I like smelling nice, as I’m sure you do too. What I don’t like, is splashing on a bunch of chemicals all over my body in order to smell nice. Before my 80% Clean journey began, I honestly never gave perfume a second thought. It was a nice luxury to have and an instant pick-me-up. After I found out about all of the nasty chemicals, I thought that there had to be a better, more natural way. A little research later, I realized that essential oils were the answer, but man, were they expensive, especially the already blended essential oil perfumes. And, since most of the offerings out there are only available online, there wasn’t really a way to know what they smelled like before buying. I wanted to create my own DIY essential oil perfume that I could monkey around with and get it smelling the way I wanted, without breaking the bank. See below for a couple of the scents that I think smell fresh, clean, flowery, yet not overpowering.
I am all for making my own natural and organic cosmetics and beauty products. You can control the ingredients, the color and the smell. But, above all, it needs to be easy. I don’t want to spend hours in my kitchen or bathroom concocting something that may not work out in the end. With spring and summer upon us, I really wanted to learn how to make my own rose water. It can be used as a toner or body spray, or even put into lemonade or recipes if you are daring. I didn’t, however, want to spend a fortune on a small amount. So, below is my journey into DIY rose water. I’m pretty impressed since it turned out really well and was super easy.
I love spring! Clean crisp, flowery smelling air, a sense of new beginning, and of course new spring makeup trends to try. Gone are the deep, comforting colors of fall and winter, and in are the lighter, brighter, more awake colors of spring and summer. I could probably spend a full day (or maybe more like a week) shopping online for spring makeup goodies. It is definitely something I find incredibly hard to resist. I do try to hone in my makeup buying so that I am in on the trends, without looking like a complete weirdo though. Below are the top spring makeup trends that are hot right now and my suggestions for clean, all natural products you can get to help you bring the looks to life.
Shampoo is just one of those things that is kind of a necessity that most people probably don’t think a whole lot about. If it smells good and does pretty much what it says, then most people are happy. What gives me pause is that shampoo can have some of the most toxic ingredients in it. Fortunately, there are a ton of great all natural and organic shampoos on the market today that make me feel a lot better about what I am putting on my head on a daily basis. Below is a little background and my top picks for the best all natural shampoo.
Ah fall… Crisp, cool air, changing leaves, and the perfect time to go shopping! I am generally a spring/summer person, but one of the things I look forward to the most when fall starts coming around is being able to give myself the excuse to spruce up my wardrobe and my makeup. Back to school shopping of sorts… It is a great time to buy a little something for myself, before all the holiday shopping begins and I have to start thinking about what I will buy for others. One of the things that I like to buy the most to give me an instant pick-me-up is a new lipstick. It can change your entire look for the day, is relatively inexpensive, and it’s fun to try on all of the different colors before picking your favorite one. I love makeup in general, but I especially like a fresh new lipstick. I do, however, want it to be a lipstick without lead or any other toxic ingredients. Below are my top picks for the best non-toxic lipstick for fall.
Many of us don’t think too much about the soap that we use on our skin or for cleaning around the house. It gets us or our surfaces clean, and if it smells good that’s a bonus, right? But, when looking at things that we put on our skin or all around our home on a daily basis, it really is important to know what it is doing to our overall health as well. With that in mind, I discovered that castile soap is actually one of the best things you can use for a multitude of cleaning operations. Below are my top xx uses for castile soap.
When I was in the process of switching all of my conventional makeup and skin care products over to more natural and organic choices, I wanted to just go to one website or store and be done with it. Many trials and tribulations later, I ended up with a lot of duds and went to countless sites and bought way too many products to count. Some worked, some didn’t. What I really wanted and still want is a one-stop-shop sort of situation where I can go to one site or use one line and know that most of what I buy or try is safer and more natural, organic even. So, I set out to make your journey hopefully a little easier. Below you will find my top choices for all natural makeup and skin care products – that you can buy all in one place. I’ll also let you know some of my favorite choices in each product line.
I have a confession to make. I can be smelly – really smelly if I want to be. The problem is, I am trying to clean up my skin care act and reduce the amount of chemicals I am slathering all over myself. The one “beauty product” that many people swear is one of the first things you should change is your deodorant/antiperspirant – mainly the ones that contain aluminum. I have found that an aluminum-free deodorant is really the way to go…
What woman doesn’t love a good nail polish? Nail polish is a great pick-me-up when you’re having a bad face day or when your outfit just isn’t working. If your nails are good, you’re good. It’s just makes you feel more put together. The problem is that many women (including me, until recently) unknowingly use their favorite colors and brands without understanding the harmful effects the chemicals in their polish could be doing to their bodies. Below I outline the top chemical offenders in most brands and my top picks for the best non-toxic nail polish.