It’s been 9 years since Joel and I started eating healthy and working toward a chemical-free life. The first three years of our marriage were spent blissfully unaware, for the most part, of anything toxic. Baby Zara, whose body was very much aware of all things toxic, decided to introduce us to just how much our lifestyle could affect our bodies, and that’s where it all began. She was a crash course in what not to eat, and that no matter how many claims Johnson & Johnson makes as to their “hypo-allergenic” baby wash, it was indeed, not truly hypo-allergenic.
Today, we’ve been able to wipe out almost all the chemicals in our house, which I feel is a huge accomplishment. We clean the house with vinegar, baking soda, and food safe alcohol (usually vodka) that we combine with essential oils to make our own multipurpose cleaners. My kids only use a few Honest Co. products, mainly shampoo, conditioner, and oil, because less is more. But you know what I have failed miserably at? Finding anything that works for my make-up. In these 9 years, I think between my sister and I, we have probably tried every type of “organic” and “natural” products out there… and each time I promptly went back to my high-end (toxic) makeup because, whatever else it was, it worked better and I liked it more. To make using it “less bad,” I tried to avoid wearing makeup when I was at home, but that wasn’t ideal because I still end up wearing it at least every other day.
Then we discover The Environmental Working Group, and they eventually released the EWG app (which I think everyone should have because it’s free and terribly enlightening.) Everything in my house was a 0-2 on their scale, which is good, and ALL my makeup was a 8-10….worst rating ever! Oh, and my favorite lipstick that I always said made my lips feel numb? It’s a topper at 10, no kidding!! I can’t say enough good things about the EWG and the work they do, look at their website and enter a few of your household or body care items just for “fun.” It’s completely addictive to find out the ingredients in products we usually don’t think twice about.
That leads me to the best discovery of 2015 thus far (thanks to my sister) my new foundation, aka skin tint, and lipstick. Huge sigh of relief to finally have a nontoxic option that I love using! When Lindsay told me about BeautyCounter, I basically shrugged them off, because I was afraid it would be just another failed attempt to find anything better than what I had. Being that Lindsay is actually an aesthetician, I should have given her more credit. I mean, she’s only been doing this whole make-up and skincare stuff for 10 years. But what are sisters for, if not for fact checking each other? And after my own lengthy research, then buying the products, and now using them for a few weeks – I’m so into them, and my lips aren’t numb anymore! (I feel so completely stupid for sticking with a product that caused that, but in my defense was a fabulous color! Vanity!)
For the next 48 hours, I’m hosting an online makeup party with BeautyCounter just because I’ve had so many people ask me about it since my sister started working with them. I 100% believe that they are some, if not the top, safest products on the market and all that can be double-checked by reading the ingredients of each product and using the EWG’s rating system to look into them yourself. (Plus I love supporting my sister’s cute family via this new venture, because it’s a worthy one at any rate, but a worthy one that allows a mom to stay at home with her kids? Thats a plus on top of a plus!) I just heard they are about to start carrying this line in both J. Crew & Goop, so you know that means they exceed well beyond average.
My last, and most chemically laden item we still use is super hold hairspray…which I’m hoping I will find a cleaner option soon that actually works, maybe BeautyCounter will fulfill my wish and release one this year?! I feel like that’s a big request though, because let’s be real, most healthy people probably don’t probably use hair spray at all. Maybe I should go for dreads?