Questions for the crunchy.
September 7, 2011 8:51 PM Subscribe
Looking for good (i.e., valid, not just feel-good) natural/organic health and beauty resources - blogs, websites, or books. Asked another way, the facial oil cleansing method and its equivalents seem great! But do they actually work, and where can I learn more?
In the last couple months, I've tried a few 'natural' personal and household cleaning remedies and methods (oil cleansing method and honey/baking soda for facial cleansing - seems pretty good! Vinegar for kitchen surfaces - ok, mom used to do it. No shampoo/baking soda on hair - ew. ew. ew). In part, they seemed like fun experiments, and also in part, make you feel good about yourself in a sort of "I go to yoga once in a blue moon" kind of way. However, dipping my toe in got me curious about the actual impact - what's hype and what's real.
The basic concept of using more natural products appeals to me, but only if they 1) actually seem to work; 2) are possibly improvements on their industrial chemically equivalents; 3) seem to have some sort of scientific basis for getting the job done; and 4) really are better for you/the world (if none of these assumptions are true I can just go back to Garnier, Dove and Windex!). In the few natural beauty product resources I've encountered, offering facts that support more one of these requirements seems to be a tall order (some blogs I've seen, for instance, seem to be more DIY guides), but I've admittedly not been at it long. At worst, some of them seem to be in the 'hey, put this goo on your face! it must be good, its from a plant!' scheme - without any real thinking about what it would do and why that's better to do than something else. Or, they put the natural label on with nothing to back it up.
What are your recommendations for resources (blogs, websites, forums, books, magazines) in this vein - info on natural/"better for you" health and beauty products and methods, cleaning products, etc.? Does not need to be only DIY, looking for resources with product recommendations and comparisons too.