Cleaning Out Your Bathroom Cabinet
The idea of going “green” is one that applies to many aspects of our lives, each just as important as the next. Whether it’s the food we eat, the water we drink, or what we put on our body, it ultimately has an impact on our health. As we are collectively becoming more aware of this, we search for the products that are the safest, most effective, and most affordable. Frankly, it’s overwhelming and the process of cleaning up everything in your life can take months, or even years. I have spent the last 15 years experimenting with these products and so I thought I’d share my favourites with you:
- Deodorant - Deodorant is a difficult product to replace as all of the natural options don't include antiperspirant, which your body is most likely very used to. Antiperspirants typically include aluminum-based compounds as well as phthalates and parabens, acting by plugging sweat gland ducts, thus disabling your body’s ability to eliminate toxins through sweat. Natural alternatives act by using natural ingredients to essentially neutralize the sweat and keep your underarms dry. It’s not an easy transition, and it takes awhile to determine whether or not a deodorant is working for you. My favourite brand is Miessence, an Australia-based company that prides itself on its organic skincare, body care, and hair care line. Their “Ancient Spice” roll-on deodorant is so good that I order it by the dozen. Another great brand is the US based Native deodorant. If you prefer to support a more local brand, try out Routine’s line of deodorants. They are a Calgary-based sister act who get rave reviews on their diverse deodorant line. Bonus: you can order mini versions of their products to find the one that suits you best.
- Skincare - For many of us, especially as we enter our thirties and forties, it’s so important to have a skincare line that helps us to look and feel our best. Skincare is a billion-dollar industry, with lots of heavy hitters out there making promises about reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving elasticity, improving dark circles, and so on. The good news is that there are many great skincare companies providing those of us looking for something greener and cleaner with options. The company I have landed on is True Botanicals, based in Mill Valley, California. Their products are cruelty-free, vegan, nontoxic, handmade, and effective. They have four different lines for four different skin types (including one that is safe for pregnant women). Bonus: They ship to Canada for free (but you might get dinged on the duty). Another great, Canadian-based company is Eminence Organics, who emphasizes its sustainable farming practices and natural, organic, and cruelty-free products. My favourites include the Cucumber Eye Gel, the Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer and the Citrus Exfoliating Wash. Naturopathica and Tata Harper are also great skincare lines with amazingly effective products.
- Bodycare - I am an avid soap collector. I buy soaps with crystals, charcoal soap, and ALL the soap that Coaltown Goods sells. My favourite soap, however, is Homespun Soap, available at the Fernie Arts Coop. They are amazingly scented, beautifully cut and stamped, and individually wrapped. Bonus: Try the Ginger Detox Bath Salts. Amazing!
- Hydration - Simple is best, if a little messy. If your skin needs hydration as badly as mine does, especially during the winter months, get creative and make your own body oil. You can start with simply coconut oil, and add in other oils and butters to enhance different properties. You can add some essential oils if you like a bit of scent, or just keep its lovely natural scent.
- Toothpaste - If you are looking for a cleaner, more natural, and less sweet alternative to your standard toothpaste, look no further than Kiss My Face Triple Action Toothpaste, with or without fluoride. It’s the best, and I’ve tried all the toothpaste out there. It will leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean, and eventually you won’t be able to tolerate the sickly sweet flavour of your old toothpaste. I promise.
This is a simplified list of my favourite products, and of course I don’t mean to suggest that you make all of these changes all of once. All I’m saying is that when you work so hard to put good quality things into your body, it makes sense to treat the outside well too, and that doesn’t mean sacrificing quality or effectiveness.