I started slow. I didn’t want to get rid of everything at once. That would be too big a change. This wasn’t something I was doing on a whim, but I knew for sure I wanted to get some of the items in my bathroom replaced. I was looking to go ‘no poo’, and start making my own hair care products – shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask.
After that, I planned to get rid or replace some of my body care products – washes, scrumbs, serums, what have you. I wanted to go all natural, and I had a plan. A month of transitioning for everything. Every item category. After the body products, came the “lesser” body products – mouth wash, toothpaste, hand soap, etc.
This was a period of about six months, and by the time I was done, my bathroom and cabinet under the sink were all natural. The products did cost a bit more overall, but I decided it would be worth it. There was a vibe I was getting from those other products, and it wasn’t good. I started with ‘no poo’, but I decided to continue with the rest of my body, and eventually the rest of the house. And just to be clear, this is not about saving the planet. This is about saving myself. It is a very egocentric move, and it is all mine. I want to grow up in a place, in a body, which is as natural as can be. And even if I am not all natural all the time – and I am not – I can say without a doubt that the things I put into my body: food, drink, cosmetics, hygiene products, and others are as natural as can be. This is a major change for me. Mapleholistics.com has the best articles/ reviews and products out there you should definitely check them out.
I knew it was going to be a less than smooth transition on some things, which is why I decided to give each category a month for putting it into action. I knew from experience that some products take some time to grow on a person, and that some products are not suitable, and will require me to go and look for a different product in that same category. Since I knew this going in, it was not a problem. It is a good thing I wasn’t doing this on a whim, or else I don’t think I would’ve handled the hair transition properly.
When it comes to my hair, I am especially particular. I wasn’t about to let anything and everything touch my scalp, even if it does say ‘natural’ on it. I know from experience that some companies like to put ‘natural’ on anything which has a couple of drops of essential oils. Not exactly my kind of marketing technique, but I am sure it makes them plenty of money. Regardless, I wanted something which was vegan, cruelty-free, and actually natural. I ended up making my own shampoo and conditioner, and buying a mask from my health food store. All great decisions!