I read somewhere before I started this Natural Beautee blog late last year that your first blog should introduce your blog, your intention, explain what you plan to write about, why, etc. Well my style has always been to plough ahead, throw caution to the wind, act now and think about things later. And so like that my Herbatint blog posting was what kicked the whole thing off. It took me some time to develop the topics that I wanted to blog about. And despite the fact that since I’ve started my aromatherapy course my content has been focused more on product reviews and less on how-tos and tips (due to time constraints) it’s only been recently since the light bulb went off for me what this blog is all about – namely education, empowerment, practical advice, and fun (in that order). My interest in natural beauty started about a year before this blog did and after almost two full years spent trying to navigate the gauntlet of the natural beauty world I have a few points to make.
What Natural Beauty Means to Me
I bang on all the time about “natural” beauty and “natural beauty” products. Turns out, there is no legal definition for the word “natural” so it’s important that I clarify what I mean by this. When I purchase beauty products I look first at the ingredient list and try to select products with the highest quantity of naturally-derived ingredients and the lowest quantity of synthetic ingredients. At the same time I look at other factors like the length of the ingredient list (the fewer the better) and try to avoid the usual nasties like sulphates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, and any chemicals containing “eth” in the name. Then finally I look at the performance of the product. Does it live up to my expectations? This process is a little subjective at times, but for a little more objectivity I don’t use any products that contain an ingredient rated 7 or higher in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. It can be challenging to balance all of these things and there is a lot of grey area. However I don’t beat myself up about it, sometimes it just comes down to a judgement in the moment of purchase. I might change my mind later, or bin the product.
The second component of natural beauty to me is making the most of what god gave you and doing what you can do to enhance it (read don’t cover it up with loads of war paint). I take offense to the stripping, bedazzling, and painting of female private parts. On a lesser scale I take offense to fake nails with brightly covered pictures painted on. My beauty icons are the Hepburns (Audrey and Katharine), Lauren Hutton, and Christy Turlington. Smart, fun, and sexy. They are also women that you can really look up to. Did you ever notice a woman looks more beautiful when she smiles, and can be downright intoxicating when she laughs? That’s because it’s at those moments when her inner soul bubbles up to the surface. Unfortunately you rarely find these sorts images captured on film and presented in fashion magazines. Instead we’re bombarded with the images of stick-thin pouty teenagers. It’s a real travesty on the part of women everywhere that there is such a narrow version of beauty portrayed in magazines, media, and internet.
What Natural Beautee Means to Me
The reason why my blog is named Natural Beautee was because I was looking for a fun and fresh way to express how I described natural beauty above. Natural Beautee represents brains, fun, health, celebrating yourself and not covering yourself with harmful chemicals. For me this blog a labour of love. I want to reach as many women as possible and I hope that you’ll see yourself as a natural beautee too. If you have suggestions or stories to share about your search for natural beauty products, let me know. I would love to know how you feel about natural beauty. What’s your take?