Transitioning towards a cleaner lifestyle and healthier home doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, the process can be overwhelming. Defining what is “clean” leads to an endless amount of information, sometimes conflicting, and usually involves memorizing a list of hard to pronounce ingredients. I am often left feeling like I’m not doing enough, and likely never will. I mean, who has the time and energy to stay on top of all of this?
I am definitely still in the midst of this transforming journey, but I have learned that simpler is usually better, and making small steps is better than not doing anything at all. It’s also less overwhelming to replace products as you go, instead of trying to replace everything all at once. I feel better knowing that the changes I have made so far have already reduced the amount of chemicals In my life.
Where to begin? A great way to start your home detox is rethinking your morning routine. Likely, most of the products you use during and after your shower, and while getting ready for the day, involve a slew of toxic chemicals. And you use these products regularly. Scary, but true.
A great resource for vetting personal products is the Environmental Working Group (EWG): a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their database is easy to search and offers a quick look at where ingredients land on the scale of toxicity. You can type in your favorite products into their product search for a quick health rating based on the ingredients found in that product. EWG has also recently launched EWG VERIFIED™ where they have approved personal and beauty products that meet their strict guidelines.
Another easy way to start getting “clean” is to shop at companies that offer a wide variety of vetted products that are free from a lot of the chemicals and additives we should avoid. Companies like BeautyCounter and the Honest Company, while not perfect, do take out a lot of the guess work. In New York, there are several companies popping up that offer cleaner products, Credo, being one of my favorites. In Nashville, there is a natural beauty and wellness shop called Lemon Laine. Places like Target have also made great steps forward by carrying some healthier lines but it can be hard to find the best “clean” products amidst the many not so great options.
Keep in mind that there is a lot of greenwashing out there where companies use terms like "natural" on their packaging as a marketing tool when there is really nothing natural about the product. When in doubt, read the list of ingredients.
Changing your morning routine is a manageable way to start making cleaner choices that will have an impact on how many chemicals you are introducing into your home and into your body.
The key to making this a permanent transition is to take it slowly and don’t stress about the things you cannot change. One evening I did a huge purge of the toxic products my husband and I were using. Although he is supportive of changes I want to make, there were a few products he wasn’t willing to part with. And I am okay with that. Here are some of our favorite products to help you start your day off right:
Citrus & Ginger Sea Salt Texture Spray: Coconut and jojoba oils add texture without drying out hair.
Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo: I love using powdered dry shampoo and this one is vegan and cruelty free. It gives limp hair volume while refreshing and extending in between hair washes. A go to product.
CLEANSE & TONE:
Ladyganics Nova Rosa Facial Cleanser: I’m terrible at washing my face at the end of the day so I love that I can spray this cleanser onto a cotton pad and it takes my makeup right off. It's also made with organic ingredients so it feels light and isn't irritating.
Ujjayi Charcoal Sugar Scrub: This yogi-created scrub is a great exfoliatoe that softens the skin while nourishing. Oh, and the smell is what dreams are made of.
Thayer's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner: This is a no-nonsense toner perfect for everyday use and comes at an amazing price.
TREAT & MOISTURIZE:
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask: I discovered this brand during one of the best facials of my life and this organic resurfacing mask revitalizes and refreshes skin.
Ladyganics Jupiter Under Eye Serum: I'm obsessed with the easy roller application on this serum. It reduces puffiness and dark circles and the beautiful glass packaging makes looks good on your countertop.
Aria Starr Organic Argan Oil: Made with one ingredient, there is nothing complicated about this pure organic argan oil. It moisturizes without making skin feel oily. I use it morning and night.
Ujjayi Citrus Thyme Charcoal Deodorant: Yes, it's a natural deodorant that actually works. And it doesn't make you smell like a hippie.
Coyuchi Organic Towels: Accentuate your morning by including these lush organic towels as a part of your daily routine. You'll feel like a queen.
What are some of your favorite clean products and resources?