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Something I haven’t talked about much here is my recent switch to using chemical-free or non-toxic products. Strangely it was the book Fast Food Nation that had this impact on me. Reading about how scents and flavors of food are created in labs not much different from creating perfume fragrance really startled me. This is stuff you know but don’t really think about. The sad thing is that it hasn’t gotten me to change my diet yet; I know how counterintuitive it sounds to put crap IN my body but not ON my body. Trust me, I know. There will be a day where that changes but for now it was much easier for me to change products versus changing my entire diet.
A few months ago I started a quest to swap out cleaning products, beauty products, and more for chemical-free versions. I can’t take much credit at all for the research that went into selecting these products. Through a random conversation, I learned that one of my best friends has already been on this chemical-free journey and she was able to give me a ton of recommendations. The research behind finding and choosing a truly chemical-free product can be intensive and time-consuming, so I’m grateful that she shared her knowledge!
Early on in this journey my co-worker leant me Clean, Green & Lean which further inspired me. I also started eliminating plastic when possible, especially in the kitchen.
You’ll notice that many of these products cost more than their chemical-laden counterparts. My journey into minimalism has been all about “less but better.” I buy fewer things now, but I spend more on some items to get good quality and make sure it’s what I really want. (Ever want black heels and settle on a so-so pair because they were cheaper, only to be dissatisfied and buy another different pair? This is the kind of thing I’m trying to stop doing.)My journey into minimalism has been all about less but better. Click To Tweet
This topic may not be of interest to everyone and I know people may have different opinions on this stuff, but this is just something I’ve personally decided to do and am sharing in case anyone else was interested in considering some of these options.
- For hair and skin care, I love Acure. It’s affordable and some items are even sold at Target now! Here are my staples:
- This is my new favorite body lotion. Most of my new products are either unscented, or very lightly scented, so I love the smell of this stuff! I put it in refillable travel bottles for my purse and office.
- Toothpaste: Tom’s
- Chapstick: Out of Africa
- Deodorant: PiperWai. I LOVE this stuff. It smells light and yummy and works great! At first it was a little weird getting used to applying it with my fingers but now I actually prefer that. It makes it easier to apply just what you need and not a bunch of excess. It’s a little pricey but it lasts months! It doesn’t travel well (gets a little soft) so I use Tom’s when I travel. Tom’s works ok for me, but not as great as PiperWai in my opinion.
- I don’t wear much makeup these days, mostly just mascara and maybe some CC cream or tinted moisturizer. I have some eye shadow, mascara, and powder samples from Alima Pure. I really like them except for the price. I’ve sort of given up on eyeshadow though because it doesn’t stay well without a base, and that didn’t make the cut with my minimizing. My current daily staples are Physician’s Formula Organic Wear mascara and CC cream.
- I seldom paint my nails anymore but I switched to Zoya for polish and use this polish remover.
- For cleaning, I’m all about Better Life products, especially their What-Ever all-purpose cleaner. I love having one item that works for nearly everything. The stain remover has come in handy with my pets. I also use the dish soap and laundry detergent. And plain old baking soda and vinegar are magical little miracle workers for almost everything else.
- In my quest to reduce plastic, especially for cooking, I got rid of most of my Tupperware and replaced it with glass containers.
- I swapped my plastic water bottles for these glass ones. They still have a plastic sleeve, but it’s BPA-free at least. I keep one at home and one at work.
- I replaced my plastic coffee thermos with this stainless steel one. This thing keeps my drinks hot forever! I also have this one that I like, but it doesn’t fit under my Keurig so I keep it in my car for random coffee stops.
- I’ve replaced my plastic cooking utensils with bamboo and upgraded my cookware to ceramic.
- Eliminating disposable items has really helped reduce my reliance on plastic!
- I never thought I’d go down this road…but I’m an oils person now. Trying to reduce chemicals includes some over the counter medication. Plus I get a lot of headaches from an injury and taking stuff for them has caused stomach ulcers, so I’m all about trying anything before medication. I keep a headache roll-on stick in my purse. (It’s a migraine stick, but works fantastic for any headache) I use oils for anxiety, allergies, headaches, general blah and sick feeling, and for sleep. I also use tea tree oil for breakouts and bug bites.
Some of these are for my health while others are for the environment. It’s just been interesting how things have evolved for me…minimalism, simplicity, essentialism, green-living, mindfulness, and going chemical-free. It’s all intertwined and overlapping. Working on my diet is the biggest challenge, but one that will play into many of these things.
You can go really deep into this sort of thing, and I am just a beginner recommending what I like so far! I still have so much to learn.Want to start switching to chemical-free and nontoxic products? Here are some beginner… Click To Tweet