Blogger Manon is the face behind RendezvousGreen, a blog that’s all about living a greener life. On it, she shares her natural beauty finds alongside tips on how to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle. We speak to her about her thoughts on kind beauty, her beauty tips and more.
- What made you interested in going green when it came to beauty?
From as far as I can remember, I have always been interested in green beauty! Why? I find there is nothing more satisfying than knowing what I am applying on my skin, all over my body, and specifically, being absorbed into it, is actually good for me.
There is already so much more needed to be done when it comes to what we eat and drink every day. However, most of the time people forget that we also absorb things with our skin!
It is therefore important to make sure we don’t take in toxins and harmful ingredients through cosmetics as we use these a lot throughout our life. If I know that I am using good ingredients that heal my skin, makeup that nourishes and hydrates, I am just so happy about it!
The even more important fact about green beauty is that we are not polluting the environment with crappy plastics and we are not hurting animals.
Also, a lot of small ethical brands are developing in the green beauty world and I love to know that with the handmade products I buy, I can help someone to grow their own business!
- How has your beauty routine changed since?
I have been interested in Green Beauty since I was 20, literally when I was able to afford to buy the products myself! So from one or two products from high street brands, I turned into natural and simple products such as aloe vera, floral water and organic face cream. I then got to try different creams, body butters, masks (my favourites!) and natural makeup!
- What advice would you give someone trying to transition into beauty products that are more natural, cruelty-free, vegan and kind?
For me, there are two different points of view. There is a transition to a cruelty-free and vegan routine, and there is a transition to a natural or organic routine. If you are only looking to transition to cruelty free and vegan products but don’t care so much about the “natural” aspect, I think it is fairly easy these days to find the right products as the market is blooming and a lot of brands stand for being cruelty free/vegan.
If you are looking to transition into natural or organic products, then you need to be able to identify the main ingredients of the label. Don’t assume cruelty free and vegan means natural, it is not always the case! It is however pretty much always the case that an organic/natural product will be cruelty-free (but not vegan!).
Real [certified] cruelty free products should always have the mention PeTA approved (the bunny logo) and we can trust this Foundation!
Vegan products are usually beeswax free products, or carmine free products, but the brands would also mention this as their top selling point so it is easy for you to find.
To identify natural and kind products, the most simple thing is to check the label of the product. If what you can read sounds like flowers or extracts or plant names, you are good to go.
However, anything with Paraben names, names ending in “col” such as propylene glycol or “cone” such as the dimethicone, or anything that you can’t pronounce, stay away! By reading more labels you will get more and more familiar with the ingredients.
- What’s your favourite part of your beauty regimen, and why?
I will have to say that I love applying makeup! It just feels so luxurious to apply beauty on the skin. Knowing that it is kind for the environment, that it has not hurt any animal and that it does not clog my skin is vital. There are so many different options when it comes to cruelty-free, vegan, natural makeup that you will for sure find your happiness!
- What’s your ultimate beauty tip?
Any time the skin of my face is in contact with tap water, I rinse it with floral water. Floral waters are very soothing and have a lot of different properties, as well as cleaning your face! The first floral water I ever tried was rose water. I used to be so much in love with the smell. The soothing effect would be so efficient after my skin was in contact with hard water.
You can also just rinse your face with floral water in the morning instead of using soaps that can imbalance the natural oils of the skin. Hamamelis (Witch-hazel) water is an excellent floral water to help reduce pores, and believe it or not, it is much more efficient than a high street pore purifying lotion. There are lots of different floral waters as well as more elaborate face mists out there.
- What does ‘kind beauty’ mean to you?
‘Kind’ is such a beautiful and powerful world. Kind beauty means to me, a gentle, pure and caring beauty. It goes from choosing the right beauty products to applying them on your skin using rituals.
From being cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly to being gentle for your skin – it also reminds me to slow down, appreciate the quality products that I am applying, using my senses of touch and smell to fully experience my beauty routine.