Natural Makeup For my Girls

Brienne is our girlie girl. 

I never was much of a girlie girl. My mom even wrote about that in one of our family memoirs. 

(PS. I love this family memoir my mom wrote and I'm so glad she took the time to write parts of my childhood story.)

But back to the girlie girl stuff - which is really part of my own daughter's childhood story. Brienne is all about pink, purple, and lots of bling. I feel deficient in this area of wardrobe bling so I look forward to when I can borrow her clothes and accessories to update my own.

Celine has a unique style as well, which leans more towards clean lines and classy color combinations (I can't wait to borrow her clothes either!).

I'm somewhere in between my daughters' in terms of fashion because I'm a bit flambouyant in my colors (similar to Brienne, but with red, green, blue, orange, purple, aqua, etc...) but like a good fit and casual comfort.

I'm not much for make up either. Except for a stint in my teens and young adult years I haven't worn it often because it always seemed like such a big hassle. I seriously have a no-maintenance daily beauty routine. I wash my face, moisturize with my own lotion, and brush my teeth. That's gotta count for something.

It's not that I don't like pampering myself and looking nice. I do (I just want it to be super easy and no fuss) and I especially loved spa day with the girls this past winter.

A few years ago, when I became interested in nourishing my skin with homemade soap and lotions and swore off putting chemicals on my body's largest organ, I thought I was pretty much done with make up. For a while now I haven't owned any except lip balm and a few tins of Burt's Bees "for emergencies" like family weddings. 

I think it goes without saying that if I watch what goes on my skin I'm extra vigilant about what my daughters' use on their skin and hair

And so back to the girl who likes bling. Not only does she love to accessorize, she also wants to wear make up. 

Now, just because I don't like to wear make up doesn't mean my girls don't get to wear it. As long as it's age appropriate (not Goth or rouge lips and cheeks) I'm fine if they want to experiment with make up. I know the day will come when I have no control over what goes on their skin but while they are still children mama has a say about what color of make up they can and can't wear. 

The problem was - where does a skin"care" conscious mama find make up for her girls?

Thank goodness for aunties. In this case, my aunt, who is only five years older than me, came to the rescue. I knew she had been experimenting with making her own soap, skin care products, and make up for the past couple years. So I sent her an e-mail asking if she would make something safe and pretty for the girls.

And this is what she came up with, with extras thrown in for the moms - Nana and myself.

Isn't it gorgeous? She bought all the supplies at Voyageur Soap and Candle here in Canada. Actually, the store is in my aunt's neighborhood so to speak (if you're in the Vancouver area it is "local" to you also).

My personal favorite is the brown lip balm. Same for Celine. Brienne of course loves the pink and purple, made to order. Thanks Bec!

I wish I could recommend a place to buy some for yourself (I don't think my aunt is selling it). But, like I said, I'm not a make up woman myself l so I haven't looked around much.

Have you had any luck finding natural make up? Where do you buy it? Or do you make your own?


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My daughter peered over my

My daughter peered over my shoulder when I was reading this and said "is she wearing makeup?!" Isn't it funny how some girls are just drawn to it? We are very careful about what we put on our skin, too, including hair. I don't wear much makeup myself, just Burt's Bees lip tint on my cheeks, mineral powder and Dr. Bronner's lip balm. Do you have any facepaint you'd recommend? I keep getting asked if we can buy some for dressup and I'm stalling because I can't find any that I think are acceptable.

I haven't been to your actual

I haven't been to your actual website in awhile and have to tell you that the picture of the strawberries is gorgeous!! I'm probably biased, because I love strawberries-- a lot. Anyway, I've been ordering lip balm, eye shadow and mascara from Coastal Classic Creations for two or three years now and completely agree with Keely's sentiment: LOVE THEIR STUFF!

