For years, I thought I was using “natural” products. Products for my hair and skin, some of which worked and others that did not. But, now I see that almost all of the so-called “natural” products were not so natural. Sure, they contain a few products from the earth, but still many big long chemical names, not so natural.
Thanks to the book
and their blog I have discovered the true CLEAN NATURAL products and without having to test them all myself. There are just so many offerings these days, that I must say it can be a bit overwhelming to pick which to try. I am so grateful for stores such as Whole Foods and Sephora (best return policy ever) that have great return programs for used products, you just never know what is going to work for you, you know?
In the book, they try out loads of products and do the research, they break it down and give their picks for the CLEANEST products. They also list do it yourself concoctions and ways to use the most simple of products, such as apple cider vinegar instead of using shampoo or conditioner.
I am currently washing my face with a bar of 100% organic soap made 100% of olive oil only, (a bar of soap?!?!). Using an Evan Healy Hydrosol facial tonic (toner), and Josie Maran Argan oil (you can use less expensive jojoba oil & Vitamin E too) as my moisturizer day and night. I also have never really loved any eye makeup removers that I have tried so I am now using organic raw coconut oil to remove my mascara and eyeliner. It feels so great, it works, and I gotta say that I don’t mind that my eyelids are very lickable now….
I have switched from my beloved Donna Karan deodorant to
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Soapwalla, Lavanila ended up being a faker, not clean. I have tried natural deodorants before and it just didn’t work for me, so I kept returning to my DK, but I am sold on this one and it smells lovely!
Perhaps, the most shocking change is that I am no longer using shampoo or conditioner, but instead I am rinsing my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar!!!! Check out my little write up and others comments on their experience over at the NO MORE DIRTY LOOKS page.
I have always had a difficult time finding a shampoo and conditioner that I absolutely loved and the same with hair products. I have a full head of naturally wavy, naturally thin hair with a scalp that tends to get dry and flaky (boo). I have always hated my hair clean and had to load in products to enhance the curls, tame some frizz, add some shine, and on and on. Now, rinsing with 2 TBLS of ACV mixed in 1 cup of water and then just putting a few drops of the Argan Oil on the damp ends I am in love with my hair! Accept for the Argan oil, I have not had to use any products and my hair looks great and feels amazing and no more dry, itchy, or flaky scalp!!!!!
I love that my tour toiletry kit has gotten smaller now as I will be using items that I keep in my kitchen roadcase on my face but most importantly I feel so much better not having all those chemicals on my skin!
Don’t you want to get clean, too?