Is Green Beauty too Expensive for You?
Sometimes I feel like I am banging my head against the wall. I am so passionate about green beauty and removing toxins from my life and trying to educate others, but when you can’t even convince your own family, how can you move forward?
My mother recently came for a visit. Sorry mom, but I have to share this story! I looked at her makeup bag and it was filled with Lancôme and Chanel products. Really? My own mother! The comment I hear continuously from friends and family is “I can’t afford all those products you buy!” And, that is exactly what my mother said to me.
Yes, I have some expensive products (I will not apologize for my Vintner’s Daughter face serum, it is the holy grail), but I also have many products that are equal in price or lower than their toxic, conventional counterpart.
So let’s talk about what is so loved by those who “can’t afford what I buy”. I had to sit my mom down in front of the computer to show her price comparisons. Her Chanel foundation retails for $60. In researching this product, I found it difficult to find a site that actually lists the ingredients, but I eventually located the information. Chanel foundation contains:
Aqua (Water), Methyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Acrylates/Polytrimethylsiloxymet-acrylate Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Methylparaben, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyurethane-15, BHT, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben. May contain: Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.
About 80% of it is water. When water is one of the main ingredients in a product, know that there has to be lot of preservatives to prevent the growth of potentially harmful microbes!
The majority of the rest of the ingredients are listed here
on the Toxic List. Many of these ingredients are chemical fillers and preservatives. While you are attempting to make your skin flawless, you are irritating your skin and lungs, disrupting your hormones and introducing toxins into your system. Is that the cost of beauty? It doesn’t have to be!
Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Camomile) Oil, Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Pogostemon Cablin Oil [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)]
The majority of these ingredients are organic and every ingredient nourishes, soothes and protects my skin. It is a beautiful foundation that gives me great, buildable coverage. Whaaaat? Another bonus, no fear of toxic ingredients. And…I don’t see water on the ingredient list, anywhere!
My other favorite foundation is the Kjaer Weis cream foundation
. This foundation retails for $68. Yes, it is more expensive, BUT…your first purchase includes the beautiful and refillable silver compact. Once you purchase it, you only need the refills
which retail for $40. Less expensive and less waste. Better for you and better for the environment. Here is the list of ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil•, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil•, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Cera Alba•, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate May Contain +/- Mica, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
Formulated with natural, anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients. No fear of toxic chemicals entering my body. One thing I need to say about the Kjaer Weiss foundation is that is can appear dry on the skin. Your face really needs to be well moisturized. Applying an oil serum works well prior to application. I also find (after watching the creator of the line apply it) that using your fingers to apply it, warms it up a bit and allows the coconut oil to soften and melt into your skin.
Both of these products are actually skin care that also work as a foundation.
Seeing the price comparison convinced my mom to go with me to my favorite, local, natural beauty store Citrine
, to take a look. She sat down with one of the makeup artists and they color matched her to a Vapour and Kjaer Weis Foundation. While she was in the makeup chair, she was treated to the Patyka Cleansing Oil
and Cleansing Foam
. She was smitten as soon as the sales associate rubbed it into her face!
We began talking about makeup companies and who owns them. I know I have talked to my mom about this many times, but she had to hear it from the sales associate before she believed it. 😤
Did you know that there are about 5 corporations that own the majority of all makeup lines? Most of them are owned by L’Oreal, Estée Lauder, and Shiseido. That’s right, L’Oreal owns Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, and YSL just to name a few. Chances are, your designer makeup that you love is made by a company that owns multiple drug store lines. What are the chances that your fancy department store makeup is the same product found on aisle 7 in the drugstore, just repackaged with a much higher price tag?
Vapour Organic Beauty is owned by 2 women in Taos, New Mexico. You can learn about their passion and integrity here
. Kjaer Weis is a veteran makeup artist that started her line after realizing that if many makeup products irritated the skin of her clients, what was it doing to their skin long-term? You can read her story here
. The products I use are founded by women and men who are truly passionate about bringing us healthy and effective products that enhance our skin. Can you put a price on that?
Often, people will try one “green” product and if it doesn’t WOW them, they give up. Ask yourself, “when you first started wearing makeup, did the first products you try work for you or did you experiment with different brands?
There are so many amazing brands of nontoxic makeup on the market today. All makeup lines (conventional and green) are different and all skin types are different. One size doesn’t fit all. Just like with conventional lines, you have to experiment to find exactly what works for you. All green beauty lines are not the same, because they are owned by different people with different backgrounds and ideas of what works best. You will find that some of the top “green” beauty companies were developed by doctors and make up artists. If you keep experimenting, I guarantee you will find many amazing products that work for your skin type AND fit your budget.
I am happy to report that my mom now owns a Vapour Foundation and some Patyka products. Please note, however, that I did not see her throw out her Chanel foundation!