Going green is more than just a trend. It's a way of life. Being economical about spending? That's also a way of life — especially these days. Well, we're in luck. Kim Carlson, an eco-chic lifestyle expert and author of Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line While Reducing Your Eco-Footprint ($10.17), has some tips on being eco-friendly and frugal when it comes to beauty. Besides cutting back on consumption, Carson also recommends purchasing beauty products that have the Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) label to ensure cruelty-free standards. Check out her tips on being green all while saving the greenbacks:
Eco-friendly beauty for less than $10
- DIY milk bath: Mix together 3/4 cup of nonfat powdered milk, 1/4 cup epsom salts, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 6-10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a relaxing, detoxifying treat.
- Humidity check: To prevent your skin from losing moisture, particularly in the Winter, consider purchasing an inexpensive hygrometer, which is a device that measures moisture content in the air. If your humidity is between 20-50 percent, you're good to go. If not, a humidifier should do the trick.
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- Lotion "made" by bees: Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion ($9) is phthalate- and paraben-free and is made with royal jelly, a nourishing natural substance.
- Cleanse with hemp: Hemp grows quickly and doesn't need much water to be effective. Try Vegan Essentials’ Hemp Washcloth ($7.95).
- No too toxic polish: Look for nail polish without dibutyl phthalate, a harmful, irritating chemical. CoverGirl, Avon, Sally Hansen, and Estée Lauder have all switched to phthalate-free formulations, and Carson recommends Suncoat Water-Based Nail Polish ($9.99).
- Soap/shampoo combo: SunLeaf Natural’s Shampoo & Body Soap ($7.95) combos are made from olive, coconut, avocado, castor, and organic hemp seed oils. They're also bottle-free (obviously) and great multitaskers — always environmentally friendly options.