Beauty Products Can Be High End and Luxurious Without the Cost and Without the Chemicals

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Hey Wild Women, take your power (and your money) back!!

Those high end fancy beauty products can be high end and luxurious without the cost and without the chemicals.

So what is the billion dollar beauty business all about?

Why do women love their beauty products so much?

We as a society of women should not buy into the media that lulls us into a belief of  unattainable perfection or presents to us only a narrow range of sizes. I do not believe we should fall under the spell of the pied piper advertisements convincing us to buy overpriced chemical laden products that promise flawless skin. Nor do I think that aging should be something with the word anti in front of it.

So why do we fall for it?

Is there some kind of internal insecurity in women that gets played upon so that we spend our money on these products. We are sold an idea of how we should look to be successful, accepted, happy and then we are sold products to help us be that image that was presented to us in the first place.

But why do we do this? Why do we buy into the idea that we need to be like the image that they are offering to us and use their products to attain that image? Are we insecure by nature?

No. Women are not by nature insecure. What has happened is the beauty industry (and society, and a whole lot of other stuff) has taken something that is a natural inclination for women and turned it on its head. They have used our natural inclination against us.

What is this natural inclination?

It’s the inclination for adornment, for honoring something sacred through the act of beautification.

There always has been, especially among women, but really among all people of all cultures , the love of self decorating or self adornment. It is a natural inclination. Even children do it when they cover their faces in mud and put flowers in their hair.

The Arapaho Indians of Colorado tattooed themselves with yucca plants and ashes. Certain African tribes elongate their necks. People pierce themselves. At its core these sorts of decorations are often celebrations, rites of passage, and ritualistic in their own right.

A woman’s beauty routine is much the same way.

On a primal level she is honoring that part of herself that is a goddess. She is laying flowers at the feet of the divine feminine when she cleanses her skin at night. When she applies her cream in the morning, it is like anointing a sacred one. Same goes for the makeup.

The beauty routine is often called a beauty ritual, taking the time to honor your skin, your body, your vessel. Taking the time to see through the lens of your face what is your body is needing. More moisture? A lighter diet? Less sun? Excercise? Rest?

That does mean that we want to use products that are full of  toxic chemicals.

This love of nurturing and beauty does not mean that we are willing to buy these chemical laden products in an attempt to look like these photoshopped idols that we have been given as a beauty standard.

We are natural women, we are free women, we are wild women and we are smart women that understand that what we put on our skin needs to be natural, simple, clean, and green.

So we are saying no to the crap in our beauty products. We also saying no to paying high prices for ingredients that are hazardous or  potentially hazardous to our health.

What is the answer?

The answer is we can either make our own products that are just as effective with herbs, organic oils, natural emulsifiers, essential oils, herbal extracts, and food based preservatives. These are clean, better for us, better for the environment, do not cost a lot, and can be tailored to individual needs.

We can also find a green beauty product line that make amazing products that do not contain the toxic chemicals and preservatives. With these do your research, there are some amaziing lines of green skincare products, but some brands may say natural and they really are not. On a label the word natural can mean anything, you really need to read the ingredient list.

Neither one of these options have to be expensive. You can get effective, luxurious green beauty products that are reasonably priced and do not contain the chemicals. Take your power back and nurture your skin without the chemicals and without the cost of high end beauty products.

Join us on our path as we find the things that support our wild women ways!

 

The Green Beauty Movement

The green beauty movement is bringing health back to the beauty world.

 

There is now a demand for products that are clean and natural, that are basically of the earth, not of the chemistry labs. For too long women have been feeling the pressure of this false beauty standard and then tried to fit into the false beauty standard by using beauty products that were full of harmful ingredients. Harmful to the earth from where they were taken, and made even more harmful in the lab where they were turned into creams, lotions, and makeups. Then they were sold to women as beauty products. So she could keep up with the image.

 

Little did we know that these products contained harmful ingredients. Ingredients like petroleum by products and sodium lauryl sulfates. Many of the products still do contain these harmful ingredients. Just because the container says natural, does not mean it is.

 

As society has begun to shift its awareness toward cleaner sources of food, organic foods without preservatives and chemicals, the same shift began occurring in skincare.

 

Our skin is our largest organ, what goes on it, goes in us.

 

And so the green beauty movement began.

 

We are finding our way back to the source. The world is full of green plants and healing herbs that people have used in skincare since the beginning of recorded history. Chamomile has been dated all the way back to ancient Egypt for the treatment of skin diseases, among other things. The use of neem was indicated in early Sanskrit writings, one of its names, Pinchumada in Sanskrit means healer of skin infections and destroyer of leprosy.

 

We are turning back to this ancient knowledge of plants, vibrant and alive, to beautify us once again, while we turn away from the harmful chemicals that we have been offered.

 

Women (and some men to be sure) are stepping up and formulating amazing skin care products for their fellow sisters that are clean and chemical free. Products that are safe, non-carcinogenic, and non-toxic. Products that actually have the power to heal and balance skin conditions not just cover it up and potentially make the condition worse.

 

Green beauty product lines are formulating oils, creams, moisturizers, lipsticks, foundations, balms, cover ups, blushes, eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, and all sort of makeup that is made of simple and natural ingredients, made of vibrant plants and herbs from the earth.

