Before I entered the sustainability realm, I was interested in going cruelty-free. I read an article about animal cruelty my senior year of high school, and after that, I knew too much not to make a change in what I purchase. I started by looking into which makeup brands didn’t test on animals at places such as Sephora and Target. Then I watched a video on The Glam Organic Goddess‘s blog about toxic products this summer which freaked me out even more.
What stuck with me
- Companies are not required to list all of the ingredients in their products
- 11% of all ingredients have been approved by the FDA!
It made me rethink all of my Sephora products. Yes, not testing on animals is essential but so is my health.
What I have taken away from all of this
Initially, I was overwhelmed by the thought of what companies can you even trust. Eventually, I got over that, but it’s still overwhelming due to so many companies greenwashing. The best advice I can give you is to try your best to do your research. Know what products to avoid (Glam Organic Goddess has a great list of toxic ingredients that I keep a screenshot of on my phone) and what companies (think BIG). Also, apps such as Think Dirty that I talked about in my blog post about my favorite apps is super helpful when you are at the store and need some info on the go.
ALSO, don’t forget these unknown and or toxic chemicals are in your laundry detergent, dish soap, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. This is not just a makeup problem people. We have no idea what the effects of the products that haven’t been tested have on our bodies. While I am not a chemist/toxicologist and I can’t provide any scientific research, I know this doesn’t sound good, and I’d rather be safe than sorry. All natural is slightly more expensive, but I have no problem investing in keeping my body healthy.
In another post, I will create a list of all of the products I use, but I just wanted to write this for anyone who is as naive as I, unfortunately, am. Don’t panic and don’t immediately throw out every product in your house, but slowly begin to find ways to filter safe, all natural products into your life.