From parabens, phthalates, and sulfates to oxybenzone, triclosan, hydroquinone, and artificial fragrances, these co-called “dirty” beauty words are fear inducing enough to make you want to go green with your beauty.
The term going green has been used loosely over the last few years, with most assuming it means eating more greens by incorporating more green smoothies into your daily diet or recycling more. What most people don’t realise is when you go green with your beauty, you actually make more of an impact protecting and healing the planet, whilst also helping to nurture and protect your body as well.
Green Beauty is the philosophy that we no longer have to sacrifice our precious health or environment to look and feel beautiful. Some beauty brands are now using all-natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging in order to reduce their impact on the health of their customers and the planet we call home.
Going green with your beauty means making the switch to vegan and cruelty-free products, which not only contain ingredients which are safer and more natural, but also don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients and haven’t been tested on any animals. Going green means that you’ll avoid using ingredients that can harm the planet or contaminate the water when they end up down the sink. Plus, you’re also using products that contain cleaner ingredients and are safer for your body.
Choosing sustainable and environmentally friendly products may seem like an expensive switch to make. However, with pioneering sustainable Australian brands paving the way with budget-friendly goodies, we feel more confident than ever that we’ll be able to go green.
Today, we chat with the naturally plant based beauty brand OC Naturals on ways we can easily go green with our beauty. Here are five eco-friendly ways to help you transition to green beauty.
Here are five eco-friendly ways to help you transition to green beauty:
#1 Change your shampoo and conditioner:
Although we’re unable to track the amount of shampoo and conditioner product which gets washed down the drain yearly, it’s not hard to imagine that millions of litres of shampoo and conditioner in Australia alone would end up in the ocean. So, making the switch to a more organic green version of shampoo and conditioner makes sense.
OC Naturals recommends using cruelty-free shampoo and conditioner which contain more natural-based ingredients, like their Coco Repair Shampoo which is loaded with organic Coconut Oil and natural KeraDyn, and their Normal Balance Conditioner which uses Aloe Vera as the hero ingredient. Both are packaged in a recyclable bottle, and OC Naturals is grey water safe, so you can be sure they are taking care of our beautiful environment.
#2 Go green with your organic body wash:
Much like your shampoo and conditioner, any soap or body wash you use end up getting washed down the drain, so it’s important to be mindful of the products you use to ensure they are not damaging the planet, such as selecting products that are grey water safe. Plus, opting for vegan and cruelty-free body wash helps protect all the fur babies of the planet.
To protect your skin, choose a body wash that has no parabens, and a skin-friendly formula that won’t irritate the skin. OC Naturals have a lovely body wash made with natural ingredients which is super safe for any skin type as it’s soap-free and sourced from plants. Their Moisturising Vanilla Ylang Ylang Body Wash oozes with the scent of Vanilla Ylang Ylang while the Brazil Nut Butter deeply hydrates your skin, leaving it feeling nourished and soft without the cost of any animals being injured in the development of the product and low impact ingredients which won’t hurt the ocean either.
#3 Switch to organic hand wash:
Hand wash is definitely the product we began to care about a lot more last year in 2020. With hand hygiene on the rise (and hand sanitiser robbing our palms of moisture), we have been on the hunt for a hydrating antibacterial hand wash to keep our hands feeling smooth.
Many people discovered they had skin sensitivity issues with hand sanitisers, which meant it was even more important to use a hand wash that was nourishing, good for the planet, and made with skin-loving ingredients which wouldn’t irritate the skin. OC Natural’s Antibacterial Lemongrass & Ginger Hand Wash leaves a delicious scent on your hands while killing 99.9% of germs without causing any skin irritations – even for the most sensitive of skin types.
#4 Switch to green beauty makeup:
Just like your skincare and hair care products, some makeup products can contain some fairly horrible ingredients which are not only really bad for your skin and your body, but terrible for the environment as well. From your foundation to your lipstick and eyeshadow, use makeup made with natural and organic ingredients. Look for plant-based ingredients, or even superfood-infused makeup that make the products almost edible (we said almost!) with tons of skin benefits.
Brands like Nude by Nature, Luk Beautifood and Ere Perez all use natural and organic ingredients, which are not only good for you and not tested on animals but are plant-based, and often use food-based ingredients, making the products almost edible – we said almost.
#5 Affordable eco-friendly products for your kids too:
Beyond beauty for you, it’s easy to shop sustainably for your family too. With a stellar kids range, OC Naturals have 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash for little ones along with detangling sprays, bubble bath and even styling gel – all delivering on the same promise of plant-based formulations without the harsh ingredients. So, you can feel confident that you’re not incorporating any nasties into your little one’s routine.
Sustainable beauty doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out OC Naturals’ website to browse more of their budget-friendly clean beauty products now.
This post is sponsored by OC Naturals.
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