Natural and Sustainable Self Care Products
Hello Calico and Twine blog readers! Today I wanted to chat about the importance of using natural, nontoxic, and sustainable self care products and share some of my favorites!
Did you know that it takes only 26 seconds for a chemical on our skin to be soaked into our bloodstream? Products made today contain many harmful toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, and hormone disrupting ingredients. We need to be mindful of not only what we put in our bodies but on our bodies as well.
It can seem overwhelming to make the switch to all natural and sustainable products, so we’ve put together a few simple places to start.
Conventional soap contains all kinds of nasty ingredients such as animal lard, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, parabens, and much more. Soap is kind of like bread. Back in the day, bread was simply flour, water, salt, and yeast. Now a days it’s 17+ cancerous ingredients wrapped in plastic. Like bread, soap has gone from being oil-based with few ingredients to bars of harsh chemicals with a long long list of ingredients. It’s best to part ways with conventional soap. (Don’t even get me started on the dangers of antibacterial soap!) Using a simple and organic oil-based soap for your body, hands, household chores and cleaning will help reduce toxin exposure in your everyday routines.
Our Castile soap is organic, only 3 ingredients, vegan, cruelty free, and locally made here in Ohio.
Similar to soap, moisturizers and lotions contain all kinds of nasty ingredients that are formulated to soak into your skin. Sneaky right? Synthetic fragrance is also a big issue in conventional lotions, and should be avoided at all costs.
Despite what the latest and greatest lotion company may make you think, moisturization can be found easily through simple, natural ingredients like coconut oil and butters like cocoa and shea.
In the summer, a lighter moisturizer like coconut oil works well, but in the winter, something heavier is needed to keep dry skin at bay. Our organic Cocoa Whipped Body Butter is absolutely amazing and a little goes a long way.
This stuff will rescue your skin during the winter. It’s organic, vegan, cruelty free, rainforest alliance certified, locally made in small batches here in Ohio, and worth every penny.
Did you know that the plastic toothbrushes we throw away will be around even after we are long gone? They can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, if they even do. A sustainable and natural alternative to plastic toothbrushes are bamboo toothbrushes.
We carry bamboo toothbrushes that are vegan (no boar hair in the bristles!), certified organic, and sustainably made. The packaging is also completely biodegradable and compostable.
Bamboo toothbrushes last just as long as plastic toothbrushes (dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months) so a 4 pack will give you a year supply!
And I must say, if aesthetics are as important to you as they are to me, you’ll understand why the minimal, natural style of a bamboo toothbrush is way more appealing than hot pink and lime green plastic ones! If not for the environment, do it for your aesthetic!
Conventional toothpaste such as Crest, Colgate, and even green-washed brands like Tom’s of Maine have toxins and chemicals in them that are harmful to your body and your teeth.
Sodium Fluoride is the active ingredient in insecticides and rat poison and is proven to be harmful to humans as well. Fluoride poisoning is not a conspiracy, it is a real life danger. Other dangers in our toothpaste include artificial dyes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (used in cleaning products & harmful to skin tissue and much more), and Triclosan (a cancerous pesticide) just to name a few.
Homemade toothpaste using coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils is a million times cheaper, cleans your teeth even better than the “leading brands” of toothpaste, and even prevents cavities!
Like we learned above, it only takes 26 seconds for something to absorb into your skin…so when we apply toxic chemicals on our heads through the form of hair products, they then seep into our brains. Not only that, but when we wash the shampoo or conditioner or hair product out of our hair, our entire body is then being exposed to those toxins as well. Some chemicals found in your shampoo and conditioner are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (also found in toothpaste), synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens (toxic, irritates the skin, affects hormonal balance), and a ton of other chemicals no one can pronounce. Read about 16 chemicals you want to avoid in shampoo and conditioner here.
Not only is regular shampoo bad for your health, but it's so damaging to your hair. It's constantly stripping it of it's natural oils which you need. I used to struggle so much with my hair health, even when I didn’t use a lot of heat. It constantly felt like hay and I was always getting split ends even shortly after trims. After switching to natural hair care and only washing my hair once or twice a week, the health of my hair has improved immensely. I even went an entire year without cutting it and didn’t see a split end once.
Our shampoo bars are organic, vegan, sustainably made, locally made here in Ohio, and come in plastic-free packaging. Shampoo bars are a great low-waste alternative to shampoo that comes in plastic containers with pumps that get sent to the landfill. Shampoo bars also last longer than liquid shampoos, so say hello to saving the planet and money!
Not only are shampoo bars eco-friendly, but they are gentle on your hair, giving it a good clean but not stripping it of it’s necessary oils.
A low-waste alternative to conditioner is a homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. In my experience, this rinse works better than any conditioner I’ve ever used. It softens my hair, removes tangles, all without leaving any build up or residue, and it’s 2-3 ingredients! You can add rosemary essential oil for extra hair health. Get the recipe for the Homemade ACV Rinse here!
Hair health is increased when it’s not washed everyday because it allows your hair to keep it’s natural oils. Sometimes you need a little boost in between washes, so dry shampoo comes in handy. Seriously, whoever invented this stuff is a genius! I’ve been using dry shampoo ever since it became a thing, but only switched to all natural dry shampoo within the last 2 years. Guess what? It works just as great! Even better actually!
Conventional dry shampoo contains tons of chemicals that should definitely not be sitting on your scalp all day. Our dry shampoo is organic, all natural, vegan, locally made here in Ohio, and comes in eco-friendly packaging. No aerosols!
We carry a dry shampoo for light hair and a dry shampoo for dark hair.
Antiperspirants are designed to stop your body from sweating, therefore it cannot release the toxins and bacteria that it needs to. Not only that, but when using antiperspirant you are applying toxic chemicals on your skin which go directly into your body without any filtering. Most forms of breast cancer develop in the area closest to the lymph nodes, the area exposed to antiperspirant. There have been carcinogens found in antiperspirant as well as pesticides, hormone disruptors and so much more. If you look at the back of your deodorant, you can't pronounce a thing. Although the antiperspirant part of deodorant is concerning, that’s not even considering the aluminum, synthetic fragrance, and other toxic chemicals found in conventional deodorant.
Deodorant is one of the number one products to buy all natural.
It took me years to find a natural kind that worked and didn’t actually make me smell worse, but I’ve finally found 2 brands that won’t let you down!
The combination of natural deodorant, a whole foods-rich diet, and wearing only natural fiber clothing (polyester makes you SMELL!) will keep you smelling fresh!
I hope this has been helpful for you, friends! What other products do you struggle with finding a natural alternative for? We want to stock our apothecary section with trustworthy brands and products to help make your natural and sustainable living journey a little simpler. Let us know down in the comments!