Around this time of year (I’m talking about Halloween, of course) it can be difficult to remember that what you put into your body can be as important to your beauty routine as any lotion (or potion) that goes onto your body. As you prepare for this weekend’s ghoulish festivities I encourage you to rethink some of those age-old traditions—being an eco-fashionista isn’t all about trendsetting.
This week I plan on making a trip to my local pumpkin patch (find one close to you at Local Harvest) to pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving. And when I say perfect, I don’t mean literally. While organic jack-o-lanterns will probably go unnoticed for their environmental benefits, what is spookier than a knotted pumpkin with a scar or two?
To light my jack-o-lantern I’ll be using beeswax candles. You can usually find less expensive versions at a co-op or farmers market (again, see Local Harvest to locate one near you) or try these votives from Bee Hive Candles. Why am I going the extra mile with my candles? Some conventional candles contain toxins that can be really hazardous to your health, releasing carcinogens and acids into the air you breath. Beeswax candles burn cleaner and slower, leaving you with fresher air and a candle that lasts longer.
If you think you’ll miss the smell of those pumpkin scented candles, try turning that oven on and getting the real thing. Using the seeds you’ve just carved and this recipe from Whole Foods you can skip the candy and snack on all-natural and healthy (but still yummy) roasted pumpkin seeds. Just don’t try to hand those out to the kids—you may end up with a trick or two and you’ll definitely get a few evil looks!
While we’re thinking about Halloween… do you know what you are dressing up as this weekend? Try to go vintage, search Ebay for a special find or even better turn your costume this year into a fun craft project — the more creative costumes are always the best. Check out this custom wearable art piece by Joy Kampia.
We think these nose and tail options are simply adorable, and best yet they are made in Bolivia by a self-managed community of indigenous women. In line with fair trade principles, their artisans are paid a living wage, which enables them to afford healthcare and education for their children. This product is made from soft, luxurious baby alpaca wool which is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly.
And to carry all of your goodies home, what about the FEED Trick-or-Treat bag to benefit UNICEF. Launched in 2010 in partnership with HSN to support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the FEED Trick-or-Treat bag is the must-have accessory of the season!