As I continue to make the process in switching out items from my previous lifestyle (food, clothes, cleaning products, cosmetics, and personal care products) the search for what works for me with the least amount of toxins continues. Fitting these trials into my price range takes even more creative thinking, because if I spend more on shampoo and I don’t like how my hair looks when I use it, I need to use it until the entire bottle is gone. There’s not giving it away or splurging on another product. I can do as much research online as I want, but the truth is, until I buy a product and try it, I’ll never really know. Below are some current products I’m trying out, and so far am loving.
Although my roommate and I make our own deodorant, I found myself in a time crunch during a record-breaking heat-fest in August in the Midwest…deodorant-less. Instead of making a new batch, I bought something similar to try out. The product comes in a little blue jar, with a twistable top, which has made it easy for me to transport back and forth to my two residents throughout the week. Despite the moments it liquefies in 95 degree heat, it’s never leaked out, quickly solidifies after placing it in the refrigerator AND returned to its original texture of creaminess. Overall, I’ve been incredibly impressed with this product. It not only absorbs well into my skin, but leaves my pits smelling freshly pepperminty and lemony. One word of warning: If the product does melt, make sure to mix it before applying. I didn’t do this the first time, and, well, I found myself smelling pretttty bad. The cost? $14.00.
This week I ran out of shampoo and conditioner, and I wanted to try something new. I purchased the Harmonic Shampoo and Harmonic Conditioner. It’s free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, synthetic fragrances and phthalates. This also has a minty/lemony/fresh smell and so far I’m loving it. It doesn’t get super lathery, because it doesn’t have the toxic chemicals that creates soapy suds. My hair did feel clean, however, and I noticed it was a lot healthier looking, softer, and curled up a bit. The cost? $15.00.
This has perhaps been one of the trickiest items to find without all those nasty chemicals in it, and I’ve virtually stopped using it altogether, until I found this. I bought a travel size to try out to save money (and because I was incredibly skeptical it would work). I used this for the first time today, and so far my hair is holding well and doesn’t feel sticky or crunchy. It’s mostly a mix of essential oils and left a citrusy smell to my hair. I haven’t been outside long enough to know if it holds in extreme humidity or heat, but I look forward to updating you on that in the future. The cost? $12.
This was probably my favorite find this month. It being free might have helped a little:) This lip balm is made in the USA without GMOs and includes just 7 ingredients. I love how it nourishes my lips and makes them feel fresh without being sticky or drying them out. For every tube that’s purchased, the company gives $1 toward a smile-healing surgery for a child. The cost? $3.95
Ok, so I haven’t tried these yet, and it’s a clothing company, but I was so excited I wanted to share this with everyone. This company is based in India and makes pajamas. My favorite are the Lily Mini shorts. According to their site, the products are created in “after-care facilities for women who have been rescued, released or escaped from a life of forced prostitution.” The after-care facility is a holistic safe place where women gain medical treatment, emotional safety, education and basic tools to help them create a new way of living. The cost? $19.00
I’m on the hunt for perfume and eye shadow next (and always ethical clothing brands). What are your favorite clean personal-care products?
Images from: experiencelife.com, organicbeautytalk.com, goodthingsgreenthings.com and punjammies.com.
Casie Leigh Lukes is the editorial intern for Experience Life.