I also use castor oil on my face if anyone is interested in that.. It has seriously done wonders for my skin. Every so often, I still get a pimple here or there, but overall, my skin is smooth, clear and hydrated better than any lotion ever made it. All I do is wet my face, apply the castor oil, wet a washcloth with really hot water and apply it to my face immediately. I let it sit there until the cloth is just warm and then use it to massage the oil into my face. I repeat those steps two and three times and there's my mini facial for the night! This whole process is called the oil cleansing method ( It's based on the idea that our pores naturally have and need oil to be healthy. Sometimes we get oil with bacteria that causes a small infection or pimple. To draw that oil out, we use castor oil (or a mix of castor and some other oil based on your skin type), because substances with similar properties will dissolve one another (ie. vinegar or astringent won't dissolve oil, they'll just separate).

I use aloe vera twice a day,

I use aloe vera twice a day, plus vitamin A cream (morining), and vitamin E cream night). I am looking for a skin cream that has GREEN TEA. It is hard to find because it is a rather new concept for skin care. See:
In the mean time, until I find a good A and E cream that also contains green tea, the aloe vera will have to do as it also regenerates new skin quickly, but not as efficient as the one with green tea.
Also, remember that the condition of your skin on the outside, where you can see it, is a reflection of the condition of your skin on the 'inside'. So it is important that you eat foods that support healthy skin. Some supplements are good for the skin as well, for example, evening primrose. I also take gelatin daily for skin, nails, and hair health. Drinking coconut milk and coconut juice is also good for healthy skin.

Thank you so much for

Thank you so much for bringing up this topic. I too have a girl who has been interested in clothes, ornamentation, and make-up/nail polish since before
she could talk. I put a tiny, little bit of "Lansinoh" on my lips when they are very dry in the winter. That's it. However, I know that I'll need to seek out the least harmful cosmetic products soon.

When I looked for a safer face paint a while ago, I couldn't find one.

We are gluten-free with our food but had forgotten that gluten-free would be just as important for our skin care. No play-doh for us. So, thank you Cheryl for posting the gluten-free link.

Foxbrooken, Afterglow


Afterglow Cosmetics are all gluten-free. Gluten-free Beauty products are also completely vegan. We found a water-based nail polish at our local health food store. The bottle has gone missing, but it stayed on surprisingly well. If you're interested, google "water based nail polish," and you'll find a number of options.

I am definitely a girlie

I am definitely a girlie girl, but my son has numerous allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities, so I am super careful about everything in our house and in and on our bodies. I found Rejuva Minerals through the skin deep data base, where it rates a 0 (which is best). The colors are beautiful and the foundation is so natural, and gentle on the skin. I won't use anything else. They also offer the whole deal - foundation, eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush and lip gloss!

Such a beautiful post (on

Such a beautiful post (on many levels). I loved natural makeup, and still value the lessons that my mom taught me about it. Feeling beautiful, and special is part of the joys of being a girl, and I think that the way that you handled this speaks volume about you.

Its interesting how you

Its interesting how you handled this. I don't know how I would handle it if it came up. Or how my husband and I would together. I personally do not use make up and honestly I cannot see the point. But I realize that others have different opinions! However I don't think my kids (oldest 5) are even aware that there is such a thing! I secretly would like to keep it that way. LOL We'll see...I'm not sure what my girls will be like as they grow. I experimented with makeup for one day at 16 and that was it. I hated it and never used it since. I've heard about brands that are safe on other sites for natural living, I think I read about it on Keeper of the Home once. I just searched there and if you type in "natural mineral makeup" you get a lot of posts and info.

I use suncoat for my

I use suncoat for my nailpolish (not that I've worn it in years), and their sugar-based eyeliner and mascara.

I use my own lip balm and make it a bit more soft so it gives a really nice sheen and brings out the natural color of my lips.

I have the same little "princess-y, girlie-girl who is into pinks and purples, and all the bling that goes with it. *Sigh*. Haha... and I thought I would have to wait until my kids were teenagers too to borrow their 'bling'. But, we're already sharing in that department. I also thought I 'could' wait until they were teenagers before they started borrowing MY clothes. Turns out, N's little flare for fashion turns most of my shirts into dresses with a belt around the hips for some great ideas she's teaching even me.

Love it.

Your girls look amazing without any make-up it's true... but it's a form of art that I love to experiment with, even for myself. It's when the ego/lack of healthy self esteem gets put in the forefront of this "artful expression" that I try to teach my "fairy princess" about... a lesson I've just started to learn not long ago myself. ;)

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