Non Toxic, Holistic Beauty Advice — lifestyle

We Wrote a Book! Introducing: Green Beauty, Black Girl

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By Alexa Santory   Pssst!! We have some super exciting news!! A passion project that’s been 2 years in the making and we’re announcing it, right here, right now, for you! But first, context.   Belle Bar’s entire mission is to make people believe in the importance of living a life free of toxins, harmful chemicals, and inorganic ingredients, especially in our beauty products. Being in the thick of the green beauty movement, we realized that there wasn’t a whole lot of space for women of color. So we created a space ourselves. Entering our third year as a brand,...

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Food Deserts in POC Communities: How We Got Here and What to Do

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By Alexa Santory   The cross-sections of race and socioeconomic status go beyond how much people of color are paid or the kinds of opportunities they’re presented with. They also affect our access to food and the kinds of food we eat. Think about this: how many fast food restaurants and bodegas have you seen while moving through an area predominantly occupied by people of color? How much more junk food is readily available in these communities than healthy, fresh food and produce? In comparison, how many supermarkets, farmers markets, and sit down restaurants do you tend to find in...

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Wellness Isn't Bougie

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By Alexa Santory   There’s a stigma in the POC community that wellness is a luxury. We’re here to tell you that it isn’t — wellness is a right. Regardless of race, skin tone, or socioeconomic status, health and wellness are two things that absolutely everyone deserves full access to. So why is it that people of color are so often left out of wellness spaces? Why is it that healthcare access in communities of color is abysmal? Why are mothers of color dying in childbirth at astonishingly high rates compared to those of white women? We want to change that...

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Mainstream Beauty Ingredients: Are They Causing Us Harm?

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By Alexa Santory   Our exposure to beauty starts at a very young age, oftentimes in our local drugstore. Walking through the aisles of brightly lit displays filled to the brim with sleek, colorful, plastic products, hoping your mom would let you pick out just one thing brings up some intense feelings of nostalgia. If only we knew then what we know now about what’s actually in those products. The reality is that beauty brands, both drugstore and prestige alike, have been using some pretty nasty stuff to make their products since before we were even born. Luckily, the massive...

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How to Clean Out Your Beauty Stash and Get Rid of Toxic Products

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By Alexa Santory     Raise your hand if you’re a product hoarder! For so many of us, taking care of our hair and skin requires so. much. Stuff. Chances are, a bunch of it has expired or it contains ingredients that aren’t all that good for us. We’re gonna talk about cleaning out all those old products you’re not using anymore and what to look for when getting rid of toxic products. Why is my beauty stash so large? This is a case of when being high maintenance comes back to bite you. But honestly, have you ever used...

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