Non Toxic Beauty!

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In true form, it’s taken me months to get back here and do another post.ūüôā Better late than never I suppose! This time I’d like to share the non toxic beauty items I use at all times to ensure I’m not inhaling/ingesting/applying toxic chemicals. Once you start diving into all of the nasty things that are used in commercial cosmetics, lotions, hair products, etc. you almost can’t help but start editing certain things out of your life (that’s how it went for me anyway).

First, let’s start with the things that I eliminated completely:

  • Perfume– there is NOTHING redeeming about perfumes, they are almost completely toxic. It’s a double whammy too because your skin is absorbing the stuff AND you’re inhaling it. Not good. I simply threw everything away. It was a little painful but my health is worth it!
  • Lotion (including hand lotion/face creams/etc)– again, almost nothing about these is good. You’ve got fake fragrances which are nothing but chemicals as well as preservatives (parabens, etc) that are not good for your internal health. Many can be endocrine and hormonal disruptors and that can cause a whole bunch of problems.¬†The ONLY brand I ¬†sparingly put on my hands/body is¬†this one.
  • Deodorant– seriously, if you do nothing else cut out the antiperspirant!¬†Some say that the active ingredient (aluminum) has been linked to breast cancer and alzheimers, which is enough for me to say buh-bye to this product. Now, I tend to be a sweaty girl so this transition was not easy for me.¬†I will say that cleaning up my eating and ditching the cheap, fast and easy foods I was eating helped TREMENDOUSLY.¬†Sweating is how our bodies detox so when you stop using/eating chemicals there is less to detox. This equals not as much sweating AND it doesn’t stink like it used to. I’m not saying that I go without deodorant – I AM saying that the natural stuff works (recipe is here, don’t worry) because of the efforts I’ve made in other areas.
  • Body washes– same thought process here as with perfumes and lotions. Toxic chemicals = bad for you. The cheap ones are nothing but dish soap disguised with a fancy label.
  • Toothpaste– I know, now we’re getting crazy. Yes, I said toothpaste. I don’t mean that I have ceased with an oral hygiene routine of course! I’ve just changed the brand I use. You can make your own but that’s a level of hippie that I haven’t achieved yet. My favorites are Tom’s of Maine and DoTerra’s OnGuard Toothpaste (I favor the latter).
  • Cheap makeup¬†– I haven’t used Maybelline, Cover Girl, or any other brand for that matter in a loooong time. These companies pump their makeup from mascara to lipstick FULL of all the baddies we’ve already discovered AND they add dyes, which can also be harmful. This is a journey I’m still navigating so I have some recommendations and I’ll have more when I’ve fully vetted some stuff I’m trying.
  • Cheap shampoo/conditioner– Basically, anything that is sold at Target or any other big retailer is a no-no for me. Same reasons apply here as with all the other products. These, just like body wash, are usually just dish soap under another name with a prettier bottle. They wreck your hair! This is another one that I’m currently working through trying to find the right solution so stay tuned here.
  • Facewash– Would you wash your face with dish soap? No? Then ditch these immediately. Not to mention the fragrances, dyes, and preservatives that are included!

If you’re freaking out, know that this can be overwhelming and I haven’t made these changes quickly. It’s been a process of reading, research, and slow changes. Don’t beat yourself up if every one of these is in your medicine cabinet/shower/bathroom counter right now. It’s ok! Slow changes are what it’s all about. If I could prioritize changes, I’d start with the deodorant, then move to the facewash, then cut out the lotion. These are pretty easy changes that will give you some great results. Here’s how I do it in order of the priority I just listed:

