January 13, 2014

Natural Living

It was just recently that I realized that natural living is such a big part of me. I never even thought about it before, but nearly every time I get on the computer I end up looking at and/or researching something related to it. Since it's something that I enjoy I just ended up doing it without realizing it.

The thing is in the four months I've had this blog I've yet to post a single thing about natural health or beauty. Now that's sad! That's going to change now, as I have quite a few posts I want to get written up relating to it. Before we dive into that though, I decided to write up with post about my thoughts on natural living.

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Natural living to me is living in a way that you're using as minimal artificial ingredients and chemicals as possible. Instead I try and buy products with simple and natural ingredients, but there are many items I'll make myself instead. Natural living covers everything; what you eat and put on your skin to what you wash your clothes with and clean your kitchen with.

Some ways I've made my lifestyle more clean and natural are:
-washing my hair with homemade shampoo
-using apple cider vinegar in place of conditioner
-eating foods without artificial ingredients or preservatives

-using vinegar and water as a window cleaner
-buying toothpaste without sodium laurel sulfate
-choosing glass over plastic when I can

Those are just some of the main things I'm doing that fit into my natural lifestyle. I'm always trying to improve it though, as I can only keep making it better and better. My current ongoing project is to convert all of my store bought makeup to natural homemade makeup. I started yesterday by making my own mascara and lip balm, both which I plan on posting about soon.

My goal when buying products is to find ones with ingredients that I would use if I was going to make it myself. Some things are just really hard to find without bad ingredients, so with those types of things I try to either make my own or do without if possible.

Natural Living | Ribbons Down My Back

When it comes down to it, we really don't need as many cleaning products as the world wants us to believe. It's all just advertising making us think we "need" a different product for every chore. Less is more, in my opinion. Just give me some vinegar, baking soda, and liquid castile soap and I can clean just about anything!

And that's about all I have to say at the moment. Hopefully that all makes sense. If it doesn't, or if you have any questions just let me know!


  1. I'd love to hear more about the natural products you use, especially beauty products. I'm still on the search for a good natural, aluminum free deodorant...I'm not really satisfied with the kind I'm using right now, and the usual homemade recipes contain baking soda which breaks me out. (I've found a few recipes that don't include baking soda, but they require other ingredients that I don't have yet!)

    1. I'll start working on a post featuring the beauty products I use! I remember when you wrote one; I really enjoyed reading it. :)

      I'm afraid I don't have any personal suggestions, as I don't use deodorant (I just have never needed it). Usually it's just the anti-presperants that have aluminum in them, and I know that the natural section at Fred Meyer has some aluminum-free ones (You might not have FM where you live, but I would check out the natural sections at the stores that have them and maybe look at a natural food place such as Whole Foods). My sister was using Tom's, which she liked, but I think now she is using apple cider vinegar instead. She at least was a few months ago, I'm not sure if she still is.


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