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Screw The Beauty Industry – Washin’ It Out Of My Hair . . . & Skin

It started with hair products.

I have to be pretty careful not to use products with gluten in them. Unfortunately most of the more natural beauty products use wheat as a thickener. That’s why I decided to just use the best fashion products like reportshealthcare | pure nails pro.

As I was checking labels recently, I was struck by how many ingredients were in my hair products that I somehow hadn’t noticed or cared about before.

It got me thinking about how my regular routine included shampoo, conditioner, a leave-in conditioner, and various other hair products to keep my hair from frizzing, but how many other products do I use?

I only wear makeup about once a week at the most, and when I do it’s pretty minimal, maybe mascara and lipstick.

I use soap, deodorant and lotion too.

Let’s say on an average day I use somewhere around 10 products, which is a low number for the average American. Let’s say each of these products has an average of 20 ingredients. That’s 200 individual ingredients going on my body on a daily basis, and I have no idea what most of these ingredients are, how they interact with each other, or whether they are even safe for long-term human usage.

Of course, all of these products have been tested, but have all the combinations of ingredients from all the different products been tested with each other on lots of different bodies?

The answer is yes.

We are testing this now, in our society, but not in controlled studies. We’re the test subjects, without consent or payment, and no one is recording the data.

Who is in charge of making sure that 200+ ingredients a day applied to the skin over a lifetime is healthy? No one, except us as individuals, when our skin breaks out. But, what if we aren’t reacting is it still bad for us?

Each one of us has to ask ourselves how safe we feel using 200, or in many cases 500 or more, ingredients on our body a day.

This, combined with air pollution, eating foods that don’t agree with us, and many other environmental stressors, can wreak havoc on a body.

My body doesn’t need any more stress.

I’m moving away from as many products as I possibly can. I don’t want to buy anything I can make or use a natural food for. I don’t want to slather my skin with things that I don’t even know how to pronounce. I want out.

I don’t want to support the beauty industry because I believe they’ve done a terrible job of supporting me.

I’m tired of their over-priced, potentially toxic products. I’m tired of their standards of beauty. I’m tired of the whole game.

I’m in the early stages of essentially making all of my own beauty products. What I cannot make, I will buy, but I don’t want to use any products that are possibly carcinogenic, so I’m researching the products I cannot make.

Our vote or the loudest voice we have with the beauty industry is in how we spend our money. I want to support a few companies that support me with healthy hygiene/beauty alternatives.

I discovered recently that the L’Oreal mascara I’ve been using forever has harmful chemicals in it. Check out this post to find better mascaras and to see if the mascara you use is a toxic choice or not.

Right now I’m using a number of natural products and techniques for my hygiene routine. I’ve stopped using shampoo and conditioner altogether. I’ve been no-pooing, which I’ll give more details about in a future post, but basically it’s a method of washing your hair using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. My hair has never been softer, less dry, less oily at the scalp, or more full of body!

I’ve stopped using eye creams and various lotions. I use coconut oil for my eye cream, which is really quite amazing! If I use it for even 2-3 days around my eyes the skin is visibly less wrinkled, with no puffiness, and it makes my skin so, so soft. I buy a jar of the coconut oil at Trader Joe’s. A jar costs $5.99 and will last you at least a year or more if you use it exclusively as an eye cream. I use it for so much more than eye cream, but that’s part of next week’s post.

I really want to either use whole products, with one or maybe two ingredients, or make them myself as much as I can. I’m working on a blush recipe (not that I wear blush much, but I like options) that is made out of beet powder. Again, this will be a future post.

I do still want to wear nail polish. I still plan to have my hair dyed. I’m not so extreme that I won’t use any chemicals on my body. I’m just trying to greatly reduce them and pick products when I can that are better, safer options.

 The thing I’m finding with this new strategy is that my skin rarely breaks out anymore, because I’m not using chemicals on my skin. My hair doesn’t need to be washed nearly as often and I don’t need all of the hair products anymore, because my hair is so much cleaner and healthier it doesn’t need much. I feel like the foods and techniques I’m using are far superior to some of the best products out there.

If you’re still skeptical, stay tuned over the next few weeks when I lay down all of my new beauty “unproducts.” You’ll be amazed at how well they work and how inexpensively you can meet all of your hygiene needs.

I am seriously loving not using nearly as many classic beauty products. I’m even buying tiny, pretty little bottles to put all of my unproducts in so that I can feel like I’m using something special and unique every time I use them.

How about you? How do you feel about the beauty industry? How do you feel about the amount of ingredients in the products you use? Do you have any concerns about possible toxins in your hygiene products?

If you haven’t even thought about this, then stay tuned because I’m going to spend the next month or so talking about beauty/hygiene products that are safe and in many cases homemade.





  1. Brenda
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm | #

    Hey Jen,
    I don’t know how it would work for your hair type, but I’ve been using pure aloe vera gel in my hair. I use 2 pumps and work it into my damp hair and then leave it alone. Cheap, natural, and works great (well, I like it anyways)!


    • Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm | #

      Cool! I’ll give it a try, Brenda! I love that you’re using alternatives to shampoo too!

  2. Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm | #

    Love LOVE LOVE your tell-it-like-it-is get real approach to your content! I never use lotions at all…only organic oils (ie coconut, almond, lavender, sesame…) you can buy all of them in their organic version for 1/10 less than shopping in the cosmetic aisle! Yahoo for you!!! Much of my website discussing Ayurvedic (holistic) approaches to health and wellness. Keep the momentum flowing Jen <3 !!

    • Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm | #

      Thank you, Pam! I’ll have to check out your site! Sounds cool! I’ve been using some oils for a few years, but I’m upping the oil and all of the natural products recently and I’m feeling so good about it. Glad to know there are others like me. Sometimes I feel like a weirdo going further and further against the grain, but most of the time I don’t care. Finding others who are doing similar things and having a great results helps me feel less weird. We’re just early adopters of old-timey ways. :)

  3. Brenda
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm | #

    Also, it’s pretty ironic that you’re going to start using more organic mascaras. I just switched a couple of months ago because my eyes were starting to get very irritated and dry, about halfway through the day. I used that same website to find some organic mascaras to try. I must say they’ve helped a lot; my eyes feel a lot better than they have for a while.

    • Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm | #

      Haha! Brenda, that’s hilarious! Brilliant minds!

  4. Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:12 am | #

    Great double message here, Jen! I know I can get behind both eliminating the excess chemicals and bucking the unrealistic beauty standards force fed to us on the daily (can we seriously stop photoshopping EVERY woman in EVERY ad? Young women actually think their natural bodies are abnormal because of that imbalance between reality and contrived realism of the media portrayal of women. But I suppose that’s another subject altogether!).

    I love using coconut oil for moisturizing! I friggin’ use coconut oil a hundred times a day for everything. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve come up with for the rest of your routine, shampoo and sunscreen in particular.

    Thanks, Jen!

    • Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm | #

      Thank you, Eva! Yes, the double message. I am so over the beauty industry for so many reasons and the older I get the more I think it blows. I don’t care that my new plan means I cannot shop at most stores or buy most makeup. I’m actually quite excited about it. I don’t want to support those bastards anymore. I reclaiming my woman-ness and beauty and I could be happier about it.

  5. Brenda
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm | #

    Hey Jen,

    I use the aloe vera gel as a product, not a shampoo; to help set my curls and keep the frizz down. I haven’t given up the no-poo yet, but cut back to only washing my hair twice a week a couple of years ago. My curls seem a lot happier with both things.

    • Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm | #

      Oh, got it! Thanks, Brenda!