Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

It has definitely already crossed your mind a few times, because here you are, researching about making the switch to natural beauty products. To be honest, we are not surprised you are here either. In 2016, the natural beauty market was valued at approximately 11.06 billion U.S. dollars worldwide and is forecasted to grow to 21.78 billion U.S dollars worldwide by 2024. This means people just like you are also interested in making the switch.

We understand that you may not need any convincing as to why it is important for you to switch, however, we thought this may come in handy when you are talking to friends and family about why natural beauty products are important for humans, animals, and the planet!


For the People

Studies show that 60% of everything that touches our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream within minutes. Think about every product you use in a day, Do you know what is inside of those concoctions? I bet you never really thought about it.

Unfortunately, many of the ingredients found in your favorite face cream, lipsticks and perfumes are in fact toxins, allergens or carcinogens. Going natural means you are eliminating ingredients that are contributing to health problems, reproductive complications, acne and allergic reaction.

Switching to natural cosmetics is typically the last thing most women think about when choosing healthier lifestyle options. Why? because it is the most daunting and difficult tasks of all. "Where can I find products that actually work?", "...but I have always used this face cream...it's all I've ever known", "Your right, I have no idea what is inside my products". It really doesn't have to be difficult anymore. With new technology, research and resources, natural cosmetics are more effective, more colorful and healthier than ever. And luckily for you, we have already done most of the hard work.

Imagine making healthier choices for yourself without compromising the fun, playful and effective side of cosmetics.


For the Planet

Mindless sourcing, packaging, and ingredients are quickly causing detrimental effects to our environment.

Large companies must meet the high demand, so they are sourcing large quantities of ingredients quickly. This means they are using more pesticides, exploiting human rights and disrupting our ecosystems & depleting non-renewable resources. If sourcing was done sustainably, these farming and mining practices would not damage our environment.

Plastic and non-degradable packaging are thrown out in mass quantities every single day. This waste is piling up on our earth and is even finding its way into our waters. Most cosmetic companies use much more plastic, wrapping, labels and boxes than necessary as a marketing tactic.

Toxic ingredients are being flushed into our water systems every time you wash your face, shower and brush your teeth. Many of these ingredients are incapable of breaking down. This is not only hazardous to aquatic life, but it also transfers into our earth water cycle ( vaporizes, re-accumulates in clouds, then rains toxicity onto our soil).

By purchasing natural products from smaller local businesses, you can feel good about ethical sourcing, sustainable and reusable packaging as well as conscious and safe ingredients for our waters and soil.


For the Animals

"Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing." - PETA.

This animal testing includes burning, crippling, poisoning and abuse, all in the name of beauty? In our opinion, this is all the information you need to know to understand why animal testing is NOT ok.

Our physical beauty will not thrive at the cost of an animal's life. This is why The Green Beauty Collective will always exclusively stock cruelty-free makeup products.

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You can shop cruelty free, eco-friendly and vegan beauty products at www.thegreenbeautycollective.com and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at hello@thegreenbeautycollective.com

Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.

by Jacqueline Parker
Travelling Green: Beauty & Travel must have's for warm weather travel

Travelling Green: Beauty & Travel must have's for warm weather travel

Are you travelling somewhere warm over the dreary winter months? I am headed to Indonesia on Monday and I figured this would make for a great opportunity to show you how I prepare for a warm weather vacation while staying as clean and green as possible. 

The majority of products mentioned in this post are beauty products



1. Hydration Mask 

Have you ever noticed how thirsty you are after a flight? Or, how dry your skin is? The air on an aircraft can be extremely drying and I learned a great tip from YouTuber and beauty guru Michelle Phan back in the day (when I was sitting next to her on the way to NYC). 

I always slap on a hydration mask for atlas 30 minutes at the end of a flight to help replenish my skin. The Viva Hyaluronic Mask is packed with moisture to instantly plump and hydrate the skin. 

2. Hydrosol 

Spritzing the skin with floral water is also a super quick way to keep your skin hydrated on the plane. I will do this every hour (If I am not asleep) to keep my skin hydrated. Just think of it like drinking water. Same same!

I will be taking the Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner on my trip because it comes in a 2oz size, perfect for the plane. This will also come in handy on extremely hot days in the jungle & long sun exposure. 