  1. Deodorant: http://www.amythedinga.com/deodorant-you-can-eat
    1. This is HANDS DOWN the best recipe out there. It’s easy to make and keeps for a good amount of time. I personally don’t put it into deodorant containers – I just buy glass jars from Aromatools.com and store it that way. This also means I apply with my fingers which might gross some people out… it works for me though! Completely safe and totally controls odor, even when I’m working out! There are rare days that require a second application but for the most part, once in the morning is plenty.
  2. Facewash: I have 2 recommendations here, the Oil Cleansing Method and a little homemade concoction that doesn’t have a name.ūüėČ
    1. Oil Cleansing is AMAZING! It seems counter intuitive since the cosmetic industry has always told us that oil is bad and we need to wash with soap to make sure we’re clean. That couldn’t be further from the truth. So many skin problems happen because we completely strip all the good stuff away and replace it with alcohols and chemicals. Acne, dry skin, uneven skin tone and other problems are all solvable by ditching the commercial products. Here is a great resource for the Oil Cleansing Method:¬†http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/¬†¬†Know that there is some trial and error involved here because everyone’s skin is different. My personal blend is higher in Castor oil and lower in the moisturizing oils because of a history of acne. Your blend would probably be different. I also use doTerra essential oils in my blends to boost them. Some good ones are Melaleuca (tea tree), lavender, frankincense, myrrh, etc.
    2. My concoction (this is also my body wash): I pour Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (I recommend either unscented or sweet almond for facewash) into a squeeze bottle and then add doTerra oils. I typically do frankincense because it’s practically magic (see¬†here) and myrrh for anti-aging. This is a great strategy for traveling because it’s hard to find a container for the liquid oils that won’t leak. This functions a lot like store bought cleansers and travels really well.
  3. Lotion: I recently made this one. It was easy and is still going strong almost a month later. I plan to also try this recipe. Of course, essential oils are great additions here for fragrance. My favorites lately are Cypress and Wild Orange together. Peppermint and Lavender are great too!

If you can start with those three, you’ll be golden! I’ll come back (sooner than 90 days from now) and update the rest with what I do!

Hugs and other warm fuzzy stuff,

Erin

Non Toxic Cleaning

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Non Toxic Cleaning

Well, it’s been a while since my last blog post (about 4 years to be exact). I’ve had many people ask me about recipes for the below photo of all of my homemade cleaning products. A few months ago, I decided that I was done stressing about cleaning my house and I hired Flawless Cleaning Services to help me out. (Best decision ever, by the way) They loved the products and the house looked FABULOUS after they were done.

cleaning products

I have also committed to a non toxic lifestyle so I knew that I needed to have all of the cleaning supplies done for them. I was challenging myself a bit since I had not made some of the things before. It sounds overwhelming but it’s really not once you have a plan. Here’s how I did it:

What you’ll need:
Plastic or glass shakers- think an old Parmesan cheese container or the glass kind like what I have in the photo
An old squeeze bottle like a Dawn bottle or ketchup bottle
1-2 glass jars (I use 32 oz canning jars)
Spray bottles- glass is preferable
Baking soda
White vinegar
Borax
Dawn dishsoap
Citrus peels
Distilled water
Essential oils – Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
Optional- plastic tubs to put everything in.

Where to buy the stuff:
Aromatools.com is a GREAT resource for glass spray bottles. (Note that the spray nozzles are sold separately)
Amazon.com is where I got the shakers and the tubs. Oh, and the canning jars.
You can find plastic spray bottles at any store, really. The 2 I have here are from Target and the dollar store.
Costco has the best price for the white vinegar and the baking soda
I’ve found Borax at Target and Wal Mart
doTerra is the best brand for essential oils (http://www.mydoterra.com/erinhenlin) They have so many uses beyond just cleaning! I put lavender oil in my mascara and use others to treat various ailments. They are so powerful and non toxic! You can also find oils on Amazon, although I wouldn’t recommend these on your skin or internally.

Where to begin:
Make sure you’ve got space cleared in the kitchen and lots of bowls, and measuring spoons and cups available. This can get somewhat messy so don’t try to start this if you’ve got dishes waiting to be washed (I speak from experience here).ūüôā

I can’t take credit for all of this stuff so I’ll post all of the links to the recipes I used along with my comments about the instructions.
RECIPE #1- TUB AND TILE CLEANER
http://sherigraham.com/amazing-bathroom-cleaner-recipe
Ingredients and Supplies:
24 oz. sprayer bottle
12 oz. Dawn dishsoap-the blue kind
12 oz. white distilled vinegar

To Make:  Heat the vinegar until hot and place in sprayer bottle.  Add Dawn soap, put the lid on, and shake gently to mix.  (You just heat the vinegar to help the vinegar and Dawn mix when you are making this cleaner.  You do NOT have to heat it every time you use it!)

