Ask Kirk – Ants, Rice and All Things Nice

Since starting the blog I regularly get people asking me questions about natural alternatives to products they use, or about something they have read in the news that has worried them. I have had these stored up in my mind but have been side-tracked by slugs, plastic and the allotment. But now it is time to stop being self indulgent and I have created a regular blog slot called ‘Ask Kirk’ where I attempt to answer your questions.

Today I will be tackling the following conundrums: how to get rid of ants without resorting to chemicals; what is the deal with arsenic in rice; and is there a natural way to deal with oily hair.

So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the first ‘Ask Kirk’ blog post.

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Natural Beauty Products

I have not given much time to toiletry and beauty products so far in the blog which seems strange as this is one of the easiest ways that you can reduce your exposure to synthetic chemicals. It is also one of the first areas that I tried to tackle but due to the complexities of trying to decipher all of the chemical names it is also one that I am still trying to get to grips with.  I have already shared the first changes that I made in my posts on switching to natural deodorant and using coconut oil as a beauty product but there are a huge array of other products which we routinely use for our skincare, bathing and make-up and I wanted to share some of the simple philosophies which I now follow when choosing my products.

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Natural Deodorants – Product Review

Natural Deodorants

I have only tried two products so far which are made from natural ingredients or a mix of natural and safe synthetics but in response to my earlier post about switching to a natural deodorant I had several recommendations from readers so make sure you check those out as well.

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Coconut Oil as a Natural Beauty Product

Why Switch to Natural Beauty Products?

Have you ever stopped to think about what is in your everyday toiletry and beauty products and how they achieve all those wondrous things that we strive for? I have certainly tried more than my fair share of hair products to change my natural ‘dragged backwards through a hedge’ look.

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Natural Deodorant

This was my first step into the world of detoxifying my toiletries so it seemed fitting for this to be one of my first blog posts. I thought that changing to a natural deodorant would be simple as I was initially going for a straight product swap rather than trying to make my own deodorant. However, as with most things in life that are reported to be easy, this step has been one of the most challenging for me personally.

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