Tag Archives: Natural

A few household recipes

29 Jan

Quick cleaning mixes to get your house spotless!

Fridge cleaner:  1/2 cup warm white vinegar, 1/2 cup warm water, juice of half a lemon.

Wood treater: 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, 8 drops lemon essential oil. (for big jobs! reduce proportionately if you only have a small table or so to do)

Toilet cleaner: 1/3 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 6 drops essential oil.

All-purpose cleaner: 2 tbsp baking soda, 2 litres hot water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, about a teaspoon essential oil (eucalyptus, lavender, etc.)


A less toxic kind of tutorial

7 Jan

I’ve decided to film some makeup tutorials, not because I am an expert but because there are not all that many natural/less-toxic makeup tutorials available online, and I’ve done quite a bit of product testing so I thought I would put that to work. This is a basic look but I’m planning on filming some slightly more advanced tutorials in the future; mostly re-creating popular looks, however.

Anyway, on to the video!

Products used:

  • Avene: Eau thermale
  • Green Beaver: Gluten-free lip balm
  • Couleur Caramel: Teint Hydracotton, cream foundation, in colour #2
  • Tarte: Dark Circle Defense concealer, in Fair/Light
  • BareMinerals: Eye shadows in Nob Hill and Queen Phyllis, and Big & Bright Eyeliner in Black.
  • Physicians Formula: OrganicWear mascara in Black, and pressed powder in Light.
  • BareEscentuals: Lipstick in Rock Candy.


Review: a few RMS beauty products

5 Dec

So the video above gives you a bit of an impression of what the products are like, and I’ll go into a bit more detail here. I hope you can see that they all go on very easily, you can use just your fingers. It is probably hard to tell from a Mac-filmed video, but when I went out for the day, my skin was glowing. The products feel amazing on your skin, but I do have the following tips:

Un-cover up: blend well, apply a couple of layers (waiting a bit between applications), but don’t expect full coverage.

Living luminizer: DO NOT APPLY TO ENTIRE EYELID – I don’t want to sound dramatic, but if you apply this any higher than the few millimitres closest to your lash line, your eyelid will feel greasy-sticky. Keep it AWAY from your crease! Apply liberally to your cheekbones/wherever you want to glow. It is not shimmery or sparkly, it simply creates a warm glow.

Lip2Cheek in Modest: apply lip balm/make sure skin is well hydrated before applying, since this is a stain-like product. It will not provide much hydration but the colour is gorgeous and a little goes a very long way.

Quick take on RMS Beauty overall:

  • Most ingredients are organic.
  • There is not a single toxic (or potentially toxic) ingredient in any of the RMS products except one of the Lip2Cheek colours (where there is 0.5% synthetic colouring; all the other colours are beautiful so you can easily avoid it if you want to).
  • The packaging is recyclable: the glass pots with metal lids as well as the paper box they come in. You could even re-use the little glass pots if you want.
  • You will receive a sample of another of their products with your order, which is nice since their products aren’t available in any stores where I live, and investing $25+ in something I might not like is hard to do!
What I really appreciate is that RMS isn’t one of those “natural” brands that excludes recognizable toxic ingredients but throws in a whole lot of hard-to-evaluate ingredients instead. RMS sticks to oils, butters and natural colorants that we can be almost certain have few (if any, really) harmful effects.

You can visit rmsbeauty.com for more information (or to make a purchase, if you feel inclined to do so. There is free shipping on orders over $25, which basically means free shipping on almost everything, since most products are $30+ 🙂 )

Hope that was helpful!

(Brief) Book Reviews!

2 Dec

In the video I say that the first book is the least useful, but the last one isn’t particularly fantastic either and might be even less interesting than the first, considering that it doesn’t provide recipes using somewhat uncommon ingredients (which the first book does).

So here’s the list of the titles and authors:

  1. Les Produits Cosmétiques au Naturel: jeunesse et beauté avec les plantes de Brézil et de l’Amazone, by Estelle Guerven.
  2. There’s Lead in Your Lipstick, by Gillian Deacon
  3. No More Dirty Looks, by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
  4. Bien Choisir vos Cosmétiques: comment préserver votre peau et votre santé, by Laurence Wittner
  5. Les Cosmétiques bio: leur histoire, leur création, leur futur, by Maria Bardoulat
I had a few more thoughts about the two English books since making the above video, so here goes!

The tone in “No More Dirty Looks” is conversational and casual, but I didn’t really enjoy the whole “bear with us we know this law/government stuff is totally boring” thing. I’m thinking, if you picked up this book you’re ready for some serious information, but it did keep the tone light.
At the end of the book they talk about broader lifestyle topics and occasionally get a bit preachy or condescending, depending on how you look at it. While dealing with the topic of eating eggs, they say eat them if you must, but “may we suggest cage-free?” My thoughts were: yes you may, but we cannot all afford it. Overall they seem to mean well and give really decent advice. I really appreciate that they did a lot of testing on themselves. Their anecdotes are fun little asides; they talk about getting all-natural highlights and other stuff.

“There’s Lead in your Lipstick” is a bit dryer, but as I mentioned in the video, it’s very nice to have a book written by a Canadian, I know I’ll be able to find most of the products somewhere in my city or on a site that will ship to Canada. The author’s motivation in writing this book was her research and experience when she found out she had cancer, so I have faith in her good intentions. Both books include do-it-yourself recipes, so if you want to control the ingredients touching your skin as much as possible, they’ll help you do that too.

These are just a few among dozens of books on this topic available at my library. I’ll probably post more reviews as I do more research, and please feel free to give me your recommendations if you have any!


Reliable web resources!

25 Nov

This is the second part of my introductory video, and in this one I talk about where you can go, on the internet, to find out more about natural cosmetics, cosmetic ingredients in general, and evaluate products. The web sites I mention are my favourites and two are just databases (ewg.org/skindeep and goodguide.com), but there are several other sites that I’ve found to be informative and really good overall:

nomoredirtylooks.com : By the authors of the book by the same name; reviews, discussions, light-hearted and fun to read.

ecostiletto.com : covers beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and even celebrities; you’ll find out what Miranda Kerr thinks of air travel and what Angela Lindvall does during a detox.

safecosmetics.org : this site is associated with Annie Leonard, specifically her film “The Story of Cosmetics” (which I highly recommend)

lesstoxicguide.ca : A fairly comprehensive listing of all kinds of products. Under “personal care” they list toxic ingredients, Best, Good and Fragrance-Free cosmetics by type.

Lastly, here is a downloadable list of 100 ingredients to avoid, always handy to have around: