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Interested in creating a chemical free home?
Over the course of 12 months, we will be transforming our home from chemical filled to chemical free-ish! Each month I will switch out current products for chemical free products. And I will share with you along the way!
Why over the course of a year?
As much as I would love to dump all our chemical filled products and replace them with chemical free products right now, this is going to be a huge lifestyle change. A change that I am determined to accomplish in small, manageable steps.
Time to take control of my home.
Time to become an educated consumer.
Time to commit to making the necessary changes to create a healthy, chemical free-ish home (progress not perfection!).
Before we dive into Month 2, you can read all about why we started our journey to a chemical free home, our plan and my limiting belief here.
As I mentioned above, when we started this journey we decided we would take our home from chemical filled to chemical free-ish in small, manageable and affordable steps. Therefore, each month I take inventory of what products we are getting low on and from there I decide what swaps we want to make.
This month I swapped:
Added a few oils to the collection:
- Inner Child
- Ylang Ylang
And, received some goodies for FREE:
- Cinnamint Lip Balm
- Grapefruit Lip Balm
- Lavender Lip Balm
TRANSITIONING TO ALL NATURAL SHAMPOO
Guys, switching to all natural shampoo is not for the faint of heart. Seriously! This was a rough transition for me.
I tossed the little bit of my old shampoo in the garbage and immediately started using Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla shampoo once it arrived in my mailbox. I was excited to give it a go!
The first time I used it:
- there were zero suds and
- my hair felt oilier after I washed it.
Let me preface this with, before switching to natural shampoo I washed my hair a maximum three times a week. That’s it, that’s all! And, even with my low maintenance shampooing schedule my hair went through a serious detox phase. A six week detox phase! She was an oily six weeks, let me tell ya. Apologies to anyone who hugged me during those six weeks.
After my first wash resulted in a lack of lathering and an oilier mane, I went straight to google and asked “What do I need to know about transitioning to natural shampoo?”.
Here’s what I needed to know:
- Sulfate shampoos strip natural oils from your hair. So, when you switch to a natural shampoo your body may initially begin producing too much or too little oil. Too much in my case!
- Due to the lack of foaming action, you may overcompensate and apply too much natural shampoo. Guilty! What you can do instead is add water to help work the product through your hair.
As a result of my google search, I knew with a little patience and a few tweaks I could survive the detox period.
So, here’s what I did:
- I filled a soap dispenser a third of the way full with shampoo, added 1 tbsp of baking soda and then topped it off with water. I gave it a good shake and voila, my new shampoo!
All things considered, the transition period was totally worth it. Today my hair feels great!
WHAT I REALLY THINK ABOUT THIEVES TOOTHPASTE
Young Living offers a few different toothpastes. I ordered the Thieves Dentarome Ultra.
After the first brush, whoa, the after taste was something else. In fact, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to continue using it. I battled through it the first week or so and eventually I got used to it!
My biggest concern with the switch was how the Thieves toothpaste was going to support my sensitive teeth. I was very happy to experience a smooth transition from Sensodyne to Thieves. That’s a win!
THE ESSENTIAL OILS I HAD TO HAVE THIS MONTH
As I mentioned above, this month we added Awaken, Inner Child and Ylang Ylang to our oil collection. Here’s why and how we use them:
- “This blend may help awaken one to the possibility of their higher potential, that they may make the necessary transitions in their lives to achieve greater things.” – Reference Guide for Essential Oils
- Diffuse or apply topically during meditation to enhance relaxation and visualize goals.
- Diffuse at home to release negative thoughts.
- Use at work to help stimulate creativity.
- I apply this oil on my chest every day!
- “This blend may stimulate memory response and help one reconnect with their inner-self or own identity, which is the first steps to finding emotional balance.” – Reference Guide for Essential Oils
- Add to bathwater for a calming & relaxing experience.
- Massage on to stomach to open awareness & let go of negative feelings.
- Diffuse for a peaceful calming aroma.
- I apply this on my stomach every morning!
- “Ylang ylang may help balance male-female energies so one can move closer towards being in spiritual attunement and focus his or her thoughts together, filtering out the ever-present garbage.” – Reference Guide for Essential Oils
- Rub on wrists & neck for a calming, floral fragrance you can enjoy throughout the day.
- Add to lotion to enjoy its moisturizing properties.
- Mix with coconut oil for a deep conditioning hair treatment.
- Diffuse in bedroom for some romantic vibes.
- When I’m drying my clothes, I put Ylang Ylang on the dryer balls.
HOW TO GET STARTED ON YOUR OWN JOURNEY
Your journey may look different than ours. You may choose to take smaller steps or bigger steps or no steps at all. And that’s ok! All that truly matters is that you are doing what is right for you and your family. Please know that I am here to support you every step of the way!
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More From This Series Below. Check out all the swaps we’ve made!
Be sure to follow along on instagram as we transform our home from chemical filled to chemical free-ish (progress not perfection)! Have you made any swaps in your home? Let me know in the comments below.