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Part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers, Sustainably Savvy is a blog focused on health, beauty and lifestyle featuring "What's in My Makeup," a serIes of posts which will help provide personal and honest reviews as well as helping to promote knowledge of the many harmful chemicals that consumers know nothing about.
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Graydon has never failed to impress me. Although I don’t want this review to contain too much foreshadowing, I have to agree that this is just another product of the list of Graydon Skincare which has me head over heels. Keep reading though, because I’m going to dive into the nitty gritty details about this gorgeous serum.
The Graydon Full Moon serum is marketed to reverse the signs of aging as it is packed with active ingredients like collagen, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and blue tansy to name a few. It’s a light serum with a mildly blue tint (the most perfect of colours, if you ask me!) which quickly sinks into the skin without feeling heavy. It can be applied either morning or night－ I tend to prefer using it as part of my nightly skincare routine.
Why it is used
Derived from African Mahogany to minimize pores and renew a firm texture to the skin.
Derived from Indian Sienna to act as a humectant and keep skin moisturized.
To keep skin smooth, balanced and provide moisture.
Helps to keep skin protected against environmental pollution.
Derived from seeds of the Moth Bean Plant helps to minimize wrinkles.
From the Moringa Leaf helps to brighten and even skintone.
Soothes skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory
The Graydon Full Moon serum comes beautifully packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper. Definitely one of the more sustainable packaging options and I am all about it!
How does it perform?
I have been testing the Graydon Full Moon serum since I received it at the #mndflbeauty event in early December of 2018. I like to thoroughly test skincare before reviewing in order to give the best opinion possible! Although I could have raved about this product two weeks after I began using it.
The Graydon Full Moon serum is perfect for all skintypes, though I feel it is much more targeted to mature skin with the focus on anti-aging. That’s not to say that it wasn’t helpful for more youthful skintypes. I found that the blue tansy and hyaluronic acid are beneficial to sensitive and acne prone skin, too.
Though I love this serum, I do feel as though it’s something I would reach for more around my late twenties. Currently for my skin I think the Herbivore Lapis Oil (another product rich in blue tansy!) is working wonders for my acne prone skin.
Let’s talk about the price
The Graydon Full Moon serum isn’t cheap by any means, but it does last quite a while. I have been using this product for nearly three months (2-3 drops per night) and have only just reached the halfway point on the bottle.
The cost puts you about $2.90 per ml.
Without sounding like a broken record, I did thoroughly enjoy this serum from Graydon. However, I feel that for my current skincare needs it’s not something I will be repurchasing for a few years. It is definitely best for more mature skintypes and those looking to slow the aging process.
Skincare has always been a bit of an enigma to me. In all honesty it took me a while to really understand that if you have oily skin you should be moisturizing it. For years I suffered with dry, flakey gross skin because I refused to give it the TLC it desperately needed.
It only took me about 21 years before I figured it out. Could have been worse.
My Current Clean Beauty Skincare Routine
My Skin type
I guess it is helpful to know my skin type in order to know whether or not this routine would work for you, now wouldn’t it?
My skin type is best described as combination/oily. My t-zone produces oil like it’s going out of style and yet somehow manages to be as dry as the Sahara desert.
If you would prefer to watch in video format, I have also filmed the routine:
Clean Beauty Skincare Routine - YouTube
Step 1: Wash Face
Only using water. I prefer to avoid a surfactant cleanser, I feel that this is sufficient to cleanse my skin and not strip off the oils.
I do not have an SPF in my rotation currently, as both my SPF treatments have expired and I have been slacking. But it is important and I highly recommend adding SPF into your skincare routine even throughout the winter months.
Step 1: Oil Cleanse
For my eyes I use a blend of Almond + Coconut oil (yes, I loathe coconut oil in skincare but it’s the only other oil I have on hand… and it works.) For the rest of my face I have been using the Muni Muni Slime Hydrating Cleanser－review will be live soon!
I finish off with an eye cream mostly as a preventative measure. I am currently using the Schaf Eye Cream which is also full of great anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides and Q10. A review will be coming shortly on this product.
