Monday, 26 May 2014

Project Pan: Why my transition to green products will never be perfect


*This post was inspired by someone asking me what was the point in my pursuit of choosing "green" products.

First off what you decide to put on and in your own body should always be your choice.
It should always be if possible, a well educated and informed choice.
Sometimes these choices will be formed by feeling and based on someone's own moral compass.

As long as it is your decision and you know what your are eating, drinking, washing with and putting on your body that's fine by me. What I don't understand is when people get upset with your choices without even asking why. Some people can't see past what is seen a different. Different is wrong , different is scary. Different is just trying to be alternative and be part of a fad.

Do you know what? If you want to be part of what you think is a fad, fine. But once you actually read into why some companies produce beautiful products without irritating ingredients that's the eye opener.

Also there really is room for everyone's opinion.
If you are happy with using products that are tested on animals go a head
If you want to use shampoo that uses palm oil that has destroyed some of the rainforest during it's production be my guest.
If you don't want to read up on what is in your products that is your call.

Even some natural ingredients will irritate and not everyone can use them. I don't see that as a terrible thing. Of course there isn't one specific thing that will work for everyone, every time. So what if you have an intolerance or you are irritated by something? Don't use that as an excuse to dislike "alternative" beauty products go back to synthetics. Again some synthetics are better then others. Again if you prefer staying "safe" with synthetics, rather then trying something different that's okay, for you. It doesn't mean that natural products don't work. It just might take time to find what fits. Just like it took time to find your favourite foundation or eyeliner, it will take time to find another product that fits the bill.



How "extreme" in what you do or don't cut out of your skincare/beauty regime is always going to be up to you, don't discourage people who make different choices or seem like a contradiction.

Using myself as an example:

I have maintained a nutritious diet for over three years and have reaped the benefits. Eating healthy is my choice. It's my lifestyle.

I also eat the occasional bit of crap.

I know what is in the occasional piece of crap, it is my choice to eat it.

I try to use skincare and haircare products that meet my own green standards, not anyone else's.

My opinion is going to be different when compared to another. My comfortable factor with an ingredient maybe be completely different to theirs. That still means we can be friends. There is no need to judge.

Sometimes I will have to use standard products when stuck with no other option. For example I used regular suncream when I forgot mine and used Carmex on my lips when my natural rosehip lip balm was doing NOTHING for me in the desert sun. I was burning and wasn't going to suffer and my lips where shredded to oblivion and I needed some SPF to save them.

And while we are at it, I used my sisters "greenwashed" nowhere near organic, SLS laden shampoo when I didn't want to be a grease ball.

It's all about being happy and knowledgeable in the choices you make.

I know I use products that others would say are dubious as to whether they are green enough, for example, my Josie Maran products.

Green products are not perfect. No one is saying that they are.

I'm vain enough to say that when it comes makeup I am still finding it hard to find good green makeup alternatives. But I'm getting there. It is also a chance to change the perception of what makeup should be doing when it is on my face in the first place. I'm currently using up  my YSL mascara which is amazing. However it is not cruelty free, which is where I want to be heading in the future. I will continue to use it and then find a cruelty free option later on. I also included my favorite MAC blush. I'm going to continue to use it, whilst looking for the perfect coral blush that isn't as toxic etc.

Am I going solely use just green products for the rest of my life? That would be the end goal. But life gets in the way and I will make exceptions. I will use a toxic eyeliner when I want, I know what is in it, I know the risk. I will probably use it right after I apply my rosehip oil and mineral foundation powder! I'm not perfect and that's okay with me.

18 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post Liz, I think something a lot of people loose sight of is just how privileged we are to be able to make these choices, so many people around the world would love to be able to choose to buy things we certain ingredients or use alternative medicines but they don't have those choices. I don't chase perfect either I am OK with just doing my best Xx

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    1. Thanks Anna, you are so right! I think we all forget how fortunate we are to be able to make the choices we make. I glad we share a similar view xx

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  2. I think this post is great! This sounds a lot like my own thoughts, I aim for the 'best' but this is my standard of best, I do it at my own speed and I don't feel the need to answer to anyone.

    I particularly like what you said about 'finding the right fit' and how it takes time, just because you have tried one natural moisturiser and it's wasn't right for you doesn't mean that ALL 'natural' moisturisers will be the same! It is ludicrous to even say so!

    Also, on a smaller level the same could be said for oils - coconut oil is perfect on my legs and body but AWFUL on my face, I hate how it feels! But rosehip or olive squalene are ah-mazing! So I don't think you can even say 'I don't like oils' as there are hundreds out there to try.

