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Paleo-guilt regarding non-paleo beauty products?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 09, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Are there any other users of beauty products who feel conflicted to be paleo, but to use non-paleo beauty products (ie hair products, nail polish, tooth whiteners)? I ask myself why I bother eating strict Whole30 compliant diet, but I'm not willing to give up my 'beauty' regimen. Does anyone else have this internal conflict?

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on July 09, 2012
at 09:41 PM

+1 for "Natural, but very well maintained." That's my goal too. :)

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on July 09, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I totally hear ya, but I've been able to, one-by-one, switch my products without much research or trouble. I buy most things where I buy my groceries, and I have yet to look or smell like a dirty hippie. Besides, it's kind of fun to try new things! My biggest surprise was liking a natural mascara after using only the industrial strength waterproof stuff for years. It can seem daunting, but honestly, take it one at a time and find some things you enjoy.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Thank you - I am gluten sensitive so I have to improvise. :)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 09, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Wow! I am really impressed at your creativity and ingenious use of everyday things.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on July 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Umm...unfortunately I have been VERY grey since I was in my early 20's and I do NOT embrace it. But good for the people who do!!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Luckie, a word of caution about LUSH - I have heard quite the opposite - some people are very allergic to their products.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I take beets, add a bit of water and bake them in the oven. I eat the beets, but then drain the juice and simmer it to reduce it to syrup. I mix that syrup with my shea butter. It tastes very sweet, like sugar. My lipstick only lasts for 3 hours, but I lick my lips because it tastes so sweet and nice.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:35 PM

LUSH also offers a few different henna hair dyes. I've heard great things from people who have used them.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I take beats, add a bit water and bake them in the oven. I eat the beats, but then drain the juice and simmer it to reduce it to syrup. I mix that syrup with my shea butter. It tastes very sweet, like sugar. My lipstick only lasts for 3 hours, but I lick my lips because it tastes so sweet and nice.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:29 PM

KL - There is a company called Light Mountain. Pure henna - excellent results! I buy it for my mom.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:21 PM

If you're worried about beet taste, or if you want to mix it up, try a concentrated hibiscus infusion! It's pretty, delicious, and gives a great kick of Vitamin C.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:08 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling I've noticed that my gums really benefit from oil pulling. I personally use sesame oil.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I love my grays! Gray hair is hot! And, after growing my hair out from being dyed black for years, I'm done dying it.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Do you have to taste beets all day then? Ugh.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Maybe after I'm 35 I will... but starting to go gray at the ripe old age of 24 was just too much for my vanity ;)

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:42 PM

What is oil pulling!?!?

3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:39 PM

+1 for this: "Unless you feel like your beauty regimen is hurting your health, then leave the guilt behind."

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 03:54 PM

  1. I use Tom's of Maine for most things.
  2. For lipstick I use shea butter and concentrated beet juice (I make my own lipstick)
  3. For perfume, I use 100% pure rose oil.
  4. For mascara, I use aloe vera gel (make my own) mixed with activated charcoal.
  5. For nail polish, I buy Honeybee Gardens.
  6. For shampoo, I use soap. For soap I use natural soap made with coconut oil.
  7. For whiter teeth I brush my teeth in a special way (the dentist taught me how) twice per day with Tom's of Maine sensitive.
  8. For moisturizer I use 100% pure shea butter. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SHEA BUTTER!!! IT REMOVES CALLUS AND MAKES YOUR SKIN SILKY SOFT. It does not smudge and it is easy to apply.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Thank you - I am gluten sensitive so I have to improvise. :)

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on July 09, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Do you have to taste beets all day then? Ugh.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I take beets, add a bit of water and bake them in the oven. I eat the beets, but then drain the juice and simmer it to reduce it to syrup. I mix that syrup with my shea butter. It tastes very sweet, like sugar. My lipstick only lasts for 3 hours, but I lick my lips because it tastes so sweet and nice.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Wow! I am really impressed at your creativity and ingenious use of everyday things.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I take beats, add a bit water and bake them in the oven. I eat the beats, but then drain the juice and simmer it to reduce it to syrup. I mix that syrup with my shea butter. It tastes very sweet, like sugar. My lipstick only lasts for 3 hours, but I lick my lips because it tastes so sweet and nice.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:21 PM

If you're worried about beet taste, or if you want to mix it up, try a concentrated hibiscus infusion! It's pretty, delicious, and gives a great kick of Vitamin C.

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B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on July 09, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I quit dying my hair. Embracing the gray!!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:29 PM

KL - There is a company called Light Mountain. Pure henna - excellent results! I buy it for my mom.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:35 PM

LUSH also offers a few different henna hair dyes. I've heard great things from people who have used them.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 09, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Maybe after I'm 35 I will... but starting to go gray at the ripe old age of 24 was just too much for my vanity ;)

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on July 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Umm...unfortunately I have been VERY grey since I was in my early 20's and I do NOT embrace it. But good for the people who do!!!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Luckie, a word of caution about LUSH - I have heard quite the opposite - some people are very allergic to their products.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

(1178)

on July 09, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I love my grays! Gray hair is hot! And, after growing my hair out from being dyed black for years, I'm done dying it.

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Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I don't use anti perspirant but natural deoderant and sometimes a body spray. Otherwise I do basic makeup, but it's 'normal commercial stuff, non-paleo if you want to call it that. I don't dye my hair but that's more because I'm chicken, and it isn't all that gray yet. My husband likes it the way it is. Unless you feel like your beauty regimen is hurting your health, then leave the guilt behind. Nobody says you have to look like a cavewoman. If you can find more natural products to substitute, maybe the better, but do what works for you.

