I’m about to do something pretty strange. I’m about to endorse something. Like, an actual thing that promises to do something and costs money. Weird, right?
It’s weird because I’ve come to this point in my life where I just don’t feel good about spending money. I feel better spending very little money on things that usually cost more *i.e., THRIFTING*, but even that has started to make me feel kinda icky. This is partly because I’ve chosen to stay home with my child while he’s young and with Adam being a PhD student, well, we broke. But this part of my life, the broke days, is really nothing new and has mostly started to become a way of life for me and my family. There’s no better way to discern all the shit you don’t need from the shit you do need than a lack of funds.
So when an old friend offered to send me some products that she feels really strongly about, at first I hesitated—briefly—but then I told myself: what do you have to lose? I knew she’d send me something worthy since our values on the things we allow into our homes are similar. I trusted her. So I decided to do myself a solid and give it a go.
Here’s why I DON’T BUY household/beauty products: the stuff I trust, I can’t afford. The stuff I can stand to smell—enjoy smelling—I can’t afford.
So I rinse my hair with baking soda, bypass deodorant, moisturize with coconut oil or Trader Joe’s inexpensive Vitamin E oil, when I can get to one, and begrudgingly buy natural toothpaste, laundry detergent, and dish soap. I had actually made a ton of counter spray I was pretty happy with before I got this stuff in the mail, but, admittedly, this stuff wins. It smells AMAZING, so citrusy, and cuts straight through most anything. It does feel pretty nice to have things smell fresh and clean again, without any harsh chemical backlash.
I went on a very serious natural deodorant hunt a while back, which included making my own, and no good came of it, but I held true and avoided the chemicals. I did also stop wearing anything fitted in the armpits. Not sure if that was a shift in style or out of necessity, but anyway, this stuff is pretty wonderful. It doesn’t last me all day, but it smells so great that when I do reapply, I feel fresh and clean again. The tea tree, orange, peppermint combo is super refreshing and natural smelling. It’s a little goopy, but honestly the best texture I’ve tried in the natural department, and I’ve tried MANY.
The soap has a very earthy, mild smell and a great lather. It also rinses really clean.
I’m really going to try and prioritize these products in my home. The counter spray is 32 oz, which will last me FOREVER, and the refill concentrate is only $3.50. The deodorant is $7.50, which is pretty high, but again should last me quite awhile and is around the same price point as the deodorants at the natural food stores I frequent. There are other products I’d love to try, especially the Essential Oil Bug Away, and as my friend told me, there is a $7.00 flat rate shipping fee, so I’ll want to get everything at once.
Check out their website if you’ve been fighting the same household/beauty product battle as I! You can also contact my friend Evelyn Homanick through her site at www.radiantlyyou.com/cleanlife or by phone at 206.653.4067 for a catalog and/or more information.
Happy, healthy, yummy smelling cleaning!