Moon Time:

1. Diva Cup

If you are travelling to Asia, like me, you may not be able to access tampons. I highly recommend getting your hands on a Diva Cup, and use it for 1-2 months before you travel (It can take some getting used to). This will help reduce waste and save you in those "crap...I forgot to bring tampons" situations. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Whole Foods Market. 

2. Organic Tampons

Even though I recommend bringing a Dive Cup, you may also encounter situations where there is a. no toilet paper or b. no clean place to empty your diva cup. In this case, you will absolutely want to have a tampon on hand. I always make sure I am stocked up on bleach free, organic cotton tampons like Natra Care. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Whole Foods Market. 


Shower & Personal Care:

1. Soap

I really like washing with soap bars, but they can be annoying to travel with. I picked up a re usable soap case so I can continue using my soap bar (easy). If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Welks General Store on Main and my moisturizing Soap from Woodlot.

2. Shampoo & Conditioner 

This is when saving your containers comes in handy! I have a stash of old plastic containers that I wash out, so all I had to do was transfer my shampoo and conditioner into these smaller bottles. I am going to try to wash my hair as little as possible and when you are on vacation this is the perfect time to try the no poo method. I also recommend grabbing a bottle of apple cider vinegar once you get to your destination so use as a wash. I am currently using the United and Free Shampoo and Conditioner. 

3. Deodorant

When travelling somewhere hot, you are bound to be sweating up a storm. I recommend avoiding any type of antiperspirant - you want to sweat so your body can detox. I decided to pick up one of my favourite brands of Deodorant "Schmidts". I chose the Charcoal & Magnesium as my body may be going into extra shock from a change in environment and food. I will most likely need extra door protection. If you are in Vancouver, I got mine at Welks General Store on Main. 

4. Teeth

I have 4 tooth products I will be bringing on my trip. The first is a tooth brush. I recently learned that 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every single year, which creates 50 million pounds of waste (wtf people!). I grabbed a bamboo toothbrush from senzacare. I got this toothbrush in Vancouver at Welks General Store.

My favourite natural toothpaste is Dr.Bronners. I have been using natural toothpaste for 5+ years and have not have a cavity since. I got mine at Welks General Store on Main. 

I have also been using a tongue scraper from Radius. Tongue scrapers help remove bacteria buildup on the tongue. This will freshen your breath and help with gut an digestion issues. I am excited to learn more about Ayurveda (where this practice originates from) when I am in Indonesia

Floss will also be kicking around in my bag! 


Sun care:

1. Sunscreen

Nothing has been stressed more (from friends and family) about the importance of bringing enough sunscreen to Asia with me, for a few reasons. a. Sunscreen is more expensive b. Sunscreen contains toxic chemicals and bleach and c. the sun is much stronger, and you will get burnt. 

I will be bringing all of the sunscreen I have at home! I have the Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip, and Simply Zinc sunscreen for my face. I also picked up the Green Beaver SPF 40 sunscreen from Whole Foods Market. Both of these products are mineral sunscreen and require re application. 

2. Aftersun 

Its not always as easy to avoid getting burnt. I will be making sure to wear hats, and cover ups during the day, but I am bound to get burnt. I have a bottle of Natures Aid Aloe Skin Gel. I am hoping to get my hands on some Aloe plants if I run out! 



Skincare & Makeup:

1. Makeup

Vacation to a hot climate is the perfect opportunity to wear less makeup to give your skin a break. I will be bringing 5 of my favourite products with me:

1. Pure Anada Mascara. This mascara is perfect for the water, because I can remove it so easily in the water if I have to. No racoon eyes.

2. Elate Brow Balm. Brow products are my must have product, so I will have my brow balm on hand at all times (hopefully I don't forget my angle brush).

3.Wonder Highlighter. Glow is a must have. I go everywhere with my highlighting stick for fresh, glowing skin. 

4. RMS lip shine "Royal".  I decided it would be best to bring a "potted" lip product, as there is a possibility it will melt. I like the RMS lip pots because they seal quite securely. You can pick up RMS products at Lynn Steve Boutique in Vancouver

5. Pure Anada Lip Balm. To keep my lips moisturized. I am not too sure what kind of lip balm I will find in Asia. This will come with me just in case. 


2. Skin Care

Skin Care is super important to me, so I am ensuring to bring my favourite products. 

