This month, I'm excited to introduce you to October's guest contributor, Seanna Cohen, a holistic skin care therapist and founder of Elodie. When I landed on Seanna's website, I just knew I had met a kindred spirit. She was talking about her beginning to go grey hair and the dilemma she faced about finding a safer hair dye. I instantly knew she got me! Then I discovered her antiperspirant detox guide and was hooked! Switching to a natural deodorant was the hardest step for me in greening my beauty routine. Not only was I worried about smelling badly but for the longest time I was unsuccessful finding a product that worked for me. Read on to find out more about Seanna, steal her shampoo hack, and stay tuned for her post later this month where she tackles the deodorant issue!
Why are you excited to be a guest contributor to Green Moms Collective?
I'm so excited for many reasons! Two fundamental pillars in the work that I do are: to encourage the use of the ‘cleanest' and safest personal care products in women's daily routines, and to encourage women to practice frequent self-care rituals. I'm not a mom (although I would like to be one day!) but through my experience with family, friends, and clients, I know that time is often limited and women often forget about taking care of themselves. In my opinion though, motherhood is one of the most important reasons to make positive changes in the way you care for yourself –through the habits you form and the products you use– in order to serve as a positive role model and to ensure that you are the healthiest that you can be for yourself and your family.
Coffee, Water, or Green Smoothie? How do you start your day?
I have always loved coffee, and will probably never stop drinking coffee altogether, but lately I have been opting for matcha green tea in the mornings. I can now actually wake up without brain fog, which is a great feeling! As for smoothies, it really depends on how lazy I'm feeling. Making them is never a problem, it's cleaning my blender which I hate! As a quick fix, I will sometimes mix up a glass of greens powder for a nutrient boost.
When did you become interested in green living?
I first became interested 3-4 years ago. It all started with my skin, which had begun to break out like crazy! It was as if my skin suddenly began to rebel against the products I was using. This motivated me to begin looking at the chemical ingredients in my skincare products, which as you can imagine, was a frightening process. From that time forward my interest in green living just grew, and grew.
Share your best green living hack.
For me, natural shampoo was always the one personal care product that gave me grief every time I used it. I have learned a few tricks over the years to achieve a great lather from shampoos that do not contain conventional foaming agents.
1. Brush your hair before showering
2. Make sure your hair is soaking wet, I mean REALLY soaking! You can also run a wide tooth comb through your hair which helps ensure that every strand is saturated.
3. Double wash your hair. Start with a pea size amount of shampoo, work it in, rinse, and repeat as you normally would. For full instructions read here.
Do you have a favourite eco-product?
Consonant Skincare's The Perfect Sunscreen. It really is the perfect sunscreen, and I wear it every day. I always say that if you are only going to use one product in the morning, use this! It is protective, moisturizing, and has a slight tint, making it the ultimate multi-use product!
What’s one area in your life that you’d like to make more eco-friendly?
Waste disposal. Every time I throw something out I have a pit in my stomach. I have these dreams of only producing 1 small bag of waste per week . . . but can it be a reality? I'm not sure, but I'm working on it!
Tell us what makes you weird/awesome.
Despite my passion for green beauty and skincare, I have spent the majority of my adult life doing something entirely different. I have always been a history buff, which motivated me to study ancient civilization and Italian Renaissance history in university before going to grad school for Museum Studies and working at the Royal Ontario Museum. This area of interest will always be a part of me, and my experiences have made me the person I am today, but I know that the work I want to do, day in and day out, is with women to help them create a clean, green beautiful life!
Write a short bio about yourself, and your business.
Seanna Cohen is a certified Skin Care Therapist and holistic beauty advocate. She is the founder of Elodie, an online resource offering natural skin care coaching, cosmetic reviews, DIY recipes, beauty tips and ways to make informed decisions about personal care products. Seanna empowers women to establish a more natural beauty routine through her blog, workshops, personal skin care coaching sessions, and holistic facial treatments. Follow Seanna's journey and get inspired to live a clean, green, beautiful life!