I’m sure those of you that follow Nature’s Pulchritude may wonder if this is a legitimate question. It is! There are a lot of sales on natural, organic, and environmentally products this week in honor of Earth Day, which is a great opportunity to try new things and replace products that may have undesirable chemicals in them. While we clearly advocate for the use of natural and organic personal care products, not all products are created equally.
From my experience, the following products have worked better than conventional products: lotions, creams, and butters; nail polish; shampoo and conditioner. On the contrary, I am not particularly fond of several of the natural and organic lip balms I have tried. Two areas I have not really explored are conventional makeup (mascara, foundation, eyeshadow, blush, etc.) and cleaning products (laundry detergent, hand soaps, etc). While there are several brands that offer naturally and organic beauty products, do they work as well? Can they achieve the same effect as someone’s favorite lip gloss or mascara without the chemicals? I have seen several great reviews about natural lipsticks, all of which have been by the same brand. I’ve intentionally avoided some ‘environmentally friendly’ cleaning products, primarily for health and hygiene reasons. While I, like many of you, am very conscious of the ingredients in my products but want the products to work well and serve their purpose whether or aesthetic or hygienic reasons.
Do you think natural, organic, and environmentally friend products work as well? What category of products need improvement to compete with or out perform traditional products?