1. Wyld Konjac Sponge Brining a konjac sponge eliminates the need to bring a liquid cleanser and exfoliator, because this is a 2 in 1 product. It also shrinks down quite small and saves a lot of room in your cosmetic bag.

2. Wild Hill Botanicals Nootka Rose Toner: I will be bringing this toner with me for the airplane (see above) and for everyday use to rehydrate my skin. 

3. Wild Hill Botanicals Mini Black Berry Serum: This 10ml serum is the perfect size for my month long trip. This serum will be extremely protective from external environmental damages and sun exposure. 

4. Bella Aura Moisturizer: This sleek 30ml moisturizer is rich and hydrating. I will be using this product at night. 


Well, thats is folks! I am trying my best to pack light, while still remaining comfortable and keeping my body healthy and using the products I use here at home. 

Enjoy your trip, wherever you go!

by Jacqueline Parker
How do I dispose of my beauty product containers?

How do I dispose of my beauty product containers?

We hear all the time that the average woman use 8-10 beauty products a day and if they are conventional products, thats a whole lot of chemicals entering the blood stream!

What we also must think of when we count those 8-10 products a day is "Where do all of these containers go once the product runs out?" The unfortunate truth is that most beauty products are housed in plastic containers (which are then packaged in plastic containers and wrapped in plastic. Its mind boggling!). 

We do our very best to consider waste when we decide to stock a product at The Green Beauty Collective.

Here is our guide to "What to do with the waste".


Shipped product

We save all of our paper, packing peanuts and stuffing from our supplier shipments. To reduce paper waste, we use this stuffing and packing material to pack your order. It is a good feeling opening a package that has much less impact on the environment. 

Product wrapping

Many of our products do not have extra boxes, plastic wrap or housing (this is intentional). The conventional beauty industry has SO MUCH WASTE. We choose to carry products that have minimal packaging and boxes. 

Elate pressed powders: All elate pressed shadows, blushes, powders (and soon universal cremes) come in seed paper packaging, so you can plant the package and watch it bloom. 

Sappho pressed powders/boxes: These paper boxes and containers can be recycled

Cyberderm boxes: These boxes can be recycled

Viva boxes: These boxes can be recycled 


Disposing of containers

Elate clear lipgloss containers & inner containers of mascara and liquid liners can be recycled (but must be cleaned out) and the outer bamboo core can be put into the compost (same with lipsticks if you can separate the bamboo from the connector). Sappho mascara tubes and primer containers can also be recycled after being cleaned out. 


Green Beauty Collective Recycle program

If you bring back 5 clean, empty glass containers you get 40% off your choice of:

2oz Nootka Rose Toner

2oz Rose Geranium Toner

2oz Fireweed Toner

Viva Milk Cleanser

Viva Gel Cleanser

Viva Bio Foaming cleanser  

Returns exclude: Elate Universal Cremes, Elate Lipgloss, Lipstick, Mascara, Liner, Powder Tins. 


Reusing your containers

We love hearing that our clients up cycle and reuse their containers. Here are some of our favourite ways to re use containers:

Empty Lipsticks: Fill it with pills or vitamins

Empty Honey Mask or Wild Rose Cream: Perfect for salad dressing

Empty Loose Powder: Go fill it up at The Soap Dispensary!

Empty Foundation Bottle: Fill it with shampoo, conditioner, body lotion or soap to travel with

Empty Toner: Fill with water & essential oil to create a room spray 

Empty concealer container: Fill with coconut oil for a travel size

by Jacqueline Parker
What will Vitamin C do for my skin's health?

What will Vitamin C do for my skin's health?

When taken orally, vitamins are terrific for our inner bodies function as well as the health of our skin. Because what we apply to our skin is absorbed, a topical application of a vitamin can also benefit our body externally. 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It helps repair tissue, combats free radicals, helps to fight the common cold and can even assist to prevent forms of cancer. 

For the skin, Vitamin C can work wonders. Our skin is naturally depleted of Vitamin C over time. Combined with other external factors such as exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke, the decline of vitamin C will contribute to signs of aging.

Who would want to use Vitamin C in their skincare?

Vitamin C is for those who feel their skin looks dull, has lost its bright glow and has signs of sun damage such as darkness and dark spots. These symptoms are very real for many of us, especially after years of unprotected sun exposure. 

