J gives me a hard time for saying all the time that “I am really into [insert noun or verb] right now”. This is most definitely a family trait that my mom passed down to my sister and I. I would like to try and explain it without using the word “fad” because I hate the bandwagon implication, but unfortunately it can’t be done. My mom, sister and I fall in love with fads. They don’t have to be widely accepted by the general population, but they are unanimously accepted by the three of us. [I think there may be components of enabling and infectious enthusiasm involved].
Why, you ask, am I tell you about this right now? Well because I am really into something new. It started a few months ago when my mom introduced me to essential oils (EO). I could go on and on about these magical liquids, but I will save that for another time. What these EOs opened up my eyes to is the fact that what you put on your skin is so important because it gets absorbed into your body just as nutrients from food do. I think so much about what I put into my body, but I spend very little time thinking about what I put ON my skin (which, by the way, is the largest organ in the body).
I don’t know what your cabinets look like, but mine are laden with chemical spray for my counters, bright blue shampoo for my hair, face wash that bleaches my eyebrows, body wash with potent fragrance and on and on and on. It can be really overwhelming when you see all the possibility for change in your lifestyle so where do you start? I started with products I was running out of: Shampoo, body soap, sunscreen, hairspray and dish soap. This gave me the ability to completely replace instead of just doubling up on products that I haven’t completely finished, thereby not wasting money or precious shelf real estate. I anticipate this to be a slow process/journey of turnover as well as trial and error, but one that I can feel good about!
There are a two ways paths to follow when “cleaning up your act”: buy or DIY. I decided to go the DIY route first just to see how “crunchy” I could be. In the past few weeks I have put lemon, cucumber, honey, sugar, olive oil, castile soap, baking soda, EOs and clay on various parts of my body and countertops. Right now I do not feel I am in a place to give any tips or tricks, but I hope to refine my concoctions soon to share with you. If you are a little less DIY and a little more “just go buy”, I would suggest you check out the Environmental Working Group website. They give fabulous advice on quality, natural products from sunscreen to water filters. Not surprising, but Etsy also has some great natural products available if you are more into someone else cleaning up your act (kudos to Neely for pointing them out to me).
Way more to come on this topic as I explore more concoctions and try to refine my current ones! Just thought I would share this as a reminder to us all that what we let touch our skin is just as important as what we put in our mouths!