making the switch: organic beauty + skincare

making the switch

About a six months ago I made a pretty life changing and relieving decision. I tossed almost all of my makeup and skincare products that were not organic or vegan. Granted, it was a very difficult decision because a lot of those were really expensive! Beauty and skincare products are not cheap. Am I right or am I right?

Previous to this, I had been moving towards more natural and organic products in other aspects of my life. From essential oils to organic food, I was taking charge of what I put in and on my body. Admittedly, my beauty products were one of the last and most difficult switches to make.

why make the switch?

  1. Better for your skin. In the beauty industry, products have little to no regulation. Organic beauty and skincare companies must go through time consuming processes and tests to earn that organic-stamped label.
  2. Ingredients you can pronounce. Many of those hard-to-pronounce ingredients do more harm than good! Not to mention, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient do you really know what it is?
  3. Healthier for your body. Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Think of how much your skin already absorbs just in one day, everything that you touch.
  4. More earth friendly. Organic farming is better for both the earth and surrounding wildlife. This is because there are less chemicals and pollutants during the entire process of harvesting ingredients and creating the product.
  5. Parabens have been linked to cancer. Due to mimicking the estrogen in your body, parabens have been associated with breast cancer.

vegan

While this photo is an older photo, it gives you an idea of what I kept. However, a couple of the above products didn’t make the second cut.

In my current beauty arsenal I still love and adore the Juice Beauty line, my DoTerra essential oils, and my aunt’s homemade deodorant. Some brands that I have been looking into and loving include the Little Barn Apothecary, 100% Pure, and Herbivore.

what are some of your favorites?

how to purify your air naturally

purify the air

purify your air naturally:

Would it surprise you knowing the air you are breathing in your home is worse than the air outside? Poor air quality is not a surprise when it comes to being indoors. Although it was to me when I first found out. After all, many home heating systems recycle the air that is already inside the home. The air in our homes can result in allergies, asthma, and constant headaches. However, that is not all! Poor air quality can even affect your digestive system.

When I first found this out, I was pretty taken aback. All I could think was that I needed to find ways on how to purify the air in my home.

what should you leave behind?

  1. Harsh, and common, chemical-laden household cleaners. Many cleaners most commonly used in households contain VOC (volatile organic compound) ingredients. This includes ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Chemicals such as those may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and more.
  2. Scented candles and incense. The scent of many candles are neuro-toxic. This means that the chemicals used are harmful to our brains, lungs, and nervous systems. Plus, they can cause developmental difficulties in children.
  3. Dusty curtains, fans, filters, and surfaces. Keeping your home free of dust can really reduce potential allergens! Routinely clean your filters and wipe down surfaces.

what to use instead:

  1. Organic or homemade household cleaners. One of my favorite, and most simple, cleaning recipes uses lemon essential oil, warm water, and vinegar.
  2. Candles made from beeswax, coconut wax, hemp, or soy. Not only are these candles made from natural ingredients, they often are scented with essential oils. Essential oils contain many beneficial and healing properties!
  3. Air-purifying plants. At the top of the list: English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, and Peace Lily.
  4. Himalayan salt rock lamps. The crystallized salt, when heated by the bulb inside, releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants.

what would you add to this list?