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Nontoxic Product Round-Up Part 1

Discovering Grace - Nontoxic Product Round-Up Part 1As you know, nontoxic products are something I have become quite passionate about in recent months. I shared a little bit about my transition away from chemical-laden beauty & household cleaning products in my Spring Wish List post. One of my goals with this transition is to find DIY options that may be more budget-friendly in the long-run.

Today, I want to share some products I’ve found to be helpful as I experiment with different DIYs. Some of these items are amazing on their own, but I’ve also discovered that combining them can create some incredible variations of popular products. So far I’ve made face masks, toner, after sun spray, and more! So, let’s take a look at a handful of my favorite nontoxic ingredients right now!

Nontoxic Products

Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent which tightens skin and reduces inflammation. This makes it perfect for a toner on it’s own, but combining it with rose water, cucumber, or lemongrass can create lovely scents. Plus, those additions have positive skin health properties! I chose the unscented option so I could pair it with a variety of other scents without them competing.

Discovering Grace - Nontoxic Product Round-Up Part 1

doTERRA Essential Oils – I cannot say enough good things about essential oils and the positive impact that they’ve had on me and my family! I truly believe they have promoted a healthier lifestyle for us. My husband & I get oils from Amazon Prime and it’s wonderful! Our favorites are lavender, peppermint, wild orange, and doTerra’s Breathe, & On Guard oil blends. I’m telling you, these will improve your life so much!

Trader Joe’s Vitamin E Oil – Vitamin E oil moisturizes skin and helps reduce the appearance of scars. I recently combined Vitamin E oil with witch hazel and lavender & peppermint essential oils to relieve a sunburn. That combination worked wonders to soothe my skin!

Discovering Grace - Nontoxic Product Round-Up Part 1

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – Per the recommendation of a friend, I use this clay for face masks because it absorbs toxins really well. My face was noticeably brighter and clearer after my first use! I highly suggest giving this a try.

Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal helps remove toxins, so I’ve been using it to treat blemishes caused by acne and also to whiten my teeth naturally.

If you are interested in pursuing a less toxic beauty routine, go for it! It can be intimidating if you let it, but I promise you can make subtle changes and notice a real difference. I have done a ton of research and I am still learning. I would encourage everyone to swap out 1 or 2 products at a time and make a gradual transition. If you have any suggestions for nontoxic brands you love or any DIYs, please let me know in the comments!

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts are based on my personal experience with these products.

Spring Wish List

Spring Wish List - Discovering GraceToday, I’m sharing a little spring wish list with a focus on two areas I’m trying to improve: skin care & style. One major task I have going on in my life right now is transitioning to non-toxic beauty and household cleaning products. I am doing a lot of research and trying to be budget-friendly, so the process is kind of arduous, but I am loving it! I have a tendency to want quick fixes, but I’m learning that slow & purposeful really does have so many benefits. 

Skin care

After reading this blog post from Ali over on Inspiralized.com, I was inspired to take the plunge and start swapping out my beauty and skin care products for non-toxic items. She encouraged her readers to download the Think Dirty app and check the toxicity levels of all their current products. Think Dirty is a product comparison app that rates toxicity from 0-10 (0 being least toxic, 10 being highly toxic). I was shocked to find several of my “natural” products were an 8 or 9! Once I evaluated the current state of things, I started determining the priority of items I needed to swap.

Style

I’ve also been simplifying my wardrobe lately and realizing my go-to styles and colors. This is helping me resist the urge to buy something unless it fits within the style guidelines I’ve created. I’m also researching ways to make more ethical purchases. This pushes me to save money and plan ahead to buy better quality items that will last longer. For years, I have bought cheap clothes and shoes that only last a season or two, at best. I want to simplify my wardrobe with quality purchases when I can.

The List

1. This book is at the top of my Amazon wish list & I plan to buy it later this week. I have heard many great things about it and I’m excited to learn more about natural skin care.

2. I have a love/hate relationship with Herbivore Botanicals. Such beautiful branding & packaging, but the price can be a bit overwhelming for the girl who usually spends less than $10 on products at Target! Like I said earlier, though, I am learning to value quality and I know these products are top of the line.

3. I have always been a fan of the Toms brand and I must say their sunglasses are so stylish! Bonus: For every purchase, Toms provides eye care for someone in need!

4. This book has been making waves recently and I can’t wait to dive in. My closet/style has needed some serious fine-tuning for years and I feel very inspired this season to work on it!

5. I just love a good leather sandle for spring & summer. These caught my eye & I’m using them as my warm weather shoe-muse!

I do hope as this non-toxic, ethical trend grows, we will see more affordable/accessible options that offer a great product without sacrificing quality. I would love to hear from you if you have recommendations for products or resources that can help with this transition!