by Christina Marrale in

Lately I've been trying to minimize the amount of chemicals in my daily routine. It's tough, we're surrounded with toxins everywhere... from what we eat, clean our house with, wash our clothes in, right down to what we're putting onto our skin. It's overwhelming, but I've come to learn that small changes along the way help, and it can be unrealistic to just revamp your entire routine and household in a day.

I started by writing up the products I use in my everyday routine, and running them through the EWG database. If your not familiar with the Environmental Working Group, it's a wonderful website dedicated to educate and provide practical solutions to those who are looking to live a clean, green lifestyle. The database can score your products on a scale from 1-10, listing potential health risks and chemicals used in each product. Pretty fascinating stuff. I encourage you to check it out when you can.

Now, mind you, I am also a gal who loves beauty, and find it difficult to let go of certain brands, even if they're too chemical-filled. Call it vain, but it's taken months to find that perfect foundation, the perfect red lip, and most volumizing hair serum — it's tough to just throw that all way (literally, all of that money spent going down the drain...ugg). My philosophy is simple: Do what you can, and if you don't want to let go of an item, make sure you're making enough healthy swaps to justify it.

One of my most recent swaps was to a more natural mascara, Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara by Physician's Formula.

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This mascara scored low in terms of toxicity, and the results are just fantastic. And after comparing my old favorite in terms of performance, I found it to be just as effective, therefore it was an easy switch for me to make. Any favorite organic products in your beauty line up? I'd love to hear your thoughts!