Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. ~Rosalind Russell
For centuries, every culture has been on a question for beauty; but, these days, our obsession with beauty is proving to be toxic and deadly. Every year, countless women get sick or die because of what they are putting on their skin and hair. Looking good shouldn’t cost you your life or your wallet.
Here on at the urban homestead our beauty products are pretty basic. A few years ago, we starting looking to cultures who have been known for their gorgeous hair and luxurious skin. We figured if these women, who didn’t (or still don’t) have malls cluttered with aisles of every conceivable cosmetic product on the planet, can still be stunning then that’s something we should look into. For me, though I’ve always been into making herbal beauty concoctions since I was a teenager, a few years ago I started to look into the Indian culture and the herbs and treatments they use. That path has led me to discover new and wonderful herbs and beauty solutions. My family and I had the opportunity to visit India last fall, with our little film ‘Homegrown Revolution‘. We saw women who had so “little” compared to the Western world but their hair, teeth and skin were stunning. That really ingrained the message that less is more. In fact, we don’t really need all that stuff that “They” would have us believe. You can make wonderful products with simple ingredients that are commonly found in your kitchen cabinet or perhaps growing in your backyard.
Beauty treatments and solutions can be found not in fancy packing with a slew of ingredients, some which you can’t even pronounce. Unfortunately, many conventional beauty products are loaded with chemicals and are usually petroleum based while the “good stuff” is sometimes pricey.
So what’s a girl to do? Know the dangers – check out this video. It’s not just knowing where you food comes from but where all the other products that we use on daily basis too.
I think that this video is a perfect intro to our upcoming “Kitchen Cosmetics” series, stay tuned!
What beauty products are you using or making, care to share?
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