And what I've found is that a good green cosmetic is hard to find.
I find recommendations from Sophie Uliano's Gorgeously Green book and web site, as well as those listed on the Environmental Working Group's cosmetics database. What I've found is that the best stuff costs a pretty penny. And some pricey green cosmetics simply do not work for what I need them for. I fear paying good money for something that's a piece of crap, and what's apparent is that I can't just take Sophie's word for it because she's recommended a couple real stinkers to me in the past.
So what I'm hoping is that if I share what's worked for me and what hasn't, that you'll share the same.
First, the face. I've found a good moisturizer. It's Kimberly Sayer's of London ultra light facial moisturizer, with SPF 25.
What I like: It is light, as it claims to be, and has a nice citrus smell. It's also in one of those air pump bottles that lets you get every last drop out.
What I don't like: The SPF is not that strong, so I wouldn't rely on it if you're going to spend any significant amount of time in the sun. Also, it costs $32. Previously I'd been buying giant tubs of Oil of Olay for $7 that would last me a year, so this was a harsh change. But one bottle of this stuff honestly lasts me a long time -- the first bottle lasted 9 months. Not too shabby. I think the second bottle is disappearing a little quicker because I've started using it on my neck and chest as well.
What I like: It's light coverage and simply works well. All I really ask of a foundation is that it not be too thick or streaky or make me feel like I'm wearing a mask.
What I don't like: This foundation took some getting used to. When I first tried it out I honestly thought it wasn't going to work out because it doesn't come out of the bottle smooth and silky and creamy the way my previous brand -- Laura Mercier -- did. But what I found is that if you just smoosh a little bit out onto the back of your hand and then use a finger to mix it around a little before applying it to the face, that works best. Also, this stuff costs $45. Basically a lateral move from Laura Mercier, which was $42. I just ordered another one of these -- the first lasted me eight months.
Now here are a couple things that have not worked for me:
Mascara by Terra Firma. Just clumpy and overall not a good mascara.
Things I'm still looking for as far as cosmetics: Blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss. Bring on the green suggestions!
Now -- shampoo. I have found one shampoo I like, among a crowd of stinkers.
Alba plumeria replenishing hair wash. It smells terrific (reminds me of Hawaii) and my hair feels pretty good afterward. Lots of other organic shampoos have a tendency to make my hair feel like straw. This stuff is downright cheap on Amazon, just over $7. A lot cheaper than if you bought it at Whole Foods, where I think it was $12 or more.
Other shampoos I've tried that I didn't like because they made my hair feel too dry:
- 365 Everyday Value lavendar shampoo.
- Andalou Naturals shampoo & conditioner
I'm still on the search for the perfect hair conditioner, if you have any suggestions.
Lastly - lotion/moisturizer. I'd like a nice, light moisturizer that isn't too thick and doesn't make me feel sticky or make my clothes stick to me. Anyone?