Cabinet Porn: A Look Into My Bathroom Cabinet
Your skin is your largest organ... I bet you've never heard that one before! No but really, we hear it all the time- but what does it mean? Every pore on your skin is like a tiny little portal into your body; not only is your skin alive, but it literally absorbs anything you put on it, and delivers it straight to your blood stream. Body care products tend to be forgotten when it comes to "going organic," because of a lack of awareness combined with the fact that organic body-care products tend to be significantly more expensive. But did you know many of the expensive brands are just as toxic?!
Are you Being Greenwashed?
You see, the health industry is a popular movement, and brands know it. Targeting health-conscious consumers is a marketing tactic, and more often than not the image these brands are just a wolf in sheep's clothing. They use words like "natural" and highlight ingredients like "avocado oil" and "shea butter" when the reality is they are full of petrochemicals, preservatives, neurotoxins, and other crap. And the cherry on the cake: these brands often charge a premium to poison you.
Aveda, Kiehl's, and Aveeno are three examples of brands that are masters of the greenwash: their brands are synonymous with high-quality, natural products- when in reality the ingredients used by all three companies are highly toxic and environmentally unfriendlyAF.
That advertisement to "Nourish Eyes Naturally" (centre picture above) is for this product:
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Ingredients:
Water, Shea Butter, Butylene Glycol, Tridecyl Stearate, Isodecyl Salicylate, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Avocado Oil, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium PCA, Ozokerite, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Palmitate, Copper PCA, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Zea Mays/Corn Oil, CI75130/Beta-Carotene.
Not so natural after all, are ya Kiehl's? (who btw is owned by L'Oreal, and still tests on animals).
10 MAJOR OFFENDERS
An easy way to know you can trust your hair/ body-care product is literally recognizing the ingredients, but it's not always that simple, because some of these products are crafted with things that look suspicious, but are really harmless. A good start is to ditch any product that contains these top 10 baddies:
1. Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES): a foaming agent used to break down water in grease, causes skin irritation, cataracts, and detrimental long term effects on the organs.
2. Petroleum/ Paraffin/ Mineral Oil: a petrochemical pollutant derived from crude oil, causes premature aging and skin disorders.
3. Formaldehyde: a carcinogen that hides in products under alias' such as quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), glyoxal and oxaldehyde.
4. Synthetic fragrances/ Parfum: another big offender- and this category is particularly nefarious because company's patented scents means that they don't have to release information regarding their formula, and a single "fragrance" could include up to 200 ingredients. Ditch any product that lists "fragrance" as an ingredient.
5. Parabens: these guys are possibly the most common offenders, and are found in almost every conventional personal care product; they mimic estrogen and wreak havoc on the endocrine system (read: PMS, hormone imbalances, auto-immune, infertility) and have been linked to cancer. Found on labels as isobutylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
6. Mercury (aka Thimerosal and Merthiolate): metallic compound used as a preservative which then gets stored in the brain (hello neurodegenerative disease).
7. Phalates: these plasticizing chemicals help contents stick to skin (like nail polish/ hairspray, but also in synthetic fragrances); linked to birth defects and damage to kidneys, lungs, and liver. Found on labels as BDP, DEHP, and DEP.
8. Hydroquinone: this skin lightening chemical prevents the production of melanin and is a linked to cancer, organ toxicity and skin irritation.
9. Propylene Glycol: the same ingredient found in anti-freeze, linked to organ damage and skin diseases.
10. Triclosan: this antibacterial product has been linked to anti-biotic resistance; by killing all the bad and the good bacteria, you wipe your body's natural micro biome, which is it's natural defence to viruses. You wan't to avoid anti-bacterial soap at all costs.
The Easy 3
Three easy healthy swaps (and completely non-negotiable) would be toothpaste, deodorant, and body cream. I say this because out of all the personal care, these three swaps won't even cost you more than the toxic stuff. Conventional toothpastes are full of neurotoxic chemicals, and the mouth absorbs these poisons through the porous skin inside your mouth (learn more HERE). Opt for a fluoride and SLS-free toothpaste, my favourite brand is listed below. Deodorant is another simple swap, and will have profound impact on your health; conventional deodorants (and worse: anti-perspirants) contain nasty stuff like aluminium, and often block the sweat glands completely (read: cancer). Natural deodorants are super common these days, but personally I like to use nothing, and occasionally a little essential oil; the body's natural odour is actually tell-tale sign about your overall state of health... but I'll save that rant for another time. And finally, body cream is another incredibly easy switch because you can just use an organic coconut oil, straight up. I use either an organic coconut oil, or a combination of organic shea butter and cacao butter for the colder months when the skin needs some extra TLC. Avoid using coconut oil directly on the face.
