Welcome to my Life Detox series!
What is a life detox, you might ask? I explained it two weeks ago on my series introduction in this post, but basically, I’m evaluating seven aspects of my life and cleaning them up. From the products I use in my house and on my body, to being more mindful of my every day habits and food choices.
This week I’m talking about the products I use in my hair, on my face, and on my body. While I’ve been more aware of the products I put on my skin ever since becoming pregnant with Lars, it wasn’t until a couple of months ago when I actually started seriously looking into what is safe and what is less safe. Similar to the household products, I was surprised that a lot of products that I was using were labeled ‘organic’ or ‘natural’, or their labels just looked “cleaner” than others, but in reality they actually weren’t any better than the rest.
This Life Detox project has motivated me to look deeper into what I’m putting on my skin and hair and really find out what is safe and non-toxic.
I should also note that about a month ago I joined the team of Beautycounter to promote their products. I introduced Beautycounter in this post, and talked about why safer skincare is important to me, and why I chose Beautycounter products to use. Basically, they’re a no-brainer for me. They have banned over 14,000 chemicals from their products and all of them are rated “green” on the EWG.org website. I had heard nothing but great things from friends about Beautycounter and I have to say – I am pretty blown away by how great the products are. It sounds cliche, but my skin and hair have never felt better!
So let’s delve into what I did for this part of my Life Detox. First off, here are the things that I didn’t change, because when I looked them up on EWG.org, they received good ratings. I typically kept products that were rated 1 or 2 (body lotion was an exception…see below), and the rest were tossed.
Things I didn’t change:
Baby Wash – I was super excited to see the baby wash and shampoo that I have been using with Lars, which is Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile and Argan Oil Baby Head to Toe Wash, was rated a 1 on EWG.org. Sweet – something I wouldn’t have to buy new! However, I do think when it runs out I am going to buy Beautycounter’s Squeaky Clean Kids Wash which is EWG certified, meaning it avoids ALL ingredients of concern, has full transparency, and good manufacturing practices.
I also used Beautycounter’s Gentle All-Over Baby Wash when Lars was a baby, which I plan to use for baby #2. Babies are much more sensitive to fragrances, which is why I like Beautycounter’s baby wash. I’ll admit – I do miss the scent from some of the other baby washes, but it’s not a huge price to pay for using something that I know is safe for my little guy.
Body Lotion – For my daily body lotion, I was a little torn. What I have been using is EO Everyone Lemon and Coconut Body Lotion, and is rated a 3 on EWG.org. It’s overall hazard was pretty low, and since I had two HUGE bottles of it, I really didn’t want to have to get rid of it. It’s also another cost that I could limit, since it wasn’t rated a 4 or 5.
Things I Did Change:
Prior to my life detox I was using Raw Sugar Lemon Sugar Natural Body Wash, which I saw at Target as a new product and was completely sucked in by their natural-looking packaging. I couldn’t find any information on EWG.org about it, but I did find some information on SkinSafeProducts.com. This website ranked it as an 82% which isn’t terrible, but not the greatest.
Since I was nearing the end of my bottle, I decided to look for a safer option. I had bought Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap from Amazon for $18 for a pretty large bottle initially to replace my all-purpose household cleaner, but found out some people use it for body wash too. Which seems….weird, right? Apparently this stuff has tons and tons of uses and from the reviews I read, people loved it as a body wash.
Honestly? I did not love it as a body wash. It left my body feeling dry and I just wasn’t a fan of it.
So, back to the EWG.org I went. While there are numerous EWG certified body washes, I really wanted to find one that I could buy easily. AKA at Target or Amazon. AND not crazy expensive. This ended up being harder than I expected!
I ended up going with Shea Moisture Lavender and Wild Orchid Body Wash AND Beautycounter’s Citrus Mimosa Body Wash. Basically, I bought the Shea Moisture kind because it was rated a 2 and easily found it on Amazon. THEN Beautycounter had a one day BOGO sale, making their body wash cheaper than the Shea Moisture kind, and I couldn’t pass up that deal.
I would say deodorant is one product that I have had a LOT of experience with. For one, unlike skincare and makeup, it’s something that I have used every single day for years. I also have been on the lookout for safer deodorants for the past couple of years and have found some that are terrible and some that I really like.
I have settled on two that I like – Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, which unfortunately isn’t rated on EWG.org but seems to check out clean based on its ingredients, and Primal Pit Paste, which was rated a 1 on EWG.org. I prefer the Primal Pit Paste, as it goes on easier, but they both smell great and keep me smelling decent!
Skin Care & Makeup
Before this challenge, my skincare routine was somewhat of a joke. I was using Target brand facial cleansing wipes on an irregular basis (which I couldn’t even find rated on the EWG website), and sometimes moisturizing. I didn’t really have much of a skin “routine”. For one, I didn’t really like now the cleansing wipes made my face feel so I didn’t enjoy using them. They kind of stung when I used them and I just knew they probably weren’t great for my skin.
I had the same experience with facial moisturizers, as I had a hard time figuring out which ones were truly “good” for me and also worked well.
So, I decided to invest in a good cleanser, makeup remover, and daily lotion from Beautycounter because I wanted the products that I used daily on my face to be of quality. I also felt like if I knew they were safe and non-toxic, then I would feel much better about using them every day. This totally ended up being true and now after regular use, my skin feels SO much softer and I feel much better about the products I am using on my face.
In addition, I used the cheapest makeup I could find at Target, which really just included concealer for under my eyes, eyeliner, and mascara. Super basic. This actually made “cleaning up” my makeup very simple and cheaper than if I used a lot of eyeshadow, foundation, etc.
So I invested in what I use – concealer, eyeliner, and a lightly tinted moisturizer from Beautycounter called “Dew Skin” which I am now obsessed with. It also has 20 SPF which I feel really good about.
I pretty much use two products on my hair: shampoo and conditioner. I don’t use any sort of products for styling, which makes this section pretty easy to figure out. Since I had heard really good things from a friend about Beautycounter’s Volume and Shape Shampoo and Conditioner, I decided to give them a try. Easiest decision of them all. Not only do I feel great about the ingredients in my shampoo and conditioner, but it makes my hair softer than it’s been in years. I have always found that the more “natural” of a hair product, the worse my hair would feel. This was definitely not the case with these two and they’ll definitely be a part of my regular routine from now on.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was attempting to do all of these changes under $300. I felt like that was a reasonable amount to start with. I know some people might want a smaller budget and some might have a larger one, but this is what worked for me. The prices also reflect a discount I get for being a Beautycounter consultant, however I did have a startup fee that I’m not including because that’s not really part of my “life detox.”
Here are links to and cost of products I am now using:
Shea Moisture Body Wash – $10
Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF 20!) – $33
Touchup Concealer – $24
Eyeliner – $18
Total – $195.
This left me with more than enough to clean up our household products.
If you’re looking to do a “detox” of your skincare routine, here are some tips I have for you:
- Pick the products that you use the most. For example, if you moisturize twice daily, make that product a priority. If you do some sort of exfoliation once every few weeks, maybe save that product for a couple of months down the road if you’re on a budget.
- Download the EWG.org app! It makes shopping SO much easier, as you can just scan barcodes and find out where your products rate. However, be aware that not every product is on EWG.org which can be frustrating sometimes. Overall, it’s a very handy app to have when trying to make better choices.
- Set a budget, write the changes down that you want to make, and get started.
Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at greensnchocolate (at) gmail (dot) com!!