Since bamboo-wear -- as in clothing -- was outed as more of an earth smack than a handshake, I've been a little wary of "it's-bamboo-and-therefore-eco-friendly" claims. So before I could allow myself to love Physicians Formula's handsome Bamboo Wear refillable compact, I had to know it was produced sans toxic chemicals (it was). I also needed to know that the bamboo silk in Bamboo Wear translucent face powder and bronzer ($13.99 each) is obtained in an eco-responsible manner. So I asked for info and in short order was reassured:
â€œOur bamboo extract comes from organic silica that is released/exuded by the stem of the female bamboo plant at the leaf nodes or branches. Â It was called Tabasheer by the ancient Indian tribes, and was used for its remineralizing properties in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis. Â In our products, the organic silica from the plants is finely ground into an ultrafine powder that absorbs excess oils, contributes to a silky feel and application and helps to remineralize the skin.â€
FASHION Magazine beauty editor Lesa Hannah feels this is an exciting time in natural-beauty world, that we've entered a phase of intense creative development when it comes to improved formulas, performance and product packaging. While I'm compelled to remind folks that choosing a more natural beauty route still comes with risk depending on each person's sensitivities (for instance, I can't use a lipgloss made with fruit pigments because I'm a bit allergic to a variety of fruit), that good and better options are hitting the green marketplace every day is super cool. It rocks to choose a greener product not because it's greener, but because we can't resist it.
In case you missed it when I mentioned the story in an earlier post, for a round-up of other great eco-responsible makeup choices, click through to "10 Best Eco-Friendly Cosmetics" on Homemakers.com.
Happy Earth Day.