Month: October 2016

3 Reasons to Avoid DIY Beauty Products (and Exceptions)

diy-beautyI’m a DIYer by nature. I grow a lot of my own food from seed and cook from scratch. My husband builds nearly all of our own furniture and we are even discussing building a straw house with our own two hands (sounds crazy, but you can look it up here). Heck, I even encapsulate my own supplements to save money.

I almost always opt to make my own of anything IF I can save money and/or make a better product than what is available commercially.
Initially, I actually set out to write an article about using beneficial teas in your own home products, until my research changed my mind.

Beauty products are one of the few things I will NOT make myself (usually). Here’s why: 


Of Fear Mongering and Money: Making Sense of Safe Cosmetic Ingredients

Let’s be honest: information is overwhelming. The internet offers us the world at our finger tips, but it can also be a daunting place filled with polarized opinions- “Never/Always give your child vaccines”. “GMO’s are/aren’t safe.”

When it comes to cosmetics, the argument over ingredients is full of fear mongering from both sides. That time comes though when you’re standing in the aisle at the grocery store and you have to take ONE of those shampoo bottles home (because, regardless of the ingredients, you still want clean hair!). How do you choose?

Fresh flowers in test tubes, closeup

On one end of the argument as the pro-organics and naturalists who take an avoidance approach (often not based on science and sometimes even used as a fear tactic to sell organic products) and on the other are the cosmetic companies protecting their names and ingredients for the sake of sales. Eventually, you have to make a decision.

Here’s what you need to know (from a balanced, scientific perspective) and how to simplify your decision making.