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How to switch to all-natural products

Why switch to natural products?

Because we expose ourselves and our families to countless products all freaking day.

From washing your face in the morning to brushing your teeth at night, the average person uses about nine products per day.

And that’s without considering the foods and drinks we consume.

We rub, spray, scrub, slather and spritz to our heart’s content, but how many of us take the time to find out what’s actually in those products?

From petrochemicals to allergens to hormone and endocrine disruptors, mainstream mass-produced products contain a cocktail of toxins.

And it’s not just ourselves we should be concerned for, it’s our planet and the animals sharing it with us.

Big pharma companies don’t care if their packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.

Animal testing is an unnecessary and cruel practice that has no place in today’s world.

By switching to natural products, you’re making a difference to more than just your health.

Ditch and switch with Plant to Bottle

If you’re looking to make the switch to natural, organic, toxin and cruelty-free products, you’ve probably noticed that it’s a bit of a minefield to navigate.

Maybe you went to the supermarket and got overwhelmed with all the information on product labels.

Maybe you tried a product that claimed to be all-natural but later found that wasn’t the case.

Maybe you’ve already put it in the ‘too hard’ basket.

Not only are there a bajillion harmful ingredients to avoid, but there’s also a bunch of brands that greenwash their messaging to hide those ingredients in their products.

So, how can you make the switch to all-natural products and be certain the brands you choose are truly safe?

It’s about doing your research, being informed, and only buying from brands that are transparent about their ingredients and processes.

Brands that are as passionate about natural products as you are.

Brands that care.

What to look out for

Product ingredient labels are hard to translate, especially when there are brands out there hiding harmful ingredients behind misleading names.

Aside from researching every ingredient listed, one thing you can do to be certain you’re not buying dangerous products is to buy from a store or brand that only sells safe, natural products.

We’ve put together a quick list of some of the most common toxins to look out for.

It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start.

 

Aluminum

Commonly found in antiperspirant deodorant, makeup, nail polish, and toothpaste, aluminum is known to be toxic to the brain and is suspected to contribute to breast cancer.

Metal in your pits? No, thanks.

 

Fragrances

Products with ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ listed as an ingredient on the label are some of the dirtiest on the market.

Most brands have no idea what’s in the fragrances they use for their products, but they commonly contain petrochemicals, allergens, and hormone disruptors.

Often found in perfume, air fresheners, scented candles, hair products, soaps, makeup, sunscreen, skincare, moisturisers, and lotions, it’s a hard one to avoid.

 

Petroleum

Often hidden behind names such as petroleum jelly, petrolatum, or mineral oil, petroleum is a by-product of the oil industry.

It’s made from the sludge found at the bottom of oil rigs.

Yes, really.

And if that’s not enough to make you check every ingredient label in your household, it’s known to contain hydrocarbons, which are considered to be “the greatest contaminant of the human body”.

 

Parabens

Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, Ethyl.

Whichever form they’re in, you don’t want them in or on your body.

Used to extend the shelf-life of makeup, body wash, hair products, deodorants, and cleansers, parabens are potential endocrine disruptors.

 

Formaldehyde

Used to prevent bacteria growth in cleansers, body wash, hair products, and nail polish, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and allergen with potential ties to dermatitis, headaches and fatigue.

It can also cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

A big ole nope.

 

Others

Phthalates

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Synthetic colours

Phenoxyethanol

Toluene

How do I find natural alternatives?

We’ve delved into what not to do, now let’s talk about where to find these unicorn natural products.

There’s a heap of brands out there that greenwash their messaging to muddy the water, so it’s up to you to cut through the crap and identify the genuinely natural brands.

An easy thing to check is whether the brand has a certification such as the leaping bunny (Cruelty-Free International), the Vegan Society, or Australian Certified Organic.

And of course, you can research the brand yourself by checking the ingredients they use as well as their practices and their values.

Generally, these brands are proud of their all-natural, organic or cruelty-free status, so it’ll be pretty obvious on their website or social media platforms.

There’s also a few large online retailers like Nourished Life and Flora and Fauna, who only stock brands that can prove they don’t use toxins in their products.

They go through a rigorous process to be accepted as a stocked brand and undergo regular checks to make sure every product always complies.

Support small as much as possible

If you prefer to support and buy from small Aussie brands, Plant to Bottle’s range is handmade with heart in Sydney, New South Wales.

Plant to Bottle is the result of my daughter’s journey from being diagnosed with 110 allergies and sensitivities when she was born, to now having zero.

Our range includes pure-fume, skincare, bug spray, deodorant, tanning oil, after sun, salt scrubs, lip balms, custom and standard oil blends, hand sanitiser and candles.

Every product is made by us and tested on us.

They’re completely devoid of toxins and nasties.

They’re jam-packed with helpful, nourishing ingredients.

They’re organic, cruelty-free and effective.

Has this blog helped you ditch and switch? Be sure to share your natural product journey and tag us on Instagram for a chance to be featured.

And if you need more help making the switch, feel free to get in touch.