To Use: Spray on surface to be cleaned.  Allow to sit for a bit before gently scrubbing and rinsing.  Allow the cleaner to sit longer, maybe even overnight, on really tough soap scum and mineral deposit buildup.
My thoughts: SO AWESOME- GO MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. I have actually been using this one for a long time and it cleans like crazy. I’ve used it in the bathroom sink and in the toilets and it’s great. And easy. And cheap. What more could you want?!
RECIPE #2- CITRUS VINEGAR ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/diy-citrus-vinegar-cleaner/

Ingredients and Supplies:

Citrus peels

Glass jar

White vinegar

Spray bottle
Instructions:

Cut peel off of citrus fruit and place in glass jar.‚Ä® Cover with vinegar and allow to sit for two weeks.‚Ä® Remove peels and dilute vinegar 1:1 with water.‚Ä® Pour into spray bottle.‚Ä® Use as a cleaner for windows, glass, counters, and mopping floors.
My thoughts: Also awesome. I also have dropped some orange essential oil in this to counteract the vinegar smell. Cleans great and it’s CHEAP.

RECIPE #3 – LEMON SCENTED DUSTING SPRAY
http://www.pinkwhen.com/homemade-lemon-scented-dusting-spray/#_a5y_p=3177909

Ingredients and Supplies:
16 oz glass spray bottle
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)
10-15 drops Lemon essential oil

Instructions:
Once you have all of your ingredients together, just shake the bottle up really well and use.
My thoughts: My wood looked great when I got home and it sure smelled awesome in the bottle!
RECIPE #4 – CITRUS “SOFT SCRUB” CLEANSER
http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/make-your-own-natural-citrus-softscrub-for-your-sinks-tubs-and-toilets/

Ingredients and Supplies:
3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/2 cup water
25 drops lemon essential oil
40 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp. orange oil

Instructions:
Combine ingredients into a bowl until mixed together completely. Transfer to a recycled squeeze bottle (such as an old Dawn bottle or an old ketchup bottle). The easiest way to do this is to put the mixture into a Ziploc bag, cut a hole in one of the corners, and pipe it into the container like frosting.
Squirt onto your bathtub, toilet bowel, sinks, or in your showers and scrub away!
My thoughts: This stuff smells amazing! The oven and microwave were positively sparkling so it seems like it cleaned really well.

RECIPE #5 – HOMEMADE COMET
https://robinsonhomesweethome.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/homemade-comet-powdered-cleaning-product/
Ingredients and Supplies:
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Borax 
Drops of essential oil (completely optional, I used lavender, lemon and tea tree)
Large mixing bowl
A clean, empty plastic powdered parmesan cheese container or glass shaker
Instructions:
Dump the powders into a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. Sprinkle in several drops of whatever essential oils you enjoy or have on hand. I used about 5-10 drops each of lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil. (Tea tree oil also has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which aids in the cleaning powder of the product)
Mix with¬†spoon¬†again thoroughly, breaking up any clumps. Spoon into clean parmesan cheese container. Use it to clean like you would ‚ÄėComet‚Äô cleaner. Thats it!
My thoughts: The toilets look great and this stuff smells so good!

RECIPE #6 –¬†HOMEMADE¬†DEODORIZER (RUGS, MATTRESSES, ETC)
http://www.food.com/recipe/all-natural-carpet-deodorizer-320191

Ingredients and Supplies:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil

Instructions:
Mix ingredients with a fork until there are no lumps. Transfer to a shaker and sprinkle all over your carpets.
Let sit 30 minutes, then vacuum.
My thoughts: AWESOME! Smells great and works really, really well. You could also use tea tree oil for disinfecting.

Well, that’s it for now kids! This is a good start if you want to transition over to non toxic cleaning supplies. I have lots of other stuff that I’ve started making so I’ll post those recipes at some point too!

Love,
Erinūüôā

Hello world!

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Now you understand the title of the blog.¬† :-)¬† I have no idea what I’m going to write about¬†since I don’t have kids or any really exciting things happening in my life….¬†BUT I¬†wanted to feel cool and have a blog!¬† So we’ll see where this goes.¬† Could be mindless drivel but it could be good too!¬† Now, as long as the pressure to be witty and awesome doesn’t get to me, we can begin this blogging¬†journey…¬†ūüôā