why you should care about the ingredient list of your cosmetics.

why you should care about the ingredient list of your cosmetics.

 

When we think of health, most of us think of the foods we eat and the physical activity we partake in. Environmental toxins aren’t something that many people even know to care about. The truth is that our skin is the bodies biggest organ and it only takes seconds for the toxins we apply to our skin to reach our bloodstream. The skin care, makeup, hair products and perfumes we find in drugstores and department stores are laden with toxic chemicals that can contribute to allergies, reproductive issues, hormone imbalances, weak immunity, and even cancer. With the constantly rising rates of illness and disease, the beauty industry needs an overhaul. It is a sick reality to be aware of, but luckily nontoxic products are becoming more and more accessible.

As we take our health into our own hands, luckily we have some great resources to help navigate through the ingredient labels of our products. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep allows you to input the ingredients of a product, and assigns it a rating while providing information on each chemical. On the go, Think Dirty is a great resource to be able to pull up a products information right from their app.

Many popular brands are recognizing consumers interest in more natural, nontoxic products and are beginning to market accordingly. Don’t trust to easily when labels say natural, green, or 70% organic ingredients.. Do your research, take your health into your own hands, and vote. with. your. dollars.

As you begin to feel out different brands and learn about commonly used chemicals, you’ll soon recognize that there are brands you can trust. These brands will likely market with complete transparency, while often having ingredient lists that you can understand without much detective work. Below Im linking brands I have come to trust for their quality, performance, and alignment with the safer beauty movement.

1. Beautycounter. 

Beautycounter is becoming one of the most popular safer skincare brands, and for good reason. Voluntarily, they have a list of 1400+ chemicals that they vow will never be in their products, most of which are not banned in Canada and the US. What I love most about Beautycounter is their products perform just like high end department store cosmetics, but with what I call side benefits. Their foundation is light, never cakey, and I feel has improved the texture of my skin overall.

2. Carina Organics

Completely nontoxic haircare seems to be the hardest to find. Before trying Carina Organics I found that every safe shampoo and conditioner would leave my hair impossible to brush through or greasy. Every ingredient on their label is totally recognizable, no detective work needed, and it works like a dream. Bonus is that they are a local company, founded in the city I grew up in, North Vancouver.

3. Pacifica Beauty

Pacifica is another safer cosmetics brand. They have got a full range, but I specifically love their nail polish, and while not completely nontoxic, it is much, much better than any alternative I have found. Their polishes are free of parabens, phthalates, toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, and resin.

4. Schmidt’s

The bergamot and lime deodorant is the only natural deodorant you’ll ever need to try.

5. Your kitchen pantry…

Dry Shampoo = arrowroot or cornstarch

Exfoliator = baking soda

Makeup Remover = coconut oil

Face mask = raw honey

DIY products are easy, cheap, and the safest you’ll find!

 

If you take away anything from this… do your own research, take your health into your own hands, and don’t assume everything on the market is safe. The beauty industry needs a makeover, and its up to us to make it happen.

bulletproof london fog

This morning I blended up a bulletproof London fog. I honestly can’t believe the thought hasn’t crossed my mind sooner, as bulletproof coffee and London fogs are a couple of my favourite beverages. I love bulletproof for the mental clarity, ease & steady energy it provides me through the day. Going the bulletproof route in the morning also gives your digestive system a bit of a break. The trick to this tasting so amazing is using the vanilla ghee… next level stuff.

What you need:

1-2 tablespoons 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee

1 tablespoon MCT oil

1 scoop collagen powder

Organic earl grey tea, brewed

Stevia to taste

Blend it all up with a handheld milk frothed or in a blender & enjoy the tastiest, creamiest London fog I’ve had yet.

mango + strawberry smoothie

It’s a 50/50 shot when you’re cleaning out the fridge with how a recipe turns out. I find it can be a total flop or having to get creative with ingredients ends with a new favourite. This smoothie has been made on repeat after a win.

Frozen strawberry, mango and cauliflower blended up with cucumber, zucchini, romaine and ginger for a tropical smoothie that tastes more like sorbet than a veggie packed smoothie.

