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Starting a Natural Beauty Routine

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I was cleaning out my bathroom some time this summer and paused to read the back of a shampoo label. I was shocked to find a bunch of foreign, unpronounceable chemicals on the ingredients list. I did some more digging and found that most of my beauty products had dyes, parabens, chemicals and other just gross stuff.

I was using these products every day, and even using some in my mouth! I knew it was time to simplify my beauty routine.

Since then, I've been doing a ton of reading about sustainability and have been inspired to incorporate natural products into my every day life. Today I'm talking about my bathroom routine and how I've been making simple swaps to reduce my exposure to chemicals and simplify my life.

Tooth Paste

I tried a few alternatives to traditional toothpaste that just didn't give me the same...clean feeling. I was so happy to finally find Tom’s of Maine® Luminous White™ Toothpaste at Walmart. Natural beauty products are popping up all over the place, even at big stores like Walmart, making the switch to natural products is easier than ever.

I love Tom's of Maine not only for their natural products, but also because it's a company I feel good about supporting. It's easy to forget that we have a so much power as consumers and the buying is a way of supporting companies that align with your values. Tom's of Maine never uses artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives, but also doesn't test on animals.



The best part is you don't have to sacrifice quality for choosing a company you believe in. Tom's of Maine's Luminous White Toothpaste is safe for every day use and safe on enamel but it also feels like a traditional toothpaste.

Y'all, I tried brushing with just baking soda for a whole thirty seconds before calling it quits.

Their Luminous White line gives you whiter teeth in two weeks,* and is made of biodegradable or mineral-derived ingredients.

DIY Face & Body Wash

I switched to a DIY face wash using Castile soap, essential oils and olive oil and have loved the results. Knowing exactly what I'm putting on my face makes me feel good, plus my DIY version saves tons of money.

I use a mixture of 1/3 cup of Castile soap, 2/3 cups of boiled water, a tablespoon of olive oil (yout could also use jojoba, almond or other oils) and 10 drops of different essential oils. I use tea tree oil and lavender essential oils, but you can use whatever you like/have on hand.

I keep mine in a glass jar with a pump and wash my face in the shower, but it would probably do better in a foam pump jar. It soaps up really nicely even with a regular pump and has been so good to my skin.

Shampoo Bar

A shampoo bar was one of the first things I switched to when I started my natural beauty journey. I got mine from a specialty beauty shop and have gone through two bars so far. What I like about a shampoo bar is you don't have to keep bulky plastic bottles in your shower and they're super easy to travel with.

Mine smells like lemons and lathers up just as well as normal shampoo. I've also tried a conditioner bar, but haven't been as satisfied with the results. Let me know if y'all have any solutions you like in the comments below.

I think this particular bar is actually a men's fragrance, but I really liked it because it smelled clean. They can have a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it you're golden. 

To use, I wet my hair, then rub the bar directly into my scalp. They have a tendency to dissolve if they stay wet, so be sure to put them on a wire rack or dish when storing them. I store mine under the lid of this metal tin on my wire shower shelf.

Dry Shampoo

This swap couldn't be any easier. I use dry shampoo really often when Adrian and I have plans after my evening workout. Simply use corn starch in a spice shaker as a quick fix to freshen up your hair.

I shake it on my scalp and massage the powder into my roots. It not only freshens up my post-workout-really-need-a-shower-hair but it also gives me some serious volume.

I have a medium brown color hair, so the white blends in quickly for me. A friend of mine said this wouldn't work on her black hair. If you have really dark hair you could mix half corn starch and half coco powder so it's easier to blend in. I promise you won't smell like chocolate.

Makeup Remover

This is another super simple DIY that you probably already have all the ingredients for. I mixed two parts filtered or boiled water with one part olive oil to create a natural eye makeup remover. I keep mine in a easy to use spray bottle that's perfect for traveling.

To use, just give the bottle a shake and sprits a reusable cotton swab. Then wipe off your makeup like normal, easy as pie. I don't wear eye makeup super often, but I hate having raccoon eyes after I shower and my eyeliner runs. You could add essential oils to this if you had them too.


Deodorant

Another easy swap was to Tom's of Maine Natural Long Lasting Deodorant. I use the Lavender scent to match the smell of my DIY body wash. I have a stick at home and a stick at work, because let's face it I live in Texas and we only have two seasons: hot and hotter.

I love that it's in a traditional stick format instead of a jar or powder like some other natural deodorant options. I keep my nails pretty long and can't stand getting stuff gunked up under my nails for the sake of smelling nice.


Face & Body Lotion 

This is another natural beauty swap that is so easy I feel kinda silly sharing it. Instead of lotions or moisturizers for my face and body I use some unrefined, organic coconut oil. I've had this jar for about three months and have barely made a dent in it.

If my hair is looking a little dry I'll rub a pea sized amount into my ends after a shower. Coconut oil is so versatile, so if you plan on looking up other stuff to use it for better get ready for an afternoon on Pinterest.

Conclusion

Making the switch to natural beauty products is easier than ever and there are endless ideas to swap out the bad for good. I choose natural to simplify my routine and minimize my exposure to nasty chemicals. Choosing natural brands like Tom's of Maine means I can also feel good about supporting companies that align with my values.

What are some other natural swaps y'all have heard of? I think my next project is going to be cleaning supplies. Comment down below!

*by removing surface stains v.s regular fluoride toothpaste

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