Can I Do Better?
What Else Can I Do?
Swaps I’ve Made in Our Home:
* Household Cleaning Products *
- All Purpose Cleaner —> Aspen Clean
- Tide Laundry Detergent —> Mrs. Meyer’s (amazon)
- Multiuse Soap —> Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap (amazon)
- Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner —> Hurchison Home Everyday (amazon)
- Glass Cleaner —> Ecos Pro (amazon)
- Air Freshener —> Essential Oils (Eden’s Garden) & Diffuser
* Tampons *
I’m making this a big category because it’s something I want to spend a little more time talking about. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would switch to a a period cup, but here I am. Not only am I here, but I will not go back. Ever since the first month I tried my cup, I thought to myself Why did I wait so long? I know. It sounds absolutely disgusting, but ladies I’m here to tell you it’s life changing.
There are a ton of period cups on the market now. I was scared that I would make the wrong decision and unfortunately this is not the type of product you can exactly return if you aren’t happy. Talk about gross. I read a ton of reviews and scoured the inter webs for any information that would help me make the best decision. In the end I opted for the Lena menstrual cup and I honestly do not think it could have better fit. Literally. Love love love my period cup.
* Misc Home Products *
Another thing I am now passionate about in our home is the use of plastic. It’s embarrassing to think about how much money we spent on disposable cups, flat wear, straws, and lord knows what else. Furthermore, how many chemicals were leaching into our drinks and food?
- Plastic Tupperware —> Glass Storage Containers
- Plastic Straws —> Stainless Steel Straws
- Cutting Boards —> Bamboo Cutting Boards
* Beauty *
This was a no brainer for me. Skin is the largest organ in your body. It has the ability to soak up everything it comes in contact with. Therefore the surface area is so large lotions and creams were the first items I swapped out when changing over to safer products.
- Nivea —> Acure (Amazon, TJMaxx, or Marshall’s)
- Hand Soap —> Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille soap (amazon) & Essential Oils
- Clean & Clear Face Soap —> Beautycounter Cleaning Balm, Rejuvenating Face Cleanser, and/or Countermatch Pure Calm Cleansing Milk
- L’Oreal Revitalift Cream —> Beautycounter Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, Rejuvenating Day Cream, Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum, and/or No.2 Plumping Facial Oil
- Herbal Essence Shampoo & Conditioner —> Raw Sugar Shampoo & Conditioner (Target or Amazon)
- Colgate Toothpaste —> My Magic Mud
- Deodorant —> Schmidt’s natural deodorant for sensitive skin
* Make-Up **
In addition I am happy to report that I’ve switched out at least 98% of my makeup over to Beautycounter as well! The only items I haven’t switched out are a couple of my lip glosses but that’s only because they were practically new. However once they are all used up though, Beautycounter only it is.
The first order I made with Beautycounter was 1/2 skin care and 1/2 makeup. Here are the swaps I made:
- L’Oréal foundation —> Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in honey
- Benefit concealer —> Beautycounter Skin Concealer Pen in medium #1
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer —>Beautycounter Radiant All Over Bronzer in surf
- Benefit blush —> Beautycounter Satin Powder Blush in nectar
- Maybeline mascara —> Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara
- Anastasia brow —> Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel in clear
- Urban Decay eye shadows—> Beautycounter Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
- Becca highlighter —> Beautycounter Luminous Powder Highlighter
In addition, to save a little bit of money I bought the Flawless in Five collection. Therefore it was a no brainer since the collection covered everything I would need for my normal everyday makeup routine: light foundation, concealer, brow gel, mascara, blush, and a lip gloss!
And that’s just the start to the list! Please please please keep in mind that things will NEVER be perfect. We live in a world that is FULL of toxins. Therefore really is NO way to be perfect here. Read labels on products you buy. Reduce the toxins in small steps. Do what you can when/where you can. In conclusion just know that every step you make towards cleaner living is a step in the right direction!
So how about you? What safer swaps have you made in your home and life?? Similarly, have you reduced your toxic load? I’d love to hear all about it!