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.
Martin likes to collect things, squirrelling them away for many a year before finally finding a use for them. It used to drive me mad when we were renting houses and moving around a lot, especially the array of water sport,s and climbing gear that we never quite had enough room for.
Over the years this ‘collecting’ has extended to tools as well. We have never had much spare money so when it came to buying tools Martin would either buy them second hand or end up purchasing something cheap from the shop which inevitably wasn’t quite up to the job. Amongst these purchases were some very rusty tools, probably a rummaged prize from someone’s garage that I am sure I was very vocal about at the time. I guess after years of my complaining it was probably time for him to prove me wrong and to do it in style by using a natural cleaning recipe to give those rusty tools a new lease of life; don’t worry the irony hasn’t been lost on me!
When I was asked if I wanted to have a stall at the Nancledra Eco-Awareness Fayre I had no idea what to expect but I did know that I wanted to support the local children in their campaign to reduce plastics. My stall showcased a range of household items to help people see how they could reduce their plastic waste with minimal effort and cost.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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.