2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label. more here.
now that i’ve officially had AE for a year and a half, i feel like i should address some of the off-the-wall comments and questions i’ve heard since i decided to go all-natural.
some have made me laugh, some have really offended me, but NONE have deterred me from becoming the healthiest person i can be and a more educated consumer. 🙂
i hope this posts helps someone feel the same!
- GOING ALL-NATURAL DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE
…or it won’t be as good as the conventional stuff.
going all-natural DOES make a difference. you’re very literally NOT putting toxins into your body anymore, like those found in lotions, shampoos, body wash, deodorants, makeup, etc. your skin and scalp will be in better condition. heck, you might even find out that problems you’ve been trying to fix were Caused by an ingredient or two in your previous products. and wanna know something disgusting? SLS (as found in bubbly products) has been found in brain, eye and liver tissues of cadavers of people who quit using sulfates as many as fifteen years prior to death. nooooo thanks.
and what’s all this business about how crunchy products aren’t as good as conventional ones? there are countless amounts of people all around the world that will vouch for the effectiveness of homemade products over conventionally sold ones. for me personally, my acne has died down and my hair no longer has split ends. and you know what i use? water! *gasp!* 😉
- YOU “NEED” CONVENTIONAL PRODUCTS
recently, i had a “licensed cosmetologist” tell me my hair literally needed expensive shampoos like john frieda because it’s like medicine for hair. she told me “i’m sure you take medicine when you’re sick, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your hair?”
honestly, my first reaction was to laugh.
so let’s clear this up… you do NOT “need” conventional beauty products. you don’t… as in do NOT. i would love for someone to explain why my hair needs to be coated in silicones or why my scalp needs SLS bubbles or why my armpits need dove deodorant. haha. your body knows how to take care of itself (given everyone is different and various health conditions exist). barring lifestyle and health conditions, your hair doesn’t need to washed with john frieda at all, let alone every day. i’ve been washing my hair with ONLY water for months now (and threw away all my hair products almost 2 years ago) and my hair is in the best condition it’s ever been in. oh, AND forgot to mention- the water-only washes only happen every week or so 😉 myth debunked.
- YOU WON’T BE CLEAN/YOU’LL STINK/ETC.
are we talking for the initial transition period? cuz oh heck yea, baby! anyone who’s familiar with my journey to the ROM knows i let my grease flag fly! but that’s completely temporary. if you’re talking about the crunchy lifestyle in general, you couldn’t be farther from the truth! my armpits actually stink LESS! 🙂 it’s freakin magical. and i’m not even kidding. i was quite the stinky gal when i accidentally forgot to put deo on before my transition. and now when i forget, it’s kind of like “oh well. hopefully i’ll remember tomorrow” because i don’t stink (at least no one’s said otherwise…haha!). and yes, us crunchy people are clean. probably more clean actually. i think we have a great understanding of what exactly works for our bodies and what doesn’t, and we have a great understanding of how to tailor everything to fit our needs.
i’m aware there are those few souls that…hmm… forgo hygiene? how do i word that?? but there are people i know that use conventional products and have way worse hygiene than me. your hygiene level doesn’t correlate with what type of product you’re using (well, unless you’re trying to wash your body with “mud” (read: clay). oh, just kidding, because that’s actually great for it!)
- YOU “CAN’T” WEAR MAKE-UP/DO YOUR HAIR/ETC.
i’ve had various people over time assert that i can’t be crunchy AND style my hair or put make-up on because what i’d be using would be full of the ingredients i regularly avoid in other beauty products.
ahem… *gasp!* lipstick! whaaat?
but really though, all make-up isn’t “bad.” there are lots of natural make-up companies out there that display their ingredients lists proudly! check out these products as a place to start! they take some getting used to (your lipstick won’t be on your lips for 36 hours and your mascara won’t stay on while you swim), but it’s worth it for your health!
nail polish is still my weakness (shh, don’t tell!). but if you wanna paint your nails, you can opt for “safer” options, like these.
