Whole Foods. I mention beauty items you can find there from time to time. Thought it was time I shared my WF beauty shopping list.
While I try and curb my Whole Foods experience due to my desire to go on vacations, buy some cool clothes, and one day send my kids to college, I do end up there fairly regularly. Not only is their fruit selection much better than my beloved Target, but it is an easy place to pick up some of my favorite natural beauty essentials.
The key to shopping WF without going broke is to go prepared, get your shiz, and get the heck outta there! So, here’s your list for the beauty aisle. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Acure Organics :: I love that WF carries this fabulous line. Acure makes skin, body and hair care basics, reasonably priced, and no nasty ingredients. They work great too. I pick up the Eye Cream, Day Cream, Radical Wrinkle Complex, Sensitive Facial Cleanser, body wash, and shampoo and conditioner. Target does carry some of this line too.
Evan Healy :: A bottle of Pomegranate Repair Serum is a must for the beauty kit this time of year. Sinks into skin to moisturize and soften. I like to use it at night over my usual moisturizer once the indoor heat season starts up.
Whole Foods Lip Balm :: What if I told you WF makes one of my absolute fave lip balms?. For real. I love this lip balm more than most I’ve tried over the years. And since I am a lippy junkie, there have been many. It is super smooth and soft, not too greasy or too waxy, and comes in lots of fun flavors. Cheap too. Grab one at the checkout aisle as you are avoiding the bakery and making a mad dash for your car.
Dr. Hauschka :: I also love that WF carries Dr. Hauschka. This guru of organic beauty has high quality formulas and several products to choose from. I don’t purchase these products regularly, but if they start carrying Dr. H Volume Mascara that’ll change real fast.
There you have it. My personal Whole Foods beauty shopping list. Now put your blinders on and go buy yourself some healthy stuff.
Summer is such a blast. My absolute favorite time of year. Good for having lots of fun, hanging with the kids, eating yummy summery treats, chillin’ poolside, and mini golfing it up. And that’s just for starters. What it’s not so great for? Getting loads of writing done. Which is why it has taken me so long to get this much awaited and final installment of the InStyle Best Beauty Buys green makeover to you.
Natural hair care. I’m not gonna lie to ya, it’s the toughest part of going green in beauty. There’s plenty of high performance organic skincare. Body care too. Sunscreens have even come a long way, baby. But hair care? It seems to be the toughest row to hoe.
In the past, natural shampoos and conditioners have left hair limp, waxy, or straw like. And styling products? Even worse. This tress stress has left green gals in a lurch. No wonder so many are going the way of no ‘poo.
But there are hair care products out there, free from nasty ingredients, that perform like you want them to. Promise. You just have to know where to find them. Take a seat, put your feet up, and get ready to be pleasantly surprised by your nontoxic hair care options.
SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
For Fine HairAcure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell contains quinoa protein extract and Echinacea stem cells to support keratin and cellular regeneration. More importantly, this stuff works! I have fine, dry hair and this is one of my favorite shampoo and conditioner combos. Smells great and is budget friendly too. Another line that I absolutely love is Rare El’ements. A luxurious shampoo and conditioner that acts like a high-end chemical brand without the harsh detergents or synthetics.
For Normal HairRahua is a natural hair care favorite amongst the green beauty crowd. These products are suitable for all hair types, even color treated.
Big Gun Conditioner Hair overly processed? Looking damaged or aged? Otherwise dried out to a whispy version of its former self. You need Rare El’Ements Hair and Scalp Serum. You know how oil serums are the absolute bomb for restoring glow and health to sallow skin? That’s what this baby does for down in the dumps locks. Also great for warding off damage in the first place.
HairsprayRahua Voluminous Hairspray adds body while keeping coif in place. The light hold means you can brush through it too, if you want.
Pomade Not that I have ever used much pomade, but if I was going to start…have to go with John Masters Organics Hair Pomade. Cuz that company knows hair and I just love mango butter.
Color Oh gosh, the ultimate organic beauty question. What’s the safest way to color hair? There are a couple of ways to go about making your color job healthier. Yes, you can purchase less toxic hair colors which have received mixed reviews. Or you can use the toxic stuff as carefully as possible, which I’ve spelled out here. Unfortunately, there is no nontoxic way to achieve that traditional salon color. Sometimes a gal has to make beauty choices, ya know?
**Right here I have to stop you for a minute and interject my thoughts on InStyle’s “Eco-Friendly Line” choice. As you may have noticed I side stepped all the InStyle eco friendly picks throughout because, well, all of my picks are eco friendly. But I couldn’t go further without speaking up on this one. IS gives huge props to Aveda as an eco friendly line. I, of course, took a closer look. Aveda has lots of claims on the sustainability and safety of the ingredients they use. Hey, guess what they don’t have? Full ingredient listings for their products. And you know what I say about MIA ingredient listings, don’t cha? It’s your first red flag that a product or brand may not be quite as healthy as they say they are. Sadly, such is the case with this brand. Yes, it smells herbal-y and good. Yes, lots of people buy and use it. Yes, it has a green image. NO, it is not nontoxic, synthetic free, or what I would consider safe. And, moving right along.**
Volumizer for Dry Hair InStyle lists a spray here with polymers and proteins to lift and plump. But you know what dry hair really needs? That’s right, it needs moisture. My fave trick to add life to dry, lifeless locks is straight up avocado oil. Massage a palm full into scalp and work through to ends of hair. Wrap in a towel and leave for a good 15 minutes. Wash as usual. Seems unlikely that an oil would add oomph? Trust me on this weird one, it truly works!
Well, we made it to the end of the InStyle Best Beauty Buys green makeover. Yay! If you’d like anything else reconstructed in a green manner, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to help you out.
No, I’m not messing with you. The scrunchie is back. While I quickly re-embrace some resurfacing trends (I wouldn’t hate if hot rollered hair was back in, just sayin’), I did softly gasp when I read about the return of the scrunchie.
Now, I loved the scrunchie as much as anyone. Probably more than many. I even had one that was my absolute favorite (dark green silk) and totally mourned its loss once the elastic gave. I could never find another that lived up to its awesomeness and tried my hand at sewing in an attempt to reincarnate my beloved scrunchie. The DIY scrunchie was a DIsaster and the fad fell by the wayside soon enough anyway.
So why do I not feel overjoyed to see that these guys are back on the scene? Maybe because they are so very 80s that it just seems completely wrong. But take a look at @scrunchiesofinstagram and it brings you straight to the now of scrunchiedom, plus some pretty great throwbacks.
Basically, to pull off this accessory these days, without looking like you are headed to a Jazzercise class circa 1986, think messy hair pulled up high. Try half up or a pony at the crown.
Trends get crazier all the time. One of the most shocking (at least to me) is the dyed grey hair trend going on right now. Shocking because I know many women who spend countless hours (not to mention dollars) keeping their strands grey-free.
Is this purposeful grey trend liberating or a slap in the face to those who’ve been combatting this situation for years?
My own Mom went grey at a young age and dyed her hair for many years. After losing her hair during her first round with breast cancer, she decided to forgo the dye job and leave her hair beautifully grey. But she was 66 at the time.
What about those women who are in their 40’s or even 30’s? I totally get why they are not ready to quit coloring.
A very close friend of mine is totally grey and colors on a regular basis. Very regular, like every 3 weeks. Not only is this time and cost consuming, but she is concerned about putting these harmful chemicals on her hair and scalp so often.
What do you think? Are you grey and covering it? Or going natch? Or have you hopped on the grey dye job bandwagon?