Saturday

24

September 2011

Natural Beauty: SF,GF Cosmetics

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If you are soy free, you know how much of a challenge it is to find cosmetics sans soy.  Even though the FDA has declared that soybean oil and soy lecithin are non allergens, I and many many others still have an issue with these additives.  I can’t tell you how many organic, mineral, and/or natural cosmetics companies are using soy as a filler in their products. With many large companies depending on cheap fillers such as these soy additives, I’ve often wondered if lobbyists from these companies got into the pockets of doctors and legislators in order to protect their money making, filler laden products.  But that’s a whole different post to get into… ;)

Luckily, I have found a few fantastic beauty buys that I love and use daily.  After going fresh faced for almost 2 months, (without even my formally beloved Chapstick!) I was ecstatic to smooth on some creamy, hydrating lip-color. So here are my favorites of the moment.  All of these products have been personally verified by emails, phone calls, and personal use.  (Please note:  This is not medical advice.  If you have concerns about different cosmetics to use, please consult with your health care professional to determine what is the best course of action for you).  I hope you enjoy these products as much as I have so far.

RMS Beauty

After reading about RMS Beauty on Kora Organics Blog by Miranda Kerr, I decided to send Rose Marie an email regarding the ingredients in her RMS products.  She quickly replied within 24 hours to let me know how opposed to soy she was, and that none of her products contain any soy or soy additives.  Her products are also all gluten free.  How awesome is that!?  I personally love the ‘Un’ cover-up in shade 22.  It’s a lightweight creamy face shade that really lets your true glow shine through.  You really don’t need a lot of it to help bring out the beauty of your own skin.  Full of fantastic nutrients and oils, it heals your skin.  Even though it contains a few different oils, my combination skin doesn’t get oily from it–even the T zone!  In fact, my sometimes oil prone T zone looks more toned than ever before.  I am definitely hooked.  I also received a sample of the “Living Luminizer”–I really recommend it as a great highlighter and also a sheer glowing cream eye-shadow.  Visit RMS Beauty here:  http://www.rmsbeauty.com/

Lush Lipstick: Ultrapure Cosmetics

Ultrapure Lush Lipstick is Soy free, Gluten free, Dye Free and Vegan!  It is featured in the above video about halfway through.  This lipstick is ultra smooth and is more like a double-duty hydrating balm and lip-color than just a color stick.  I bought Lush Lipstick in “Smooch” and am loving the glowing coral based shine.  Ultrapure cosmetics also sent me a sample of their mineral blush in “Buff” which only contains minerals; no additives!  I have yet to try their soy free, gluten free mascara, but I’m sure I’ll be ordering it sometime soon.  Check out the lipstick here:  http://www.ultrapurecosmetics.com/products/Lush-Lipstick%3A–Vegan%2C-Gluten%252dFree%2C-Soy%252dFree%2C-Dye%252dFree!.html

Garnier Fructis Body Boost Shampoo and Conditioner

Garnier Fructis

So far, I haven’t found a great ‘organic’ non-soy and gluten shampoo and conditioner.  I have personally contacted Garnier Fructis and received a phone call back letting me know that their Body Boost Shampoo AND conditioner are Soy free!  I have been using them with no reactions for a few months now.  It is really great for normal or fine hair and delivers a nice lift that lasts all day.  These products seem to use more natural ingredients than most commercial shampoos I’ve seen, so it will work for until I find a nice organic alternative.  Another great perk is that you can find these in almost any pharmacy and grocery store that carries beauty products.  Hooray for no fuss beauty!  I’ll also mention that it smells fabulous =)

Although these are all of my favorite products at the moment, I think no beauty routine is complete without covering the basics first.  The basics being:  Great nutrition, lots of water, healthy amounts of sleep, and working out your body at least a few times every week.  I really enjoy the Kora Organics Blog, which I mentioned earlier.  It’s written by supermodel Miranda Kerr and other healthy living advocates.  I really admire Miranda Kerr for using her well-known name to inspire others to live peacefully and very healthily.  Check out the Kora Organics blog here: http://www.koraorganics.com/blog/  Please note that I haven’t contacted Miranda to find out if any of her Kora Organics skincare products are soy or gluten free, but I’ll be writing her this week to find out.

With that, I’ll leave with a quote that I really enjoy:

“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.“  –Swedish Proverb

Stay beautiful, positive, and let your light shine.

Until next time,

Bethany xoxo

Max and I

A little photo of Max and I–Max is my parents’ maltapoo, and what a cute little soul he is =)

Saturday

13

August 2011

Soy here, Soy there, Soy is Everywhere: B.V.O

I’ve been doing some philosophizing lately.  Well, I suppose it’s less philosophizing and more learning from experience but nevertheless, this whole soy allergy thing has got me asking a lot of questions.  The first seems obvious; Why is soy in everything?  Why has it been pumped in such a high amount into modern society?  Why is this modern society okay with consuming high amounts of genetically modified cash crops that are mainly designed to make big corporations (example 1: Monsanto) big bucks?  Some may say it’s a cheap way to feed a large world population…but at what cost?

It is a fact that Soy contains high phytoestrogen levels; something that can mess with hormones in your body.  When soy saturates most processed foods, is fed to a large portion of animals in the meat packing industry(I’ve had strong allergic reactions from soy feed vegetarian feed chicken, and vegetarian soy fed eggs.), lurks in health and beauty products, and even coats some fresh produce in the form of wax to make already delicious natural food look more appealing, I’m still waiting to hear how that much soy is a good thing.  Sure it contains isoflavines which are “good for the heart!”, but when you’re unknowingly consuming loads of soy every day, why would you want to add another cup of straight soymilk on top?  I’m frankly surprised more people aren’t asking questions.  If you ask me, overload and over-consumption of soy may be behind a great amount of disease and sickness in the U.S.

Not to mention the soy in Brominated Vegetable Oil–Yes, it’s made from Bromine.  Now I’m a fan of heavy metal, but I don’t want Bromine anywhere near what goes into my mouth.  The sad reality is, millions of people around the world are consuming it almost on a daily basis.  Brominated Vegetable Oil, or BVO, can be found nearly all sodas in the U.S. and some juices.  I’ve personally had a reaction to the BVO that may be in Pepsi, Coke, and Simply Orange “natural” orange juice.  The reaction to Simply Orange was extremely bad.  I wonder if spikes in cancer and other serious diseases can be partially explained by the addition of Bromine into the commercial food system.  Another not to mention…it’s not labeled!

Now that all that has been said, it’s time to focus on what you can eat!  I’m currently contacting many brands and parent companies in the U.S. that could potentially be on the safe list.  I’ve heard back from about 10 companies so far that practice allergen testing and/or good manufacturing processes to eliminate cross contamination between products.  I’ll be uploading “The Good List” a.k.a the soy free brands/products I’ve put into an excel spreadsheet in my next post.  Stay tuned =)

Staying positive is key when dealing with health issues, and I’ve found it more helpful than bitterness and anger in the past.  I find positive affirmations to be inspiring and helpful.  Louise Hay’s writings and quotes are full of positivity and encouragement.  Here is one I’d like to share:

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.”–Louise L. Hay

I also thought I’d share a picture of our little sweet Max ;)  Remember, let your little light shine!

Best,

Bethany xoxo