Yes, my skincare routine is definitely more than I thought I would ever do to be entirely honest. However, my skin is looking and feeling the best is has in years－so I am certainly going to keep it up.
During the short few months of my Zero Waste Journey I have encountered a few different types of products. One of them being the concept of toothpowder. I know it’s not entirely new, as places like Lush have had toothpowder tablets for a while, but I personally haven’t used a toothpowder. Until I picked up the Love Beauty Foods Toothpowder.
I tried using toothpowder…
Love Beauty Foods Toothpowder (discontinued)
I won’t go too deep into the Love Beauty Foods Toothpowder because it seems like they have discontinued their own toothpowder line. However I have tried it and I probably know why.
Today, I just want to talk about toothpowder in general. Referencing the one (and only) toothpowder I have used to date.
What is toothpowder?
Toothpowder is basically toothpaste but in powder format. I know, mind blowing. But it’s really quite strange. I thought switching to using toothpaste out of a jar was a difficult switch, but that pales in comparison.
How do you use it?
The Love Beauty Foods toothpowder comes in a glass jar with a plastic lid, I picked it up mainly because I needed more toothpaste and loved that low-waste packaging (and also because I was intrigued at the concept.)
There are other formats of toothpowder, like Lush’s, which come in a tablet that you chew up and then brush.
What are the ingredients like?
Most toothpowders seem to include a blend of clays (bentonite, kaolin etc.) baking soda, salts and essential oils for flavouring.
Let’s talk about Abrasives
I’ve had a lot of questions on natural toothpastes and whether baking soda and natural clays are bad for the teeth. So I have conducted a bit of research. Please note, I have not studied dentistry－please refer to your dentist for recommendations regarding your own oral health.
Here’s the spark notes:
In 1948, groundbreaking research on abrasion and toothpaste was conducted. By studying the dentin which is softer than enamel, scientists came up with an answer to the best amount of abrasion which is noted as the RDA (relative dentin abrasion) level.
For reference on the Mohs scale, diamond is 10 (the strongest.) Our enamel is around 5 and dentin is close to 3; dentin or the root of the tooth are most at risk for being harmed by abrasion.
So back to the study, in 1948, the RDA level was created. In 1995 it was adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as the method to test toothpaste abrasivity¹. Anything from 0-70 RDA has relatively low abrasive quality. 70-200 is considered safe and anything above 250 can be harmful to teeth.
Okay so now that we have the background, what is the RDA score of these ingredients?
RDA values of conventional brands³:
Crest Pro Health (varying formulations)
RDA values of natural brands⁴:
Tom’s of Maine Sensitive
Tom’s of Maine Regular
Okay cool, so what does all this mean?
Well, in summary this means that, no. Baking soda is not going to wear away your teeth any faster than a conventional toothpaste might. Nor will clay. In fact, it is unlikely (with proper brushing) that anything less than an RDA level of 200 will do any actual damage to your teeth.
Let’s get back to the toothpowder, shall we?
I wanted to give it a fair try, I really did. Knowing that this is a great low-waste option and very easy to DIY I thought it would be my next favourite thing. Unfortunately, I thought wrong.
It does leave teeth feeling clean, but the taste was sub par. It was an experience that I really did not enjoy. The taste was chalky in my mouth－not gritty like sand but it does have a similar texture that was unpalatable.
The Love Beauty Foods Toothpowder has 5 star reviews
For the life of me I cannot imagine why. Sure I guess it does the job, maybe? Teeth feel physically clean but your mouth doesn’t feel clean, y’know?
I mean no hate on Love Beauty Foods. Obviously toothpowder is a change and it can be hard to embrace. But if there’s one thing I have learned from this experience it’s that toothpowder is not for me.
Throwing a zero-waste party is hard. And to sum it up, I failed. Miserably. But I’m here to share with you what I learned and where we can improve for the future.
Throwing A Zero Waste Party
Last Sunday we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday; my goal was to make it as eco-friendly and wasteless as possible. I figured it wouldn’t be that hard. But when you’re a chronic procrastinator it is very difficult to come up with everything you need in the span of 48 hours.
