Making the switch: My top 6 natural basics I recommend swapping today

Aimee Angelique Health Coach

I confess ladies; I used to be a product and make-up junkie. I was a marketing company’s dream – I lived and breathed new products, new lines, new colours and gave absolutely no thought to what I was applying to my skin and using in my wash, each and every day.

As my path changed and I began to approach my life and health in a more holistic way, I was absolutely shocked at the chemicals and toxins that I was applying to my face and body each and every day. From here, I started making small changes and began switching products. For me, the results have been amazing. My skin is clearer and more vibrant and I feel so good knowing that I have removed products from my life and my body that no longer serve me.

Below, I set out my top 6 products that you can make the switch on, today! Best part is, a lot of these products are now being stocked by the big supermarkets, so it’s never been easier to make the switch. Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

  1. Deodorant

We all sweat, right?! It’s normal! Completely normal, natural and important; sweat is a major part of the bodies detoxing process. Unfortunately, what isn’t normal is the products that mainstream anti-perspirants, deodorants and body sprays include; parabens, aluminium, propylene glycol, talc and triclosan. These chemicals are absorbed by our body straight in to the underarm, which is directly linked to the body’s lymphatic system. These chemicals also stop the body releasing sweat in the normal manner through our sweat ducts, which in turns slows down and even stops the body releasing the toxins from our system.

For this reason, I use and recommend making the switch to a more natural deodorant product. And yes, they’ve come a long way, beauty! You won’t be smelling like a dirty old gym sock; there are some really great products on the market these days that stop any BO smell, all without the nasties!

My picks:  

 LaVanila Deodorant in Vanilla Coconut

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Fresca in Wild Lavender

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  1. Perfume to Essential Oils

You know how I said I was a marketing company’s dream? Perfumes. Oh my. I loved nothing more than indulging in the perfume counter at Myer. Taking home with me a beautiful new, ‘must have’ scent that was the result of a clever marketing campaign with the hottest celebrity peering at me from the counter displays. Huge amounts of money were handed over and my collection grew. But you know what? Perfume is one overpriced product! Did you know that most perfumes / colognes contains only 15 – 30% essential oils for the fragrance and the rest is pure alcohol? By comparison, making your own perfumes from essential oils means you are applying the fragrance in a more pure form, meaning it will smell nicer on your skin and even last longer! It’s also kinder on the environment and creating a ‘scent’ makes a great personal gift for family and friends.

Check back soon for my blog post on how to make your own Essential Oil based perfumes.

  1. Toothpaste

At least twice a day, 365 days a year we are putting commercial toothpaste in our mouths. Ever read the back of the box? Most commercial toothpastes carry warnings about ingesting the product and also information on how to call a Poison Hotline in case the product is ingested. Scary stuff! Just like a lot of our other ‘everyday’ products, there are a lot of nasties in toothpaste that we would be best to remove from our systems. Yep even those pearly whites can benefit from making the switch!

My pick:

Grants Herbal Toothpaste (you can even buy this from Coles and Woolworths!)

Grants toothpaste Mild Mint

  1. Moisturiser to Coconut oil

If you haven’t already worked it out, Coconut Oil is the bomb, baby! It’s such a versatile product and something I personally use a tonne of. One of my fave uses for my Coconut Oil is using it as a body moisturiser. Yep, put down that expensive moisturiser bottle that promises you the world but rarely delivers and grab a big bottle of a good quality Coconut Oil and plonk it down in the bathroom instead.

The benefits of Coconut Oil are huge but include; helping prevent the skin from moisture loss, rapidly hydrates the skin; helps condition the skin and protect it against UV rays.

Best thing is, it’s become super popular and is now readily available in the big supermarkets, chemists and health food stores.

coconut oil

  1. Pads, Tampons and Menstrual cups

This one is specially for my ladies. Not much discussion goes in to this sensitive topic. But stop for a minute and think about it. Pads and tampons are used by women so regularly, for such a long period of time. They are used near and inside our most private, sensitive and complex organs. And yet commercial products that we have been brought up knowing, trusting, are made with synthetic products like polyester and rayon. The cotton used in commercial feminine hygiene products is often grown using pesticides. There is also the environmental factor that we should consider; according to Flow: The Cultural History of Menstruation, the average woman will dispose of approximately 135 kilos worth of tampons in her lifetime. So, for these reasons, I have made the switch and alternate between using a Juju Menstrual Cup and organic Pads and Tampons. I encourage all women to do some research for themselves and also consider making the switch, as soon as possible. Your lady parts will be happier and healthier for it.

 My picks:

Pads and Tampons – (If I am using Pads or Tampons I use TOM Organic. Again, readily available for you at Coles and Woolworths)

TOM Organics

Menstrual Cup – (If I am using a Menstrual Cup I use Juju Menstrual Cup)

Juju Cup

  1. Laundry Liquid   

Laundry detergents and liquids weren’t something I really gave much thought to. I mean, you just buy the one you like the smell of right? Or, if you’re like me, the one that’s on special at the local supermarket; you take it home, wash your 5000 loads of washing that have accumulated in the last few days and life goes on. Trying to keep the dirty clothes basket empty was where most of my thoughts went with regard to laundry! BUT!

It wasn’t until I was looking around my home at products I needed to be more conscious of, that I spotted the bottle of laundry liquid lingering up the back of the laundry (behind the pile of washing, it never ends!) My personal online enquiries and research revealed some interesting information including; disclosure of ingredients is not legally required on any cleaning products in Australia or New Zealand; many commercial washing powders & liquids include chemicals like CAPB, SLS, Parabens and Triclosan and the safety of these chemicals is still to be determined; there are in excess of 80,000 chemicals available for commercial use and each year, around 1000 new chemicals are developed. Unfortunately, legislation doesn’t move quite as fast as the scientists and companies developing these new chemicals and often the health concerns of these chemicals aren’t known or disclosed until after the chemical has been included in numerous products. More and more links are being found between some of the aforementioned chemicals, which are available and used in many of our everyday products, and health concerns including allergies, asthma, disruption to hormone and endocrine systems and in some cases, even cancers.

On this basis, I made the switch to a more eco-friendly laundry liquid.

My pick:

Laundry Liquid – Eco Store eucalyptus laundry liquid (available from Woolworths)

Eco Store Laundry Liquid

Let me know what you decide to switch in your home. It doesn’t have to happen all at once – I recommend just replacing one item at a time and transitioning yourself and the family to products that are better for you, your children, your hip pocket & the environment.

Love Aimee x

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