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Do You Believe "Green" Beauty Is Safe?

Do You Believe "Green" Beauty Is Safe?

Even if you think you know what's bad and what's good, how much worse is the bad and how much better is the good? It's all relative, yet it's unclear who has the answers when it comes to natural vs. synthetic goods.

Quite a bit of time, thought, and money goes into the organic beauty industry, but some people claim there's too much emphasis on the "bad synthetic," whereas the "bad natural" substitutes are left out of the discussion. Given as an example in a recent article are the artificial phthalates versus the natural soybean. The first mimics the effects of estrogen, while the latter is a phyto-estrogen, a plant-based substance that mimics the effect of estrogen in the body. Neither sounds very good.

Even with recent reports of "greenwashing" — giving consumers the impression a product is more enviro-friendly than it really is — I'm not ready to throw in the towel and consider natural, organic beauty goodies a total con yet. Are you?


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Shhh Shhh 7 years
that is why we went to 85% organic soaps and natural pooducts, my family loves the stuff and our fav company is we have had great results going green.
kia kia 8 years
It depends on the product, what it is made of, and how my body reacts to plants. Plants contain chemical compounds and not all are friendly to our bodies due to allergies or simply their concentrations. Over a decade ago I was doing a lot of swimming and using an Aveda natural oil moisturizer that ended up giving me a "chemical burn" and I learned my lesson. I still opt for natural ingredients, but also pay attention to how my body reacts. I love samples to test items out. Right now I am loving on the line Carol's Daughter.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
Honestly, the only thing you can really trust is something you've researched and created yourself. Virtually any product that you apply directly to your skin every single day leaves the possibility of damage to your health.
emalove emalove 8 years
I agree with Hippiecowgirl and Cloroxcowgirl. There are soem great eco-conscious brands out there, but you definitely need to do your research.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
con. except for pure oils. though the best one i tried wa sshu uemura and that's mineral. i'm a big fna of Beauty Brains and we all know they debunk "organic" claims all the time.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
This is an area of cosmetics I have done some research on (because I like to wear healthier cosmetics where possible and I want to know what I'm putting on my face). Some green cosmetics are better than others. Tarte is pretty good, as is Burt's Bees. Cargo's Plant Love collection looks green but unfortunately still contains parabens. People shouldn't be taken in by marketing claims and instead find out what's actually in the products.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 8 years
I'm trying to go more green, but what I do is I go as green as I can think of which means that instead of buying deep conditioning treatments I use organic honey from a local farm and IT WORKS! I love it - okay so you get really sticky (I'm thinking of buying a shower cap) but it's really good for my hair - my hairdresser even told me that I don't have to get cut nearly as often as I used to! And that's just an example - I'm really getting creative, and it's fun!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I think there has been a lot of progress in the right direction when it comes to green products.
kty kty 8 years
some ''green '' products obviously are not that healthy but some really are so i'm undecided on this one.
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 8 years
Definitely undecided; only time will tell. It's like the supplement craze--everybody scarfing down ginkgo, etc. like M&Ms... one just has to be careful about products they use. Natural does not necessarily equal safe. I mean, cyanide is natural, but I don't want it in or on my body!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I don't think anything is ever 100% proven "healthy" for you and like mass market products some green products aren't all that natural or "good" for you either. I'm torn.
soulight soulight 8 years
I guess that's why they say all because it's natural doesn't mean it's healthy. I've always felt like there was a certain amount of dishonesty when it comes to advertising a product as "green", but this article is truly eye opening.
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