I have been asked to do this post by a few readers now – so here it is: How I detoxed my beauty products:
I didn’t think too much about the chemicals hidden in my make-up until 2 years ago when my new boyfriend confronted me about it. That got me thinking… I then met a great woman who knew much more about it than me and what I learned scared me a bit!
So last year I detoxed my beauty products for the first time – and here is the result.
Hard to let go:
I will have to admit that detoxing my beauty products was really hard for me.
Here I had all these products that I had spent hours upon hours with – picking them out, playing with them, getting ready for parties with my girlfriends, dressing up for Halloween or using them to feel better about myself when I was down.
I am one of those people who assign memories to objects – and believe you me when I tell you that that makes it really hard to get rid of stuff!
On top of that I have been raised to not just throw things out because something new comes along.
So I had make-up in my collection that I bought back when I was 15-16 years old – even though I have thrown out and given A LOT of stuff away over the years.
Looking at all my make-up and beauty products I remembered buying them.
The powder I bought before going to Canada as an exchange student when I was 16.
I asked the sales woman to find one that would last at least a year and would fit my skin tone both in the summer and winter so I only had to bring one.
The eye shadow I had gotten from my mom when she wanted a new one. I had spent so many days looking at her when she applied that eye shadow, admiring how beautiful she was! (AND IS!)
The Chanel eye shadows I had saved up money to buy for so long! Goodness, I worked hard to get that one.
And so – when I realized that I couldn’t get myself to use it any more knowing what is in it all, I faced having to say goodbye to it all. And I plainly admit – it was really hard!
(Yes I hear how spoiled that might sound! Just telling it as it is!)
I was – and am – done smearing hormone disruptive chemicals all over my face. Why make myself look all doll’ed up if it ultimately is making my PCOS worse?
And so I let go!
Before and after:
I actually didn’t throw it all out or give it away just yet. I saved most of it in a bag on top of my closet – (It just felt wasteful to throw it out….) – and that came in handy for this post.
Because I wanted to show you a before & after photo of my beauty products so you can see that I didn’t just get rid of chemicals – I also got rid of a lot of clutter thanks to some natural products that can be used in several ways.
(You’ll have to excuse my laundry in the background and the whole set up… I need a photo box, really!)
So what do I have left and what replaced what?
(All oils mentioned below are organic!)
Let’s start in the shower:
- Shampoo and conditioner/hair masks:
Yup I had both before – in many different kinds.
They are not even in the before photo. I also had hair masks and pretty much anything that promised me a healthy hair…
Now I use the “Fairly Traded Honey” shampoo from lush, and then once a week I use coconut oil as a hair mask. My hair is soft and thick and lush!!!
I don’t suffer from the same amount of hair loss as before.
- Body wash:
I had used a few different kinds – some liquid others in bars.
Now I use the “It’s Raining Men” body wash from Lush.
This is not something that changed too much for me – now I just know what I am lathering on my skin.
I used to use my conditioner, but since that is gone I use coconut oil (and make sure to REALLY clean up after me) or I use my body wash… I depends on how much time I have.
Body, mouth, nails and hair:
- Body Lotion:
Before I had 5 different body lotions all promising me a youth full skin and to make my stretch marks go away.
Now I use almond oil or coconut oil and my skin is softer than ever and my stretch marks smaller!
(If I shave with coconut oil I don’t need to use any afterwards)
I had 12 different perfumes before – all with some sort of citrus or “fresh water” scent.
Now I use a bit of peppermint essential oil on my wrists if I feel like it. It also serves as a “pick me upper” when I am tired in the mornings.
It isn’t even in the before picture…. Hmm.
Well I have always been very sensitive to deodorants and really only had 2-3 kinds I could use without breaking out.
Now I use an organic deodorant with rosewater.
However – after I detoxed all of these beauty products I find that my sweat doesn’t smell bad as often as before; so actually I now have days where I go without for the first time since I was 4 years old and started smelling like teenage sweat.
