Over the past year or so, I’ve tried to switch to more and more natural products. Whether it’s at the grocery store or in the beauty aisle, many of the products we use are full of ingredients and chemicals that are harmful to our health. With all the different options out there, it can be overwhelming to think of purchasing only natural items. Here’s some tips I’ve learned from my own experience, to help you get started:
- At the grocery store – Whenever I go grocery shopping, I always keep my eye out for products that are free from added colors, preservatives and artificial flavors or sweeteners. With meat, I also look for items like ground turkey and chicken that are antibiotic and hormone free. This article does a great job at explaining specific ingredients to watch out for when you’re checking the labels at your grocery store. Another easy way to determine if a product is natural or not is to simply skim how many ingredients are listed on the label. For the most part, the list will be much shorter than processed food items will. This article also breaks down how to choose organic produce, poultry/eggs and meat by looking out for certain labels.
- At home – Conventional cleaners are also full of toxic chemicals and ingredients. To swap them out, you can use brands like Seventh Generation or make your own cleaners from items you have in your kitchen. My best friend uses vinegar to clean most of her house and she says it works really well. In this article from Wellness Mama, she lists liquid castille soap, natural salt, baking soda, borax, washing soda, hydrogen peroxide, and lemons as some other diy options.
- In the beauty aisle – Choosing natural products can also extend to the beauty products you use. The skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs what you put on it. Using natural makeup and other beauty products, like cleansers, toners and moisturizers, can help you avoid absorbing ingredients such as, phthalates, parabens, petroleum waxes and other chemicals. Another benefit of choosing natural beauty products is that they often don’t test on animals and are earth friendly. Here a few of my favorite natural beauty brands:
- Alba Botanica – So far I have used this mask, toner and moisturizer and have loved all of them. When I run out of my current shampoo and conditioner, I am going to try those too.
- Shea Moisture – I use this anti-aging moisturizer at night and it absorbs really well.
- Tom’s of Maine – I use this toothpaste and feel like it really whitens my teeth. They also have natural deodorant. I didn’t feel like it lasted throughout the day personally, but it may be a good choice for others. If you have a good natural deodorant recommendation, let me know in the comments below!
- Pacifica – Most of the makeup I use is from Pacifica. I use this BB cream, blush, eye shadow and mascara. I’ve also tried their nail polish. I’ve really liked all of the products I’ve tried and most of it’s at a more reasonable price point than some other natural beauty brands.
That wraps up my top tips for transitioning to a more natural life. If you have any other suggestions, be sure to leave a comment!