Green Thursdays– Getting Back To Natural

I’ve become a little obsessed with eliminating chemicals from my home.  I suppose it’s part of my evolution to full fledged hippie.   The cleaning supplies were really easy for me to do.  There are plenty of easily accessible green alternatives out there as well as good ol’ vinegar and borax.  It was also easy for me to just not fertilize my yard and not use pesticides.

My latest obsession is beauty products.   I’ve been hearing a lot lately about all the yucky stuff they put in the things we put on our bodies and how they absorb through our skin.    And, how these chemicals really aren’t proven to be safe.  They’re considered innocent until proven guilty.   So, until they can positively be linked to diseases in humans, even if they are already linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and behavior disorders in other animals, they can stay on the market.    Then I saw this video, and it just affirmed my decision to transition to natural products. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a look.

Well, I’d rather play it safe and just not put that stuff on my body or my children’s bodies when at all possible.  Especially when natural alternatives exist.  But it’s a really big task.  So, I’m gradually changing over to natural products as I run out of my old stuff.

I’m currently trying out different mineral sunscreens to see what I like.  I’ve been paying attention to the nanoparticles, too.  Got to say, the nanoparticles that help me not look like a pasty white ghost are kind of nice.  I’m not fully decided yet, though.

I’ve also found Crunchy Betty, who I have professed my undying love for previously.   She solved my dilemma as to what to use to wash my face by introducing me to the use of oils for that purpose.  Yes, oils.  Specifically castor oil combined with other oils.  I’m currently using 1/4 to 1/3 castor oil  and the rest avocado oil.  I’ve been doing it about three weeks, and my skin is noticeably improved.  My fine lines are disappearing on my forehead and around my eyes.  That slight undereye crepiness is gone.  And I have that youthful glow that I thought had disappeared forever.  Oh, and only a mild break out when I first started and soft, soft, soft!

Plus, I’m having tons of fun putting food on my face.  I can literally feel the goodness soaking into my skin.  And if you haven’t tried the mango mud mask, do it, it’s fabulous.  (I used the ground oats.)

So, I’m doing okay on this changing over.  I’m using different face wash, sunscreens, moisturizers, bath salts, and I have natural body wash waiting to be used when I run out of my current bottle.   I think I’m on my way.  Next is the shampoo.  I still use Pantene.  (But it’s sooo good!)

Do you worry about the chemicals you use in your home and put on your body?  What natural products do you use that you love?

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  1. AZLB
    Twitter: azlb

    Now you have me thinking…I am going to have to check out what is in my products.

  2. Alexandra says:

    I know. It’s very scary all the formaldehyde in products, and carcinogens.

    Good idea…

  3. Leslie
    Twitter: crunchybetty

    Mwah! We’re, like, soul sisters and stuff, I swear.

    I’m really super happy to hear about your success with the oil cleansing method! Sadly, I have fallen from it somewhat … but I haven’t been wearing makeup at all this summer (maybe twice), and between that and using so much other stuff on my face, it’s been glowing and clean anyway!

    How much do you love avocado oil? It’s so my favorite right now.

    When I DO wear makeup, it’s the only thing I use to take off the eye stuff anymore.

  4. Aging Mommy says:

    VERY interesting video – thank you for sharing, I honestly did not know how independently the cosmetics giants are supposedly “policing” themselves. I am careful to look for deodorants that lack certain ingredients and I never wear makeup, but at 47 need a little help with moisturizers for my face and yes, I love Pantene shampoo. So if you find some good alternatives for these needs let me know!

    • Jessica Anne says:

      You’re welcome. :) I thought it was a great video. I’m really into the company 100% pure ( right now. I love their organic acai berry antioxidant face cream and their Lavendar sea therapy bath salts. I swear I lose 1-2 lbs every time I bathe in the stuff. It’s supposedly detoxifying.

      The oil cleansing method is actually really moisturizing. Castor oil is the key for cleansing, then you add other oils that moisturize. Like I said, I’m using avocado oil, but you can use sunflower oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, etc. Just not canola/vegetable oil. It’s scary the first time you do it, but I will never put soap or a wash on my face again.