The Easiest Way to Ditch Toxic Bathroom Products
I have finally discovered the EASIEST way to ditch toxic bathroom products for y’all! I have been on a toxin-free journey for the last year, and I have made so much progress. It’s a journey, but I cannot stress to you how important it is to ditch the chemicals and go toxin-free in your home as much as possible. It can be so overwhelming to overhaul everything that you use, but I’m going to break it down for you so that it’s easier and to give you peace of mind 😉
Why You Need to Ditch the Chemicals
Did you know that women apply around 300 chemicals to their bodies every day and typically 100 of those chemicals are before we even eat breakfast? One of the biggest offenders is FRAGRANCE, which is in everything. Fragrance alone can include up to 12,000 chemicals that manufacturers don’t have to disclose because it is proprietary. So, just because you don’t see a certain chemical under ingredients it could still be in there and more than likely it is…just under the guise of fragrance. These ingredients are a “trade secret” and government protected so good luck truly figuring out what your applying to your body over and over again. Fragrance is full of endocrine disruptors. You may have heard that term before, but let me explain to you what that actually does to your body. Endocrine disruptors mutate our DNA and can affect the following: mood, metabolism, sexual development, reproduction, obesity, more insulin, sex hormone disruption, linked to infertility, birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer, etc. If you’re reading this you probably see some symptoms you can identify with, I know I sure did, which is exactly what started my deeper health journey.
Beware of Greenwashing
Before I started digging into ingredients, I was fooled MANY times by products that were guilty of greenwashing. What is greenwashing you ask? Greenwashing is when companies come up with cool marketing ads and labels to make you think they are more natural or greener than they actually are…don’t be fooled! Do you own anything that says non-toxic? Did you know non-toxic is an unregulated term?! It has no legal definition when used on a product label. “Green” and non-toxic household cleaners often contain potentially dangerous chemicals. The other term that gets me going is “Natural.” That means jack-squat once you read the ingredients and fragrance is listed.
My Toxin-Free Solution
We are the gatekeepers of our homes and what we put on our bodies and in our mouths. We have the power to make decisions and feel empowered about our growing knowledge. I am a busy mom of 3 kids, and I do not have the time to read every label and ingredient at Target, Publix or Whole Foods. I’d rather save that time binging Netflix 😉 The answer for me was finding one company that I can buy all of this from. A company I know that makes a great product and looks out for the environment at the same time. I buy 95% of my body products from Young Living, and I could never imagine going back to my old ways. It saves me time and peace of mind knowing that they are helping my family, not slowly hurting them. Remember, using a toxic body wash probably isn’t going to give you cancer over night..but nobody has ever done testing on the chemicals in your toxic body wash mixed with the chemicals in your shampoo mixed with your face cream and toothpaste x 35 years of daily usage. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and whatever you apply to it is absorbed into your blood stream within about 30 seconds. Over years and years of doing this chemical cocktail can leave you with some of the nasty symptoms and issues mentioned above.
How to Get Your Young Living Products
The cheapest way to ditch and switch is by becoming a member of Young Living…no monthly fees or requirements I promise! When you say YES to a toxic- free lifestyle and purchase a kit, you automatically become a member and you get 24% off everything (see I’m saving you money;) You’re already spending money on these products at Target or Amazon, etc. so switch that budget to Young Living, I promise you’ll want to give me a hug the next time I see you. There are 2 kits that I recommend 1.) TheThieves Kit $160 (value $300) or 2.) The Basic Kit ($35 value).
- Stress Away™ 5-ml
- AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
- Thieves® Hand Sanitizer 1-oz. sample
- Thieves Mints
- 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
- Essential Oils at a Glance
- Discover Your Young Living Lifestyle booklet
- Thieves 15-ml
- Thieves AromaBright™ Toothpaste
- Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
- 2 Thieves Cleaner
- 2 Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
- 2 Thieves Spray
- 2 Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
- Stress Away™ 5-ml
- AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
- Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
- 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
- 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
- Product Guide and Product Price List
- Essential Oil Magazine
Personal Care Products to Switch for Adults
toothpaste / dental floss / mouthwash / throat lozenges / breath mints / deodorant / bath & shower gel / bar soap / liquid hand soap / body lotion / sports gel / shave oil / shaving cream / massage oil / hand purifier / shampoo and conditioner / hair growth products / hair oil / men’s body wash / bath bomb / perfume / cologne
Personal Care Products to Switch for Kids
fluoride-free toothpaste / diaper cream / shampoo / conditioner/ body wash / lotion / baby lotion / baby oil / baby wash / baby wipes / linen spray / diaper rash cream
The Young Living Products that I use:
Lavender Shampoo (this lathers, the Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo does not) / Lavender Mint Daily Conditioner / Dragon Time Bath & Shower Gel / Shut-in (3 in 1 Men’s Wash) / Thieves toothpaste / Sensation Massage Oil / Thieves Dental Floss / Thieves throat lozenges / Thieves Mouthwash / Cinnafresh Deoderant (I was using Kopari when this was shot) / Lavender Hand and Body Lotion / Lavender bath bombs / Thieves hand purifier/ Shutran Shave Cream / Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream / Kidscents Body Wash / Seedlings Baby Wipes (perfect for toxin free dryer sheets too) / Seedlings Linen Spray / Seedlings Tender Tush (just in case)
As I mentioned earlier, I use about 95% of Young Living, there are a few products that I use from Beautycounter which are the kids shampoo and conditioner. The majority of the time though, I use on my kids what I use on myself because they are in my shower anyways. I linked my friend Lindsay’s beauty counter shop, so if you buy anything she can help you out.
How to Earn Free Product
The smartest way to ditch and switch is with the program Young Living offers called ‘Essential Rewards.’ You can opt into this monthly program to save money and earn free product each month. Here is the rundown of why this program will knock your socks off.
Benefits of Essential Rewards:
- It’s FREE to join
- Customize a monthly box every month according to your needs.
- Earn 10% back in store credit months 1-3, then it moves up to 20%. I get about 1/4 of my monthly product for free with this program.
- Cheaper and faster shipping.
- Earn Free Product (they change their promos every month)
- Cancel any time.
Coming up next I will have my Ditch and Switch Beauty post talking about ALL things face creams/serums and makeup! In case you missed it, I did a ditch and switch cleaning post so make sure you check that out – Chemical Free Living Part 1 – Household Cleaner.
Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.