Monday, January 28, 2013

natural beauty

You know, there was a time when this was accepted:


Cigarettes...doctor recommended and soothing for the throat. When we see this, we think, How could people ever think this was healthy? How could they market chemicals and cancer as good for you?

When I laugh at these old ads though, I also wonder, what will the equivalent be in another 50 years? And sadly, I'm afraid it will be things like this:




(I'm sorry, Tina...I love you.)

Products can be a wonderful thing. They are convenient. They sell us so many promises for a healthier, happier, more beautiful life. They smell so good. But they are full of toxic stuff. And they often fall far short of working the miracles they promise. (Let's not even get started on the issue of trying to sell self-esteem and shame aging.)

Worse is when companies that promote themselves as 'natural' or 'organic' contain more toxic ingredients than the run-of-the-mill stuff.

Don't freak out. There's no emergency here. There's no judgment. But just take a few minutes, and educate yourself here and here and here. (Please check out that first one and look at the toxicity ratings of your own products.) And maybe make a little promise...maybe one product at a time, you could start detoxifying your life a little bit.

Inspired by my sister, I've been working on detoxifying my beauty routine for almost 2 1/2 years. I still have a ways to go. But I've done a lot of learning, and I'd like to share what I've learned with you.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be writing about my experiences with transitioning to more natural beauty. I'm no expert, but maybe I can share my journey with you, so you can start a few steps ahead on your own journey.

I have to be honest. In almost 2 1/2 years, I haven't seen any miracles in my appearance. I don't feel full of youthful vigor, and I don't wake up with a glowing face. But I've changed my mindset, and I just can't keep consuming things that I believe are really, really bad for me. And if you can do without, or find an alternative, why not?

So in these posts, I'll tell you the motivation behind the change, what you can expect when you kick the habit, and what I tried - successfully and unsuccessfully. I'll tell you which products I do and don't like (not sponsored at all). And all of the decisions I've made have been about getting the same product performance with roughly the same cost and convenience.

Let me know if you have any questions up front...looking forward to sharing!

8 comments:

  1. So happy to see you will be sharing your experience! I have gone through a similar one so I'm excited to see what you have found. I think it is sad that we see our ads today as completely normal. I don't wear makeup (except for special occasions) and so I rarely go into makeup aisles at stores. When I do, I am really taken back by all the ads, they really stand out to me as strange because I rarely see them. Anyway, I'm excited for your posts and to hear about your favourite natural products!

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  2. Oh yay - I'm really looking forward to this. My mom is really into this as well so we'll have to compare notes

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  3. NICE. I look forward to reading about this, too! I always think I want to try this whole natural thing out, too, but then I never really take any action. Maybe you will finally inspire and motivate me to start! :)

    {also, and I know we're talked about this, but Zan's mom is ALL ABOUT THIS STUFF. I may have to direct her here!}

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  4. Really looking forward to this, I've been thinking a lot about it lately. The only change I've made is to ditch the face soap and use the Oil Cleansing Method which I'm really loving!

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    1. I'm thinking I might have to try the OCM again!

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  5. I'm really interested in these posts! Can't wait to read and better educate myself on this.

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  6. I relate to you in so many ways!! Within the past year and a half, I too have cleaned up my beauty routine. I use Tom's Deodorant & toothpaste, quit perfumes, use essential oils and even dabble in making my own products. I am not perfect or 100% natural, but it's definitely a growing experience!

    Lately, I've been making my own moisturizer with jojoba oil, neem and grapefruit essential oil. So far, so good! I have sensitive, blemish-prone skin so I need to be extra careful about what I put on my body. And as always, even more so it's what you put IN your body that creates beauty on the outside. Playing with apple cider vinegar (internally and externally), upping omega 3s, lemon water and detox teas have all helped!

    Great post Clair, can't wait to read more! I've been meaning to write an update on my natural beauty routine too - - been trying some new products I want to share :)

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    1. Totally agree with you...thanks for the extra tips!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)