I totally admire your desire to go a little more natural in the beauty department. Last year around this time I was trying to do the same thing, and like you said, got really frustrated with all the conflicting information. I recommend NOT looking at the Environmental Working Group's site "Skin Deep" because it is a dark abyss of confusing information.
Here's what I remember... the skin is our largest organ and absorbs so much, that we really should watch what we're clogging it with. Per your suggestion, I emailed Meredith of Gogh fame and remember her telling me to watch out for SLS (sodium laureth sulfate), which is hard because it's in just about everything and is what makes our bath products bubble up and get sudsy. She also said to lookout for words like 'parfum' and 'fragrance' because it's actually a pretty narsty chemical... and like you said, to avoid aluminum in the Deo for your B.O.. I've tried the Tom's version and don't recommend (but I do like their toothpaste!).
I tried to adopt some of these nuggets into my routine, but it is pretty hard and can get expensive. I definitely love all of the Kiss My Face products I've tried per Meredith's suggestion. Good luck and let me know what you find out!
Also, with your curly hair, I think you should totally try the 'no poo' method. I think it's made for you!
ON TO other topics that are surely (along with SLS) contributing to the fall of Rome...
I've been reading a lot of Jeff's man magazine's recently and I'm here to tell you, Man mags are where it's at.
I don't really read any women's magazines like Glamour or Cosmo or even SELF because I think they're so full of crap. Like "How to make a man fall in love with you in 10 easy steps!" or "Get those six-pack abs in just 4 weeks!" Seriously? Unless you're starting with a four-pack... this is not happening. I think these mags are full of fluff and only lead to women feeling inadequate and not quite skinny enough. They're antiquated and ridiculous and are oddly entirely male focused, telling us what we're supposed to do to make men happier.
Man mags on the other hand are hysterical, honest (if not always entirely feminist) and have WAY better articles and graphics. And if women really want to understand men... just go to the source!
Here are some of the jewels I've come across just this month:
- The six hottest emerging neighborhoods in the world's greatest cities -- Details
- Fascinating Michelle Williams interview where she actually opens up about Heath -- GQ
- Downton. Muthafu--kin'. Abbey. -- GQ
- This article is about how porn is ruining sexual etiquette -- GQ (Mom, please don't read this one).
- How to Eat Oysters at Home, Tonight -- Esquire
OR, don't take my advice and keep reading the same old nonsense: Yikes! Meet The Model With a 20 Inch Waist! -- Glamour.
PS... Because I'm ridiculous, I actually wrote to Health magazine a few years ago because they were hawking diet pills...
Feb 5, 2008
As a new subscriber I was disappointed to see an ad for Alli diet pills in the Jan/Feb 2008 issue. The magazine's mission statement says "Health gives women the most credible, useful, and up-to-date information and inspiration on how to live a healthier, happier life". I am confused as to how this advertisement aids the stated mission.
And the response:
Thanks for writing to Health with your thoughts. We understand your concern
about our ads, but please know that our Sales and Editorial departments are
quite separate. The ads they run have no affect on our articles or editorial
direction. We have, though, limited some kinds of advertising Health can
accept. For example, we prohibit categories such as cigarettes, hard liquor,
and questionable (possibly dangerous) diet supplements.
On the drug front, we restrict ads to those products that have won approval
from the federal Food and Drug Administration. Because those have been
deemed safe by the federal government, we cannot discriminate against
individual ones, or sub-groups. And because of our readers' inherent
interest in their health, many pharmaceutical companies feel Health is an
ideal venue for their ads.
Thanks again for writing to us with your concerns. We depend on our readers'
feedback to make Health the best it can be. We really appreciate your
I don't receive this magazine anymore.