My two latest beauty purchases are from Beautycounter and L’Occitane en Provence. I chose both brands because they are working toward cleaner products and more sustainable packaging. Both of those make me happy! Oh and as far as L'Occitane goes, I'm becoming more and more obsessed with all things Provence, so they just feed my obsession! How many times have you wondered what your lotion or makeup was actually doing to your body long term?
I recall a conversation some years ago at girls night dinner in which I remember saying “I’ll probably have liver cancer someday from all the lotion I’ve used every day since I was like 13!” I was kidding, but then again, I really wasn’t.
My quest for cleaner beauty products has been ongoing off and on for about 10 years. I’ll admit, there are times I fall back on my old habits, but for the most part I try for cleaner stuff. Packaging is a big deal too, so much packaging from my beauty products over the years has ended up in a landfill somewhere. I’m excited to work towards finding products with more sustainable packaging.
First up is this luxurious cream from L’Occitane. L’Occitane is a French company, from Provence to be exact. Products are made in France. The name of the cream is Melting Butter. It’s made from 70% shea butter. I was told in the store that the shea butter comes from Burkina Faso in Africa. I later read on their website that to source their shea butter they partner with woman owned shea tree farms to purchase the product. They also state on their site that through this endeavour they are supporting women owned businesses and fair trade.
Shea butter comes the nut of the Shea tree which grows in sub-saharan Africa. For centuries it has been used as a moisturizer. The Melting Butter is thick, so to apply you take a dime size amount and rub it quickly between your hands. You will start to feel it melting in your hands. Once its melted and pliable you can apply to your skin by pushing it on with the palm of your hand. You don’t rub it in, because it’s too thick. Once it’s applied your skin will drink it up! It’s not greasy and it feels very light weight. I could see an immediate change in my skin, as it looked much firmer and felt softer instantly. I’ve found that this effect lasts most of the day.
Another reason I like L’Occitane is their recycling initiative. They partner with Terracycle to recycle packaging. You can bring packaging from ANY beauty line to the L’Occitane store and they’ll recycle it for you. For list of acceptable items click here. When you recycle you get 10% off a new full sized product! They also have a product line that features refillable containers and more sustainable containers.
Next up is the Velvet Eye Shadow Pallet-in Statement, from Beautycounter. The company is committed to providing safer beauty products to consumers. Their mission is reduce the amount of toxic chemicals found in our beauty products. Think about it, what you put on your skin ends up in your body, and those chemicals end up in the environment too. They have a “never list” which has over 1,00 chemicals they will never use in their products! I also loved that they put the following on their website “this is about progress, not perfection. Because every little bit counts.”
So, I bought the eye shadow pallet and I love it! The colors are so pretty and they go on really easily. I’ve also noticed that the color stays on throughout the day. I haven’t worn it to work yet, so I’m not sure how it will hold up, but I have a feeling it will last all day. When I opened the box containing the pallet I was surprised to find that the pallet is NOT plastic, it’s paper and cardboard! Beautycounter’s website says that they are fully committed to more sustainable packaging. They use paper and cardboard whenever possible in place of plastic.
I’m reminded everyday that this journey of mine is noble, but not easy. I can’t attain perfection over night, and I shouldn’t expect to. Baby steps, one at a time, is how I will travel this road. I truly believe that God, the great God of the Universe, made this planet for us and He made it perfect. We have all the resources we need right here. As humans we are blessed with their bounty, but we are tasked with their protection. I pray that God will lead me the right way as I learn more and more about protecting His perfect creation!