 

Another amazing quality about the green beauty movement is the new definition of beauty.

 

Beauty and health are synonymous.

 

We are at a place where we understand that to be truly beautiful is not a certain look or certain characteristics but a glow, a happiness, and health that radiates from the inside out and the green beauty movement embraces this. In fact the green beauty movement has this at its core.

 

Beauty is synonymous with health.  Health is directly linked to our internal environment and how we care for it. This includes care of all our aspects; mind, body, and spirit.

 

The green beauty movement is bringing a refreshing change to beauty standards, including ingredients, holistic awareness, and an acceptance of beauty in all its shapes and sizes.

 

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References

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html

http://www.natureneem.com/index_fichiers/Neem_history_Neem_and_India.htm

Feet on the Earth, Eyes on the Sky

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It’s been a long day. All I want is to be outside. Finally that moment has arrived.

 

I stand outside and stare at the sky. It seems to stare back at me. I wonder what it sees. I look down upon myself through the eyes of the stars and I see I am dripping with goo and buzzing with electricity.

 

I see my feet on the ground, almost touching the dirt under the grass, but not quite. I see through the eyes of the stars that my stress is unraveling at the seams.

 

It begins to roll off my shoulders, and down my low back. It seems to fall in streams off my bum, and drips down the insides of my thighs, finding its way into the earth, where it will be turned into dirt. Multi-colored stress dripping off of me, mucky browns, with pink streaks, gross green with puddles of grey.

 

Stress from that old man that guffawed at my,….my music being too loud? Or maybe he wasn’t even guffawing at me at all.  The that lady that huffed at me because my kids and I were horseplaying in the store getting in her way (that was definitely at me). Stress from running trying to catch up with the clock, so I’m not late for the third time this day.

 

It all drips off me in an icky sticky black grey brown mustard yellow strange pink goo, like in kindergarten when you mix all the paint colors together.

 

And the stars see the highs from the day too, the good stuff of life sparking around me, yet still keeping me from feeling my calm.

 

Sparks from the excited woman telling me how she loved the body butter I made for her. And the garbage man who talked about how great my dog Coconut is. And sparks from my friends whom I loved so hard this day I thought I would burst. All exploding around me like my own private 4th of July show.

 

These highs crackle around me, a little electric field pulsing through my mind, my blood is charged, my bones are ringing, and my mind is spinning. My whole being is swirling around my center trying to catch hold, trying to find terra firma.

 

And the stars see my feet sink deeper.

 

Deeper and deeper and the humming slows down. Like a tuning fork my body falls into the slow rhythm of the earth, the earth that I am falling ever deeper in love with. My electric sparks aren’t spinning in orbit around me anymore, the earth has smoothed the static.

 

And still the stars see my feet sink deeper.

 

Deeper beyond the damp grass, into the dark warm soil beneath. Things move under my feet, slimy things, dirty things, and they are a thousand times cleaner than the goo dripping off me from my day. And bugs buzz around me sporadic in their flight pattern, yet a thousand times calmer than the sparks that were flying around me. My bones are humming slow, my heart is beating steady, my mind is calm, and my spirit has found terra firma.

 

And the stars see my feet cradled into the soil, they see my spirit is stretched out and my edges are smooth, and that my heart lies open touching both earth and sky.

 

I am feeling my calm, feet on the earth, eyes on the sky.

7 Things Wild Women Are

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Wild Women

  1. Natural. Wild women crave the outdoors some like some people crave french fries. The wild calls to her. It is her church, her therapist, and her friend. In fact wild women think everything is better outside from picnics to weddings to funerals to parties to yoga. Its all better done outside.

  2. Free. Wild women are free creatures. For example after a long day she will walk in the door strip off her jeans and whip off her bra in one swift motion, because no longer can she feel bound up in constrictive clothing. Shoes may go flying as well.

  3. Intuitive. Intuition is a driving force for the wild woman. She does not do things because she thinks she is supposed to do them, the wild woman does them because it feels right, even if the logical reasoning is not there to back up the intuitive feeling. And sometimes this can create waves, but she follows it anyway. Better grab a life vest.

  4. Willful. Yes wild women often have willful intuition, she feels no need to justify following her intuition. Against all logic, against puzzled stares, and wondering questions, she will still listen to her intuition. And when she don’t follow that inner knowing, she feels down right sick about it, literally physically ill, which of course drives her to follow her intuition. Because who wants to feel sick?

  5. Creative. Wild women are like a geysers of creative forces. They are tapped in, inspired and fueled by it. Without it she withers like a flower deprived of water. If her creative forces are not expressed they turn inside her against their container and slowly wear away at the edges until they find a way out.

  6. Lioness. Yes the wild woman practices kindness and compassion, but she is not afraid to be a lioness. She will rock the boat and stomp her feet, and you will hear her roar, she will speak her mind and protect what she loves. If you fall under the umbrella of what the wild woman is passionate about then you have a lioness in your corner watching your back. Who doesn’t want a lioness watching their back?

  7. Present. The wild woman understands the power of women being present in circles. Her soul craves the depth and support of being with other women. It is serious business, it is monkey play, it is deep deep talks, and it might just be hanging out in yoga pants drinking wine, but the importance of being with other women is crystal clear and of high priority to the wild woman.