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?