Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the process of getting glammed up. From hair, to nails, to endless makeup looks, I have always been intrigued by beauty.
As I’ve gotten older, my beauty process has not only changed, it has evolved. I’ve traded my hour-long makeup routine with a 10-15 minute one, I own fewer hair and cosmetic products, and I am actually very happy about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good high-glam, heavy contoured look just as much as any makeup enthusiast, I am just more conscious about what I’m purchasing, why I’m doing it and what I’m putting in my body.
Below, I list three clean beauy switches I’ve made so far.
I have naturally curly hair, but have had relaxed (or chemically straightened) hair since I was 5 years old. Because of this, I grew up loving straight hair but became reliant on hair stylists to style my hair. After years of putting these harsh chemicals in my hair in order to make me “more beautiful” according to society’s standards, I made the decision to stop relaxing my hair in 2017. It was a really challenging journey, one that came with lots of emotional lows, but now two years later, I can truly say it was worth it! I now know how to style my hair, fix hair problems as they occur and most importantly, give my hair the nutrients it needs.
So this change is very recent. I began looking into aluminum-free deodorants around two months ago. I started seeing more advertising about natural deodorants and why these alternatives were better for the body in articles and blog posts. I was also in the market for a new deodorant that would help reduce sweat and not leave dark sweat stains in my shirt. I’d heard great recommendations for a few companies but ultimately decided on Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla deodorant. I am so happy with the results. I am already on my second stick and it helps prevent me from serious underarm sweating and I don’t see any residue left in my shirts. It is very nice, I highly recommend Schmidt’s if you are looking for a new deodorant. And the fact that this product is aluminum-free is even nicer!
This next switch was not an intentional one. I recently went to a team bonding exercise with my job, and my coworkers and I all got to make candles! Mandy, the owner of Salt & Shore candle company, was telling us about how soy candles are much healthier for your home because of the natural ingredients. I had no idea some of the chemicals and fragrances in many popular candles might contain carcinogens, pollutants and toxins. Moving forward, I plan to burn only soy-based candles in my home.
So, what’s next? The next thing I hope to add to my ever-evolving journey for clean beauty is a simpler hair routine. While I have gotten rid of the harsh chemicals to straighten my hair, I still blow dry and flat iron my hair. I hope to find some clean hair products that will allow me to style my hair in it’s naturally curly form.
What about you? Do you have any clean beauty products you’ve recently added to your routine?