June 23, 2018
I first heard of the word “chemical free” from my friend Kerri. She was always posting on her Instagram about her chemical free lifestyle and why she chose it. It really intrigued me. I noticed that a lot of products I was using on Lane were chemical free and safe for his newborn skin. I would see words like “paraben and dye free” on his products but not on my products. Why was I taking such good care of Lane and his skin/body but not my own? Why was I doing hours of research on safe baby products but not doing research on my own products? And so my journey to a chemical free lifestyle began! I know it can be overwhelming, all the information and so many different products out there, so I wanted to give you 5 easy steps to starting your chemical free life and then I give a list of products I love and use daily!
1. Do your research. I have had so many people ask my why I went chemical free. And I can sit here and type a whole long story for days with ALL the reasons, BUT ultimately, you need to feel good about your products you are buying. At the end of the day, what information and facts are you basing your lifestyle off of? I used the app “Think Dirty” to help me decide which products were clean and dirty.
Here are a few articles that really drove it home for me:
** The average woman puts 80 chemicals on her body before leaving for work in the morning and 300 in one day! WOOAHHHH
2. Get the support of your husband/family/roommates. If you truly want to create a chemical free home, you need the people who are living with you and who are around you to be on board (or at least supportive). When I first decided I was going to going chemical free, I told Michael about it. He was skeptical of course. But he knew that I had our family’s best interest at heart so he jumped on board. I told him I would most likely be switching out ALL of our products (eventually) including things he uses and he gladly said he would try it. It allowed me to feel free to truly make our home chemical free. I felt the freedom to change out our dish soap without him judging me. I was able to buy him new shampoo/body wash knowing he would at least try it. He’s been such a wonderful supporter and I think that’s a huge part of why going chemical free has been so enjoyable.
3. Start slow. It can be really overwhelming at first when you go through and realized how MANY products have chemicals in it. So start slow. Pick one or two products a month. I started with the cheaper products like hand/dish soap and deodorants. My husband made a (small) budget for me to spend every month on new products. I always heard that you spend your money on the things you value. So if I was going to value a chemical free lifestyle, I knew it would cost some $$$. But over a period of time, that money can be spread out and eventually all my products would be replaced! The best feeling in the world was when I would get a new product and throw away the dirty chemical filled products! It was so refreshing to know I was saying “bye” to chemicals!
4. Try different products. You may not find the perfect product for you on the first try. I tried 5 different deodorants before I found the one I loved (I landed with Native Deodorant. Link below). It’s a trial and error process. Be patient!
5. Find a community. My dear friend Kerri introduced me to Young Living Products and a chemical free lifestyle. She added me to a few groups on Facebook and she has been there with me every step of the way. She tells me her favorite products and sends me some samples. SHE’S AWESOME! It truly is refreshing to know that I have a friend who is passionate about this with me! Here is a quote from Kerri when I asked her why she went chemical free and how her life has changed from it:
“When I was going through lots of ups and downs with my hormones I wanted to know more about the why behind what was happening. I read one book that really changed things for me, called Women Code. It was then when I learned the harmful affect that the chemicals in the products I was using at the time were having on my endocrine system. Since then, I made it a point to look into all the products I was using on my body and started to make the switches slowly! Now, I am thankful knowing that everything I use is never going to harm me and when it comes time for me to have babies I will feel safe welcoming them into a toxic free home.”
Find a few friends who can walk with you through this and you guys can test products out together. It’s actually kinda fun!
My Favorite products: