Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sucker for Products That Smell Good

Yesterday I splurged at Aveda, which is this skin and hair care product store founded by Horst Rechelbacher, who sounds like an interesting guy.

Here's a TIME article about the environmental beauty products movement.

I think the products work well (maybe?) but definitely, I just really like how everything smells. I am also impressed that Aveda is supposedly at the forefront of environmental business. At the same time, it is hard to tell real impact from greenwashing.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

Here are some arguments for natural/environmentally friendly beauty products:

1) natural would mean the ingredients are extracted from a plant. there is still some sketchiness in this process - like they could still be using harsh chemicals during the extraction process, so i'm not sure how that works out. products with lots of synthetic chemicals most likely are creating a lot of toxic waste in the process

2) most of the synthetic chemicals in beauty products are not tested for long-term dermal/systemic exposure. Parabens have been linked to breast and prostate cancer. The reason to avoid them is b/c there is an overabundance of toxic estrogenic compounds (pesticides that are in the air and water and food, factory pollution, etc) in our environment.

i'll add more later