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.