Hygiene or Hazard?

When I was 14, my mom was diagnosed with cancer (the first time). If you’ve read my personal story, you’ll know this was linked with an awakening experience.

Basically, I had this ‘random’ thought pop in my mind, “I must be at risk too.” Followed by, “There must be something in the environment she was exposed to that triggered this.” Little did I know, this seemingly otherworldly advice has now proven true.

‘Genetics holds the gun, but environment pulls the trigger’ is now a popular adage in natural medicine… for good reason.

At the time of this experience, I still got excited for cheap body spray to help me smell like a ‘Hawaiian rainforest.’ (Isn’t it suspicious they assume they can duplicate Nature anyway?) I once thought I had to protect myself and others from my apparently awful armpit odour by coating the precious things with white sticks that smelled like ‘ocean breeze.’

With the threat to my mom’s health, I decided I better clean up my act if I wanted to prevent this myself.

It took me until my early 20s to really get the hang of it. I switched out conventional produce for organic, focused on only hormone-free, grass-fed meats, but ate mostly plants. I stopped using antiperspirants and switched to natural beauty products, for the majority of what I used.

Now, I can say everything that goes in and on my body, I could eat! I don’t own products that aren’t natural (and most of them are organic).

I wish I had more time in visits to discuss personal care products in depth. You can do all the work with diet and supplementation, but if you are slathering chemicals on your body, you’re just adding fuel to the fire. Good luck winning that firefight.

Even if you switch out just one new product a month to a cleaner, natural alternative, you’ll do wonders for your health and the environment. Plus, the way natural products are these days, you may even prefer it to the conventional drugstore brand. Seriously!

The Clean Beauty Awards 2018 Finalists
Hair Treatment Category

You could say my mission is spreading the message about living healthier and happier lives, so when I was asked to be a judge for the Clean Beauty Awards, of course I was honoured!

The Clean Beauty Awards highlights fantastic products in the clean beauty industry. It is held in association with CertClean, a certification that gives a seal of approval to clean, toxin-free personal care products. The Clean Beauty Awards helps consumers get connected with clean, non-toxic products that help you look and feel your best. All tested and judged for performance!

My category was hair treatment. I had left it up to fate, and sure enough, this is the area of personal care where self-love lacked most. My hair and I still have some difficult moments with eachother, but we’re working it out 😉

Here is a brief list of the products with their corresponding post links:

I really enjoyed my Clean Beauty Awards judging journey and would like to thank all of the companies involved. I learned something from every single one and I’ll be releasing my thoughts on each of these products, so stay tuned for updates on Instagram and Facebook.

If you want to delve further into the world of clean beauty, then see my free e-book here! If you want to go further and have questions about full body detoxing, then see my free e-book ‘Do You Need to Detox?’

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