Getting Started

Kylie's List

Getting Started

Some of the biggest offenders in my home, when it came to reducing unhealthy items, were, to my horror, in my beauty routine!  When I started researching the items that you should NOT be using on your skin, they ended up being in everything I was using, even though they were some of the most expensive and well-regarded items on the market (jokes on me, I guess!). 

I started with my facial skincare, then moved on to my body, then my hair, and now I'm working on my makeup routine (this one proves to be a bit more difficult, though: I have my favorites, and I'm starting to hear myself say 'out-of-my-cold-dead-hands' in my head as I'm typing this).  We'll see how the makeup routine comes along, but for now, skin and hair are conquered!

Here are a list of my favorite ingredients for my skin and hair care, and I will be posting ideas under this Beauty category on how to combine and use them:

  • Raw Honey (also a kitchen staple, but make sure you have a separate jar for both - what are we, heathens!)
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (same rule as the raw honey - two separate)
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Baking Soda
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Pure Vanilla Extract (for natural scent and insect deterent)
  • Cornstarch
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Essential Oils*: vanilla, lemongrass, grapefruit

*Check with your doctor when you are pregnant before using essential oils, some are not to be used in early pregnancy, or throughout pregnancy.

Ingredients You Should Stay Away From (check your product labels):

Triclosan:  According to, "Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination...[and] added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics...Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation [and] contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics."  It is FDA approved, but more recent studies are calling for the FDA to review it's previous decision, as it may not be a safe ingredient for humans to use, certainly not regularly.  That is enough for me!

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): this provides the foaming action we are used to in our personal care products, including toothpaste.  SLES can have dioxane, a known carcinogen in it, and also cannot be metabolized by the liver.  They are both irritating to the skin and hair, to the point that some people can't tolerate using them at all (if you have sensitive skin, and can't seem to shake constant irritation, and you have these in your products, it could be the culprit).  It's FDA approved, cheap, and SLS is used to degrease car engines: if that doesn't say it all!

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A big misconception is that 'FDA Approved' means safe for us to use/eat/drink, etc, but how many times have you seen commercials for lawsuits against companies for FDA Approved items, and the harmful and sometimes deadly side-effects that occurred.  Don't drive yourself crazy trying to deal with all of this information, and changing all of your products out immediately, just do it one-at-a-time, and at a pace that doesn't make you go nuts!  There are costs involved when you throw away a full bottle of SLS-laced shampoo (eg lost dollars from buying it, and having to purchase ingredients to make a new non-toxic product yourself), but don't get discouraged: set a deadline for certain things that correspond with when your current product will run-out.  If you don't care about the initial up-front cost, just start now!
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