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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.

DIY Bath Soak Valentine’s Gift

You guys, Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and I have the perfect DIY gift for you and your friends! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, it makes sense to skip the crowded restaurants and opt for an in-home spa experience instead. I can think of no better way to relax after a long day at work than a peaceful bath – glass of wine optional.

I’ve been on a mission for months to rid my house of chemical-laden products. However, the natural and chemical-free products can often be a bit more expensive. I decided I could make my own versions of some of my favorite products with just a few ingredients (most of which I already had on-hand). This bath soak is all-natural and an ideal gift for Valentine’s Day!

For the bath soak, I used:

  • 1 cup himalayan salt
  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 10 drops wild orange essential oil
  • glass bottles (I got mine at Michaels)

Ylang Ylang essential oil is commonly used for its antidepressant properties which reduce anxiety and stress. Wild Orange essential oil is known for its pleasant smell and ability to uplift your mood. Himalayan salt has many health benefits, but one I find particularly helpful is the promotion of stable pH balance. Plus, it definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty & pink! Lastly, epsom salt is always helpful in soothing sore muscles and other aches/pains. This combination is sure to provide you with a wonderful, stress-free evening. 

Instructions:

First, I combined both salts in a bowl and mixed together well. Then I added the essential oils and mixed in with the salts to disperse the oil. Lastly, I portioned out the perfect amount for each bottle which has enough contents for two baths, added my gift tag, and voila! So easy and so beautiful!


As with most things, I love how versatile this DIY is. You could combine any number of essential oils and herbs to create your perfect soak. I think lavender or eucalyptus would also make amazing options! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you give this DIY a try!