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Beth Ditto Gossips About Eco-Friendly Beauty Advice

Beth Ditto is the lead singer of The Gossip, a Portland-based band that fuses punk and soul. (The girl can sing.) In Britain, she's so popular that she has her own column in The Guardian called What Would Beth Ditto Do? She's an outspoken feminist who happens to love hair and makeup. "To me, a day without makeup and a bouffant to match is a day wasted," she's said.

In a recent column, she tackled the dilemma of being a huge beauty junkie who wants to be eco-conscious. Her straightforward tips are easy to incorporate into your shopping routine. Take a look:

  • Find out which companies have a recycling program. Ditto points out MAC's excellent one, which gives you a free lipstick or lip gloss if you return six containers. I agree with her when she says it's a good time to try an unusual color. "If you are anything like me—unwilling to take risks and spend £10 on a crazy bright orange or electric pink—it's all gravy," she says.

For more of Beth's advice,

  • Buy soap rather than body wash that comes in bottles. Less packaging means less waste.
  • Beth makes her own perfume formulations using essential oils. "Granny Ditto always referred to perfume as 'smell good' and for me it's an essential," she says.
  • "When it comes to hair colour, I have just three words for you: henna, henna and henna."
  • This one won't appeal to design fans, but it does make sense: Reuse plastic containers. Beth mixes her essential oils with water, then puts them in a spray bottle—making it a low-cost "atomiser."


Join The Conversation
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
great tips! Aveda has great recycling programs and uses recycled tin in their compacts, plus flax is the main ingredient for their reusable lip color cases and makeup brushes!
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
Health food stores like Whole Foods have henna for every hair color, including a "clear" for no dye but great shine.
the-kid the-kid 9 years
love love love love beth ditto. if you ever get a chance to see the gossip live, don't miss it.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Good tips!
sashak sashak 9 years
yay for Beth!! Blondes can't use henna :( But I always use bar soap b/c I HATE all the extra plastic waste
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 9 years
you can make henna at home yknow
brookemcqueen brookemcqueen 9 years
Lush has some hair dye hennas in their product line ( A friend of mine uses the red henna on her super dark hair. The color comes out somewhat subtle on her but it makes her hair look more shiny overall.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I love her she is so outspoken and i love her voice!!! And she isn't a waif!
erush19 erush19 9 years
Finally! Beth Ditto is a role-model and inspiration to me, and my friends. Everything she does, she does with passion and whole-heartedness. I love this woman!
Fabulous-Me Fabulous-Me 9 years
I love the woman and her band!
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 9 years
nicachica nicachica 9 years
so where can i find henna for my hair? the red dye i used didn't work so well and i'd prefer to use henna than a drug store brand again!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
What other companies have a recycling program? How can I find this out?
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