June 2017 Affirmations

June is a time most people welcome for the warm weather, upcoming adventures, and time away with family. I’m equally excited for this time of year, even if it means I have to start summer school and have difficult classes ahead of me. Looking back at last month’s affirmations, however, I know that taking on challenges isn’t impossible. Finding or making beauty products that were eco-friendly was no easy task. Products that are palm oil free and cruelty-free were not all affordable for me right now and trying to find recipes that were completely vegan or vegetarian had ingredients that were not always within my price range. Still, I’m happy with the discoveries I have made and will continue to find more products and ingredients. As I’m finding, beauty products are just as complicated as fashion or any aspect of sustainable living. The answer lies more in striving to make more sustainable choices throughout life, not finding the perfect pathway to sustainability. Continue Reading ›

DIY Beauty Products

This month’s affirmation challenged me more than I anticipated. The issues surrounding palm oil and cruelty-free beauty products were much more complicated and with a limited budget, I wasn’t sure I could afford products by recommended companies. Until I have a more substantial paycheck, I decided the best bet was to make my own toiletries. I’ve done this before when attempting to make my own conditioner, but I found it only made my hair oily. Since then I was hesitant to give it another shot. However, I didn’t want to continue buying beauty products, so I did some more Pinterest and Google searches to find other recipes. Not all of these are 100% vegan, but making my own allowed me to have some say in the ingredients that go into my everyday toiletries. I’m going to continue to experiment, but so far, here are a few of my favorites. Continue Reading ›

Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

When you pick up a tube of mascara or find some colorful eye shadow on sale, do you think about its connection to animals? I’ll admit, the thought didn’t always cross my mind. I saw purple eyeshadows with sparkles or a tube of raspberry lipstick and was excited to experiment. I hardly ever wear make-up, but I found it something I could entertain my imagination with. After learning some of the truths behind my beauty products, I was discouraged to learn that my seemingly harmless purchases may cause more harm than I would like to admit. Researching ingredients like palm oil made it only more problematic and then I was introduced to the complexities of cruelty-free. Why is it complex? Let’s take a look at the cosmetic industry and animal testing . . . Continue Reading ›

Moms and Fair Trade

This weekend marks two important dates that are all about honoring and empowering others. You may already be celebrating Mother’s Day, but World Fair Trade Day might be an unknown to you. What does fair trade have to do with Mom? As I’ve found, Moms teach us about the principles of fair trade, whether we realize it or not. What exactly are those principles and how does Mom teach them to us? Today, I’m taking a closer look at each one to see how Moms inspire us to uphold the principles of fair trade. Continue Reading ›

The Problem with Palm Oil

What’s one thing we need to live without but have a hard time eliminating it from our lives? Money may seem like the answer, but for the purpose of today’s post, I’m discussing the abundance and reliance on palm oil. What is palm oil? According to Salve Beat, palm oil is edible vegetable oil that comes from the African palm and is a versatile ingredient for many products. Although palm oil crops can produce a lot, unfortunately, it can only be found in a certain part of the land within 10 degrees north or south of the equator. Where this gets complicated is that harvesting palm oil has led to deforestation, animal endangerment, and harm of the atmosphere. The Crowded Planet’s post about palm oil depicts the Haze, a toxic cloud created by the fires used to clear rainforests for palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The Haze not only affects Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysia, but it also affects the wildlife in the area, especially orangutans. Is there a way to stop these devastating results? While upholding this month’s affirmation searching for more eco-friendly beauty products, I’ve determined reducing beauty products that use palm oil should be on my list. This is a difficult road, but it provides some solutions to a complex question. Continue Reading ›