Almost three years ago, I began my own “journey” to reduce the number of harmful ingredients in my makeup, skincare and cleaning products in our home. I started small and swapped one thing at a time. Today, I want to share a guide for anyone looking to create a cleaner, greener home in small steps.
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1. Stop buying any products that have artificial fragrance (if you check the ingredients and it says ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum,’ it’s probably an artificial fragrance). This small step completely changed my life.
When you see ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ on a label, this ingredient isn’t just one ingredient used to make your product smell nice or to mask less desirable scents. It can act as way for companies to use other additives that don’t need to be disclosed on the label. When tested, among these “hidden chemicals” are known hormone disruptors, petrochemicals, and many haven’t even been assessed for safety in personal care products. This is known by the industry as “the fragrance loophole,” because fragrance is a protected ingredient for proprietary reasons and the details don’t need to be disclosed on the label. Looking for products that are scented with essential oils or with an asterisk by ‘fragrance’ that says something like ‘proprietary blend of essential oils’ is a great way to start.
Bottom line, swapping to cleaning products that are unscented or naturally scented using essential oils is the way to go!
2. Find your own go-to brands. I have found that choosing brands you like and trust is a shortcut to add new items to your routine without feeling like you have to fully research each purchase. In our home, most of my cleaning products are Seventh Generation and now
I do the same thing with our skincare products and cosmetics. When I find a brand that is ingredient conscious across the board, I tend to become pretty loyal!
3. Swap one product at a time.
Don’t let yourself feel guilty or overwhelmed. Just swap one thing at a time as you run out of it! This was and is a huge key to my process. Even after three years, I am still making tweaks to the products we buy. And that’s OK!
I firmly believe it’s better to make small steps than no steps at all.
Above are some products I have tried and loved. You can find all of these products at
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