An Intro to Sustainable Beauty

Clean or sustainable beauty means that the products are safe for people and the planet, using only non-toxic ingredients for active results. It means a brand is committed to ethical ingredient sourcing and partners with suppliers that practice similar ethics of production of their ingredients, as well as practicing fair trade when applicable.

Sustainability and ethical beauty is growing in importance as climate change is becoming one of our top priorities in today’s world.


You may wonder what to look for in finding a sustainable brand.  A few things we recommend to start with include:

  1. Is the brand vegan?
  2. Is the brand non-toxic?
  3. Is the brand natural/organic?
  4. Does the brand practice recycling? (zero waste)
  5. Does the brand give back?
  6. Are they palm oil free and if not are they using RSPO-certified palm oil? RSPO- certified palm oil comes from farmers who farm palm trees specifically for palm oil usage.


As the founder of YASOU “A toast to your health” skin care, it has always been important to me to become educated in ways that elevate YASOU as a brand that cares not only for our customers well-being but also for our Earths.


As a brand we check off all of the list above and recently have eliminated our outside packaging for our hydrating body creams and our vegan hand creams.  For our hydrating body creams we have moved from recyclable plastic containers to recyclable glass. Even the frosted technique on the glass is created from recycled paint. We have started a refill program for our 13oz hydrating body cream glass tubs. When you are finished with your cream, gently hand wash the 13oz glass tub, and then make sure it is completely dry before returning it to us. We will sanitize it, and refill it giving you an additional 15% OFF the retail price of your purchase.


By participating in a refill product/program you prevent 70% on CO2  (Carbon Dioxide), save 65% on energy, and 45% on water according to research conducted by The LCA Centre. Some interesting and important statistics wouldn’t you say?


Stuart Landesberg, co-founder and Ceo of Grove Collaborative said: “If packaging can be reused, there will be a huge reduction in the amount of waste that’s created. This is going to be a big part of the future.”  We agree!


The future of beauty is sustainability!


If you are a Chicagoan, here is a recommendation for you when looking for sustainable products.


BIDE marketplace: BIDE exists to consciously curate sustainable, luxury shopping markets and products that are entirely Plastic-Free, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Ethical, and Fair-Trade. More than a brand, product, or service BIDE is a vibrant community of Earth Advocates: artists, makers, and entrepreneurs coming together to make a change and helping Earth remain a beautiful, vibrant planet. (image: Jure Širić | Pexels)

Take this Skin Care Myths vs Fact Quiz

Are your skin care decisions being guided by facts or myths? Common sense skin care may not be as easy as many people think. We are surrounded by marketing hype and skin care myths that can mislead our well-intentioned pursuit of healthy, beautiful skin. See if you can distinguish between fact and myth by taking our skin care quiz.


1.  What is the best product for preventing wrinkles?

a) Topical treatments containing retinoic acid (Retin-A)
b) Sunscreen
c) Over the counter creams


2. What is the best way to keep your skin clean?

a) Regular soap
b) Antibacterial soap
c)Consistent hand-washing


3. What foods cause oily skin and acne?

a) Chocolate
b) Oily foods
c) None


4. What kind of tanning practice is not dangerous?

a) Excessive amount of time in sun
b) Light, gradual exposure to the sun
c) Tanning booths that filter out UVB rays


5. What is the best SPF amount in sunscreen to protect skin?

a) At least 30
b) 10
c) It depends how long and at what time sun exposure occurs


6. What vitamin can make scars fade?

a) C
b) E
c) None



Check your answers with those below to see if you passed our skin care myths quiz.

  1. If you answered (b) Sunscreen you are correct! According to Harvard Health Publishing the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use sunscreen and not smoke.
  2. Regular soap (a) is the best way to keep your skin clean. Daily use of antibacterial soap may lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Consistent hand washing helps prevent the spread of infection.
  3. No identified foods create oily skin or acne, so the answer is (c) None. The skin creates and secretes sebum, an oily substance, on its own. There’s no evidence to indicate eating a specific food causes acne.
  4. Light, gradual exposure to the sun (b) is considered safe for your skin. Tanning booths are not safe. Even without UVB rays, your skin is still exposed to UVA rays that actually penetrate deeper into the skin possibly leading to premature aging and skin cancers.
  5. This one’s a bit tricky but most doctors recommend at least SPF 30 (a). If you are outside during peak daylight for more than two to three hours a higher SPF may be called for. So, if you answered (c) we will give it to you.
  6. You may be told by a well-meaning friend or advertiser that vitamin E reduces the appearance of a scar, but this claim is not backed by evidence. The answer is (c) None. If you need advice about a scar, consult a surgeon or dermatologist.


We hope you enjoyed the quiz! Stay alert to facts versus myths when deciding how best to protect and nourish your skin!  (photo: Madison Inouye | Pexels)