A Valentine's Day Vow

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make the leap and commit. To natural beauty products, that is. Whether you’ve never considered making the switch to natural, eco-friendly products or you are halfway there already, show yourself (and the planet) some love this V-Day and give it a shot.

WHY: In a nutshell, the toxic ingredients in most products are worrisome because they wash down our shower and sink drains and into the environment and can absorb through our skin and into our own precious bodies.

WHAT: The “dirty dozen” (a.k.a. ingredients to definitely avoid) include parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, formaldehyde, synthetic chemicals, and artificial fragrances. If you’re up for it, kick your compassion and eco cred up a notch by avoiding products tested on animals or containing animal-derived ingredients.

If you gave up on all-natural products in the past because you couldn’t find some that worked, try again—the options are growing and improving at an incredible rate.

HOW: Spare yourself from having to endlessly scan labels for these toxic ingredients by visiting a local retailer of natural products. In the Santa Cruz area, there are even a few events on the horizon to help you ease into a new routine.

The “Make the Switch” sale at Whole Foods in Capitola (Feb. 13-17). All makeup and nail polish will be 30 percent off to make converting a little bit more affordable. Brands include Mineral Fusion, Zuzu, and Dr Hauschka. You can also stop by the store to pre-select your makeup items between Feb. 1 and 12.

“Love Your Body—Product Making Class” with local ayurvedic practioner and nutritionist Tayla Lutzker. Learn how to make natural body care products that boost immunity, stimulate your lymphatic system (read about the beauty benefits of this in this prior Penny Rose post), help maintain healthy weight and more. Go home with “hydrating from the outside-in” body oil and a rose face crème. Westside New Leaf Community Market, Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $45. Newleaf.com.

jane iredale Makeup Instruction Class. If you want to know how to get dolled up for Valentine’s with natural products, try reserving a spot in one of two 90-minute sessions with a certified jane iredale makeup professional on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 or 3 p.m at Staff of Life Market (staffoflifemarket.com).

To learn more about natural products and how to make your own, I recommend picking up a copy of Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie  Tourles. (See review here.) 

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