Balance

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Hello lovely readers! I know this is my first post in a while but I promise I have a good reason! Today I want to talk about balance and the world of green beauty. Recently I’ve been feeling like there is something on my heart that I need to share with you all. After talking with a bunch of other Instagrammers and bloggers I realized that the problem I am facing is not uncommon. Here goes.

As a green beauty blogger I always felt the need to be switching out my products, even if those products did not work for me. When I first entered the green beauty world everything I read indicated that I should be using facial oils. So I did. I cut out my tried and true moisturizers and started using oils. I have used pretty much every oil you can put on your face. I have tried skin balms, oils, essential oils, you name it. As the weeks went on my skin became worse…and worse…and worse.

I had, of course, switched out my shampoos as well. My shampoos were now natural, full of oils and none of the nasties. I started to develop a really itchy scalp and I began to get deep cysts in my ear lobes and acne in my ears. What. Was. Happening?! I went to my physician to have my hormones tested, maybe I had an imbalance? Nope. Maybe I had a food allergy? Everyone keeps saying that dairy, soy, peanuts, etc. etc. cause acne. Well I’ll just cut all of that out. Yeah…nope. Guys, I was desperate. I would come home in tears because my skin HURT.

About two months ago I said enough was enough. My skin was in the worst shape it had ever been in. I was concerned and I was in pain. The only thing that I could connect with my acne were oils. I put all of my facial oils in a box. I threw out all of my natural shampoos and body washes. I stopped using any liquid foundation with an oil in it. I was on a “no oil” cleaning spree. I went to an esthetician because I needed professional help. They put me on a regimen that included salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide and you know what? I felt like I needed to hide it. How could I tell my followers that I was using these things? The green police would most surely break down my door and tell me I’m a sell out. So I kept quiet. I stopped mentioning anything related to skincare and focused my instagram and the blog on makeup.

After a few weeks I was chatting with a few different bloggers and I realized that I’m not alone. People are genuinely having issues with some of their products and they feel like they can’t talk about it. Why? Why do we have to be an all or nothing community? I don’t think we have to. I think we need to meet people with grace and realize that everyone has different needs and sensitivities. If you’re still with me I hope that you will be kind to me and to others who may not be able to switch all of their products. If I can’t use natural moisturizers because I develop infections on my legs, I’m going to use Eucerin. If I can’t use natural mascaras because they use essential oils as preservatives and my eyes can’t tolerate that, I’m going to find an alternative that works for me.

Are you experiencing any of these issues? If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment please feel free to email me. I’m here for you. I want you all to know how much a love and appreciate you. I love my readers and my followers. It is because I love you all that you deserve honesty. Life is about balance and finding what works for you.

DISCLAIMER: You need to use the products that work for you! If facial oils work for you then I am so happy. If you can use essential oils in your skincare or makeup by all means go ahead! We all need to find products that work for us!

9 Comments

  1. Andrea April 8, 2017 / 21:50

    I’m right there with you! I completely understand. I still have a few conventional products because I cannot find a natural equivalent, and I’ve been trying to be “natural” since like 2006.

  2. grün geschminkt April 9, 2017 / 09:20

    I feel you. The problem ist ( i find) that a lot of those green beauty companies use cheap oils in their products. I use only those oils for my face that are pressed by a small oil ‘mill’. They use a very special kind of mill to press their oils (it gets water cooled during the pressing process because otherwise the pressure gets so high that the oils get overheated). And I feel the difference. There are oils and oils, if you understand what I mean. And most of the time a beauty brand however small and well intended is about someone making money. So the used ingredients aren’t the most expencise ones.. because otherwise it gets to pricey for the end-costumer.

    Just be even more careful with the conventional stuff. I know they can do a lot concerning hypoallergenic formulas, but than again, the chemical used sometimes…. but you have an understanding about ingredients, so you know what to look out for.

    I cannot use most of the products in the conventional and green beauty world. Because I am just too sensitive and, to be honest, I don’t want to use most of the green beauty formulas. Because I find them not natural enough. My scalp gets dry when I use those shampoos, because they are packed with tensides to get those silicone-free formulas to develop enough foam. But it also very drying.
    So I use water only, or an egg (natural mollifier). Or amla powder.

    I use mineral foundation and mineral pigments for most of my makeup. Alcohol free hydrosols (Dabba) for moisturising and sometimes said oils (evening primrose because of my dermatitis and acne scars). Together with oil pulling I finally have my acne under controle and even developped a bit of a tolerance for those other green beauty products.
    But the industry needs some sharpening (here in Germany we have some pretty high quality, puristic brands like Marie W. that does a wonderfull hypoallergenic alcohol free mascara an other amazing products), especially now that it is developping so fast.

    So hang there, it is your body! You know whats best for it. And we all are very different.
    And I am confident you will be carefull with those conventional ingredients.

    Lots of love

  3. Sarah April 25, 2017 / 00:51

    Yes, yes, yes! Everyone needs to find what works for them and their body. I use natural products where I can, and conventional where I need to. Glad you figured out what was giving you trouble!

    • Ellen April 25, 2017 / 06:13

      Thanks Sarah! I totally agree, you need to do what’s right for your body. Otherwise you’re just hurting yourself! Thanks so much for reading.

  4. kate May 4, 2017 / 19:24

    Wow. Thank you for being brave enough to write this. I have the same thoughts but am afraid I will get killed for sharing them. I sympathize with you as it’s happened to me and people who aren’t brave just end up suffering in silence. GB is like superior and once you are in, you better think twice about getting back out. You need to take care of yourself because guess what, they who made you feel horrible about feeling like you couldn’t stop using GB aren’t paying for your medical bills, are they? Thank you for writing this, maybe I will now grow balls to write my own story. Bless you!!!

    • Ellen May 4, 2017 / 19:28

      Hi Kate! You’re so sweet thank you for commenting! Oh my gosh I know, it’s a terrifying post to write but honestly I have received nothing but positive support! I think a lot of people are struggling and it’s nice to know that people are receptive to honesty 🙂

  5. Mary June 8, 2017 / 11:55

    I totally agree and I’m so sorry that’s happened to you! I’ve been having some skin reactions with a lot of green beauty masques within the past year! I’ve found that Caudalie masques don’t make my skin burn or make it red. I know it’s not the greenest, but you know what? I’m ok with that! I also do not use any “natural” eyeliners or mascara. They make my eyes itch and they all smear. So, Bobbi Brown Smokey lash mascara and gel eyeliner it is 🙂 I also love Bioderma, it doesn’t make me burn or itch like other natural micellar waters have. I also love watching Caroline Hirons discuss skincare on YouTube 🙂

    I feel like the GB community can be savage at times! Once I get my blog up and running, I can’t wait to write about natural/organic and conventional. It’s not always greener on the other side. xx

  6. Jenn July 24, 2017 / 12:08

    It’s like anything in life, right? Moderation and balance. I appreciate you posting this – for many of us in the green beauty world, I think we feel like we’ve sold out if we use anything that isn’t 100% natural. But the reality is, like you say, we’re all different! When I worked full time as a makeup artist, all of my clients and friends would always ask me “what is the best brand”. My question was then “for what?” There is no such thing as the best brand for everything or for everyone. When you find what works for you, that’s what’s best for you.

    • Ellen July 25, 2017 / 07:50

      Hi Jenn, I totally agree. Not one brand will work for everyone. We just need to be conscious consumers and use what works for us!

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