So I’m putting together the Wholesome Homes Toolkit for the Preconception Program, and I realise I’ve been ‘green washed’. You know where you try and buy the ‘right’ stuff because the label tells you all the nasties that aren’t in it (i.e. ‘Natural, No Parabens, PEG, SLS, etc etc’… don’t mind all the other cancer causing, sperm killing, reproduction altering chemicals that are)?
It’s a bit of a minefield out there (which is why the Toolkit is taking a lot longer than I’d hoped!). I’m trying to be clear on the things that need to go and what you should replace them with. It’s one thing to find a product that is safe, but it’s another to find one that actually works.
The best advice is really to simplify things. Get rid of the chemicals and products that you really don’t need to be using day-to-day (toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner??? Are they really that different?), and take things back to basics.
I am already pretty conscious about the products I bring in to my home and use on my body, and I’ve cut down on one’s that really aren’t necessary (bye bye hair spray, nail polish + even perfume). But there’s no way I would stop using make-up. I use it pretty much every day and call me shallow, but I just feel better when I’ve got it on.
Over the last few years I have been swapping out toxic products for non-toxic varieties, and I’ve wasted lots of money on crappy products, so I thought I would share with you some of my faves:
- Foundations + blusher – INIKA – light, no cakey with good coverage which is a must for me!
- Tinted SPF moisturiser – Andalou – I have quite dry skin so the oil in this suits me.
TIP: for everyday wear I mix this with my foundation to get the SPF protection and to make the expensive foundation last longer. If you use a foundation brush like this one you still get a nice coverage, even for my freckle face. J Smart hey?!)
- Bronzer – Eco Minerals
- Mascara – W3ll People Expressionist Mascara – I have just ordered this because the reviews are amazing. I’m yet to find a non-toxic variety that doesn’t give me panda eyes. I’ll keep you posted on how I go. Otherwise I’m still using Max Factor 2000 which poses a moderate hazard risk of 3 on the EWG database K.
TIP: when your mascara gets low and gunky, add a few drops of almond oil to it and you’ll get more wear out of it.
- Fake tan – Eco Tan – is Certified Organic so is free of toxins and GMOs.
Check out the toxicity rating of your products at Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep.
I love shopping through Nourished Life because they don’t allow products that contain the nasties that we’re trying to avoid. Check them out here.
I’d love to hear If you have any you’d recommend so drop me a line!