Living green is a very conscious decision. My family made the conscious decision for many different reasons however the two main reasons were for the environment and for our health. Yes it does require a bit more work however soon it becomes second nature and it is so worth it. Here are a few things we put into place and I gently challenge you to do the same to make the switch to green personal care items.
First Step when it comes to green personal care items
The first step is going completely organic and/or make your own magical products. We like to do both. If you are purchasing products check out the USDA’s site on what to look for on the label. Remember labels are the soul of a product. I tend to cater to products that are certified organic, Ecocert and USDA organic. However while I tend to lean towards products with these designations I also do my research into individual products. What do these designations mean?
- Certified Organic means a product or food produced without artificial chemicals and approved by the government
- Ecocert is a European certification identifying a genuine natural and organic product
- USDA Organic is a United States certification of natural and organic products and food.
When shopping it is extremely important to read labels in full for detailed product information. I also like to check the ingredients at EWG’s Skin Deep site. One of the best examples I can think of for going clean with personal care is the Johnson and Johnson talcum powder class action lawsuit. Little did women know their wanting to be powder fresh could lead to health challenges.
Second Step when it comes to green personal care items
The second step is getting creative and making your own products such as toothpaste, body butter, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and more. The options are endless and you do not have to sacrifice smells and/or product performance.
Toothpaste in the organic and natural form is really nice and simple. Here are two recipes that I enjoy making DIY Natural Homemade Toothpaste and Wellness Mama’s Natural Toothpaste. If you don’t have the time to make your own toothpaste but want an natural solution try Redmond’s Earthpaste.
Body Butter replaces your daily lotion. You can make it in a variety of different scents for a fraction of the cost of lotions and out of healthy items in your kitchen. My favorite body butter recipe is this Lavish Mint Chocolate Body Butter. It will nourish your skin and will smell fabulous while doing it. Of course you can tweak this recipe to your liking.
Body Scrubs are our family’s favorite way to rejuvenate the skin and gently scrub the dead skin away especially after a long cold winter. Below is a list of my favorite scrubs:
Deodorant is a necessity and long lasting natural deodorant is very possible. Try this recipe from Treehugger and feel free to get creative with the scents.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner are vital to your hair’s growth and vibrant look. The store bought non organic brands are loaded with chemicals and are extremely hard on your hair and scalp over time. Here are some natural homemade alternatives:
- DIY Natural Homemade Shampoo
- Organic Authority Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner
- Wellness Mama Homemade Shampoo
Skincare is vital as well to your daily wellness and natural organic skincare is the best. After all you cannot fight the benefits of natural. Here are some great go to resources.
Also don’t forget the basics such as these:
Soaps are tricky but can be fun as well. Here is a few places you might want to check out:
For more recipes check out my FREE ebook For the Love of DIY Beauty. It contains 10 of my favorite DIY recipes all in one easy and downloadable resource.