Why would you want “safe alternatives”? Well for a start, they are paraben and SLS free.

Parabens and SLS are used in many cosmetic products, such as soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpaste. Parabens are a preservative, which enables that bottle of conditioner to sit on your bathroom shelf for a VERY long time and SLS stands for sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulphate (SLS) and it enables a liquid to foam.

Some studies have stated that parabens can be linked to certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer. (sources [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]) In fact, Denmark has banned two types of parabens from being used on products for young children because of their concerns.

Reports have identified SLS as a carcinogen, an endocrine disruptor and skin irritant! In plain English, it is suggested that SLS can cause cancer, put your hormones out of whack and make you itchy as hell.

Given that most personal care products are applied directly to, and absorbed by, our largest organ – the skin – it makes sense to ensure only the purest of substances are entering our bodies.

So if you’re wanting to avoid all the above adverse possibilities, what are you options? Are there safe alternatives?

You betcha ..

Safe Soap/Cleansers Alternatives

Before you reach for that bar of Dove or Simple soap, ask yourself is it helping or hindering your skin? Do you actually need it. Well, no, you don’t.

Olive Oil

For years, I suffered from BAD skin – right up into my 30s. And then I discovered that you can remove make up and every day dirt from your face with olive oil – yes, olive oil. It takes a bit of getting used to, and you need HOT water to remove it completely, plus a new flannel everyday, BUT IT DOES WORK. My skin has never felt or looked smoother/clearer. (Wellness Academy Members can attest to this as they see me on video ALL THE TIME!) I also use bicarb every now then for a deep, exfoliating cleanse. But be gentle!

Castille Soap

 Castille soap, which originated in the Castille region of Spain, is an all-natural vegetable oil-based soap and can be used on the face and body. It is pure, all natural and chemical-free. It can also be used as a household cleaner – so all-in-all a good all-rounder! [Buy some here]

HomeMade Face Masks

Mash one quarter of an avocado in a small bowl and add one tablespoon cocoa powder and one tablespoon honey. Mix well. Apply the mask to your clean, dry skin for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water, then moisturize as per usual (with your fave oil).

Brew one cup of chamomile tea with two tea bags and let cool completely. In a bowl, stir together one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey, and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast. Add just enough chamomile tea to the bowl to create a thicker paste but still runny enough to spread across your skin. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. Moisturize afterward!

Safe Toothpaste Alternatives

You can quite easily and safely clean your teeth with baking soda and or salt. Just go easy on the scrubbing as they are abrasive. Charcoal works wonders too. If your not keen on the taste (and who can blame you) why not add a drop or too of peppermint essential oil?

Oil pulling (especially with coconut oil) is great for keeping your teeth and gums healthy!

Safe Deodorant Alternatives

Again, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is great as a deodorant. It absorbs the wetness and neutralises the odour. White clay is another solution and you can also buy deodorant crystals and aluminium free deodorants from organic/natural suppliers, such as Jason, Holland & Barrett or local homegrown suppliers.

Mother Nature Network has some more alternatives along with a recipe for deodorant you can make yourself. Check it out here: https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/natural-beauty-fashion/stories/5-deodorant-alternatives

Safe Moisturiser Alternatives

Most commercial moisturisers contain the dreaded parabens so either look for those that say paraben free or make your own.

Alternatives include: olive oil, coconut oil (my fave), oatmeal soaked in water (great for bathing in especially if you have eczema) and believe it or not, egg yolk.

Safe Perfume Alternatives

Commercially made perfumes can be quite an irritant given the amount of chemicals in them. Ever had an allergic reaction to something? I did once and looked like I’d been attacked by 100 bees on my neck. Not nice!

But you don’t have to smell like you all the time. You can jazz it up with organic essential oils. There are 1000s out there, just head to your local aromatherapy supplier and sniff out the one for you.

Just make sure you take any necessary precautions when using essential oils as some can cause a reaction – when exposed to intense direct sunlight for example.

Well I hope that has helped give you an idea on how you can clean up your bathroom cabinet and use natural, safe alternatives to commercially produced, chemical laden personal care products.

And remember, if you want further information, including more alternatives, personalised support downloads, info sheets and recipes, why not join the Wellness Academy for Working Women?

Nicola