Our Bio C Serum from Viva skin care contains L-Ascorbyl Palmitate, a form of Vitamin C high in antioxidants. The purpose of this product is to brighten a dull completion and lighten dark spots from sun damage. The Vitamin C is blended with rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, and vitamin e for a surge of repairing power. 

Are there any tips for using a Vitamin C in skincare? 

Yes, we recommend using Vitamin C products at night. Although it is not a major concern, Vitamin C has potential to be photo sensitive (sensitive to light). For this reason we recommend it for your night time regime. 

It is also important to be consistent. You can purchase all of the skin care products in the world, but if you are not consistently applying your products, you will likely not see any results. Using Vitamin C every single evening will result in brighter, more youthful skin. 


Curious about our Bio C Serum? 

Read more here or book a consultation to try it for yourself!

by Jacqueline Parker
Shaving may be negatively impacting our environment. Here is how you can make a difference

Shaving may be negatively impacting our environment. Here is how you can make a difference


We like to surround ourselves with things, people and places that represent and reflect what we believe in and especially appreciate products that share our values, our aesthetics and our standards.

Take a moment, look around your bathroom.

What products make you smile?

What products do you use everyday?

Which products don’t quite align with who you are, but you still use everyday?

When thinking about this, we realized that our pink plastic razor was one of those products. Something that we use everyday, but really doesn’t fit in with the aesthetic or values of our everyday lives. Which is why we decided to create another option for shaving – something more attractive, sustainable and yet still functional.

Creating a more vibrant shaving routine

Ever notice some days you get that perfect shave? It lasts for a week and you have that extra boost of confidence with your silky smooth legs as you walk out the door?

There are a few secrets behind getting that perfect shave every time and we like to stick to the below:

///  Soak your skin in warm water to soften the hair, but don’t let your legs soak for too long

///  Establish an exfoliation routine to get a closer shave

///  Lather with an oil based cream to get a smoother and moisturizer at the same time

///  Make small strokes and go over each area two times

///  Rinse your blades and replace every 5-10 shaves

Creating a more sustainable shaving routine

The concept behind well kept was to create a more aesthetic and environmentally friendly solution for shaving. The most sustainable solution to shaving would be to just not shave as the EPA estimates that 2 billion razors are tossed away each year. But, we all know the feeling of having nicely shaved legs and weren’t quite ready to let go of the concept all together. So while we continue to shave, we can try to make the routine a bit more conscious.

Choose a consciously made product - The well kept original razor handle is made of maple, reducing the impact on the environment with a compostable handle and no plastic inputs. We are all trying to do better in our sustainability journey and with every purchase of the original razor, we plant a tree on your behalf.

Purchase a reusable razor There are many different options out there for reusable razors, try these out rather than using disposable, plastic razors. The well kept razor is compatible with Venus and Gillette replaceable blade cartridges, so you can continue to reuse your handle.

Use less water – warm your legs with a 2 minute soak, either in the tub or at the beginning of the shower, and then turn the shower off while you are actually shaving to reduce the amount of water wasted.

Switch up your shaving cream – Using an oil over a shaving cream will not only feel better on your legs, but it has less harmful ingredients and has a lower impact on the environment with the ingredients and packaging.

We’re all in this together, so hopefully these tips can not only help you get the best shave, but also help reduce the impact of your shaving routine.


by Jacqueline Parker
Does natural lash growth serum actually work?

Does natural lash growth serum actually work?

You may have heard some horror stories about conventional lash enhancing products changing the colour's of and seriously damaging eyes. When dealing with products that are entering the lash follicles and also right into the open eye, you MUST be cautious of the ingredients in the products. 
Safety is a huge priority around the eye, so when we discovered Luna Nectar, a locally made, natural & organic lash enhancing tonic we were totally thrilled. The question was...does it actually work?

Here are some of the key ingredients used in Luna Lash Tonic, and how they help promote lash growth and strengthening:


Jacqueline & Amanda tested the tonic for 4 weeks, and have experienced noticeable results. Luna Nectar recommends use for 6-8 weeks for full results.

We are very happy with the results and plan to stock Luna Nectar Tonic 


Shop Luna Nectar


by Jacqueline Parker
What the heck is Mindful Eating?

What the heck is Mindful Eating?

