Clean Beauty

Two years ago I would of been the last person to spend money on clean beauty products, I’m seriously the cheapest human alive. Pass me a bar of Irish Spring and a bottle of Sauve and I’m good to go. However, when your toenails start falling off, your hands and feet are covered with blisters, the skin around your ankles looks like it belongs to a dragon, some sort of rash is coming out of your nose and spreading up your face, not to mention a whole host of other internal nightmares….you start to make some changes, no matter the cost. 

Several years ago a friend of mine told me about a clean beauty brand, 100% Pure and I wish I would have listened to her way before I did, but makeup was one of the last things I changed out. (you can read about other things I changed out here.) Being a stay at home mom sometimes it is hard for me to mentally justify the cost of items that I won’t use a lot. Items like cute outfits or jewelry that I won’t wear often because I’m mostly rolling around in the backyard with my two boys and don’t want to ruin something nice. For me, makeup and skin care in general, fall into this mental category of mine.

Eventually I did start to tackle switching out my makeup with clean beauty products but if I thought learning to read labels on food was hard, learning to read labels on products seemed even more difficult to me. Thankfully there are two awesome resources that helped take the guesswork out: EWGs, Healthy Living App and the Think Dirty App allow you to scan an item and then they breakdown all of the ingredients giving the product an overall health score. If you can’t find a product you are looking for on these two apps you can also look up each ingredient to see if it fits your clean beauty standards. Also, I know I sing Branch Basics praises a lot but their blog is a wealth of information on what products to avoid and WHY. I would encourage you to check out it out and educate yourself. 

One of the many reasons I love 100% Pure though because I don’t have to scan each of their products, because they meet my clean beauty standards. I wanted to share some of the products I use of theirs below. I know some of them are pricey, especially compared to drugstore products but they last an incredibly long time and they aren’t filled with toxins. 

I know this article I have focused on 100% Pure Brand but there are a lot of brands out there that meet the standards I am looking for in my skin and beauty care. Branch Basics actually just wrote a really awesome article on clean products they love, you can check it out here. I promise I won’t just write about different brands but since so many of y’all requested it I thought I should put it up sooner rather than later. I’ve got some ridiculous #boymom stories coming at you soon but until then, here is a Free Shipping link when you spend $50 or more on 100% Pure. Enjoy 🙂

How I Got “Healthy”

Post pregnancy kicked my tail, both times, but especially the second time. Long story short, post-pregnancy jump started a bunch of autoimmune diseases that took a while to figure out and diagnosis. All these strange health issues lead me down a path I didn’t see coming. When doctors couldn’t give me a solid answers or treatment plans, I started eliminating things in my life in hopes I could fix some of these unexpected health problems…basically I went full granola

My first course of action was to clean up my eating. Anything you could get rid of, I got rid of it. Sugars, gluten, eggs, preservatives, dairy…basically anything that was known to cause inflammation, GONE. I never ate perfectly but I feel like I did it really well for a long time, only because I was miserable and I needed to believe this would fix my issues. While there were countless things eating better did DO for me, it didn’t fix all my health issues. 

I realized I was only addressing part of the problem, so I buckled down and started to look at our whole house and lifestyle. It was time to not only eliminate the junk out of my diet but also the toxins in the products I was using. When I started to read about it, it felt extremely overwhelming so I took it one step at a time.

It felt most logical to eliminate anything that touched my body first, so I started from the top down, literally. (this is also the point where my husband thought I had officially lost my marbles:)) Below are the clean products are what we are currently using: 

Shampoo – 100% Pure 

Conditioner – 100% Pure 

Hair Frizz Oil – Straight Jojoba oil 

Face Wash – Beauty Counter Face Wash

Makeup – 100% Pure, Honeybee Organics, Juice Beauty 

Face Masks – 100% Pure

Face Serums – 100% Pure or make your own

Toothpaste – Toms 

Deodorant – Native or Jordan just recently started using Stink Bug

Body Soap – Dr. Bonners 

Laundry Detergent – Branch Basics

Household Cleaners – Branch Basics

Children Bath – Hellobello, Dr Bonners, Burts Bees 

Hand Soap – Branch Basics

Dish Liquid – Branch Basics

Dishwasher – 7th Generation 

Sunscreen – Badger or Babo Botanicals 

I know I left some products out and I am sure there things I haven’t even thought to switch out but wanted to share products that have been working for me soon rather than later. The more you learn the more you realize nothing is regulated and there is “bad” stuff in everything. I now find myself looking at the ingredients my yard company and pest control company use….I’ve started looking at the ingredients in clothing labels…WHO AM I … and what our mattress is made out of…… and what kind of chemicals are in our water even though it’s filtered…..I’m deep into the rabbit hole now friends and I don’t see myself coming back. I’ve gone full on granola