Why I switched to Non-Toxic Products

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I was the hippie kid

When I was a kid, we went on a sugar cleanse, we had CSA pick ups before it was cool & my first pair of shoes were Blundstones. Like many things when you’re growing up, you will take things for granted that are actually really good for you. One thing that I really did not appreciate growing up was our use of chemical free cleaning products, personal care products, and the like. Growing up, I never thought twice about it, until I reached an age where I started to buy my own things like deodorant and shampoo. Never having the option to buy generic personal care products that you could pick up at the drugstore, I went full on Pantene Pro-V for my shampoo, Secret for my deodorant, and so on.  

I think my wake - up call was taking stock of some of my other life choices when I wasn’t getting my period. I started paying attention to what I put in my body, and what I put ON my body felt equally as important. Changing habits happens in small shifts. My first shift was tossing my Nivea face cream and replacing it with a face oil that works just as well, even better. I then discovered a line of Makeup made in Manitoba and switched to an all-natural mascara. I continued making small changes until I had completely changed my skincare, hair, makeup products.

Now, I feel really good about my personal care choices, they make my skin happier than it’s ever been before. My choices about what I put on my body also impact my hormones.

Xenoestrogens are estrogen – mimicking disruptors. This means that once the hormone distruptor enters our body, it increases the body’s production of estrogen. Estrogen is great, in a balanced amount. Too much estrogen and it will wreak havoc on your menstrual cycles. Xenoestrogens exist in many of the things we eat and use every day.

 

Take this guide to the drugstore next time you plan to buy personal care products. You can also search for a product on the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Database.

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Here is a list of the non-toxic prodcuts I use:

Hair

I use a shampoo bar from Ethique, it lasts me at least 6 months and is fantastic for travel.

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Skin

Aloha Alchemy Dream Cream for skin, hands, face. I love it so much. 

I make my own face oil, but any face oils with no synthetic fragrances or additives will do the trick

Make my own toner with Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil and Water

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Teeth

I make my own natural toothpaste – you can find that recipe here.

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Other

Deodorant is by Routine – I use the less baking soda version, I love this deodorant so much! 

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We can understand that toxic personal care products are less than ideal, but it is a huge habit to break if we’ve used these types of products our whole lives. I also think it takes dedication to switch everything over. I would suggest switching products one by one. I also think you really need to believe in it to be invested enough to do it. Sometimes it takes a whole paradigm shift to see why it’s important. I don’t judge anyone for making these choices, but I’m here to answer any questions if you do decide to!

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