You should know by now that non-toxic, natural beauty brands have come to be a major love of mine. But how did I come to make the switch to non-toxic beauty? Well, as a teen I began struggling with panic attacks and other unexplained and life-altering symptoms. Illness suddenly became a part of my day-to-day and along with it, so did the choice to truly learn how to take care of my health. I was lucky enough to cross paths with some truly passionate practitioners at a functional medicine and chiropractic office, where I began to learn about whole food nutrition, my dietary sensitivities, and mind-body wellness. It was there that I first became inspired to somehow make a career in health someday. I had always been an artist, never a scientist, so I eventually pulled away from that dream thinking that my lack of a traditional science background would hold me back. Then, sitting in a freshman year English class at my community college, I saw Food Inc. for the first time and that passion for health was reignited. I left that classroom that day so angry and inspired. After some time I drifted from that passion, again due to doubt, and transferred to a state university to study Fine Art…where I ended up picking up a Nutritional Science minor…that I have now taken almost double the required credits in haha. Long story short, I’ve run away from what I now see is my calling countless times and I’ve repeatedly been brought back to it. My growing interest in and knowledge of nutrition and our food system inevitably lead me down the rabbit hole of cosmetic and personal care product ingredients, and the rest is history!
Why did I just tell you that? Because in the holistic health world so many of us have similar stories; bloggers, authors, medical professionals, and cosmetic line creators alike. So many of us are lead to this lifestyle because we’ve been touched by illness that is caused by or worsened by the chemicals and impurities that we are exposed to daily at the hands of the American food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. Many people, like me, can’t just sit still knowing what we know – we want to create something to inform or help others to also make healthier decisions we uncovered on our journeys.
Araza Natural Beauty out my beautiful Pacific Northwest (yay for local brands!) is the creation of founder Lindsey, a Celiac Disease sufferer turned health coach and personal trainer who wanted to bring women a cosmetic collection in line with her whole-food nutrition beliefs. Araza is a line that takes its inspiration from the guidelines of the paleo diet, turning to healthy fats, whole food ingredients, and truly natural minerals to create pure and effective cosmetic formulas – how cool it that!? I had the pleasure of trying their 7-1 Coconut Cream Foundation, Green Tea Cream Concealer, Raspberry and Citrus Infused Eye Color, and their Coconut Lipgloss – which I’ll be detailing below!