Invest Brands You Can Trust
Once you've made those easy swaps, it's time to start investing in products that are definitely more expensive- but worth every penny. Products that use 100% real, natural, high-quality ingredients do cost more, because the crude ingredients themselves cost more. Look at it as an investment in your Self, and your future wellbeing. With every decision you make regarding your personal care products, you are either working for or against your body. Toxic products literally create an immune response in the body- your body feels it is under attack by these unrecognizable chemicals... poisoned by your own hand. Auto-immunity is at an all time high, and without a doubt generated by our daily exposure to toxins and food-like-products. Every lotion, spray, and oil you put on your skin is information, what do you want to tell your Body? Using products made from truly natural and body-friendly ingredients not only puts your body at ease, but actually heals it too.
As mentioned above, an expensive brand does not mean the product itself is good for your health. Companies are riding the coat-tails of the health industry popularity, and using the image of health to sell you their products. Another company I feel the need to call out is Dove. Not only does Dove charge a premium for their animal-tested products, but they also use messages of body-positivity and female-empowerment to literally poison women. It fucking baffles me, how they are getting away with this? Their advertisements use women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and the irony that the same company trying to (allegedly) empower women is also poisoning them is just too much.
This is a powerful thing to remember when it comes to using really high quality, organic, natural hair and body products: you genuinely need less. Conventional petroleum-based products that are full of additives, preservatives, and artificial garbage require constant re-application because all the toxic crap actually dries out your skin/ creates more problems. When using high-quality oils etc, they don't just moisturize, they help heal the skin and actually do their job. Have you ever gotten caught in the chapstick trap? All it takes is one application of a toxic lip balm to know that you will be re-applying that thing about 20x a day for the next 6 months because instead of truly moisturizing and healing your dry lips, it just makes them worse. Trust-worthy brands are more expensive, but you need less product and you genuinely support your Body: it's a no-brainer.
Finding brands I genuinely trust and actually like has been an uphill battle... and I'm still on that journey. Going natural can be difficult at first because when you remove a lot of the toxic ingredients, you have to re-adjust your understanding of beauty care, especially with things like shampoo and conditioners. We get used to feeling our hair a certain way as we wash it... when really we're feeling the slippery goodness of formaldehyde and SLS. We are used to the smell of expensive perfumes and flowery body creams... when really we're taking one step closer to Parkinson's with every sniff. I say this very seriously: you are the gate keeper to your health, especially your health in older age. Make the decisions today to support your body tomorrow.
My Bathroom Cabinet
This is currently my bathroom cabinet, although I have made one swap recently (noted below). These are the brands I have vetted, and trust whole heartedly. These are the brands I value and feel confident in supporting, the brands I know are supporting my body, and my health in the future.
Living Libations is the King (or shall I say Queen) of natural body care products. Nadine Artemis, who is the absolute goddess behind the company, is truly the embodiment of natural living. She is Mother Earth, she lives and breathes her message- and every single product they make is not only of the absolute highest quality- but it holds Nadine's frequency. From face oils, to remineralizing tooth powders, yoni serums, essential oils, shampoo/ conditioner, dry brushes, copper tongue scrapers.. Living Libations is top of the line when it comes to body and oral care. Nadine has also written multiple books, including a Holistic Dental Care book, and more recently Renegade Beauty, a complete roadmap to natural radiance.
I use quite a few products from Living Libations, my favourites are the Frankincense Best Skin Ever face oil, the Sandalwood Best Skin Ever face oil, the RoseGlow Serum, the rosemary reset powder (for face masks), the DewDab (for any little skin irritations), and my newest addition of LL products are the nourishing lip balms (which I have swapped over from previously using Hurraw lip balms- pictured). I also use their organic bamboo face cloths, copper tongue scraper, and natural dental floss.
Nadine is a visionary, I highly recommend checking out her books, and also get to know her through one of the many podcasts she's done; once you see the intention behind this woman's work, you will understand why the company is such a force to be reckon with, and truly worth every penny.
Endoca is a new addition to my skincare routine. Their CBD (hemp based, with no THC aka zero "high") are a powerful healing tool for the skin. From sunburns, to really dry skin, to scrapes or cuts- their body butter and salve are true saviours. They heal scars, and are incredible for any skin disorder (like psoriasis, or eczema).
