Happy Saturday! Week is over, blew off a little steam with some friends last night – uncorked some (organic!) wine, put a fire on, ordered in some Italian food. (for Ottawa people, Fratellis does take-out!) All goood. Except, that my hub is gone hunting with all his brothers. Miss him already 😦
So, I have a new project: Project Natural. As I mentioned in earlier posts, am working on my health holistically. Have some hormone issues, a little adrenal burnout, you know, nothing that “y-o-g-a” can’t fix. 🙂 (which reminds me I must find a class to go to today – argggh)
I got thinking: we, as a society work so hard (we do, right?) to eat well, get enough of the good things we need to take care of our bodies, avoid (we do, right? :)) the things we shouldn’t have – so much is focused on what we put into our bodies. But what about what we put ON our bodies?
For the last 2 weeks I have been researching, googling, talking, debating, asking, uncovering as much data as I can about our every day products. I challenged myself to go all natural from head to toe.
Here’s the net of the net of it: it’s fairly easy (once the research is done). Loblaws now carries so much in their Natural section that I really didn’t have to go anywhere else – although I did (more below).
I share my list of all natural products with you and where I found them, in hopes that it may make it easier for anyone interested in this type of project (OK, maybe you don’t call this a ‘project’)
Laundry Detergent: Martha Stewart Clean (Loblaws)
(Note: this was my first product that I bought, I still didn’t understand all the chemicals and what they mean, so admittedly I bought it because of what it claimed on the label – I know, not good, but it did say, phosphate free and paraben free, so it made sense at the time. Now I know what chemical/ingredients to look for. Likely will not buy again due to the price. But I do love the pump – will reuse the bottle. Works well.)
Dishwasher liquid: again Martha Stewart (see above Note) (Loblaws)
Works well but likely won’t buy again due to price.
Dishsoap: Nature Clean (Loblaws)
Shampoo and Conditioner: http://www.giovanni.co.nz/products.htm (Loblaws)
I use the Golden Wheat Shampoo and the 50/50 Balanced Hair Moisturizer. Works great.
Body soap/wash: Nature Clean All Natural Body Wash – Orange and Seaweed (Loblaws).
Lathers great, nice smell, feel clean after using. All good here.
Facial Cleanser: Dessert Essence “Thoroughly Clean Face Wash” (Loblaws)
So far I love it – and I have cantankerous skin.
Moisturizer: Evan Healy Light Moisturizer (Rainbow Foods, Ottawa)
This product is new in the last 2 days. So far I like, but I’ll get back to you on what my skin thinks. Like the feel, it’s light and clean smelling with no chemical fragrance. Check out the website – feel good.
Acne treatment (yes, I have acne at 43!): Simply Natural Blemish Formula (Rainbow Foods, Ottawa)
My skin is LOVING this product. Use it at night, but I think you could use it in the day too. Love.
Makeup: Zuii Organic Makeup (Rainbow Foods, Ottawa)
Not sure about this product yet – only 2 days in, well actually only 1 (yesterday). It’s Saturday morning, no makeup yet (if at all). Good texture. Light but still gives nice even coverage.
Toothpaste: http://www.tomsofmaine.com/products (Rainbow Foods, but you can get this product at Loblaws. Warning – it’s gross!). Be careful here though, as some of their toothpastes do contain SLS, others don’t, so read the ingredients.
So that’s it my friends. Stay tuned for “Project Natural” Part 2 – this will be cleaning supplies. More on this another day.
In the meantime, here is a list of chemicals to watch out for in your products:
cleansers: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium myreth sulfate
petrochemicals: petrolatum, mineral oil, parrafin
preservatives: parabens (all of them), DMDM hydantoin
chemical sunscreens: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate
moisturizers: propylene glycol, butylene glycol, polyisbutene
Happy and healthy Saturday!!