Saving Face: The Final Product (Part 5)

Thank you all for following me on my journey to over haul my beauty routine and switch to non-toxic products. It was a daunting, and sometimes greasy experiment (hello oily skin and hair!), but I made it out alive.  In fact, more alive than ever!  There are no more creepy chemicals soaking into my skin every day and I feel radiant with my new approach to beauty.

I feel like my hormones are more balanced and that my skin gives off a more natural looking glow.  Sometimes I miss plastering more heavy duty makeup on my face, but for the most part, I'm happy to spend less time doing my makeup, and to let my true self shine.

For all those of you that might be curious, here is a roundup of my current beauty routine, as well as a Q&A with a toxic product expert.

If you want, you can even check out my complicated makeup routine of the past!

My beauty routine now:


  • Reviva labs primer
  • Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals or Dream Tint, Pure Pressed Base, So Bronze 3, Hydration spray
  • Bare Minerals or Jane Iredale Eyeshadow
  • Bare Minerals or Physicians Formula eyeliner
  • Bare Minerals or 100% pure mascara
  • Zuzu or Sally B's for lips
Skin/body care:
  • Crystal deoderant
  • Rare El'ements hair products
  • Josie Maran Argan oil
  • Kiss My Face toothpaste
  • Say Yes cucumber face wipes
  • Pure + Simple skin care
Q&A with expert Maggie Macdonald from Environmental Defence:


Q: What are some of the risks of using toxic products on our face/body/hair?

 A: Many of the personal care products Canadians use every day contain hormone disrupting chemicals, as well as known and suspected carcinogens. While these chemicals are sometimes present in small amounts, this is a big concern considering that we use these items every day. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is permeable, so chemicals in your moisturizer, shaving cream, shampoo or perfume, are ending up in your bloodstream.

Q: Why do you think Canada allows so many toxic ingredients that Europe has banned from their personal care products?

A: The science on many hormone disrupting chemicals, or “endocrine disruptors” is fairly new. It takes time to update laws in response to new information. But with growing consumer awareness of this issue, public support for taking toxic chemicals out of cosmetics has increased greatly. Many businesses are starting to voluntarily remove toxic chemicals from their products, which is great.

Q: Do many of us underestimate how harmful our every day products are?

 A: Awareness of this issue is increasing.

It is important to read labels and learn the names of harmful ingredients such as parabens and phthalates;  our Toxic Ten pocket shopping guide can help, and it is available for free download.

Q: What changes would you like to see in the beauty industry?

 A: We would like to see full disclosure of all ingredients in cosmetics, and we would like to see the “Toxic Ten” taken out of all cosmetics and personal care products.

Currently, fragrance ingredients are considered a trade secret, so consumers don’t know what chemicals compose what’s listed as “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label. Often, phthalates, which have been linked to cancers and reproductive disorders, and artificial musks, which can disrupt hormones and pollute the environment, are hidden ingredients in fragrance. Consumers have the right to know what’s in a product.

The “Toxic Ten,” is a list of common ingredients we advise consumers to avoid. With the Just Beautiful campaign, we are also working to have these chemicals removed from products, so the weight is not entirely on the shoulders of shoppers. The Toxic Ten are: Artificial Musks, Triclosan, Phthalates, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Formaldehyde releasing agents, Petrolatum, BHA and BHT, Coal tar derived colours like PPD, and Silicone Chemicals.

Q: How do you feel about women's magazines promoting the use of so many toxic beauty products?

A: The problem is that the overwhelming majority of beauty products are toxic. But if readers were to write in to their favourite magazines about this issue, it might help spread awareness.

Q: What should we look out for when buying products?

A: Download the Toxic Ten pocket shopping guide, and avoid the chemicals listed.

Q: What are your tips for transitioning to an all natural household?

A: At we have many helpful guides for non-toxic living.  At we have helpful information about non-toxic personal care products and cosmetics.

Q: What are some of your favourite all natural brands?

 With the Just Beautiful Pledge, we have been working with businesses that offer products that fully disclose all ingredients, and are free of the Toxic Ten. You can find a list of these products here.


Thank you all for following!