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Keeping It Clean - Woodlot talks clean beauty with Green Kiss at Moonrise Creative

Megan Johns, Carly Flint, Sonia Chhinji
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.

The average woman puts 170 chemicals on her body every day.

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.

clean beauty: green products you can trust
Clean beauty products you can trust. Left to right: Woodlot soap, Amoda Tea, and Viva Health skincare products available at thegreenkiss.com

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.

Switching to clean beauty can be a steep learning curve. Often we don’t know where to start.

The Green Kiss + Woodlot
Left to right: Megan Johns and Carly Flint of thegreenkiss.com, and Sonia Chhinji of Woodlot. Photo credit: Moonrise Creative

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.

Clean Beauty Q & A at Moonrise Creative
A rapt audience listens to Megan Johns and Carly Flint of the Green Kiss. Photo credit: Moonrise Creative

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.

We hope you journey with us as we tackle tough questions, debunk beauty myths, and chat with some of the inspiring women leading the clean beauty 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,
xoxo Sonia

Post-talk mingling at Moonrise Creative
Post-talk mingling at Moonrise Creative. Photo credit: Moonrise Creative




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