A little while ago, I wrote about the fact that my little girl had uttered the words “I’m not a pretty girl.”
This really concerned me because I’m terrible at taking pride in my own appearance and I worry that she’s picked up on that.
Only this week, we had a photo shoot with a professional photographer and I’d assumed that the camera wouldn’t go anywhere near me.
So I ended up having a photo taken with no makeup on. And whilst it’s a great keepsake, I looked
The problem is, commercial makeup doesn’t sit comfortably with me from an ethical point of view.
There is virtually no makeup that isn’t cruel in some way.
Although testing on animals is no longer legal for cosmetics in the UK, it’s not the same elsewhere, so large companies go further afield for their testing.
Many companies that make cosmetics also make clothing that contains fur or is produced in sweat shops.
And perhaps most importantly, makeup contains chemicals, polluting nasties and – almost without exception – palm oil.
So, what’s the alternative?
Well it turns out, there is a fabulous alternative.
Inspired by this blog post from Jenny at Monkey and Mouse, I did some research.
Jenny no longer uses shampoo. And she’s not the only one either, it’s a whole new movement.
People are using natural things to wash their hair. Water, egg, honey, lemon, essential oils (not all together).
And do you know what? Their hair looks fabulous. Much better than mine does from using conventional shampoo.
But here’s the thing, it’s not just shampoo.
People are making foundation, concealer, mascara, eyeliner, blusher and all the other things that people who wear makeup use (it’s all a bit of a foreign language to me).
It costs next to nothing. They use powder bases like ground arrowroot. Cocoa powder, nutmeg and other spices are used for colouring.
Pure aloe vera is used as a base for mascara, liquid foundation, concealer and liquid eyeliner.
They look amazing because you mix them to exactly the colour you want. They benefit your skin instead of wrecking it.
And most importantly, they are ethically sound.
So from now on, I intend to start wearing makeup. But none of it will be commercially purchased.
I will share my recipes and results on here, complete with the odd photo here and there.
If you make any of your own beauty or hair products, or know anyone who does, please do get in touch, I’d absolutely love to hear from you.
I hope to discover and share gorgeous, ethical makeup recipes that can be made at minimal cost.