As Ashley mentioned in an earlier post, we both have different goals, but the end result we want is basically the same — we wish to lead healthier lifestyles and, in our own ways, we work towards that.
For me, I have almost no will power when it comes to food but what I do have is a determination to escape the chemicals that surround us in every day products. My typical day consists of a few not so typical things. I still use everything you do, but it is made differently. I make it.
Almost everything that goes on my body is crafted in my kitchen with a few simple ingredients. I used to have things for frizz and to promote my natural curls. Shampoos for colored hair and conditioners to keep my hair from being dry. Toothpastes that burned my mouth because of how strong they were and strips that whitened teeth. I had foot scrub and body scrub, hand scrub and face scrub. I had at least three moisturizers and twice that many lotions. Now, I make all of that. My body and hair have never looked healthier.
There used to be at least 40 different containers filled with chemical-laden gunk that we are all told to use to be pretty. In my daily routine I use only 7 products now; baking soda, glycerin, essential oil, coconut oil, handmade soap, deodorant, and natural toothpaste. Of those, the first four are my shampoo, conditioner, and frizz tamer.
My skin glows with vitality while my hair displays the greatest change. No longer do I curse the fact that I was born curly-headed into a family with straight hair. No one in my family has curls. Seriously. Even my grandparents can’t remember there ever being anyone with curls in our families. But curls I have. In a large amount. My hair reaches almost to my waist but I haven’t found a new split end in months. My hair shines like it never has before. We have learned to live together in peace for the first time in 27 years. I will NEVER subject it to shampoo again.
When I started this journey, I didn’t know what I do now. There was a lot of trial and error (remind me sometime to tell you all about when I made shaving crème). I’ve tried almost every recipe that I could find online – from shampoothies to body scrubs. Some worked, some didn’t. There might have been some tears somewhere in that process. But when all is said and done, I’m happier. I love knowing those large corporations that tell us we must look a certain way and use certain things to be pretty, or smarter, or to have a man were
My quest for healthier living didn’t start out that way. My main goal was to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life so that I could possibly have a baby one day. You see, I’m infertile. Studies have been done in other countries proving a link between chemicals and infertility. Those multiple aisles of beauty products in your local grocery store are, in part, keeping me from holding a child in my arms. I won’t forgive them for that.
I invite you to follow me on this path, to watch me struggle and to offer tips or to share your own story. I’m here to listen and learn from you while trying to share some of the things I do to change my own life.