Mindful Eating has become an area of curiosity for me and a practice that I work to improve on in my mission to provide exceptional self-care. Don’t get me wrong – there are days when my choices are far from mindful and go towards serving another purpose, be it entertainment, indulgence or socializing. As a Holistic Nutritionist and Chef, food is the centre of my universe and the area that I have seen people struggle most is around their own relationship with food. I have a love for all things nourishing and in the name of self-care but I also understand the challenges that stand in the way of us making our best decisions easily and consistently. 

What is Mindful Eating? The basis of mindful eating looks like this – being present with your food, putting away distractions at meal time, using your senses and being conscientious of the foods that you put on your plate. It means keeping your mind full of the task at hand. The goal is developing a beautiful relationship with food internally, to foster a more vibrant you externally. Mindful Eating is helpful for becoming aware of which foods make you feel good, bad, bloated and everything in between. Mindful Eating is ultimately a tool of self-care to nourish a relationship with your body and mind that is grounded in self-love.

Ultimately, a true practice of Mindful Eating involves self-awareness around the act of eating and the acts that lead up that that experience as well. For me, practicing presence with food is not enough.  Being conscientious of where your food comes from impact of your food choices on the planet is an integral part of Mindful Eating. Becoming present with food involves awareness from the process of purchasing, preparing, plating, to finally putting it into your body.

Another facet of Mindful Eating for me is the way that I cook. As someone who has been called an intuitive chef, I rarely follow a recipe, measure ingredients or write things down. I taste as I go, mix things based on what feels right and enjoy the product whether it is perfect or not. Letting your gut feelings and five senses guide your culinary adventures allows you to connect to the food in a way not possible when we are distracted, not in a restful state, or ‘just right here right now’. 

Quick tips for cultivating a Mindful diet:

  1. Try to buy only food grown within 100km of you for 1 week. This is a great way to gain a greater awareness of what your local food movement has to offer. This can be a  challenge depending where you live and what season it is, but it a great reset for your purchasing habits and a way to become more aware of who and what you are supporting with your dollar.
  2. Choose one meal per day and devote a full minute to deep breathing before you dig in. Try inhaling for 3 seconds, holding at the top of your breathe for 5 and exhaling for 5 seconds. The purpose of this exercise is engaging your parasympathetic nervous system. This is responsible for the “rest and digest” functions of your body. This is where you want to be for optimal digestion of your food! I have seen people’s digestive concerns disappear when they prioritized time away from their desk at work to eat their lunch in a relaxed environment.
  3. The last tip is something I regularly recommend for my clients – write a food journal. Before you roll your eyes at how incredibly exciting this sounds, listen in. The kind of journaling I am talking about is not about how many cups of quinoa or how many calories. I find journaling that tunes you in to the way that different foods make you feel is where the magic happens, and comparing that feeling against how you ideally want your food to make you feel. For example, you may want to feel energized, light and satiated over guilty, heavy or overindulgent.

About the Author

Hello there! I'm Haley. I am a holistic nutritionist + wellness educator.

Manifeast Nutrition is a nutrition + wellness coaching business providing personalized, goal-oriented wellness plans, curating community-building workshops and events related to health and wellness. The mission is to guide others to a state of flourishing health and wellness of the mind and body through optimal nutrition. The blog is space for the exploration of plant-based recipes, healthy lifestyle topics, and tips for living a vibrant life. I help others to feed the life of their dreams.


by Amanda Gangoso
Do I really need to use toner?

Do I really need to use toner?

Unfortunately, toners have been know to be the forgotten skin care product. Out of every step in a skincare regime, toners are the most missed step. Most likely because very few know what it is for.
by Jacqueline Parker
Is mineral sunblock better than chemical sunblock?

Is mineral sunblock better than chemical sunblock?

By now you may realize that there are two types of sunscreen on the market. The stuff that rubs in, and the stuff that “doesn’t” and the cheap stuff at the drug store, and the expensive stuff at Whole Foods.

So does it really matter what you are purchasing and what you are putting on your skin? Here we break down the difference between the two so you can decide, This or That. 

by Jacqueline Parker
What the heck is Hyaluronic Acid?

What the heck is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic is a powerful ingredient for holding moisture inside the skin and plumping the skin. The molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in H20! Think of a sponge sucking up water and how it expends. Hyaluronic Acid will do the same inside your skin, smoothing and plumping skin. Hyaluronic Acid also helps hold moisture.
by Jacqueline Parker