Happy (almost) Earth Day!
We've been saying this repeatedly in our blog posts and newsletter, but we just love this time of year! The combo of Earth Day and the fresh start of Spring really puts us in the mood to detox and clear out clutter, so we thought we'd put together a post on simple ways you can detox your beauty routine.
It's no secret anymore that the products we use in our homes and bodies are filled with unhealthy and toxic chemicals, and thankfully we as consumers are starting to really empower ourselves with the information we need to make healthier choices. It was this information that led our founder to create My Lemon Crate and if you're reading this, it's probably safe to say that it's an issue that's important to you as well!
One of the main hurdles to leading a more natural lifestyle is the sheer overwhelm that it can bring on. Trust us- we've been there! To help take some of the confusion out of transitioning your products to more natural alternatives, we put together six simple and actionable steps to help you get started.
1. Do your research.
First things first- you need to figure out which products and ingredients you want to avoid and why. There is a ton of great information out there on living a non-toxic lifestyle and choosing the best chemical free products.
Our favourite places to start are the EWG's (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep site and their new Healthy Living app. Both are a powerhouse of information and help you to suss out which products are safe and which aren't. These resources, and others like them, are particularly useful because they give you the real story on whats lurking in products.
Unfortunately, there are very few regulations around branding and packaging, so just because a product claims to be "natural" doesn't mean it isn't filled with chemicals. Run everything through these resources and learn to read labels so you can put your self in charge of deciding what's right for you and your body. Scan products on the go using the Think Dirty App, or create a quick reference guide on common code words for toxins (fragrance, parfum, perfume).
2. Minimize your products.
Instead of replacing all of your original products with natural alternatives, now is a great time to stop and evaluate how many products you actually need. I used to own every lip gloss and hair product known to mankind but when I started converting to natural, I realized how few products I actually needed.
Before buying new products, take an inventory of what you actually use and ditch (recycling when possible) what you don't. Once you're down to your essentials, you can start replacing your current items. Which brings us to...
3. Don't change everything at once.
Replacing all of your beauty products in one go is a recipe for total overwhelm and disaster. You'll spend a lot of money, miss your old products, and likely quit and go back to your old ways. We totally get that it's tempting to change everything at once, especially after you've read about the harmful chemicals lurking in your products, but we recommend a gentler approach.
Rather than ditching everything and starting fresh, convert to more natural options a few products at a time. A good place to start is with body proucts like cleanser, exfoliants, and lotions. They cover a lot more of your body than smaller items, like eyeliner, so you'll instantly make a dramatic dent in the chemicals you're exposed to. They are also among the more popular natural products, so you'll have lots of great options to choose from.
4. Find brands you love.
Transitioning to natural products is easier once you've found some great brands that you can trust. For makeup, we love Savvy Minerals, Crunchi, 100% Pure, RMS Beauty, and Pacifica; for skin and body, we look no further than Young Living- they have a line for babies, kids, men, weight loss, and supplements for everything in between. Other options are Province Apothecary, Eminence, Dr. Bronner's, and Kiss My Face; and for hair, again, Young Living has amazing options for both adults and children in haircare.
Some of these brands are more natural than others, so you get to decide how natural you want to go!
5. Go DIY.
Of course, the most natural alternative of all is to make your own products! This means that you know exactly what's going into your products and onto your body- and it's really fun!
It may seem overhwlming at first, but that's where we come in! To get started, check out our monthly DIY and handmade boxes- every month you'll recipe a box full of completely natural products for your body and home. You can also check out our Pinterest where we save TONS of awesome recipes for haircare, skincare, homecare, and more.
6. Let go of perfection.
Once you start learning about the chemicals hiding in our everyday products, it's easy to freak out and beat yourself up for not going 100% natural (been there!). Just like with every area of our lives, moderation and finding the right balance for YOU is key here. Yes, it's important to inform yourself and consider the research out there, but ultimately you get to decide what you do and don't use.
Some people may go completely natural with their products, while others swap out some and not others. Personally, I am almost completely DIY, but there are some products like mascara and eyeliner that I get from the store (I love Savvy Minerals). For others it might be their deodorant that they don't want to go natural on (we love Schmidt's Lavender + Sage).
This is your journey and you get to walk it however you choose! Remember that every product you swap is an accomplishment and perfectionism is totally overrated.
"Every oil you're using is a chemical you're not using" (Sarah Harnisch).
This is a topic we are so passionate about, and if you have any questions we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email at email@example.com or message us on Instagram @mylemoncrate. :)
What brought you to a natural lifestyle? Share your story with us for a chance to win a free diffuser necklace by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or using #mylemoncrate on Instagram! We'll be reading all of your stories and giving away 1 necklace every week. :)