Code "becomingfullyhuman" will get you 5% off all Endoca CBD products. (They also ship internationally for free when you spend 100$).
Ameo Essential Oils
These guys are the real deal. People get heaps territorial about essential oils because most companies out there are network-marketing- so everyone becomes a salesman. I did my research thoroughly and have 0 to gain by recommending Ameo to you. The company is ethical, honest, top quality, and I genuinely believe Ameo essential oils are top of the line.
My favourites are Frankinsence (Boswellia frereana), Peppermint, Vetiver, True Lavender, and Muscle Rub.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure Castille Soap is the ultimate. Not only is the soap the purest out there, but the company itself is making waves in the world. Note that your body's micro biome is alive, which includes your skin. You shouldn't be vigorously washing every inch of your body with soap every day, more often than not simply rinsing with water is the most powerful thing you can do to help your body stay clean. When we over-soap, we wipe away the good bacteria that, aforementioned, is our body's natural defence mechanism to foreign pathogens.
I use two of Dr. Bronner's soaps, the baby unscented (pictured here) and also the tea tree soap. I like to use the tea tree at the gym, because gym's are absolutely foul and the tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial.
Note: use code "becomingfullyhuman" at Well.ca for 10$ off + free shipping, or get 5% off any purchase at iherb.com with the code DST929.
Feather Eagle Sky
I ordered basically the entire Feather Eagle Sky range when Chloe Parsons recommended the company over social media. I have a very similar complexion to Chloe, and really value her ethical stance on natural living. Feather Eagle Sky is run by a total powerhouse and inspiration Jessika Le Corre, and every product is made with so much care. I particularly like the luminous face scrub, the imortelle face mist (Helichrysum italicum), and the sun face protect.
Jade Yoni Egg
Jade eggs are an incredible way to connect with your divine feminine, strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and heal past trauma. Learn more about the profound healing powers of yoni eggs by clicking the link below.
- Jason Powersmile in Powerful Peppermint toothpaste: is the bomb. Aptly named, this toxic-free peppermint paste is powerful.
- Ionic toothbrush: I go back and forth between ionic tooth brushes and bamboo toothbrushes. To learn more about ionic brushing, check out the Living Libations website (link above).
- Menstrual cup: I will post more in-depth about menstrual cups very soon, but this JuJu cup is an Australian brand that I love, and since swapping over to the cup I have not bought sanitary products in over a year! Incredible for the planet, and the body. Note: conventional pads and tampons are toxic bombs; they're bleached and tainted with glyphosate (cotton is often genetically modified and full of toxins), you do not want to put such products in your most sensitive area. Go organic with your menstrual products, a good brand is Tom, but any organic, non-GMO, and bleach-free brand will do.
- Shampoo/ conditioner: I am really liking this Canadian brand Carina Organics, in unscented. They are so planet friendly that you can literally use them in a lake, completely biodegradable means body-friendy as well. Living Libations is also *prayer hands emoji*.
- Coconut oil & shea/ cacao butter: Not pictures are two big tubs of organic oils and body butters that live in the bathroom to moisturize the body. Just about every body cream out there is full of the top 10 baddies, and it really is so simple to reach for something pretty much every already has down in their pantry.
- Perfect Potion essential oil roll on: this little roll on "perfume" is a combination of 100% essential oils with jojoba as a carrier oil. It's the perfect substitution for perfume. These days I mostly opt out of any added scents, but occasionally will run a few drops of essential oils of this roll-on through my hair (my shampoo/ conditioner is unscented).
- Copper Tongue Scraper: this thing is worth its weight in gold (ok, technically not)... honestly- invest in a tongue scrapper. And by invest I mean spend $5 (HERE).
The products you use on your body reflects the relationship you have with your Self. What kind of experience are you giving your Body... are you there to support it? Divorce yourself from the idea that all personal care products are the same. Your body is a living, breathing Being, and your skin is alive- give it the love and respect it deserves.
Make sure you check out more of my favourite products page HERE.
Use code "BecomingFullyHuman" at Well.ca for $10 off your first order (min. $40) + free shipping
Use code 'DST929' anytime for a discount on all products ordered through iHerb.com
Code "becomingfullyhuman" will get you 5% off all Endoca CBD products. (They also ship internationally for free when you spend 100$).