I’ve taken a break from my blog over the past year – as I was finishing up the last year of my MBA.  Now that I’ve got that under my belt, and have more time to jot down my thoughts (and make crafty tutorials!), I figured it’s about time that I pick it back up where I left off.  My journey for wellness through oils has only expanded since the last time I wrote and I’ll tell you a little bit about why.  I’ve been continuing to rid our house of toxic chemicals.

Toxic Chemicals in personal care

I’ll be really honest with you.  I never used to think twice about the products I used. Whether it was personal care products, household products such as laundry detergent and dryer sheets (Yikes! Switch to DIY Dryer Balls) or household cleaners.  I assumed that everything was SAFE.  After all, there had to be regulations – right?  Wrong!  You can not assume the products available at the store have been tested for safety – because they haven’t been! Many products have toxic ingredients with long names that you can’t even pronounce.  When looking at personal care products, the US only bans 11 ingredients.  Learning this was a complete eye-opener to me!  Europe, in comparison, bans over 1,400 ingredients.

Over the past 2 years, we have been on a journey to get rid of the toxic chemicals in our house – and we are getting close to completely switching over to safer products in all aspects of our life.  It’s what inspired me to start this blog in the first place.  We ditched the candles (AND my Scentsy! Oh, this one was so hard for me to stop using!), began diffusing essential oils, and using them for wellness, and now we’ve expanded to safer personal care products and household cleaner products.  It’s a complete wellness journey and it definitely didn’t happen overnight.

Getting Rid of Toxic Chemicals Takes Time

It all happened in baby steps.  As we ran out of a product, I always looked for safer options.  Some other products I dropped cold turkey – like the dryer sheets.  Once I learned what was in dryer sheets, I could not continue to use them. Others we switched over more recently – like deodorant without aluminum and shampoo.   If you are looking to ditch toxic chemicals in your house – my advice is to take baby steps.  It’s not going to happen overnight.  You probably shouldn’t throw away everything you own at once – although after reading ingredients and gathering this pile of cleaning and personal care products with toxic chemicals – I’m a little bit blown away and wanted to do just that.  I thought I had gotten rid of most of it in the past 2 years – but it turns out I hadn’t.

Trade Secrets Are Hiding Ingredients

One fact I recently learned.  Did you know that if a product has “fragrance” in it it is a trade secret, so they do not have to reveal what is in that fragrance?  That’s right – there could be 100’s of toxic chemicals in the fragrance, but they don’t have to say because it is a “trade secret.”  To me that is maddening.  This is why in the past 6 months, I have turned to Beautycounter for safer personal care items.  Whether it be shampoo, moisturizer or cosmetics, Beautycounter has safer options for you and your family.

If you take anything away from this post it is this: nobody screens the products you buy to put on your skin and clean your house for safety.  Read the ingredients label and avoid the ingredients that are known to be hormone disruptors, linked to infertility and cancer.  Ignorance is not an option.  Some day I hope that I don’t have to worry about the things I buy at the store.  For now, it looks like for now that burden is on me.  Luckily there are tools to keep me aware so I can make good choices.