Natural living is not easier. There. I said it. So, why do I do it? Because there are many benefits of using natural products, even when it’s harder.
There’s a lot of talk about natural living these days, and one thing I see a lot is how easy it can be. I’m really tired of seeing people say that in an effort to recruit people to their “lifestyle.” It’s a lie, plain and simple. It’s way easier to run to the store and buy whatever you can find on sale. There are a lot of benefits to using natural products, though, besides them being easier.
Let’s talk about some of the reasons I buy natural products, even when it would be so much easier to go back to my old, conventional ways.
Natural Products Contain Safer Ingredients
First and foremost, natural products contain safer ingredients. I mean, I think that’s pretty common knowledge, but it’s worth mentioning. After all, isn’t that why most of us make the switch?
But here’s the part of the equation that’s not highlighted when we say it that way:
Conventional products contain unsafe ingredients.
When you grab products off the shelf at the store, you are exposing yourself to ingredients such as:
- fragrance: a blanket statement that can be added to a label to hide a variety of ingredients. That means companies don’t have to disclose all of their ingredients, and you don’t get transparency. Many of the chemicals allowed to be hidden under the “fragrance” label are connected with headaches, skin conditions, respiratory problems, and even hormone disruption. Want to learn more? I found this post really helpful.
- parabens: these are known to disrupt hormone function, which can lead to a whole host of problems, including breast cancer.
- aluminum: known to have neurotoxic effects, as well as the ability to affect reproductive health. It’s an ingredient you can find in a lot of products, but the one getting the most attention is deodorant. The fact that it can disrupt hormones (which can be a cause of diseases like breast cancer), and we’re rubbing it right on breast tissue is shocking a lot of people these days, and I don’t blame them.
- sodium lauryl sulfates (sls): this is an emulsifier used in products like soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, and even laundry detergent. It can cause skin and eye irritation, nausea, and could cause problems with the nervous system, liver, and kidneys with too much exposure. There’s a lot you can learn about this ingredient. I found this post to be a good starting point with some good references.
It’s not about just picking the best, it’s about avoiding the worst.
If you want to learn more about some of the chemicals you should be trying to avoid in your household and skincare products, check out this post on how to detoxify your house. It’s full of products to avoid, as well as some good alternatives you can use.
The bottom line is, yes. Natural products contain safer ingredients. But, once you acknowledge that conventional products contain unsafe ingredients, it’s much harder to go back to using them.
You’ll Enjoy Better Air Quality
Did you know that studies are now showing that the air inside our homes is as bad or worse than the air outside? Usually, we think of air pollution as an outdoor problem, but our homes are filled with chemicals from our household cleaners, candles, paints, and air fresheners.
This is especially bad for people with asthma or respiratory problems, but it’s something that everyone should pay attention to.
One of the benefits of using natural products is that you can avoid breathing in all of these dangerous chemicals. Plus, they just smell better.
Does anyone actually like the smell of Lysol or windex lingering in the air after cleaning? I know I don’t.
Natural Products are Better for The Environent
Of course, not all natural products are eco-friendly, but many of the companies pushing for better ingredients are also conscious of the effects we have on the world.
Consider the fact that every single cleaner and personal care product you use in your home eventually ends up either in a landfill or down the drain. Multiplied by how many people there are in the world, that’s a huge impact on the environment.
Keep your eyes peeled for natural and eco-friendly products that not only have your health in mind, but also the well-being of the earth.
Natural Products are Gentler on Your Skin
One of the benefits of using natural products for me is that my skin has been much better. I used to have horrible, acne prone skin. Now, I’m in my mid-thirties and my skin is clearer than it’s ever been. Of course, I attribute that to a lot more than just using natural products. Lifestyle choices in general can impact your skin and health a lot.
This isn’t a guarantee for everyone. We all have different sensitivities that need to be addressed. But, in general, most people find that their skin clears up as they make the switch to natural skincare products.
It can take some trial and error to find the best natural brands for your skin, but I think that’s the same no matter what. Maybe for you, simply making the switch to natural or organic skincare is what clears up your skin.
Maybe, you stop using products from the store all together and stick with things like jojoba oil or rosehip oil instead. With a little research and experimenting, you can find the best natural skincare routine for your skin and see amazing results.
If you’re new to the idea of natural skincare and want to give it a shot, check out this post on the best essential oils for skincare before you start trying any DIYs! It’ll help you cater your recipes to your own skincare needs.
You’ll Save Money Over Time
One of the hardest parts of switching over to a more natural lifestyle was the cost. We’re all on a fixed budget, and back then, money was even more tight. The idea of spending more on my cleaners and personal care products made me cringe.
I would have laughed at the idea that natural products were saving me money. I get it. But, here me out!
Many times, natural products do cost more up front. But one thing I’ve learned is that they tend to be more concentrated and more effective. That means you need less, and can often even simplify your routine!
Let’s take my skincare for example. I used to have a lineup of expensive products to help me with my acne prone skin.
Switching to a more natural skincare routine has actually improved my skin, which means that I need fewer products and a more simple routine. I even feel more confident going makeup free, now, because my skin is so much clearer! So, I’m able to use fewer products daily, which ends up saving me money over time.
My Favorite Brands for Natural Living
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Looking to make the switch to more natural products in your own house? Over the last decade, we’ve gradually made a lot of changes on our own.
First and most importantly, I want to encourage you to take it slow. It’s really tempting to overhaul everything overnight, but that is expensive and really overwhelming. Check out my tips on living a more natural lifestyle before you make any major changes.
Once you’ve read that, let’s talk about some of my own personal favorite brands. These are brands and products I’ve discovered over years of trial and error that make my natural lifestyle a little easier. I’d love to share them with you so that you can get off to a good start.
- Branch Basics: A company I’ve recently discovered with eco friendly, all natural, and human safe cleaning and laundry products. They’re completely unscented. I’ve used it as is, and also added my favorite essential oils to give it a scent. Both options are fabulous!
- Acure: From shampoo and conditioner to skincare, I’ve found loads of products I love. The best part is that I can get a lot of it from Target.
- Plant Therapy: I’ve been buying all of my essential oils and hydrosols from here for several months now and can’t say enough good things. Yep. My family used and recommended Young Living for years, but once I discovered Plant Therapy, there was no going back. We use essential oils for cleaning, emotional support, skincare, air freshening, and even overall wellness. If you haven’t explored aromatherapy yet, I highly recommend giving them a try!
- MightyNest: This isn’t a brand of product, necessarily, but they’ve certainly helped me figure out what products I love and what I don’t! MightyNest is a subscription box for natural and sustainable living. You can read my full review on their products here.
- Honest Beauty: I discovered this brand recently while on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and I can tell you, they don’t disappoint! Their mascara is the best I’ve tried in years, natural or conventional. I’m slowly building my collection as I run out of other products.
- oWay Organics: My hair stylist (who uses all green products) introduced me to this line and I fell in love. You have to find a retailer for it, but if you can get your hands on it, everything I’ve tried is amazing!
The Benefits of Using Natural Products: Final Thoughts
I’m tired of seeing everyone claim that natural living is easy in an effort to recruit more people to this lifestyle. No, it’s not always as hard as outsiders think, but it’s certainly not easy.
When you commit to buying greener, more natural products, you can’t always just grab what’s on sale. I remember looking for a lotion on vacation for over 20 minutes. It would have been much easier to just grab something and go. I knew it would be slathered all over me and my kids for several days, though, so I spent the time finding the best option.
Natural living is not easier, no. But, once you know the benefits of using natural products, and the dangers of some of our old favorites, it’s an easy choice to make.
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