Last week, I wrote about my recent efforts to use healthier, more eco-friendly products, and I reviewed my favourite natural mouth care products. This week, I’m overhauling my shampoo, conditioner and body wash, doing away with anything toxic or chemical-laden, and trying out some natural shower products I feel much better about.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never really thought twice about the products I use in the shower. I’ve always been conscious about exercising and eating healthy, and yet, I never made the connection between my health and the products I use on my skin.
It only makes sense, though: you’re basically ingesting your skin products through your pores, just as your body absorbs the foods you eat (and the thoughts you think, for that matter). Health isn’t just about nutrition: it’s about everything you engage with on a physical, emotional and mental level.
After switching out my toothpaste, floss and mouthwash for products that were more eco-friendly and non-toxic, I went on the hunt for shower products I could feel good about, too. I’m trying to make these changes as easy and seamless as possible, and doing it bit by bit seems to be working for me.
The products below caught my eye at the health food store, and so far, I’m loving them:
Carina Organics was founded in 1972 with the aim of making the cleanest and most natural body products possible, meaning completely free of synthetic ingredients like cortisone, sulfates, or steroids. With most of their products rating 0 on the Think Dirty app, it seems they’ve certainly reached their aim. I chose the Sweet Pea Daily Moisturizing Shampoo and Light Conditioner, and I really love the light scent and gentle feel of the products. It’s so important to use natural products in your hair because conventional shampoos and conditioners can actually lead to dryness, breakage, or even organ damage. Scary stuff! These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about causing harm to the animals or the oceans. Yay!
The other product I bought was a lavender wash by Lovefresh. I love this body wash because it’s made with just spring water, lavender essential oil, and natural extracts like chamomile and elder flower. It’s 100% natural and free of SLS or sodium laureth sulfate, a foaming agent used in many conventional bath products. SLS is also a skin irritant, pollutant, and pesticide, and can actually permeate your body’s cells, so I’m happy to sacrifice a bit of foam to avoid it. The scent of lavender is so calming and fresh, so this body wash is perfect for relaxing baths as well as showers. Did you know the word lavender actually comes from the latin word, lavare, which means “to wash”? Lavender is the OG of cleaning products, which is why I also love using it in my room sprays, linen sprays, and body lotions.
My skin always feels so amazing after swimming in the ocean, and this charcoal face mask harnesses all the natural goodness of the sea even in land-locked Toronto. The mask balances and purifies by unclogging pores, reducing fine lines and giving my overall complexion a boost, making it the perfect product to use for a lazy self-care Sunday. Charcoal helps to draw toxins out of the skin, while sea buckthorn is a natural cleanser and exfoliant. I aim to do one of these masks in the bath at least twice a week to reduce dead skin cells and keep my skin bright.
I love these products and I’m so happy I made the switch over to natural shower products from my regular soaps and shampoos. Now that I know more about foaming agents and artificial ingredients, I cringe when I think of the unnatural body washes I used to rely on. Yikes!
What are your favourite natural shower products? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.