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Clean Living & Beauty 101 // by Olivia Hastie

Did you know that the American federal cosmetic regulations haven’t been updated since 1938? Sounds absolutely crazy, right? The United States is dragging behind over 40 Nations in the world that have banned many chemical ingredients that are still in majority of our products today. Many of these other nations have banned over 1,400 chemicals deemed unsafe and harmful for daily consumer use, while the USA has only banned nine.

 

According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing at least 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies. This means that there’s roughly 168 chemicals going into your bloodstream that haven’t been approved for consumer safety and are capable of causing all sorts of health issues such as digestive problems, skin issues, sensitivity, and even cancer. Not to mention the products that your kids, spouses, and family’s use.

 

I am so passionate about this topic. In my family and friends circle just this last year, there have been multiple instances of sudden cancer, severe digestive issues, auto-immune disorders, food reactions coming out of nowhere, and so much more… I can’t help but think, as I strive for ways  to protect my family and future children from such illnesses, that these poor chemical regulations must play a role in the sicknesses that so many people face these days.

 

I have spent the last year fully transitioning my life and home into a nontoxic, clean place. It’s been a lot of work, but I’ve grown to love the process so much. I’ve spent way too many hours researching, purchasing, and reviewing so many nontoxic household and beauty products. I hope today to share with you just a snippet of what I’ve learned, and maybe even help you begin your journey of nontoxic living and having the kind of healthy life that you dream of having. The following will include my favourite nontoxic household, bath, and beauty brands and products:

 

SHOWER

 

Acure

 

Probably my favourite clean brand I’ll talk about today. The reason I love Acure so much is that of course they’re quality nontoxic beauty and bath products that really do work, but also because they’re SO AFFORDABLE. This is one of their company promises – to provide organic, nontoxic products that everyone can afford. I love that they make the nontoxic lifestyle accessible to anyone, with any amount of income! Some of my favourites from Acure are their Mint Volume Shampoo, Argan & Pumpkin Oil Conditioner, Blue Tansy Face Oil, and their Rosemary & Peppermint Dry Shampoo.

 

Seaweed Bath Co.

 

Definitely my favorite nontoxic hair line so far. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love their Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner. These products are not quite as affordable as Acure, but definitely still very affordable!

 

Drunk Elephant

 

These skincare products are so spendy, but holy cow do they get the job done. It’s hard to believe that this brand is non-toxic when you use them! I’ve found very few skincare brands that I’ve loved more, but it’s definitely a splurge for me to get these ones. Some of my favorites are their C Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream and their D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops!  

 

HOME

 

Target has done a *phenomenal* job delivering quality, clean brands in response to all of the recent research about nontoxic products coming forward. It’s been so fun watching Target transform into a store when, as the consumer, the difference between the nontoxic products and the regular products are so accessible and easy to find.

 

Ever Spring at Target

 

Ever Spring is probably my current favorite nontoxic household cleaning brand. Every product gets the job done, has a nice, but not overwhelming scent, and it looks cute!

 

My favorite product is their All-Purpose Cleaning Spray in the Mandarin & Ginger scent. I accidentally sprayed my husband’s arm with the all-purpose cleaner the other day (sorry hubs), and we didn’t have to worry about his arm stinging from the chemicals, or even worry about him washing it off right away. For someone with kids, I can’t imagine how much peace of mind a brand like this could give you!

 

BEAUTY

 

Oh man, I could write a book on my experience purchasing and finding clean beauty. Over the last year I have spent so much time (and probably too much money) researching the best clean makeup brands, and I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been! Some of my favorites are as follows:

 

W3ll People

 

There has not been one product from this line that I haven’t absolutely fallen in love with. My personal favorite is their Expressionist Brow Gel, with a close second favorite being their Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer. I holistically plan to purchase every product they make, ever.

 

 

Pacifica

 

Pacifica products have been more of a hit-or-miss for me, but when it is a hit, it is a HIT. I love this brand because, 1. They’re so innovative, constantly creating new and unique products that are on top of the beauty trends and fun to use, 2. They’re from Seattle, where I live!

Some of my favourites from Pacific are their Alight Clean Foundation (huge shade range and full coverage), their Coconut Essence Hydro Mist, and their Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara.

 

 

I believe that, as Christians, it is our God-given job to take care of the temple that God has given us: our bodies. Your body is home to the Holy Spirit and a gift from God. I also believe that as a wife, it is my job to do everything in my power to keep my family safe from harmful chemicals and the illnesses caused by these chemicals.

 

My prayer for us all today is that we live an active life, not a passive one, committed to truly caring for our bodies as if they were truly the gift from God that they are.

 

Feel free to leave a comment with any questions, product questions, or thoughts you have on nontoxic living, and I’m happy to start a conversation with you!

 

 

Featured Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

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