- Nail polish:
I had 25 shades of nail polish before… I have none now.
I have found some chemical free nail polishes though and some day I might try them.
Not having any nail polish also mean that I don’t have a nail polish remover any more – or those wasteful cotton pads. All of that is gone!
- Tooth paste:
I just used the one recommended by all the dentists on tv before…
Now I either make my own with coconut oil and baking soda, or I use an organic fluoride free one.
- Mouth wash:
I hated this step before – it always left me in tears because of the taste.
I would use Listerine or Colgate.
Now I use coconut oil and I love it! My teeth feel so smooth and clean and I don’t get a bad taste in my mouth during the day.
- Hairspray, heat protection, “Leave in conditioner”:
I love doing my hair – and I wanted to take good care of it. So I used lots of products to protect my hair and lots of products to make it do what I wanted.
I still do my hair – now I just let it air dry so heat protection is a thing of the past. I use a bit of almond oil to catch the “fly aways” – and it even adds a bit of moisture at the same time.
For a messy look I use a saltwater spray I made myself.
- Make-up remover:
I had 2 different make-up removers before – wipes (not in photo) and liquid.
Now I use coconut oil on a wash cloth. Works wonders and is less wasteful! (Here is how)
- Face wash:
Oh boy – this was a big one before… Only 2 of them are in the picture. The rest have been thrown out.
I had all kinds of different products. Scrubs, toners, washes – you name it! Trouble is, I used it maybe once every 2-3 months. I hated it!
Now I use a mixture of almond oil and grape seed oil with a wash cloth and hot water. (Here is how)
It keeps my skin clean, soft, moisturized and reduces breakouts so fast. It actually feels so nice, that I do it almost every day now! Almost… I am not perfect (yet… 😉 )
I had one for my eye area and one for the face.
I have none now – the coconut oil I use to remove make-up takes care of the eye area, and the oil blend I use to clean my face takes care of the rest.
- Foundation, concealer and powder:
I am not the best to ask about substitutions here…
I had several of each before and I simply stopped using them..
I have never really liked the feeling of foundation all over my face.
I have bought a Lush foundation, but I must admit I don’t really like it so I use it as a eye shadow base now..
I would like to find a foundation for those special days when I would like my skin to look amazing.
So far I live without though, and that is fine.
I do have a bit of bronzer from Nilens Jord. I had it before as well so nothing new there.
- Eye shadow base:
As mentioned I now use my Lush foundation as a base for my eye shadows. Before I had a real fancy Estée Lauder one. Lush works better for me…
- Eye shadows:
Oh boy! I had 32 eye shadows in the before picture – most of them in small palettes with 4 colours – because I gave a lot away when I last moved. I have got to admit there was many more!
Now I have 2 palettes – 12 shades in total. I have one from Lotus Cosmetics and one from Nilens Jord and I love them! They are so pretty.
(I reviewed them right here on the blog: Lotus Cosmetics & Nilens Jord)
- Eye liner:
I had 7 eye liners before… 1 was brown. The rest was black! That is how imaginative I am.
Now I have 1 from Lavera- it is dark brown and made from bees-wax.
It is very creamy and nice to apply, but it doesn’t last as long as the conventional eye liners did. Maybe I will find a better one some day.
Not much happened here – I had one with chemicals; now I have one without! They were both black and pretty standard.
I would use a bit of lipstick before – but now I know better.
I have replaced it with a lip scrub, lip balm and lip taint from Lush.
That was it – all the replacements I have made so far.
I will keep replacing my beauty products with organic products and try to go for the most sustainable solutions when possible.
I hope this helped those readers who asked me to do the post and I also hope it can help the rest of you. <3
Thank you so much for reading along.
I would love to hear some of your tips on chemical free make-up and beauty products!
Or what you did with the stuff you got rid of? I am still debating on what to do.