In avoiding cancer, going non-toxic with your hygiene and cosmetics is the logical next step after you have gone non-toxic and wholesome with your food. But many of us women find transitioning away from commercial beauty products a heck a lot harder than transitioning away from fast food. Why is that?
We want to be beautiful. We want to smell nice. We want to feel clean. For the past 29 years I have watched commercials convince me that Pantene or Loreal were the only solutions to beautiful hair, I was going to stink horribly without Secret, my teeth would turn unflattering colors without Colgate.
We all pay our dues to the “big beauty” industry – they claim it’s for our protection, but do we really get what we pay for?
I typically spend around $100 each month at CVS or Walgreens on things like shampoos, conditioners, hair color, oral care, sunscreens, razors, makeup foundations and lip glosses, tampons and soaps. None of these are of above average quality. I don’t shop at Whole Foods for all natural stuff, and I don’t choose expensive brands. Most of the times I’ll go with the second least expensive brand. I also don’t use a whole lot of makeup except for foundation and some kind of lip gloss lately, while most other women have a lot more sophisticated makeup drawer.
It seems modest, but it adds up to a whopping $1200 a year.
Add a brazilian blowout (my guilty secret – a $100 chemical straightening to discipline my naturally curly hair) and a haircut once every 12 weeks, and add another $1300 to your budget.
What you are using is most likely toxic
Mark Sisson recently described http://www.marksdailyapple.com/5-chemicals-in-cosmetics-you-should-avoid/#axzz2ghgj5qKp the 5 worst ingredients: Parabens, Phtalates, Triclosan, UV-filters like benzophenone and oxybenzone and Fragrance. Look at what’s in your shower and you will find at least few of the unsafe ingredients that Mark Sisson lists.
Home-made vs. all-natural commercial products
So you want to ditch your chemical beautifiers? You have two ways out. The first option is to make your own goops at home. you can stock up on baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils of your preference and start a tiny little cosmetics factory in your kitchen. You can make your own:
1. shampoo (baking soda + water) – blog post coming soon
2. conditioner (apple cider vinegar + water) – blog post coming soon
3. paleo tooth paste – arrowroot powder, baking soda, coconut oil, peppermint oil, xylitol.
4. home-made keratin treatment – coconut oil, banana, avocado, egg yolks, coconut milk, lemon – blog post coming soon
Or, you can do some research and buy 100% safe all-natural products online or at your nearest Whole Paycheck. Research is necessary because just buying a ‘natural brand’ does not actually guarantee bioactive chemicals are not used. You are, however, going to have to pay big bucks for those natural brands – whether they are legit or not. A natural brand shampoo without any harmful chemical or fragrances will cost around $10 or more per container. If you are looking to save money, you can make your own at home and you probably won’t miss out on too much.
However, there are items that are worth paying the extra bucks for:
1. Makeup. Enough said, right? I just ordered my first paleo-compliant foundation at http://www.100percentpure.com/. I’ll let you know how it goes once I start using it!
2. Sunscreen. You can make your own homemade sunscreen with a few simple ingredients, but I’m allergic to beeswax and the ingredients that go into it aren’t the cheapest. (Here’s the recipe) So I decided to order Kabana Organic sunscreen , one of the very few 100% safe options that uses Zinc Oxide for protection. Zinc Oxide does not get absorbed into your body.
Other things I’m still trying to figure out:
Deodorant. I have tried all ratios of baking soda/arrowroot powder and coconut oil. Did it work? Yes! I did not smell,even after running and going to Crossfit. In fact, I smelled pretty nice.
However it appears, especially after shaving my armpits, that my skin is sensitive to this combo. I tried with less soda and more arrowroot powder but without success, the consistency just wasn’t something I wanted to put on my skin.
I have ordered the Thai Crystal deodorant and will let you know if I have any success with it.
Weaning yourself off big beauty is a challenge, but it has big benefits for you and your family, and it could save you some significant money too. Try replacing just one item in your bathroom with a natural or homemade alternative and work your way up from there.