Things You Should Know Before Switching to Natural/Clean Hair & Skin Products
If you are thinking about switching over to more natural/better for hair and skin products you have come to the right place as this is a transition I made a few years ago.
Buckle your seat, I'm about to share with you EVERYTHING I have learned.
1. Did I notice a difference?
This is probably the most important question, so I'll just get it out of the way and answer that first. YES. I noticed a HUGE difference. Let me also so, it's not something I noticed overnight. There is a transition period, your skin and hair need to adjust to the new products you are using because they are completely different. The transition period is different for everyone too. Don't get discouraged and give up if you don't notice a difference right way.
2. DIY vs Purchasing
Okay, so when I first started my transition to using more natural products I thought I was going to make all my own things (body wash, body lotion, shampoo, hand soap). Actually I didn't think I was going to, I did. I found recipes for all of those things on Pinterest, got all the ingredients, made all the things. I found things like, "3 ingredient hand soap" and thought that'd be perfect. Let me just pause and say this is my opinion, I am not hating on anyone who makes their own products, I admire it actually, but this was not for me. While "3 ingredient hand soap" sounded great and easy, when I was making my own body wash, lotion, shampoo, hand soap and so on, even if they only have 3 ingredients each (which they don't, some have more ingredients than that), that's 12 different things I needed to buy (because let me tell you, none of them had the same ingredients). Some of the ingredients were hard to find and I wasn't really sure if I was getting the right thing or not. Then I had to find a place to store all of these ingredients some where and I just came to the conclusion making my own stuff wasn't for me (again, completely my opinion). So in conclusion, I recommend buying natural products vs making your own, but if you don't think the reasons I gave would bother you, then definitely go for it and make your own. It obviously works for other people and they don't mind it. Lucky for you, I am going to share all my favorite natural skin and hair products.
Now let's get into my favorite products:
Body Wash: I like to use this body wash. I also love the company and think they have great customer service. It is also very budget friendly.
Shampoo & Conditioner: I have tested out several different shampoos and conditioners. My favorites are Prose and Function of Beauty. Both of these are made specifically for your and your hair type which is determined from a short quiz. A budget friendly option is this shampoo and this conditioner
Body Lotion: I have dry skin and the product that works the best for my dry skin is Primally Pure's Almond + Vanilla Body Butter and I absolutely love the smell of it as well. If Vanilla isn't your jam, they have other scents too. A more budget friendly option is this body lotion.
Hand Soap: My hands get very dry so I am very particular about what hand soap I use. This hand soap works well for me without completely drying out my hands.
Deodorant: I have tried multiple natural deodorants and Primally Pure's deodorant is the ONLY one that has ever worked for me. I don't even have an alternative to suggest, because none of the other ones I tried work. My favorite is their charcoal deodorant, but again, they have multiple scents.
Want to know my full skin care routine? It is in this blog post.