Moving to Green Personal Care: Sunscreen and Mascara

douce mousse sunscreen

I recently wrote about my desire to move to green personal care. I started out the adventure by buying, trying, and loving the Diva Cup (although some adaptation is still necessary). Since I was satisfied I have decided to go further.

Sunscreen: Protecting Plants by Using Plants!

Chemical sunscreens can be harmful for the environment, mainly, during the fabrication process. The sunscreen I bought is made in Québec, Canada. This product primarily uses organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, organic sunflower oil, organic buriti oil, and zinc oxide. In comparison to typical sunscreens, the lotion stays on the skin surface rather than penetrating it; this is why it is really soft on the skin. Since it uses organic and natural ingredients it’s impact on the environment is minimal.

The Pros

  • Safe for kids and adults
  • Smells real nice (a subtle apricot smell)
  • Protection seems enough
  • Environmental friendly
  • Local product
  • Hypoallergenic

The Cons

  • SPF of only 30 (so you will need to reapply often on sunny days)
  • More expensive than regular products ($25 for 145g)
  • Hard to apply

Results of Testing Period!

We have had a few hot days last week. I’ve been able to test the sunscreen on all the family and it protects just fine. The last con is the one that bugs me the most. The lotion is quite liquidy and hard to spread on the skin. With two kids to get ready, I need something that is fast. Maybe, with time, I will get used to that new texture! All together I think the upsides overweigh the downsides. I’m happy with this product overall.


couleur caramel mascara


Natural Sexy Eyes!

Next product I wanted to try was the organic mascara. I didn’t use it much yet, as I don’t wear make-up on a daily basis, but here are my first impressions:

  • Feels light in comparison to regular mascara
  • Makes a more natural look; it may be less useful for a special occasion like a wedding, but I love the look for the everyday use.
  • Smells good. First time in my life that I like the smell of a mascara! It smells like flowers.

Just like the sunscreen, the mascara mostly uses organic ingredients. Actually, 98% of the ingredients are natural or organic. It’s a water-based cosmetic enhanced with acacia resin, beeswax, and shea butter. It is made in Italy but sold here.

The Big Test

One thing I’ve always struggled with is leaking mascara when I sweat. That’s why I’ve decided to put this one to the test and apply it about an hour before my spinning class! 😉

It passed again! It leaked very slightly during the the class but I was in a total sweat. I was surprised it wasn’t worse. I even put the test further without such intentions; I forgot to remove it before taking my shower. Again, not a lot of dripping mascara. 😉 So far, so good!

I’m really starting to think switching over to green personal care is something realistic and accessible. I am also glad it is an opportunity for me to support a local store. I’m very thrilled by the results and hope to become more green in the future. Stay tuned!


Douce Mousse Sunscreen

Mascara from Couleur Caramel retrieved through Pinterest

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