Ethical, Natural, Green Beauty – Sharing Information and Learning

A short and sweet post from me today, looking for feedback and just informing you of a new category coming to the blog, (oh and telling you about a giveaway Im running). I know a few of you have missed my product posts and reviews, so I think those people may enjoy this little snippet. I stopped doing lots of product reviews here on the blog, as I became very despondent with the whole sell, sell, sell theme a lot of blogs have. I didn’t feel like I personally wanted to add to the crazy consumerism that we are all so wrapped up in. It was niggling at my conscious and sitting a little uncomfortably with me. However, I also know that like me, a lot of people like to read about peoples latest beauty finds. I wanted to find a way that I could still research products for you, but also keep my own ethics and beliefs as a top priority. It dawned on me recently that I could show you my latest finds that I have been discovering in my ongoing research into ethical, natural and green beauty! A little light bulb moment!

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This is not going to be a Naggy-Mc.Nagginess section. Nor am I attempting to bestow any guilt or instruction on anyone. What I am hoping to do though, through the Wellbeing section on my blog, is share the information that my research into eco friendly and ethical products is teaching me along the road Im travelling. Much of it is actually really interesting, and I have found myself enlightened by so many things. I thought introducing this brand new section onto my blog, Ethical Beauty, would tie in with the way I am passionate about moving towards in my own beauty spending. Being someone that travels a lot, I know that I need to reduce my own footprint that I leave on the world, so I have been trying to find ways that I can make small changes and differences in my own behaviour. I am hoping to inform you a little as I become informed, and at least then, we can all make decisions based on information we know. Does that make sense?

Ethical, Natural and Green beauty – Sharing Information and Learning

As some of you may remember, last year I took a stance to move forward only buying cruelty free products, (you can discover reviews on these in this section –  product reviews ) and to learn more about ethical, sustainable living. I had been shocked to find that some brands that I had thought were cruelty free, were actually not! This researching has developed into a passion as I have, at times, been brought to frustrated, heart aching tears by what I am learning and finding out. What we are doing to this beautiful planet of ours. You all know my passion for travel, and my passion for animals and nature (yep, Im a nature nerd) and to think that we are destroying entire parts of our planet, wiping out whole species, that future generations will not get to see, just chews me up. So, I thought I would do perhaps one post a month, sharing with you something I have learnt, and that you may not already know. I have learnt so much, and if I am honest, I thought I was pretty well informed being as I am well versed in product ingredients! I am also hoping to share along the way, some brands that I have discovered along my own education path, that are really trying to make a difference.

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I am hoping that through these posts, we can all teach each other a little too. I want them to be inter-active and encourage open discussion.  I am so up for people discussing in the comments any brands, information, learnings etc that they have found out in this area. Also, sharing website addresses of bloggers that do great work on educating and sharing information on this subject. Lets all help each other to learn.

“We have a responsibility to look after our planet, its our only home. Earth was created for all of us, not some of us”

As many of you know, I work in the skincare industry in my day job, and have done for 20 years. The issue of sustainable beauty is very under discussed. The big brands that could and should be making great roads into alternatives to say, palm oil as an ingredient, are not! As usual, money is the motivation behind most decisions in business, and palm oil is an inexpensive ingredient in cost to the companies, beyond expensive in the cost to the planet. I could go off on one about this, but thats perhaps a subject for another time….

I hope that this sounds something that will be of interest to you. You know I love honesty so feel free to leave me any comments on what you think, down below. Id love to hear if you too have started to think more about your spending habits in general, and the effect we have? I know a lot of people were moved to be more conscious in their fashion buying since the Stacey Dooley documentary aired. Do you feel the same with product buying? Im made of strong stuff, you don’t have to worry about offending me if its really not something your interested in. Freedom of speech and all that haha!

My Giveaway;

I have also got a giveaway that I am running at the moment, (Iv pictured some of the stuff in the bundle to win below). Its to celebrate the milestone and happy that I feel I have reached with my blog. I feel like I have really sussed out the things I love writing about. Travel, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, and of course my Cuppa and a Chat series. I feel my blog reflects all of my passions, and that feels so natural and organic to me. I want to encourage people to live their lives. To go out and grab life by its hairy ones. To go on trips. To explore where they live. To try new things and experiences. To open their minds sometimes through my discussion posts. To LIVE. To really, really live because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone!

So, I have put together a bundle of stuff that reflects my passions. It has cruelty free make up, a copy of my favourite book Iv read this year, home fragrance, skincare, wellbeing bits. Its all bought and paid for by me, with the exception of a couple of bits gifted as pr samples. To enter there are a few ways as I always try to make it inclusive. I know some people are not all on platforms. Im so sorry but its a UK only giveaway as the postage abroad would be too costly, sorry.  Each way to enter gives you a name in the hat, so the more ways you choose, the more you get entered into the draw (hope that makes sense). So, to enter;

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  1. Karen
    November 11, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    I love reading whatever you write Kerry, it’s so eclectic! I enjoy hearing about what products you’re finding & loving. The Stacey Dooley documentary has made me realise that my clothes shopping habits do need looking at, and adjusting, and that will then spill into other areas of my life.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 11, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Ahhh thank you so much, you certainly never know what you could find over here haha. I think the documentary was amazing for starting discussion about fast fashion etc, so many people had their eyes opened I think. I feel so determined to make changes in my beauty choices, and natural bath and body products Im discovering are so far amazing! Thank you for your feedback xx

