I've been reading about all the nasty chemicals and possible side effects of those chemicals, so I'm thinking about giving them up. I don't wear either very often, and I don't want them to go bad, so I was thinking about passing them along to some girlfriends, but then I also wonder if I'm overreacting. Any thoughts?
Yup! I use Suncoat nailpolish and nailpolish remover which is not tested on animals nor does it contain any animal ingredients. I also found a perfume called Pacifica, it's also vegan and they have a bunch of pretty scents. I heard Pam Anderson came out with a vegan perfume too. :)
I've never been big into nail polish, but I do my toes sometimes, and try to use the more natural brands. I DO love perfumes, and am trying to mostly wear the more natural, essential oil based vegan ones - Pacifica does have some nice scents and so do Aubrey Organics and Ecco Bella. I have given away a couple of my non-natural ones. But there are a couple I love and just wear once in a while.
funny thing I quit using both after reading a book called green goes with everything by sloan barnett. She states some very interesting facts. This was all before becoming vegan. I have noticed that now that i'm vegan that alot of perfumes and cleaning products really mess my head up. I do use a scented bodywash by method (refresh mint) it contains no phalates and no parabens. good for you and the planet.
I sometimes use nail polish, but I've upgraded to ones that don't contain so many chemicals, like those from Zoya. As for perfumes, I've found that I can no longer wear the regular, "toxic", ones. They now seem way too over-powering to me, and give me a headache. So I'm currently trying to find a natural perfume instead, because I do love wearing perfume.
Learn what ingredients are in the brands that you use and exactly what those ingredients do to your body. I've learned that in most products, the term "fragrance" on the ingredient list can mask some pretty nasty chemicals that they put in the product. This is a handy-dandy cheat sheet: http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com/downloads/Beauty.pdf
Ever since switching to a plant-based diet, I've realized that the stuff I'm putting ON my body can be just as harmful as what I'm putting INTO it. I've been trying to figure out less harmful replacements for my pretty pared down beauty routine. Hope this helps!
vegans naturally look and smell good without slathering a cocktail of hundreds of chemicals that may have any number of unknown or unknowable effects on our health, aren't these things sold and marketed on the idea that a women's body isn't good enough as it already exists?
I only wear chemical free stuff - if I feel like a scent, I use essential oils (young living is so high quality you can ingest them!), and for my skin/hair stuff I use John Master's Organics which don't contain all those horrible chemicals and smell great! I won't use nail polish, and only use deoderant that is natural - again, I will use a chemical free brand or essential oil.
There are several interesting books out there at this point that document the safety issues with the ingridients of most cosmetic items out there - in the US, the responsibility is on YOU to prove that a chemical is dangerous, not on the chemical industry to prove its safe. The vast majority of chemicals out there are untested. The EU recently tightened their laws out of concern for their people's health - they noticed diminishing fertility rates in women in their 20s and became concerned. Sadly, the US is more concerned with the chemical industry giving money to politicians then our health so the laws are not in the people's interest, but rather the industries interest.
Please research this stuff, find safe alternatives, and spread the word!
Why spend all that effort to improve your health by what you eat, only to put dangerous substances on your body?
I am all for essential oils. You can customize your scent and they are really good for you. I use them on my face as a moisturizer, I spray them on my hair to help with frizz and I have one that I use as a body spray.