These days we are surrounded by chemicals. Did you know, the average woman puts over 500 chemicals on her body each day just in her personal care and cosmetic products? And, this is not just about women - men too, although the number of products is lower, the chemical count is still high. I don't know about you but I don't want to be swimming in a vat of chemicals. When tackling large projects like lowering toxins in the home, it can be overwhelming to try to do it all at once. I find it's much easier to break it down into manageable chunks and even that might need to be broken down into several steps to accomplish it all. So today, we'll look at our morning routine.
We do it every day. Get up, brush our teeth, take a shower and get ready for the day. When I looked at my routine, I was coming into contact with toothpaste that had fluoride in it (fluoride disrupts the activity of the thyroid - not good for someone with Hashimoto's), shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, lotion, face creams and the occasional bit of makeup. That is 9-10 products before 7am! Each of those had at least 10 ingredients I couldn't pronounce or that I discovered were not good for me to be exposing myself to day after day. So when I added it up - that was ~100 chemicals before I left the house!
So over time, I started swapping out those products for more natural based, zero chemical ones. Here is what I have done for my morning routine:
- In the kisser - I messed around with making my own tooth powders. Some of those concoctions were pretty icky. I finally settled on two purchased products that use natural clays and essentials oils. There are many products out there to choose from, I happen to use OraWellness brushing blend of oils which leaves my breath minty and fresh. I also will use Primal Life Organics Dirty Mouth tooth powder. This too is minty and refreshing, and the clays also help remove toxins that my body might be secreting through saliva. Double bonus!! And lest you are concerned with my dental checkups - since abandoning grains and sugar in my diet and switching to this dental routine, no cavities and some of my gum recession has gone away.
- In the shower (body) - I swapped shower gels for naturally made soaps. I actually get my soap from makers at our local farmers markets. But look for soaps made with saponified coconut or olive oils - or even tallow based soaps. I now use that soap also for shaving, so I'm also saving money by only using one product. If you need to buy soap, then I would recommend Tropical Traditions or Dr Bronner's soaps
- In the shower (hair) - So this one may take some experimenting for you. When you go natural, your water hardness plays a huge role in what works for you. Some people are able to go so far as to use only baking soda and apple cider vinegar (know as no-poo) as a replacement. Me, not so much. I have super fine hair and tried that system many times and could not make it work for me. So I finally settled on some natural hair care products from a company called Just Natural Hair Care. I use their Thicker Shampoo and Conditioner. My best advice here - try some new things and expect them to not work. Keep trying until you find something that does and you'll be delighted!
- Preventing the stink - Deodorants are something I will not go without. If I do, then I might as well change my name to Stinky Pete. I had to experiment with deodorants too - some of them caused rashes as I was transitioning away from my old-chemical-laden-standbys, and some didn't fight the stink. I love Primal Pit Paste! It smells great (all the scents are essential oil based) and they even have a formula without baking soda that my husband uses since baking soda gives him a rash every time.
- Avoiding lizard skin - My skin can get dry and practically scaly - it was way worse when I lived in Colorado, but even in California, I can get dry skin. So I use a lotion to help with that. For decades I used Skin Trip Coconut lotion, and over the years it slowly was polluted with chemicals as they changed the formula over time. I was sad to break up with my favorite lotion. Now, I make my lotion! Its very easy to do and I love the end result and the fact that I can change the scent using essential oils whenever I make a new batch. Some of my friends love this lotion too as its become a holiday gift on occasion. Next post will be the recipe that I use to make the lotion so you can see how easy it is.
What are your tips for reducing toxins in your morning routine? Do you have questions about particular substitutions? Leave a question or comment below, I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you like reading the blog, sign up for the Newsletter. I'll be posting newsletter only content each week.