  2. November 11, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    That’s such a lovely idea with the giveaway and I’m glad you feel you’ve found where you want to be with the blog. I think for all of us as bloggers it’s good to take a few steps back and look at the things we really want to write about. If we don’t, writing can end up feeling like a chore, and that’s not what it’s all about!
    I’d bee lying if I said that my whole collection is green beauty, but it is definitely something that I’m interested in learning more about and moving towards greener choices. Looking forward to your new series XX

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 11, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      I totally agree with you, and I think our blogs evolve as our lives and circumstances evolve. Im in a different lace and a different mindset than I was two years ago when I started. I am certainly not saying that my beauty collection is perfect either, but what I am doing, as something runs out, Im replacing it with ethical/natural products. I certainly wouldnt be able to afford to go out and stock up in one go. Unless that ole lottery win comes up haha! Thank you for reading, I hope we can find some great new products along the way xx

  3. Louise
    November 11, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I think this is so important and would love to hear your recommendations. I’m desperately trying to reduce my plastic consumption and it’s so infuriating that so few beauty brands offer glass bottles / metal tins / do refills. Obviously I think it’s important that we as consumers buy responsibly, but it’s so hard when the manufacturers just aren’t offering us the choice.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 11, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Ohhh I couldnt agree with you more Louise, and I have found it incredibly hard to find things like perfume that are ethical. Bubble baths (as opposed to bath oils) too are hard to find. Its certainly taking a lot of research but I think I am slowly building up a database of brands. I cant wait to start sharing them with you all. Thank you for reading xxx

  4. November 12, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    Really excited by your new category Kerry – I’m looking forward to reading your posts and learning about beauty in a new, important way. If you are going to be doing an article on Palm Oil, I would like to know how to work out whether a product contains it or not. I’ve been looking at the ingredients lists on a lot of my products – but I have a feeling it’s not going to be labelled very cleary? x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 12, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Ahhh Alex, Palm Oil is going to be my first or second post in this series. Its something I have been looking into for a year now. Im so glad you are excited about this series. I am so passionate about it! Thank you so much for your support xxx

  5. November 12, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I’m going to really look forward to your research posts, Kerry. I knew a little about palm oil subconsciously but think it’s great what the ‘banned’ Iceland ad has achieved in a few short days.

    I’m glad you’ve sussed yourself, too. I’ve got a post in my content schedule I’ve started drafting about my blogging niche, too.

    Sharon xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 12, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Sharon its so important to get the word out there about palm oil. the Iceland add is perfect timing. I have become so passionate about natural products and doing my bit. Its weird as I still dont feel I have a blogging niche, but I do feel like everything I talk about is a burning passion. I just love it. If I could just sort out some kind of schedule, I will be well away hahaha! Thank you for reading my lovely, I look forward to reading your post about your niche xxxx

  6. Susanne
    November 12, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    I love your idea for beauty posts and I’m looking forward to reading more! And I think you know that I think you’re a hero for deciding not to have that sell sell sell attitude on your blog. That makes you seem genuine and serious when you DO promote something, as I see it.

    Anyway, since some time back I’m seriously trying to reduce waste and especially reduce my use of plastic. Sadly my skin products come in plastic containers and there’s nothing I can do because I really need them. But it makes me think – the beauty industry should take action, think again, take responsibility, and stop using plastic containers whenever possible, or at the very least use containers that are reusable, or do some kind of recycling thing as Lush does. I have a wonderful moisturiser that comes in a lovely jar that I would like to reuse – but it doesn’t seem possible to remove the lid (there is a lid that pushes the cream up through a hole so that you don’t need to contaminate the content with your fingers).
    I’m trying to buy everything that is possible without plastic, so I’ve stopped using liquid soap, liquid shampoo, and so on. There are fantastic alternatives, for example at Lush, and many other shops. I’ve done some research on how to get things in Ireland and they seem to be VERY good with these things. There’s a growing awareness over there, and in my future hometown there’s a brand new refill shop! You can bring your own container and fill up pasta, olive oil, shampoo, wine, you name it. That is definitely where I’ll do most of my regular shopping once we’re there!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 12, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much for your support on this new series, and that you show me. I really appreciate it and appreciate you x. I totally agree with you about the refillable products, and I cannot understand why it has not happened, at least on some products. I can understand it a little more in highly active skincare, but on things like toner sprays, eye make up removers etc, it should happen! The beauty industry, in my experience, has not been doing enough to help the problem. They have such huge impact, they should be leading from the front. It frustrates me no end! You inspire me with the headway you are making into your own behaviour and attempts to make a difference. I am trying hard to make changes, but researching products takes forever! Its hard to find good natural deodorants and hair products! I WILL get there though, I am taking ownership for my own contribution to this planet of ours I love the idea of a refill shop, how fantastic is that! I would love to see that become a big thing everywhere. I am going to look into my locality, see if there is similar here. Thank you so much for your input. You have given me such great food for thought.

  7. November 14, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    I know how passionate you are about ethical beauty products Kerry, can’t wait to read more of this category and get to know more products I can splash on! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 14, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Ahhhh thank you for popping over xx. I am literally on a mission haha. I feel like I have opened a whole can of worms though as the deeper I dig, the more it tears at my heart! Im hoping to get the first post up o Sunday, time willing! I cant wait to share xxxx

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