As I mentioned in my recent article on the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, there is an act in Congress to update the outdated laws regarding safe cosmetics. Until our cosmetics get “cleaned up”, I wanted to share a few ideas I have for replacing two common cosmetics products with simple items you probably already have at home.

You will see that:

  • Not all natural/organic make up has to be expensive
  • By saving money on a few items that you use, you can worry less about buying other safer yet more expensive items

Olive Oil: Eye Makeup Remover

My former eye makeup remover contained such toxic ingredients as mineral oil, propylene glycol, alkyl benzoate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ans propylparaben. Bleh. I was thrilled when a friend told me about using olive oil as an eye makeup remover!

I put some olive oil in a small container that I keep in my bathroom. (It’s actually the container for my old eye makeup remover pads.) To remove eye makeup, I simply pour a little olive oil onto a square pad and then rub over my eyes. It works beautifully! And you can feel better knowing you are using a safe product, not to mention saving some money!

The olive oil I use, the container I keep it in, and the square pad I use to apply it

Witch Hazel: Astringent/Toner

My former astringent/toner contained toxic ingredients such as benzalkonium chloride, artificial colorings, butylene glycol, and phenoxyethanol. One other ingredient it contains is witch hazel. I remember hearing about just using plain witch hazel for an astringent so I decided to give it a try.

I bought the store brand/generic witch hazel at Target for less than $2 for a big bottle. I pour some into a smaller bottle that I keep in my makeup area (and that I travel with). After washing my face with Aubrey Organics Facial Cleansing Lotion, I put some witch hazel on a cotton ball and wipe all over my face. It removes even more dirt and makeup. And at a great price, too!

witch hazel that I use, the container I keep it in, and a cotton ball I use to apply it

Related Idea

Although not for makeup, I wanted to remind you about a previous article of mine where I share many uses for liquid castile soap. Since you now (hopefully) have castile soap on hand for cleaning your house, it will be easy to use for body care as well. It can be used for:

  • shampoo
  • shaving cream lather
  • hand soap

Other Ideas?

What other ideas do you have for avoiding toxic chemicals in makeup and related products? Any other “homemade” solutions? Please leave a comment and share; I’d love to hear from you!

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