Okay, I exaggerate. It was more like a week. I had a week of proper party planning. (48 hours just sounds more dramatic.)
Let’s split this into three categories to make it a bit more cohesive: decorations, food and gifts.
Zero-Waste Party Planning: Decorations
To be honest, I didn’t decorate much at all. In advance I made a “Happy Birthday” sign from cardstock and twine that I had laying around my house. Other than that I didn’t do much of anything.
The plan was to have some seasonal flowers (like poinsettias.) But I couldn’t find any that weren’t in a black plastic pot. If you have read my post on How to Recycle, you will know that where I live, black plastic is not recyclable so it was non-negotiable for me.
I do have a tablecloth which I was able to bring from home to dress it up a little bit. Other than that it was very sparsely decorated and really not festive at all.
In all honesty, I don’t think the decorations really mattered that much.
The room we rented (at our local wellness centre) features a beautiful fireplace in the centre, which I feel was enough to give it a cozy vibe. Plus it was a one year old’s birthday and really what more do you need than food?
Speaking of food, let’s discuss the food itself and then the cutlery.
Zero Waste Party Planning: Food
So food turned out to be one of the easier things. For our veggie platter I bought celery, carrots, tomatoes and broccoli and chopped them up myself. Unfortunately I failed on the dips and didn’t make them like I was planning to. (Let’s just say the morning was a bit more hectic than we had planned and began with a child/crib covered in vomit.) So I bought pre-made Hummus and Ranch dipping sauces.
We had a bit of a cheese platter. I bought the cheeses and cut them up, but yes they did come wrapped in plastic. I don’t think there’s anywhere I can buy bulk cheese around here.
The cupcakes and smash cake were made by my spouse’s stepmother (and they were beautiful!) Not entirely zero-waste but gorgeous nonetheless.
We also served pizza－where I live the pizza boxes are compostable, so at least we didn’t create too much added waste with those either.
Photo from Unsplash
At the party we served coffee, tea, a mini hot chocolate bar, water and to my spouse’s request, pop. As the soda was a last minute addition to the party plans I picked up 2 litre plastic bottles rather than aluminum cans. For future reference I would use canned pop instead. Aluminum is endlessly recyclable whereas plastic is not.
The Cutlery, Plates, Etc.
I tried my darn hardest to find enough reusable plastic cups, I really did. But it seems like people hold onto Tupperware cups like their lives depend on it and I didn’t want to fork over the money for new Tupperware. Instead, I bought plastic cups to serve the water and pop in. In this case plastic is a more eco-friendly option than paper because paper cups come with a wax lining that is exceptionally hard to recycle. At least these plastic cups are able to be made into something else.
Instead of plates I had only cocktail napkins, which, in hindsight wasn’t the best for serving pizza and veggies on. Depending on the age group I recommend having reusable glassware or at the very least plastic plates that you wash and reuse.
I bought enough mugs for the coffee, tea and hot chocolate so that wasn’t an issue. We brought them home and placed them in the dishwasher to be cleaned.
Check out my Black Friday Vlog to see some of the things I picked up for the party:
BLACK FRIDAY | Thrift With Me Vlog - YouTube
Recycling and Compost
The venue that we were at did not have bins for recycling and compost, even though these things are readily available in our community. So I brought my own recycling and compost bin from home. This helped to minimize at least some of the food and plastic waste that was mentioned above.
Zero Waste Party Planning: The Gifts
I did ask that instead of receiving cards, people bring books for my daughter. I didn’t want any toys. However, Madison did receive a few toys that were wrapped in wrapping paper which, unfortunately ended up in the garbage.
I had a donation bin set aside for our local humane society, but that wasn’t much of a hit. I ended up donating the money that was given to my daughter to our local humane society anyway (and I promised to match those donations in her Registered Education Savings Fund, too.)
Overall, I think that planning a completely zero-waste party is exceptionally hard when you’re trying to satisfy certain norms; such as a gifts and the decorations. Being zero-waste basically means breaking the convention that everyone is used to and it makes most people very uncomfortable. It’s intriguing, really.
With time I think that this will become easier. This was my first attempt at a zero-waste party and although I failed in some aspects, there’s always room to improve.