Green Links – March 15


Since my last post was all about how to find green/all natural cosmetic products and it is such a BIG topic I thought I would share with you some great videos and articles. These links will further explain commonly found ingredients to avoid in products, why these ingredients get put into our products (super frustrating) and some great general information. I found all of these helpful and I hope you do too.

This is a great video. Helpful in understanding why and how toxic chemicals ended up in our products in the first place.

My wonderful friend Mandy Burstein wrote a great article about 3 Steps to Detox Your Life. It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out where to start. This is a great beginners guide of what to begin removing  from your home.

This is an incredible video where, Heather White, executive director of the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep department explains how the cosmetic industry works and how they get away with putting toxic ingredients into our products. It’s a total must see!

Think Dirty is another great app and website to check out that rates products on their toxicity level.

If you’re getting stoked on changing out your products and are looking for a place to start shopping for healthier alternatives your local natural food store or online are your best options. Conscious Beauty is a wonderful women owned online retailer that only sells top quality non-toxic products.

Here’s a quick Huffington Post article about 10 ingredients to avoid when buying beauty products.

Organic Beauty Bunny is a great Instagram account to follow. If you want to find out more about great cosmetic brands to try and see just how great organic/all natural makeup can look and perform check her out. She is always sharing information and introducing her followers to great brands.

I know this topic can seem overwhelming but I hope this information helps you see just how important it is to learn a bit about what’s in your products. You can decide for yourself what you are comfortable with and what you are not. This is such a personal decision and not one to make blindly by only reading the front of the bottle. Turn the bottle over, get to know the ingredient list (like I’m sure you do when you buy food).  You can improve your’s and the planet’s health by doing so.

Simply Alyson Peace & Love




5 thoughts on “Green Links – March 15

  1. I enjoyed the first video so much. Not just because of the information, but the little characters are adorable and added so much to the video. They weren’t a distraction and in fact, for people like me, that tend to tune videos out quickly, I focused on the cartoon like characters and got the message. I am anxious to look at the other videos as well. Thank you for all the research you do Alyson.

    1. You are so welcome Patti! It’s truly my pleasure. :) I’m glad you enjoyed it. The Story of Stuff organization makes all kinds of great videos in that style (with the cute characters) explaining all kinds of environmental issues, I just love them!

  2. I’ve been trying some toothpastes with fewer ingredients or more natural ingredients. (and flouride free) So far, Jason Natural Products is the winner. The tastes are great, the mouth feel is what you’d expect. It’s a great pick when transitioning from the regular crest/colgate. Well, I still have more to try. Tom’s of Maine can have flavors that are too strong for me, and way too many bubbles- it’s the SLS… Soon I will try Earthpaste but it’s pricey and I’ve heard it takes some getting used to, so I better try another low sudsing type first.

    Oh, as far as shampoo, The Honest Co. looks pretty good. The ingredient list looks good. I’d like to know what people think about it. Costco had it in a 2 bottle pack :)

    1. Miriam I’m thinking I’m going to start doing some product review on the blog, I hope you’ll enjoy them! I agree it’s nice to know what people think before you go out to buy something. I know I’ve bought many things based on reviews from others.

      I used Tom’s toothpaste for years and than realized it had SLS (which I’m pretty sure was making my gums sore). I switched to Jason’s too and am so happy with it :) I’ve never used the Honest Co. body care products just home cleaners (which I really like) I’ve been loving my Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner, I’ll totally be repurchasing when they run out.

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