- ALL “ALL-NATURAL” PRODUCTS ARE OKAY
sadly, this just isn’t true. in many, many cases, products that are marked or marketed as all-natural really AREN’T. lush isn’t. organix isn’t. wen isn’t. bare minerals isn’t. you have to do your research on the specific products (which is another reason i’m a huge fan of DIY’ing!).
but the good news is there are TONS of companies out there (lots of them are family owned or a smaller organization) that firmly believe in safe, non-toxic products.
it just comes down to whether or not we as consumers can cut through the marketing fog to see what’s really in the products we’re using!
what are some things people have told you that you corrected or wanted to correct?
23 thoughts on “myths about going “all-natural””
I’m so thankful for this post! Just when I was doubting the effectiveness of some of my natural products & considered switching to store bought. Thank you for reminding me why I’ve chosen natural products!
Would you ever do a post on what’s in your makeup bag? That’s the next thing I seriously need to change & I’d appreciate some inspiration. Thanks!
Thanks katie! keep at it 🙂
and absolutely. great idea! thanks!
Hi Alex. My husband was the first no poo person I met. He does not use deodorant, shaving cream, lotions, etc. We’ve been married 20 years and he has never needed deodorant. I’ve been slowly trying to switch to low poo after reading your helpful website. Thank you for all your posts!
I love your blog and I have learned so much.
This post is great. I love how you call out the so called natural products as not so much! I was wondering if you know of an app that we can use while shopping to look up ingredients. Its easy shopping online with your link to look up ingredients but I feel like I am guessing when I shop in person.
thanks so much, sandy! the EWG has an app where you can access their database that way. it’s available for both iphones and androids. anyone else know of any cool apps to help?
Luckily, no one has insulted me because of washing my hair with water/eggs/soda etc:D But I sense that they really don’t believe in it.. although my beautiful clean hair are right in front of them. Some argue, some just don’t bother.. If anyone asks, I tell them my story, but so far only one relative has gone no-‘poo:D
Love the myth busting!:)
Hi Alex. I’ve ben reading a lot about going without shampoo and I tried going no-poo for 10 days but soon a family wedding came up and I couldn’t manage looking fab with my transition period on; so I gave in to shampooing and conditioning my hair.
I have a big doubt I was hoping you’d clear for me. With all the pollution and dust in the air, how’s my hair going to get clean without shampoo?? City life isn’t exactly natural and organic; it is a hot sweaty bubble of grime and pollutants (at least where I come from, in Mumbai). So don’t we need synthetic products to combat that???
Lush isnt?? 😱😱😱
I was so sad when I read that as well!
Thank you so much for this post! I was just this evening telling my husband it is so difficult to try some things that those around me are doing conventionally. It is so nice to read some encouraging words and be reminded of how important it is to limit the chemicals and toxins in and around us. Thank you!
Thank you so much for your insight. I really enjoy reading about your experiences. i know the experience can be different for everyone. but i must say – a few tricks have worked for me. For example, i stopped using commercial deodorant about 6 months ago. i only make homemade now and i love it. In the past couple weeks i actually didn’t put any on….and…guess what? i really didn’t stink at all!! Additionally, we’ve ONLY used dr. bronner’s body wash for almost a year now. No more dove sensitive skin.
Additionally, i’m on about my 6th week of no ‘poo. it’s been an interesting experience – but what i take from it all is that 1/you need to keep experimenting with what works for you and 2/either way, by going no ‘poo (or ROM!!! hopefully my next step!?) at least you aren’t poisoning your body.
I see each ‘issue’ i have as a challenge and i’m trying my best to overcome each one -one at a time. I’m still struggling a little with no ‘poo but i’m trying to experiment to what will work. Additionally, (and particularly in the cold cold winter), i struggle with a suitable and practical body lotion (LOVE coconut oil, but need something more as a “daily” lotion).
Anywho, all in all, i’ve so much appreciated your blog. It’s not only given me ideas – it’s opened my mind to all kinds of options and has really enlightened me about modern day “beauty products” and their hazards.
Thank you so much! Hope i will write you a positive story soon about my no ‘poo experience! 🙂
What lipstick are you wearing in the photo? It is awesome!
Thanks kerrin! I layered a cowgirl dirt shade under a few layers of a Larenim minerals tint… I’ll check the names but I think one was Seduction.. baha.
You’re an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your experiences with natural beauty and lifestyle choices. Here’s to making crunchiness the norm, not exception 🙂
Thank you so much rita! that means a lot! and agreed!