Petrochemical toxins? Ingredients you can’t pronounce? Does that belong on your body?

I just wanted to quickly touch on a subject that I have yet to examine in this blog. As we become more aware of what we put into our body, whether during a cleanse, or just in our day-to-day lives, we desire to make some changes! I know that I have. Over the past year, I’ve stopped using commercial face-wash, astringent, and eye-makeup remover. I use completely organic, free-trade Shea butter lotion and body wash. I’ll be purchasing their shampoo and conditioner with my next Owner’s Appreciation discount (at our local People’s Food Co-op). My favorite brand is Affailia, check them out! – I even have their curling enhancing spray and it works wonders on my frizzy waves! Great to spray on after a day on the beach to rejuvenate your locks – and it smells yummy!

For my face wash, I mixed together 1 part raw, local honey, and 1 part baking soda. I leave these in a little glass jar in my shower for a week. When I wash my face, I get some of the moist baking soda and exfoliate my face, neck, and chest. I use a little bit of the liquid honey to rinse, followed by warm water. After this, I use apple cider vinegar (mostly this, with a 1/2 cup of water in a bottle) as an astringent. You don’t have to use it all over your face – but I do most of mine. This combination of wash and astringent have helped me reduce my breakouts, heal, and even out my skin.

When I do wear makeup, I use extra virgin olive oil to take off my mascara and eye shadow. This allows for moisture and antioxidants to be soaked into your eye lashes, eye lids, and under your eyes (my trouble area). I’ve noticed a reduction in my under-eye circles, as well as fuller lashes.

However, I never had thought about my toothpaste use. My mom always bought us organic toothpaste when we were little, but it never tasted good. Although I currently use Crest Whitening toothpaste, I’m going to switch. I read this article and was immediately interested in trying this recipe out. I’m going to borrow some essential oils from my mom (she’s a massage therapist and recently took a class in essential oil use).  But please check this out – Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization.

Today is Day 19 of the cleanse! I’m feeling great. My diet has stayed intact and I’m happy with that. I’ve been craving chocolate lately, or just anything sweet, but I’m resisting. I think that I’ll enjoy a yummy brunch Saturday morning, including some Challah bread french toast, butter, maple syrup, coffee, and a mimosa! That just sounds divine, doesn’t it?!?