Living a plant based life means more than just eating whole, plant foods. It also means that you strive to use household products with little to no chemicals, things that are not made with synethic materials, and hopefully materials that don’t harm any animals in the making. This certainly doesn’t exclude cosmetic products.
Over the years I’ve tried many, many products that claim to be “chemical free” and “plant based”, some are great, and others are not so much. There are a couple of things that you want to look out for when trying to find the right products to use in your house. Believe me, it’s not easy to avoid all of that junk that companies like to put into things.
A good rule of thumb is to look for items that are labeled USDA Organic, Paraben-free, Plant based, 100% natural, and Cruelty-free. Even labels that read some of these things can be questionable. In that case, you want to read the ingredient list. If the list is more than a paragraph in length it’s, most likely, not good.
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and because there is so much of it, it absorbs the most? This means that everything that you put onto your body, immediately goes inside of your body and if you are using chemicals, they get in too!
Another tip that I try to stay true to is to buy local. In most cases, local products are made by hand and are given much more attention to detail than those made in a factory. Sometimes you can even get in contact with the owners of the local business and ask questions and learn more about the product. I understand that not everyone lives somewhere where locals make wonderful products, but if you do, shop local.
Mostly, I try to use things that are closest to its orginal form as possible. Instead of using a heavy cream for my nighttime moisturizer, I use sweet almond oil. It is has been wonderful for my skin and has been proven to reduce wrinkles! I think we’d all like for that to happen.
There are several apps that you can download on your phone that allow you to scan an item in the store and it will tell you how safe it is for you and your home.
If you are new to using products with less chemicals, try these things first and you will learn that it is not that hard (or expensive) to choose the better options.