Left to right: Megan Johns, Carly Flint, and Sonia Chhinji. Photo credit: Moonrise Creative
How many beauty products you use every day? The average woman uses about twelve—between makeup, fragrances, moisturizers, cleansers, shampoos and conditioners, you put about 170 chemicals on your body every day. That’s a lot of chemicals! Thankfully there are cleaner alternatives.
Clean beauty products are safer for your skin, better for your body, and leave a lighter footprint on the environment. For some, switching to clean beauty can be a steep learning curve. Often we don’t know where to start.
Our goal for the Woodlot Blog is to help you move toward a cleaner beauty regimen and a healthier self-care practice. We hope you journey with us as we tackle tough questions, debunk beauty myths, and chat with some of the inspiring women leading this important conversation.
I recently had the chance to share my experiences with a roomful of women hungry for knowledge on how to make the switch to clean beauty at Moonrise Creative in Victoria, B.C. I spoke alongside Megan Johns and Carly Flint from The Green Kiss, a fantastic online resource for natural makeup and skin care. We talked about our entrepreneurial journeys, and how we each came to discover and love the benefits of clean beauty products.
My personal journey into green beauty started at a young age. My mom taught me how to make face masks at home out of neem oil, clay, and turmeric. I won’t lie, though: teenage Sonia was not excited about these ingredients. I wanted the branded products my friends were using! But my opinion changed once I started looking at ingredient lists. I soon discovered that even supposedly natural products were full of harmful ingredients like phthalates, formaldehyde, and lead. It turned out that the Food and Drug Administration still allows companies to work with ingredients that are known to cause harm. I couldn’t believe it! Most of the brands my friends used were far from natural. I’ve been committed to clean beauty ever since.
After a wonderful evening at Moonrise Creative, we concluded our talk with a fantastic audience Q&A session. Some key questions included:
What ingredients should I stay away from?
I’m new to making the switch to clean beauty, where do I start?
Do all green products provide the same results?
What are some green brands I can trust?
We will tackle these tough yet oh-so-important questions on the Woodlot blog over the next few months. I hope you follow along, and lend your voice to this vital conversation.
I’m so thankful that the clean beauty conversation is moving into the mainstream, and so excited to see how it changes the products we share with ourselves and the next generation. Please share any questions you have here—your comments will help guide our discussion and help us choose the topics that matter most. Thank you for all your good vibes!
Keep it real,