3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

(1255)

on July 09, 2012
at 04:39 PM

+1 for this: "Unless you feel like your beauty regimen is hurting your health, then leave the guilt behind."

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78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on July 09, 2012
at 03:52 PM

We all have our concessions to modern civilization. I don't think that's anything to feel particularly guilty about.

That said, if it does bother you, you can look for healthier (for you and the environment) alternatives to some of your beauty products. I use conventional shampoo and conditioner, but I use a deodorant crystal stick made from potassium alum instead of a product made with aluminum, and (perhaps TMI for guys) I use a reusable menstrual cup instead of tampons or pads.

I don't use makeup very often, so my stock is fairly small and cheap, but something like the Bare Minerals products might be healthier than conventional cosmetics.

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58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

on July 09, 2012
at 06:12 PM

If you like your routine, don't feel guilty about it!

I use a heavy strength deodorant, wear eye make up, curl my eyelashes, sometimes wear foundation and use Revlon lipstain. And I'm huge on eyebrow maintenance and nail care, but not so big on filling in my brows or painting my nails. Natural, but very well maintained.

But I also use argon oil for moisturizer, menstrual sponges, wash my hair twice a week and stopped dying my hair 5 years ago.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:41 PM

+1 for "Natural, but very well maintained." That's my goal too. :)

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45663c0d00f0b482d031e29b4c94a4cc

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I've given this a lot of thought, and read quite a few blogs about switching to natural beauty regimens, but while I like to eat like a caveman I don't much care to look like one. I like my hair colored dark brown. I like eyeliner. I like experimenting with hairstyles that usually require some hair spray or pomade, which will have to be washed out.

Plus, I'm busy. I work full time with a commute. I have a husband and a dog. To me, it's more important to spend time at home preparing good food for the whole family, for everyone's benefit. My husband and I have a lot of fun cooking up meals together. I'm not sure I could say the same for experimenting with natural deodorants.

I suppose I could spend extra time on the weekends searching the web for paleo-friendly makeup and maybe attempt to create products of my own, but I personally choose to spend my time doing other things. It's a quality of life thing for me, so I abandoned the guilt long ago.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on July 09, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I totally hear ya, but I've been able to, one-by-one, switch my products without much research or trouble. I buy most things where I buy my groceries, and I have yet to look or smell like a dirty hippie. Besides, it's kind of fun to try new things! My biggest surprise was liking a natural mascara after using only the industrial strength waterproof stuff for years. It can seem daunting, but honestly, take it one at a time and find some things you enjoy.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on July 09, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Not particularly. I use Tom's of Maine deodorant (I would NOT recommend their new anti-perspirant, it was awful) and LUSH shampoo bars, conditioner, body wash, and soap. More natural, but not completely organic or anything. I do dye my hair with regular box stuff cause I think I am too pale for blonde hair and I want to cover up my grays, use mostly Bare Minerals makeup, and use 3-free nail polish. I don't feel a bit guilty about it. I don't dye that often, don't use nail polish or makeup everyday at this time, and I think the toxic load is greatly lessened compared to traditional, full chemical products.

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on July 15, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Since going paleo, I've found that I feel more comfortable without makeup. It makes getting ready in the morning so much faster. I sometimes use an eyelash curler or a bit of eyeliner, but besides that I generally go makeup-free. For makeup and other beauty care products I suggest looking up Aveda. It's a line of shampoo, makeup,and skin care products that use mostly natural ingredients. My hair salon sells them. While not everything is completely natural, they do their best to use plant-derived ingredients without sacrificing quality. Their shampoo is amazing and would make a great gift. Btw, I'm not trying to sell you anything, I just love their shampoo. I speak from experience (:

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Solution for bleaching teeth:

My teeth lightened noticeably almost immediately after I started oil-pulling with coconut oil. Don't believe all the mumbo-jumbo regarding it "pulling" toxins out of the vein underneath your tongue. It's more likely that it reduces bacteria's ability to adhere to your teeth/mouth and swishes them out of the pockets between your gums and your teeth. Whitening effects are likely due to it being a nonpolar solvent, as opposed to mouthwash or tooth paste suspended in water, and swishing for 20 minutes instead of 30 seconds.

It's unlikely to get you to blinding brilliance but if you accidentally swallow, it will be coconut oil in your tummy instead of tooth bleach.

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 06:08 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling I've noticed that my gums really benefit from oil pulling. I personally use sesame oil.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:42 PM

What is oil pulling!?!?

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I still color my hair, swim in my chlorinated pool, use soap, shampoo, and conditioner, shave my legs and pits, get a mani/pedi every month, and occasionally wear make-up. I've toyed with the idea of going no-poo, but am still too chicken, though I have noticed that since going Paleo, my scalp isn't the oil slick it used to be and can go longer between shampoos.

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:50 PM

I still color my hair (with organic products) and get mani/pedis regularly-- everything else in my life is "paleo-compliant": diet, exercise, sleep, stress, cleaning products, all other skin and haircare products other than the aforementioned hair color and nail polish, etc.

I figure (or justify!) that since everything else is more or less optimal I'm allowed a vice or two. I also refuse to feel guilty for some indulgences and vanity-- we don't need to be perfect, we just need to do the best we can with what we've got :)

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