• Switching to an Eco-Friendly Safety Razor
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to a Safety Razor

    In the last few months, I’ve been gradually switching to more natural household products. My main motivation was health: I wanted to see if I could reduce my toxic load and heal my chronic fatigue. But I was also interested in developing a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So I decided to try out a safety razor. Safety razors are a zero-waste alternative to plastic razors. They’re usually made of stainless steel and contain a thin blade that can be changed out and recycled. Basically, it’s your great-grandpa’s razor. But better.   The Benefits of Safety Razors Safety razors are a little trendy right now. Hipsters and bloggers love to gush about…

  • Switching to Natural Toothpaste
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Toothpaste

    For most of my life, I never thought about my toothpaste. I brushed my teeth, spit it out, and assumed it would work. Even when I started switching to natural products, toothpaste wasn’t on my shortlist. A strict dental hygienist had instilled a deep fear of cavities in me as a child, and I was afraid that natural toothpaste might not work as well. But as other natural products proved highly effective (and often better than their counterparts), I finally decided to give it a shot.   What’s In Your Toothpaste? First, I started researching common toothpaste ingredients. I mostly wanted to know if they were necessary, but I discovered…

  • Switching to Natural Skincare
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic Fatigue, I knew I needed to find some good natural skincare products. Here are the ingredients I stopped using and the “holy grail” products I’ve found along the way.   Ingredients to Avoid A lot of skincare products work, but contain ingredients that aren’t actually good for your skin or…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on their bottles to make us think we’re using a natural product, but in reality, many shampoos contain harsh cleansers and questionable chemicals. Here’s some common ingredients you might want to think twice about: Sulfates Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is a cheap detergent. While sulfates aren’t toxic to…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue. As I lay in my sickbed, I started reading everything I could get my hands on about getting healthy. Over and over, I came across people who’d switched to natural products and saw a difference in their health. So I decided to give it a try. When I first started…