call home, I learned that being "green" was a complete lifestyle change -- from the food I eat to the cleaning products I use in my home and the cosmetics I wear everyday.

Many cosmetics contain toxic chemicals which, if used once or twice, may not cause harm, but used over a period of time could possibly cause problems. Add to that ingredients like mineral oil, which is derived from petroleum, and other ingredients that can pollute the environment, and suddenly my beauty routine wasn't so beautiful anymore! And I wanted to always be sure I was using products that weren't tested on animals.

But I am a self-confessed make-up junkie, so living without my cosmetics wasn't an alternative. I'm happy to say that with a little research and with more and more cosmetic companies becoming aware of the necessity of green beauty products, there are a wide array of choices in skin care and makeup for all of us. And you don't have to sacrifice quality to find great products that perform!

http://www.safecosmetics.org/ offers information and links to companies which have pledged not to use unsafe chemicals in their products. They even have a resource kit to help you host a healthy cosmetics party, with sample recipes, party tips, links to educational tools and other resources.

www.caringconsumer.com/ has a guide to kind living with a comprehensive list of companies that don't test on animals, as well as those who do so you know who to avoid.

Greenopia.com provides green alternatives to some of your favorite makeup brands.

Green Living Ideas has more information on the dangers of traditional cosmetic brands, what to look for in preservatives and additives, and recommends more green brands.

Skin Deep is a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.