My passion as a coach and a writer is to empower as many of my fellow mamas to find more joy and create Happy, Hot & Healthy lives. Creating that kind of life encompasses SO many things, from mindset, to how we care for and express ourselves, to the clothes we wear, the products we use and the foods we eat.
I’m always experimenting and trying new things to see what inspires me, and what makes me feel and look my best. So in the spirit of that, I’ve decided to dedicate one post a month (we’ll see how it goes) to sharing some things I love that I hope will make your life better. It might be a book, or a product, or a recipe. It might be a website, podcast, or other resource I think you should know about. Whatever it is, I promise I’ll be the guinea pig! I’ll only share things that have added value in my own life before I tell you about it!
So, without further adieu…
After being diagnosed with adrenal issues a couple of years ago, I learned that our bodies experience stress in many different ways. We’re all familiar with the typical feeling of stress when we’re overwhelmed or have a lot on our plates, but our bodies are also under constant stress from toxins in our environment, food supply, and household and beauty products.
There are definitely some favorites I haven’t been willing to part with (hello, mani/pedis!) but I’ve tried and tested several natural, nontoxic health and beauty products and found a few that made switching totally worth it!
Hello Toothpaste: Believe it or not, I found this at my regular grocery store–no trip to Whole Foods required! The thing I love about it is that it has no artificial sweeteners, no dyes, no preservatives, and it doesn’t have that weird taste like some of the other natural brands I’ve tried. They have several different kinds of toothpaste in their product line up–whitening, no fluoride, and a kids’ toothpaste, to name a few. I have some cold sensitivity, so I like the sensitivity relief, which has coconut oil and aloe.
Biolage RAW Shampoo & Conditioner: This new line from Biolage was recommended to me by my hair stylist who had been using it for a week or so. She said it made her hair feel super soft, and didn’t leave a dull build-up that some shampoos do. 70-100% of the ingredients in this line are of natural origin–things like coconut oil, honey, quinoa husk, and kaolin clay. I’ve been using it for about a month, and my hair feels so much softer (I use the Nourish line because I get balayage, and the highlighting can leave my ends feeling pretty dead). I love that even though it’s free of sulphates, it lathers up really well, and a little goes a long way. Bonus points because it smells like a tropical island, and I can pretend I’m on vacation while I wash my hair!
Primally Pure Deodorant: I am so excited about this one! I’ve tried a ton of natural deodorants, and this is one is by far the best! It has 100% TRULY natural ingredients (Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Tallow from Grass-Fed Cows, Baking Soda, Organic Beeswax, Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil), leaves no irritation, and doesn’t need to be reapplied throughout the day. To be clear, it’s not an anti-perspirant, so you will still sweat, but even after a grueling workout session in the middle of the day, I experienced no odor.
BeautyCounter Balancing Face Mask: Let me preface this by saying, I’m not a rep for BeautyCounter, but I love what they stand for, and that they’ve chosen to ban the use of toxic chemicals in their makeup and skincare products. I was slow to jump on the BeautyCounter bandwagon because I’ve had problem skin for YEARS, and I’d found a skincare regimen that’s been working pretty well for me. I didn’t want to jinx it by adding something new to the mix! But this mask came highly recommended, and it was something I could easily add to what I was already doing here and there. I LOVE IT! It feels so smooth going on, and when you wash it off, your face just feels fresh and clean.
It’s not always easy to find natural products that live up to your expectations, but it’s worth doing your research and trying different things out for yourself to see what works, and what you like. I think anytime you can replace a product you use on your body or in your home with something that’s more natural and works great, it leads to a happier, hotter, healthier YOU.