My Detox Diary

Although it may seem like the trendy, millennial thing to do right now, detoxing our bodies of chemicals is important. I am glad that this conversation is becoming more popular. I hear more people switching to natural beauty, face, and cleaning products than ever before! And companies are listening - coming out with toxin-free, natural products for us!

Since I can remember I have always used organic skin care on my face. I found @eminenceorganics and have been using them for years. They not only are good for you but smell good too! But, I have to say that after my face routine, absolutely nothing about my daily routine includes natural products. There is no other reason for this than lack of effort on my end but I figured there is no better time than now to get started.

I decided to take the plunge and start with Kaia Naturals Deodorant Detox. Well, the truth is I purchased the kit in November and didn’t begin using it until April! Because the detox process can be lengthy I simply put it off thinking that the time was never right to try it out. My friend, Danielle, and I bought them together and of course both of us only recently began using the charcoal deodorant.

My thoughts?

I SMELL!!! Haha but seriously as a fitness instructor and someone who frequently lifts their arms up and down in groups of people I was extremely self conscious. I found I sweat more than ever and I had to reapply a LOT. I developed a bit of a rash but I think it was from the skin rubbing and not the actual deodorant itself. This process is lengthy because I have been using antiperspirants my entire life. They use aluminum and other harmful products that can block your sweat glands from allowing the toxins to escape. That is why natural deodorant was my first big change. Now, I just have to give my body the time in needs to adjust.

What else have I tried?

@sajewellness just came out with a new natural cleaning line so I recently picked it up to try. For me, cleaning products are the easiest thing to swap out because it is nothing that I am using on my own body. With natural beauty and skin care things I am always curious as to how it will affect my skin so it isn’t something I am as quick to change up.

My toothpaste is another product I have swapped out. I have a few friends who actually make their own toothpaste! For me that is not appealing at all so I have instead been buying @toms_of_maine at the drug store and it seems to work well. I recently discovered they also have mouth wash so I now use the paste and mouth wash for my dental hygiene needs.

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@kaianaturals recently launched their dry shampoo and I have been giving that a try. I have never used dry shampoo so I don’t have a lot to compare it with but it seems to be working for me! You can not only use it overnight but for pre-workout to help reduce the amount of sweating on the scalp. Dry shampoo is a new world I have entered into now! They also have the best post-workout face wipes ever! They are a must try!

What is next on my list?

Next up I have decided to focus on two areas: makeup and shower products. 

I rarely wear makeup for two reasons. The first being that I don’t know apply it and the second being that I am concerned about my skin and want natural products to avoidd breakouts. I have already taken the next step and am excited that I will be getting a makeup lesson next week! We are heading to @thedetoxmarketcanada first to pick up natural products for my skin and then back to my place to learn how to actually use them :P 

Right now I don’t use any natural shampoos, conditioners, or body washes. Because my hair is curly I am particular about what products I use on my hair. Again, I think simply out of a lack of trying I haven’t really tried to find any shampoos and conditioners.  I am sure it will take a few different brands to find what I am looking for but it needs to happen!

As I have put myself into the natural products world I have definitely learned that these products come with a price. But, I do remind myself that they are better for my body and the environment which means there really shouldn’t be a comparison. I am gradually integrating these types of products into my daily routine as I find them and as my budget allows.

Do you use natural products? What are some of your favourites?

Yours in self-discovery,

Rachel