With October in full swing, you may have noticed pink ribbons flying around in amongst our fall colours. In this month of Breast cancer Awareness, you’ll likely be asked to consider all of the women (and let’s not forget the men, either) who have been faced with the terrifying prospect of a breast cancer diagnosis. So many of us have been touched by this life-changing diagnosis, whether it was our own or that of someone we know and love. I know too many people who have struggled with this, the most impactful being my own mother, who lost her fight with the big C three years ago.
I never want anyone else to experience the pain and grief that myself and my family endured as we watched our mother slip away. I want to lessen the chance that others have of experiencing their bodies being taken over by pain and suffering from breast cancer. That’s why, instead of pink, I’d like to turn your focus to another colour this month: Let’s focus on green.
Going Green with My Beauty Routine
While many companies are selling pink products this month, what you may not realize is that many of these products contain toxins that are actually linked to breast cancer. Unfortunately, I have experienced first hand how difficult it can be to attempt wading through the seemingly never-ending list of ingredients – many of which I can’t pronounce or understand – in an attempt to choose something that not only claims to be “green”, “safe”, “natural” or “pure”, but actually is all of these. This is made even more difficult when an impatient toddler is nipping at your heels and yanking everything off the lower shelves as you attempt to read what appears to be a foreign language.
For those of you who have been following along with my recent quest to declutter using the KonMari method, you already know that I’ve been reserving space in my home and my life for only the things that I really feel passionate about and spark joy in me. Going through my bathroom cabinets, cupboards and drawers, I found myself filling bag upon bag with products that I had been hoarding that were chock full of chemical toxins. By the end of my purge of these beauty and hygiene products, I was left with very few items. It feels amazing to be rid of all that garbage, and to feel free to now invest in only the products that I will actually use, and feel positive that I’m making healthy choices as to what I’m putting on (and ultimately in) my body.
Join in the Green Beauty Revolution
The experiences above – my personal understanding of what it means to lose someone to breast cancer, along with the relief and joy I feel for moving to a greener beauty routine – are why I am positively thrilled to announce the Green Moms Collective 2nd Green Beauty Campaign. Throughout October I will be a part of this campaign to raise awareness and understanding of healthier practices when it comes to your beauty routine. There is a lot of awesomeness coming, and a ton of prizes to be given away, so make sure to keep an eye out for the fantastic posts and events coming up!
Along with the other contributors, I will be sharing information with you about green beauty practices and products that will make you feel confident that when you clean, moisturize, and otherwise beautify yourself, you’re not sabotaging your body and your health by using toxic products that easily absorb themselves into your skin. We will be helping you recognize which ingredients are the most important to avoid, teach you how to choose better beauty products, and aid you in finding the confidence to toss out the toxins in favour of healthier beauty practices. To start you off on this journey to greener beauty pastures, check out this post on auditing your beauty products, and make sure you take a look at this incredible resource: The Green Moms Collective Green Beauty Guide. Trust me, you won’t regret signing up to receive this free 8-page booklet that will help you clean up your beauty routine.
Who Will Have You Seeing Green?
Say hello to my green beauty team of bloggers! These fabulous women will be by my virtual side as we campaign for a greener, more beautiful life.
If you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet, you can head on over and do that now @TheBigToDoList.
Also, I’d like to introduce you to these 11 Canadian green beauty brands that have offered up over $1200 worth of prizes to be given away this month, to assist you in switching over to gleaning the greener pastures of healthy beauty. You can click on each logo image to be taken directly to each brand’s website.
So how do you win these phenomenal green beauty prizes?
On Tuesday, October 20th until Friday, October 23rd, Sara from Green Moms Collective will be hosting an Instagram Loop Giveaway with help from @lifeinblush. There will be over $700 worth of prizes to be won, so make sure you follow @GreenMomsCo on Instagram.
Also, if you’re on Twitter (which you really should be if you like winning things), make sure to RSVP for our #GMCBeauty Twitter Party on Thursday, October 29th at 9 pm – 10 pm EST (which is 6 pm – 7 pm here in BC) by following our sponsors on the Rafflecopter form below. There are over $500 worth of beauty prizes just waiting to be won!
We all know that beauty comes from within, so when we take care to maximize our outward appearance, let’s make sure we’re offering our whole selves the best chance at staying beautifully healthy.
*Disclaimer* This post has been proudly sponsored by the green beauty brands listed above. Although I am being compensated to participate in the #GMCBeauty Campaign, all of the above are my true and personally written thoughts and words. You can read my full disclosure policy here.