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Back HERE, we shared about how JP and I are beginning to transition to living a more simple life and really, into minimalism.  We've also written about how we've wanted to switch to all natural body care products due to some of my severe health issues so I thought I'd share some of the progress we've made thus far. I read somewhere that it takes only 26 seconds for chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream and it makes me so happy to know that I am no longer exposing myself to any toxic chemicals. We have enough chemicals in our foods, our water, the air we breathe, but I digress. If you have any suggestions for natural/chemical free products, I'd love to hear from you. We don't have it all figured out, but we're learning!


My naturopathic physician suggested DR. BRONNER'S PURE CASTILE SOAP with heavy dilution. She says she uses it to wash her hair, body, face, hands, and it also works great as an all-purpose cleaner for dishes, laundry, floors, toilets, etc. Even the dog can be bathed using it! Talk about a space saver in your cleaning products! The cashier at Natural Grocers suggested that we use LIFE-FLO'S FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL in conjunction with the soap as a skin moisturizer.


DR. BRONNER'S PURE CASTILE SOAP (dilute, dilute, dilute!)


We're still using the Dove White Bar Soap for sensitive skin and I just can't justify spending $5+ on one of Dr. Bronner's bar soaps. We love soaps from the BEND SOAP COMPANY, but they are just too expensive. At some point we may just stop using bar soap all together, but we haven't quite made the change yet.


TOM'S OF MAINE. At first, I was hesitant about using an organic "unknown" so to speak, toothpaste, but when I heard that in 1995 Tom's became the first natural toothpaste to win the approval of the American Dental Association, my fears were diffused. It is very reasonably priced and works. I'm sold.


Right now we're using standard plastic ones given to us by our dentist but we're interested in going to bamboo. Any suggestions? I've found THIS one online, does anyone have any experience with something similar? Do the bristles feel much different than the ones on the plastic brushes? Do they work any better? Do they last any longer?


Randomly I found a company here in the states called SOAP REVOLT NATURALS on ETSY while I was searching for something else entirely and came across their ALL NATURAL DEODORANT.  The ingredients were simple so I thought I'd take a chance and try it out. I find that it actually smells very nice, seems to work pretty well initially, but I do need to apply it about three times a day (once in the morning, at lunchtime, and then right before karate). For some, you may not need to use quite so much but I do sweat a lot. I have hormonal issues, what can I say. It feels very clean on my skin and I've even thought about trying to make it myself. On Pinterest I have found a DIY ZERO WASTE DEODORANT from TRASH IS FOR TOSSERS so I might try that one first. I've also tried TOM'S OF MAINE but it felt greasy on my skin and it didn't work very well at all. I think it lasted less than an hour and I wanted to reapply.


Ok, so technically I'm still using regular shaving cream, I believe the company is Skintimate, but as soon as it runs out I will be using the body wash I wrote about up above. There is just something about throwing away a perfectly good product that rubs me the wrong way. Once it's used up, I simply won't replace it.


Organic Coconut Oil. It helps to lock in moisture and makes my skin silky smooth. Seriously, I highly recommend it! My massage therapist says she uses it with her clients and suggests it for daily use.


The only make-up I use is from MAC but I want to look into all natural mineral make up. I wear it so rarely, that to me this is not really a priority at the moment. For example, I probably wear make-up once a month, if that. Sometimes I can go for a few months before I put it on. It is really for special occasions.


As recent as last week, I just purchased a handmade green sandalwood wooden comb from Anself (on Amazon) and I can't wait to try it out! It should arrive sometime next week.

Click HERE for the Dr. Bronner's Cheat Sheet for Dilutions. Click HERE for a printable. If you have any suggestions for all-natural/chemical free personal care products, please leave a comment below. Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear what works and what doesn't for you!


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