My Clean Switch

Over the past year or so I’ve become increasingly more curious and interested in making the “clean switch” for all my personal care items. By “switch” I mean slowly replacing all my body care, haircare, and skincare with natural and clean alternatives. Of course at first this seemed daunting but I finally feel like I’ve made some good progress. I gave myself the rule of replacing things as they ran out- as to not be wasteful and also to save myself a lot of money. I have done a lot of research into each category and wanted to share my learnings! After a little digging, I found a few brands that I feel are both affordable and clean.

Natural Haircare

Our scalps are naturally super absorbent which means we could be absorbing toxins directly from our scalp into our bloodstream. Scary! Also, the runoff from our showers go into our drainage system and wastewater- which ultimately make their way into our rivers and oceans. For this reason, we should try to be extra aware of what ingredients are in our hair care products and how they could affect both our bodies and the environment.

Unlike traditional shampoos that can strip your hair and scalp, Act and Acre uses natural, cold-pressed ingredients that support your hair’s health- according to VOGUE, Act and Acre is “the first true hair-wellness line”. In lieu of shampoo, they have a sulfate-free Hair Cleanse that is designed to remove product build-up and pollution on the scalp. The Hair Conditioner delivers nutrients like Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Amaranth Oil, Rosemary, and Lavender. Bonus! their packaging is fully recyclable, and made locally in the USA.

Clean Beauty

Similar to hair products, up to 60% of everything you apply to your skin makes its way into your bloodstream. Putting makeup on our faces that contain toxins day after day certainly can’t be good for us. Not many of us can afford immediately tossing out everything and starting from scratch. Instead, try to replace the things you use the most- like your foundation or tinted moisturizer, concealer, and mascara.

Beauty Counter “believes that beauty should be good for you”. They take pride in their list of 1500 ingredients on their Never List, using the cleanest ingredients possible. RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Natural Fragrance

Many fragrances are made using synthetic chemicals which are known endocrine disruptors which could be harmful to your body. Try choosing fragrances that use natural essential oils for fragrance. Abel uses 100 % natural ingredients and they guarantee fair trade and sustainable farming practices. This is probably my favorite fragrance I’ve ever owned. It has an amazing peppery, smokey-sweet scent that stays all day- made with essential oils like bergamot oil, vetiver, and sandalwood.

Sustainable Spring Hair Accessories

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Spring weather always inspires me to introduce a little playfulness to my wardrobe. Accessories with a little pop of color add some effortless fun to your look without breaking the bank. 

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These sweet little scrunchies are made from upcycled fabric scraps by Millie and Lou. I love pairing these little guys with a simple white tee and jeans to add a pop of color to my look. 

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These beautiful hair clips are made with eco friendly acetate by Foe and Dear. The material originates from wood pulp and can be used as an alternative to resin or acrylic, which is harmful for the environment.

Makers Spotlight: Patriae

This light and airy store in Asbury Park is worth a visit. Patriae carries a mix of locally sourced, handmade home goods, vintage, and small designer brands. They specialize in creating beautiful handcrafted tote bags, runners, and wall hanging art from repurposed hemp and linen textiles.

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Babs, the owner of Patriae sources her handwoven hemp and linen textiles from her homeland in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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The textiles are a variety of worn grain sacks, sheets, and other historic items are re-purposed into functional pieces.

Woven between the early-19th and mid-20th centuries, these durable organic textiles are rich with individual stories of family-based village farming, indigenous heritage crafts, and traditional women’s work. 

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Each piece is handmade in-house and designed to highlight the character of each fabric, continuing in the tradition of local production, handcraft, and utilitarian design. 

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Here are her list of Stockists:

Griffin - Great Barrington, MA

Thirds - Austin, TX (Online) 

Principle 7 Design - Boerne, TX 

Freda - Marfa, TX & New Orleans, LA

Midland - Los Angeles, CA

Bow & Arrow - Sydney, AU

Sojourn Shop - traveling shop

Littleneck Outpost - Brooklyn, NY 

The Marquet - Brooklyn, NY

The Swell Life - Brooklyn, NY

Saraghina Bakery - Brooklyn, NY

Patriae - Asbury Park, NJ

Sweet Joey's - Asbury Park, NJ

Westwind Orchard - Accord, NY

Guide to Intentional Giving

Shopping for yourself is easy. Giving intentional, conscious gifts is a lot trickier. I personally try to think of thoughtful and meaningful gifts for loved ones that will make them feel valued and appreciated. A great way to give intentionally this year is by choosing to support a brand that stands for something- whether it’s artisan-made, sustainable, upcycled, organic, or made in the USA. I’ve included a few pieces that I think will make thoughtful, intentional gifts!

Artisan Made

A lovely simple gift that adds a lot to the table. This elegant recycled glassware doubles as cocktail or wine glasses—handmade in collaboration with Moroccan artisans.

Organic Hand Cream

This earthy organic hand cream is a luxurious and practical gift for the winter season. With top notes of marjoram, mid notes of palmarosa & rosemary and base notes of vetiver & lavender. Made of plants, grasses and seaweed.

Austin Austin’s bottles are made from 100% recycled material and their boxes are made from FSC accredited sustainably managed forests. All of their packaging is recyclable.

Made in the USA

A well-made notebook is a simple, thoughtful gift for that one person who is hard to buy gifts for. Appointed Co creates handcrafted notebooks in several beautiful colors, made in the US with sustainably sourced materials.

100% Pure Natural Essential Oils

These soothing winter scents create perfect cozy gifts for the holidays. Siblings Sara and Sean created Vitruvi as a collection of 100% natural essential oils that would help promote mindfulness and natural selfcare practices.

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

Eco-chic kitchen tools and stainless steel reusable straws make ideal stocking stuffers! This Dish Brush has fully compostable brush heads which can be replaced.

Upcycled Jewelry

CLED creates upcycled handcrafted jewelry using sustainable, cruelty-free and discarded materials. CLED uses beautiful recycled, biodegradable packaging printed with environmentally friendly inks— perfect for gift giving!

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Upcycled Jewelry

These subtle statement earrings are sterling silver, hand-crafted glass repurposed and upcycled from discarded glass bottles.

Clean Beauty and Recipes

Written by founders of CAP Beauty, 100% plant based and gluten free recipes and rituals for a life of radical health and self-care. A great coffee table book for a health-conscious foodie friend!

Non-Toxic Beauty

J.Hannah’s beautiful non-toxic nail colors come in several muted shades that are a guarantee hit for your neutral-loving friend or family member. All J.Hannah polishes are seven-free, highly-pigmented, cruelty-free and made in the USA.

Upcycled Silk Scrunchie

The Scrunchie is back! A Silk scrunchie is such a fun statement piece- a perfect little gift for a sister or girlfriend. Winden’s 100% Upcycled Silk Scrunchie is created entirely from the premium, naturally dyed textile remnants left over from Miranda Bennett Studio.

Made in the USA Beanie

James Street Co is a small batch knitwear brand based out of Utah that makes beautiful knitwear sets for children and adults and the most adorable beanies. The Adult Port Beanie is 100% soft merino wool ethically made in LA. The Burnt Sienna Beanie makes a thoughtful gift with the perfect pop of color for the holidays.