going green

When Phil and I got engaged and I started to carefully consider how I was going to run our future home, I looked a little into earth friendly household products but never bought any. When we decided to have a baby I looked into cloth diapering (because ‘nappying’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it) but again, never bought even one. I guess what I am trying to say is that choosing a more natural way of living has always appealed to me – I just never really had the courage or conviction to properly execute it.

And then last year happened, and we made some pretty dramatic changes to what we ate as a family – we began to choose food in it’s most natural form over food which has been processed. This recently flowed over to choosing food which is grown organically over food that is ‘built for shelf life’.

In the interim I started working with the most wonderful homoeopath to help sort out my endometriosis (that’s a blog of it’s own… coming soon). And so life has just taken on a very natural path for us. Once you start to really look at what you are fuelling your body with and what you are medicating yourself and your family with, you can’t help but look at what you are using to clean your home, what you are lathering all over your kids, and then… you can’t help but change.

Did you know that:

  • Commercial cleaning companies are under no legal obligation to research how their products might harm human health.
  • Household cleaning substances are the second most common reason for paediatric exposure to poison
  • Cleaning Compounds and soap account for four million kilograms of harmful waste annually
  • The skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs what is on the surface into the blood stream. Most soaps, shower gels, fragrances and lotions have large components of chemicals as their primary ingredients.

     

There’s a ton more I could mention… but these were enough to make me look at a couple of labels and start shopping around.

We’ve gone through some massive changes over the last couple of months and to be honest, at times it’s been a little overwhelming. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for friends, healthcare professionals and online communities who have inspired and guided me along the way. As a mom, there is a lot of pressure on you when make such a dramatic change for your family and I am so grateful for every little bit of help I have got. 

If you’re wanting to go the same route, here are a couple of products we have tried and loved:

Triple Orange wonder gel:

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It costs around R90 for a small tub. Ours has lasted over a month now and we use it for EVERYTHING – dishes, floors,the stove, bathrooms even fruit and veggies. It’s smells amazing and foams beautifully too. Besides washing powder & fabric softener, this is the only household cleaning product I am currently buying. I get ours from faithful-to-nature. 

Beautiful Earth soaps & lotions:

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Beautiful earth are committed to natural products and the ingredient listing on each individual product confirms this. Apart from being natural, Beautiful Earth is also green – an environmentally friendly company with a sound Environment Management System (EMS). Also, our girls smell delicious after bath time. These are just a couple of their products and we can’t wait to try more. You can buy yours directly from beautiful earth or faithful-to-nature online store.

Balm Balm skin care products:

I’m real simple when it comes to skin care and beauty products. I can’t tell you which make-up brush is used for what or why you need foundation AND concealer?!? But I do love my skin to look and feel good. Balm Balm products are 100% organic and 100% lovely too.

Not gonna lie, I was really nervous about trying an oil based cleanser and putting something called face BALM on my face… they sat in my bathroom drawer for a good week before I had the courage to give them a go. But, I was very pleasantly surprised! There is absolutely no oily residue after use and I love that they are so very gentle on my skin! The face balm has found a permanent spot in my handbag as it has so many other uses and I just know it’s going to keep the kiddies dry winter cheeks at bay this year.

Also, that rose water hydrosol is divine! I use it as a gentle toner in the morning and often as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up as well.

Luhla  south africa is selling all balm balm products for just R100 at the moment so head on over and check them out. Here’s sending a massive shout out to Sue from Luhla who packed my last order with so many lovely samples including the hibiscus face mask (which smells amazing) and the witchhazel toner (that I use every night).

It’s been a pretty successful trial time for us and there really isn’t much that we haven’t liked (there was a tub of natural antiseptic cream that smelled awful – but Keatynn dropped and smashed in on the floor the day I bought it so we never actually got to trying it). It’s been refreshing to realise that God has given us such good stuff, stuff that isn’t going to harm us or the earth He has given us. I think the best advice I can give (with my very limited and very new knowledge) is to make the change as and when you are ready. Don’t get caught up in it, because stuff like this ins’t meant to consume us – God did not make us to be caught up in what we are cleaning our homes or ourselves with!

I look forward to bringing you more of what we discover 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “going green

  1. Love your articles and this one is very helpful! I was doing research on natural household cleaners last week and was going to try that brand.

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