My question is, how far do you go to avoid chemical ridden cosmetics or products in general?
We (humans) have been exposed to chemicals in the home for centuries. Think of all the cases of poisoning in Victorian England, with people mistaking deadly poisons, especially arsenic, for eatable potions or powders. Or lead and arsenic skin lightening products, still used today in some countries. Or even the use of belladonna to dilate the pupils. Humans have been using dangerous and toxic methods to achieve a measure of beauty for a long time.
The more natural cosmetics solutions also tend to be more expensive, and less affordable to people. Even though I was aware of these issues with cosmetics, the prices of more organic and natural solution were out of my reach until the last year. Still, I did not purge all my products, but instead am integrating new ones to minimize waste. Overall the switchover can be difficult and we have been falling off the wagon from time to time. Better than not I suppose.
I am in no way advocating these products, just describing what my experiences have been with them, and how I have been incorporating more natural products into my lifestyle. I’m sure they are just a selection of what is available to me, or brands that I am aware of.
Deodorant – About ten years ago, a couple years before going to university, my mom tried to convert us all to the crystal deodorant. It took with my parents, but not with my brother and I as well. Over the past few years I have been trying different natural deodorant sticks, and slowly it is beginning to faze in permanently. I have used Tom’s of Maine, and now Kiss My Face Lavender, which is one of my favorites, along with Nature’s Gate Lemongrass and Clary Sage. The downside to these is reapplication is more frequent. I also recently used the Lush’s T’eo deodorant bar, it was a bit messy and abrasive – I will try more of theirs though, I particularly want to try the Coconut Deodorant Powder and Aromarant Deodorant.
Hair – I like to buy Kiss My Face or Nature’s Gate shampoo, favoring tea tree oil blends which are good for the scalp. I also likeo citrus and peppermint smells, as well as lavender (those are just personal preferences). I have only been buying these for the past six months, but they seem to be a hit with both S. and I and they last for about 2-3 months. I’ve been able to find these at Winner’s sometimes for a discount (Canadian equivalent to something like TJ Max), as well as the grocery store or pharmacy on sale.
Makeup – I think this is where I struggle to buy safe product the most. I use Burt’s Bee’s chapstick, and Lush’s Celestial moisturizer for sensitive skin. This is as far as I have ventured. Maybe I find the prices too restrictive and the selection limited when I see the products, but to be honest, I don’t think I see these products anywhere very often.
Cleaning – I have been buying Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender All Purpose Cleaner, generally clean with white vinegar and water, as well as Borax. This has been generally what I have used for the last 6 months, but I was usually using a vinegar and water blend for cleaning almost everything.
Laundry – This is a bit more difficult to get into because the price of more natural laundry detergents is a deterrent. We have been buying natural detergent for about a year, but sometimes we will buy the Arm and Hammer stuff when it is on sale.
Interesting related reading: A Victorian Woman’s Toilette