It’s Enviro-Mama Thursday here on Strocel.com, and today I’m trying out some more sustainable makeup options. It’s my One Green Thing for October. But before I get into that, I’ll update you on my One Green Thing for September, which was switching a portion of my heating fuel to biogas.
At the beginning of the month I signed up for renewable natural gas through my gas company. It was fast and easy, and to use biogas for 10% of my heat I will be spending about $5 per month, on average. I also interviewed Matt Dickson of Cowpower BC. While I still haven’t signed up for his service, I’m considering it now that they’ve added the option to purchase a set dollar amount of cowpower each month. The minimum is $10, which is a little easier to swing for most people.
This month, I decided to focus on myself for my One Green Thing. Yesterday, I attended the Leading Moms event here in Vancouver. I was one of a half dozen moms who walked the runway wearing some Nicole Bridger fashions. As I considered the reality of being a model, even in such a limited capacity, I could not ignore the fact that my makeup is extremely outdated. I bought most of it before my children were born. I had one eyeliner, in light brown, and a very limited selection of eyeshadow and lipstick. I haven’t bought any makeup in living memory for two main reasons: (1) I rarely wear it, and (2) I have concerns about most makeup. I’ve read the stories about lead in lipstick, and I’m worried about animal testing and the use of petrochemicals.
I decided that it was time to update cosmetic collection so that I can dress up if I want to, and I did a little research. I saw that some people whose opinions I respect had good things to say about Gabriel Cosmetics. Since they happen to be carried at my local organic grocery store, I headed out to buy some.
Gabriel makes two lines – the more affordable Gabriel Color and the pricier Zuzu Luxe. I opted for the more affordable option, and even still it was pretty pricy. I paid more than I would have by buying off the Gabriel website, but since I didn’t have to pay shipping (no free shipping for Canadians) it evened out. Plus, I needed the stuff for the next day, so I couldn’t wait. In the end I bought one lipstick, two eyeshadows and two eyeliners, and it cost me about $90. This isn’t cheap makeup. Plus, the selection is somewhat limited compared to what you’d find in your average drug store if you’re buying Cover Girl. But, Gabriel isn’t tested on animals, it’s vegan and gluten-free, and they don’t use any synthetic chemicals.
In trying the makeup out at home I found the lipstick and eyeliner were great. I had a harder time with the eyeshadow. It’s more powdery than conventional products, for one thing. For another, it didn’t come with an applicator, so I was using a brush, which I’ve never done before. There’s definitely a learning curve there, which makes it a little tricky if you’re not exactly a makeup pro.
I feel much better about using these products, but I’m not going to be able to buy a whole lot of them. I can’t afford to. Although for me that’s okay, since makeup is only a once-in-a-while thing in my world. It does feel good to know that when I do dress up and wear makeup I’ll be wearing something that’s safer and more sustainable. And it really feels good to know that when one of my kids asks to try out a little lipstick, they won’t be getting any lead along with it.
I wonder what you think – have you tried green makeup, and what did you think? Do you have any brands you’d recommend? And how much more would you be willing to pay to make sure you’re not spreading toxins on your skin? Share your thoughts! Also, if you’d like to get in on the act and take on One Green Thing of your own, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to grab the button from this post if you’re blogging about it, and spread the enviro-love.