    I agree with you on all of this, slow and steady with your own decisions based on your own standards - after all, it is YOUR body!

    Rach xx

    AllNaturalAspirations.com

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    1. Hi Rach, thank you for commenting. I think we all have our own standard of best. It's just that sometimes I find people clash when their "best" isn't someone else's "best". It's all relative. As long as your own decisions aren't harming anyone, it's all good by me! x

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  3. Awesome post Liz! I also dislike how people diss natural/organic beauty users, and also how quickly they declare that it's not for them coz they tried ONE product that didn't suit them. It's very true that going on the green journey is entirely up to the individual - how you go about it, the limits you set for yourself, how far of an organic life you wanna have... My diet can still be improved much further, which I hope to achieve in the near future. Like you, I'm also using up some conventional products and hopefully I'll be able to find the right green alternatives soon. x

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    1. Thank you so much!, I wanted to use the comparison of a good diet with my beauty outlook asi see it as very similar. I know try to find out what is better for me and I know that sometimes I will use a product or eat something that isn't great. As long as I can remain educated and aware of what I'm doing, that is fine by me. I'm not going to limit myself and never you a decent eyeliner again. Shallow but true! xx

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  4. That's right! I'm trying to use cleaner products, but there are non clean ones that I still love and clean ones that dont work for me. Same with food. I couldnt do a raw diet because I'm allergic to lots of raw fruits. I think as long as we are making efforts it's all good!

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    1. Hey Stephanie, I completely feel the same. Shame about the raw diet. I don't follow any specific diet. I stay away from dairy but other than that I end all sorts. including some awesome raw savoury dishes! Thank you for taking the time to comment! xx

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  5. It's all about freedom of choice, informed choice and respect, isn't it? All we can ever do is our best, in all aspects of life, and we should all respect each other's choices. As we all say on our product reviews "what suits me may not suit you" xx

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    1. I got have shorted my post but a whole lot and just wrote "what suits me may not suit you". You hit the nail on the head there, Annie! xx

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  6. Love this post! It takes a while to transition and know what works & what doesn't. I think it's great that we're all transitioning to green beauty & love how close our community is...but it still annoys me when others try to judge! I also have a few non-green cosmetics that I'm using up purely because I'm not going to just chuck them in the bin...I have a MAC blush that suits me down to a T that I wear when I go out at night...I know its not a great product to use but it makes me feel good and until I find a blush that looks just as good, I'll continue to use it! xx

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    1. It is taking ages for me to get through my standard blushes and shadows. I got thinking that yes, I know there is bad ingredients in there, but I have not had a reaction yet. So I feel like as long as my skin and hair care are as natural as can be my makeup can be a work in progress for however long it takes! xx

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  7. Introduction to this post was spot on! Bit off the subject, but I've recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease and finally listening to my body and changing to gluten-free avoiding all processed foods has made my life so much easier... However it's frustrating to get judged for following a restricted diet when they don't understand. We all need to take a bit more care on what we put and on and in our bodies. Great words.
    L x
    www.liv-instyle.com

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    1. Liv, I completely get where you are coming from. When I found out that I shouldn't eat dairy. Although I kept it to myself some friends would say "a bit of that wouldn't hurt you" or 2have a bit of milk in your tea" etc. They thought it wasn't a bit deal. Now I just say I don't eat that, instead of I can't. Thank you for stopping by!x

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  8. I loved this post,i was nodding along to everything you were saying.As green beauty bloggers i think there is a misconception from others that we couldnt possibly use anything other than natural 'green' products! Yes the ultimate aim would be this, but its a journey and one everyone is taking ay thier own pace,its not a race!! X

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    1. I don't even call myself a green beauty blogger, as I know I won't be truly green. The principals are something I aspire to and agree with. I'm glad that we can all share our experience and views together. xx

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  9. Great post! I completely agree that we shouldn't be judge for the "green" choices we make (not green enough, etc)... there are always worse ones out there and we are all looking for what works for us. I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way! AND, I feel a little less bad for still using some of my "not green" products when the situation calls for it. ~ SimplyJustJenna

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    1. Hey Jenna! I glad we share a similar perspective. Never feel bad about using up products or using something if you are suffering. Yes, I knew what I was buying was crap but it sorted my lips out. I was is las vegas for a wedding and my lips were shredded two days before the wedding and I didn't want to look like a leper! I also know that I can't live without a decent eyeliner (sad, I know) so I know I will never be truly green and that is fine by me! xxx

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