I am excited to introduce my guest poster today, Teresa. She is an experienced green beauty convert here to help us get started. Hop on over to instagram and give her stunning account a follow @mrsbrenay. Without further ado, here is her beginner’s guide to green beauty.
Making the Switch
My husband and I live a healthy lifestyle, we are active, eat well, and drink lots of water. We realized two years ago that we were pretty mindful about what we put IN our bodies, but were not paying close enough attention to what we put ON our bodies. We decided to put the same care and research into the everyday products we used on our skin as we were into the whole and healthy foods we eat. Our skin is our biggest organ, and absorbs what we put on it. Think about how many times you lick your lips throughout the day, would you put motor oil on your lips? That is an easy no, but many traditional products come from the same place as oil!
I found an app called Think Dirty and it changed our lives. While we knew that some products out there were better than others, we had just no idea how bad the products we used everyday were. I was completely blown away as I learned about toxic chemicals that cause endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer. We thought we had been making decent choices with the products we purchased, but we were wrong. My husband and I fell victim to stellar marketing by these toxic companies.
After finding out how toxic each of our products were with the Think Dirty app I had no idea where to start. We needed to replace everything in our bathroom from soap, to shampoo and especially my makeup. One thing I did know, this was going to take time, and would be a financial investment. The reason drugstore products are so cheap, is because they are made with toxic chemicals that can be made in large batches and stored for a long period of time (thanks to all the yucky preservatives). We decided to start small, and work with our budget. It took about a year and a half to completely overhaul our products. It took time for me to learn about ingredients, find resources, and actually find the products. As time has gone on, the toxin free movement has become more powerful, which means products and information are a lot more accessible than they were a few years ago.
We decided to start with deodorant, sounds funny right? Antiperspirants have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, doesn’t sound so silly anymore does it. I have heard from many people that they fear toxin free deodorants won’t work as well. It’s been two years since we made the switch, and I can promise you, they work! Like anything you need to find the right product for you.
Fragrance is scary, like really scary. When companies label their ingredients they can say ‘Fragrance’ which can be a collection of 3000 chemicals that they don’t need to disclose. Think of everything in your house right now, perfume, shampoo, soap, detergent, moisturizer… all these contain ‘Fragrance.’ The chemicals used are toxic and nasty, not something you want to have on your skin, or breath in. They can cause serous damage to hormones in men and women.
What did we do? Well we stopped using our beloved perfumes and colognes right away. We started to read every label (just like we did for food), and stayed far away from anything with fragrance. After eliminating fragrance from our home, we are so sensitive to fragrance and notice it everywhere. Walking down the detergent aisle at the grocery store, or the perfume counters in the mall show us how much fragrance is out there, and how awful it is. If products are scented, look for pure essential oils, instead of fragrance.
Along with fragrance, here is a list of the ‘dirty dozen’ chemicals to avoid. Eliminating these chemicals from your daily life is a great place to start.
CRUELTY FREE VS CHEMICAL FREE
People are really starting to look for cruelty free options, which is an awesome change. I feel awful thinking about animals being used for product testing. We look for products that are cruelty free, and do not support companies that test on animals. On our products we look for the Leaping Bunny or PETA certifications that the item is cruelty free. These sites are also great resources to find cruelty free products.
While the cruelty free movement is incredible, I have seen some confusion among my friends. Just because an item is cruelty free, does not mean it is chemical free. It is still important to check the
ingredients for toxic chemicals, even if the item is cruelty free.
MY FAVOURITE PRODUCTS
Most everything in department stores, drug stores, or the mall are full of toxic chemicals. This can make shopping difficult. The best place to find chemical free products are in specialty stores, green stores, and online. It can be hard to find a replacement for all your current products, but trust me, they are out there! As I said in the beginning, it took us quite a while to replace everything in our house. We also tried products that we didn’t love, and kept searching until we found ones that worked. Here are a few of my favourite products. If you don’t have these stores where you live, you can order online!
Shampoo + Conditioner
Fun fact, when you make the switch to natural shampoo, it will not lather for your first few rinses. Don’t worry, once all the nasty chemicals are off your hair it will lather just like normal!
Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Beauty boxes are a great way to try new products, I would recommend Petit Vour, they are incredible! I have found some of my favourite products through my subscription. You can also shop online for the full sized products.
Making the switch to chemical free products is certainly a big commitment, but once you have made the switch, you will never look back! Our bodies feel much better now that we have eliminated these toxins from our everyday life. Use the Think Dirty app and get used to the different ingredients out there.
Good luck on your switch!
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Wow! What a wealth of information! Thank you so much, Teresa, for sharing your story, your knowledge, and this wonderful beginner’s guide to green beauty. I can’t wait to check out these brands! I am already a fan of 100% Pure and really want to try out Elate Cosmetics, Fitglow, and so many more of these a try. What about you, friends?
Until next time,