NICHE Magazne - - #nichenatural - by Dana Hutch­ings

YES, these in­gre­di­ents are used to em­balm ca­dav­ers. Not only that, it's also likely in your makeup. Makes you want to go wash your face, doesn't it? As the #Nichen­at­u­ral colum­nist, it's no se­cret that I am an ad­vo­cate for green prod­ucts, but the ques­tion I get asked all the time, “How do I make the switch? Where do I start?” Women tell me that they love their tra­di­tional prod­ucts. Trust me, I get it. But it is ac­tu­ally eas­ier than you might think. First, head to your kitchen!

Many peo­ple are cook­ing with and us­ing co­conut oil these days. If you have a vat of co­conut oil, that is one way to take your first step. I use it to mois­tur­ize dry skin and to re­move makeup as well. Multi-pur­pose, nat­u­ral and a lit­tle re­minder of Pina Co­ladas never hurt! Ar­gan oil, av­o­cado oil, even olive oil. They all do the trick.

I'm def­i­nitely not alone in mak­ing the switch. Far from it! The green beauty in­dus­try is tak­ing off. Me­gan Johns, owner of The­GreenKiss. com says she is see­ing a change in her cus­tomers too. “Now I get the beauty lover, I wasn't see­ing the beauty lover come in the door this time last year.”

So how do you know if your makeup and skin­care prod­ucts are green?

There are many re­sources avail­able right at your fin­ger­tips. The app Think Dirty lets you scan the bar codes on your fa­vorite prod­ucts, learn what's in them and un­der­stand the po­ten­tial health im­pli­ca­tions from their in­gre­di­ents.

Dr. Anna Syl­west­ow­icz spent 20 years as an anaes­the­si­ol­o­gist and con­cerned by the num­ber of friends who were get­ting sick. She started to ex­plore the chem­i­cals and toxic preser­va­tives added to skin­care and makeup. “My back­ground in or­ganic and phys­i­cal chem­istry al­lowed me to ex­plore and un­der­stand the com­pli­cated in­gre­di­ent la­bels and I de­cided to do some­thing about it!” Dr. Syl­west­ow­icz be­gan her

Cielo Skin Care line. It's one of a grow­ing num­ber of grass­roots green skin care lines ad­her­ing to be­ing 100% safe and free of tox­ins. Green is mov­ing into the main­stream. Larger beauty com­pa­nies are tak­ing no­tice too. Hair care gi­ant AG is launch­ing a nat­u­ral line, with prod­ucts such as the AG Rose­hip Balm is 98% plant based, ve­gan and cru­elty free.

The op­tions are end­less, like any­thing it's a read­just­ment. I know, I know, you likely have a long term re­la­tion­ship with a lip­stick you can't live with­out. Well if it's time for a break up, there is truly no bet­ter time. I say that as I sit here typ­ing while wear­ing Glow

Jar Re­store Clay Mask. A new fave I would never have dis­cov­ered if I hadn't started ex­plor­ing what's clean and green.

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