What you need:

1/2 c frozen mango

1/2 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c frozen steamed cauliflower

1/2 c chopped zucchini

2 c romaine

1/3 a cucumber

1 inch peeled ginger

1 scoop collagen

2 t bee pollen

my go to extra green smoothie

My relationship with smoothies has been on again off again. I was the queen of smoothies for years until an incident with a live bug in a straw a couple years back. It put me off smoothies for a solid 2 years, but I have since recovered from the trauma and I am back to blending up concoctions.

Typically, smoothies can be loaded with sugar, but by swapping juice for water or unsweetened nut milks, and cutting down on some fruit they can be packed with vitamins and minerals. I love choosing smoothies for breakfast or lunch as a way to really up the amount of veggies and superfoods in my diet. It’s also an awesome way to use up veggies before they go bad. I slice up zucchini, steamed broccoli stems or cauli, and throw into the freezer until ready to add to my concoctions.

Below is my favourite green blend these days that packs in the chlorophyll, antioxidants & hydrating veg. Collagen adds protein without the extra additives that protein powders often have, with supporting skin, nail and joint heath.

What you need:

3/4 c frozen mango

2 c greens (kale + spinach are favourites)

1/2 c frozen zucchini

1/2 a cucumber

1/2 lemon or 1 lime juiced

1-2 inches peeled ginger

1 inch fresh turmeric

1/4 tsp spirulina or 1 tsp liquid chlorophyll

2 T hemp seeds or collagen powder

filtered water to blend

Throw it all in a blender & sip up 🙂

about

about

Hi! My name is Abbey and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist living in Vancouver, BC with my fiancé Talin and our poorly behaved, but super cute cat Odin.

I first came to love health and nutrition in my teens when I opened my eyes to factory farming and the manner in which our food is produced. This triggered me to begin asking questions about my own health, after having multiple conventional doctors tell me that digestive issues are normal.

I also began to ask questions regarding the beauty products I was using daily. The book There’s Lead in your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon initiated a desire to find non toxic beauty products that worked well, and didn’t compromise my health.

I try to live from a place of balance. I love kale, collagen, and chia seeds, but I also will rarely say no to chocolate, wine or fries. I think that restriction has its place in healing diets, or when specific foods cause more problems than good, but I also think that when unnecessary, in the longterm, it can create a complex around food. I choose not to label my diet, even if I am eating a specific way as I feel it adds unnecessary stress to eat a certain way.

I also work with clients in person or from a distance in helping them achieve digestive peace. I have lived through and healed digestive issues and would love to be a part of your journey.

Here you will find concoctions I have come up with in the kitchen, my favourite nontoxic beauty products, and general life ramblings.

Thanks for stopping by! 💜

the best paleo ginger beef

Ginger beef is my favourite dish for chinese takeout, but its a little questionable.. so I made this up on a whim and we have enjoyed it a couple times now. I am obsessed, it is delish and super easy. This recipe is paleo, but could be made keto friendly as well if you swap the coconut sugar for a low carb sweetener such as erythritol.

What you need:

1 lb beef strips (if you’re local, Two Rivers sells this, or just slice up some flank steak)

1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips

1 yellow bell pepper, sliced in strips

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

3 tablespoons coconut aminos (can swap for Bragg’s liquid aminos, but reduce amount)

3 inch chunk of fresh ginger or 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1 tsp sriracha

1 tsp sesame oil

red chili flakes

1 head of cauliflower riced, or 1 bag of riced cauli to cheat

1 tsp coconut oil

sesame seeds (optional)

green onion (optional)

What to do: 

Mix together the coconut sugar, coconut amigos, ginger, sriracha, sesame oil, and chili flakes. Toss in the beef and let sit for at least 30 min. Rice the cauli and throw it in a pan over medium low heat with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Cover with a lid, and allow the cauli rice to steam a couple min. Heat a pan to medium, and add the beef strips without the marinade. Add the marinade to a separate pan and reduce over medium heat. Once the beef is almost cooked through add the bell peppers. Once fully cooked, add the sauce and toss together. Serve the beef over cauli rice with some sesame seeds and green onion.

Enjoy!