Newest Cheap Green Purchases

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted about my sustainable quest – but believe me, it’s always on my mind. There are somethings that I’ve been researching and trying out before I wanted to pass them on to you guys. When I am trying to purchase ‘green’ items, I do a lot of research beforehand. There is a lot of greenwashing out there and I don’t want to be an uneducated consumer. I’ve bought two things recently that I feel like are worth passing on.

I am still struggling with beauty products. (And another scary article on beauty products. . . here.) I know that it’s ‘greenest’ to just not wear make up at all, but I don’t know if that’s an option for me in the design industry. Your appearance sells your service. The biggest challenge in finding face lotions, face wash and make-up is the price. You can find sustainable options but they’re $30+ and I’m not quite willing to spend that money.

I would like to follow up with Everday Minerals since their prices are reasonable and I found out that they are a local Austin company (but they don’t have a brick and mortar shop, sad)! Their website has some forums where you can post a picture of you sans makeup, in natural light, and the staff will make recommendations for you on colors that works for your skin and then you can order a free sample of those colors. I think I’m going to have to do this since the free sample I got didn’t exactly match my skin tone. I’ll certainly keep everyone updated! 🙂

Darlys actually posted about this site a while ago, but I’ve been exploring it a bit more recently and the GoodGuide is really amazing! They rank everything on Health Performance, Environmental Performance and Social Performance – all things I like to know about products before I buy! AND they show you the price that the items are selling for! Currently they’re showing baby information and general household cleaners, health care and beauty items but the site is still in beta testing so soon they should be showing more!


  1. Tara
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Good Luck with the EM makeup! It takes a few tries before you can get a good match.

    And if you ever find a good moisturizer or face wash pleeeeease post about it. I have yet to find one I like. It doesn’t help that I’m prone to break outs either…

  2. Elizabeth
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I will certainly post anything I find. Hopefully I can find something affordable! I have a couple of suggestions from a friend – she loves the products, they cleared up her skin and are free of any questionable chemicals. The catch is that they’re $30ish for the face wash and $40 for the moisturizer! I don’t know that I’m comfortable spending $70 on beauty products. 😦

  3. Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    When I made the switch to the Burt’s Bees shampoo I also switched to their chamomile face wash and have really liked that. It feels different than regular but it still works. I alternate that and a face scrub.

  4. Posted September 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yay for talking about good guide. 🙂 (I didn’t mention on my blog that my cousin is one of the creators…)

  5. Elizabeth
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Amanda – I’ll have to check our the face wash – that may be a great option since HEB carries Burt’s Bees. Now for a face lotion . . .

    Dar – That’s awesome! I saw the Good Guide in a Green Daily blog the other day too. . . he’s getting some good press on it!

  6. AJ
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love Everyday Minerals!!!! It had to order the sample set twice to find the right colors, but they’re super cheap and I usually get my order w/n 1 or 2 days. I’ve been using the foundation, concealer and eyeshadow for a month and I’m inlove! Would definately recommend to anyone

  7. Posted September 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Alright, I’m going to try this Jason Natural travel pack Red Elements for cleanser and moisturizer since I got it for $15 with shipping. No Parabens, no fragrance, no SLS that I can tell, No Lanolin, Mineral Oil or Petroleum either. . . I used ORI415 for a referral coupon code and saved $5 off my first purchase. . . I’ll let you guys know if it’s any good.

  8. Kay
    Posted September 26, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    If you’re looking for an alternative, less expensive source for high quality stainless steel bottles, visit CynerGreen’s website. They also have a kids line called CGKidz which is designed by an 11-year old girl that includes a stainless sippy cup and smaller bottle. They are also a totally green company which is important to me.

  9. Posted September 27, 2008 at 11:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Have you ever been here?

    It seems like something you’d take interest in. (:

  10. Elizabeth
    Posted September 28, 2008 at 8:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Yep! I use that website to try and check out everything I’m buying now. Sometimes it’s helpful and sometimes it seems like they have the wrong ingredients for some products (unless the labels on some products are lying). I’m glad that someone out there is rating ingredients and products and not making consumers have to pay for that information!

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