Making the Switch to the Big O!

switchIf you Google “I’m thinking of switching to organic products,” you’ll see a ton of results pop up. There are a bunch of articles telling you how to make the transition, and this could be just another post to add to the pile. The difference here is, I’ve recently made the switch for medical reasons. I had to take care of one our largest organs to help my system from the outside as well as the inside.

The journey to organic comes in many forms and if you’ve researched any products already you’ll see there’s a lot in the marketplace.  There are so many inspiring companies that took it upon themselves to make quality products they’d trust not only on their skin but yours! So whether you’re making this step for health reasons as I did, or you just wanted to stop putting chemicals on your body I believe this post will help you get on the right track.switch 2

One of the first questions I had when making the switch was “where the hell do I even start?” My recommendation is to start with your skincare. The
reason for this, is your skincare will probably be the most trial and error portion of the process.

The best way to start, is to start small. Keep your product line super simple: face wash, toner, and moisturizer. (Don’t forget SPF)! Also, try not to be wasteful. Start your search when you’re about to be out of your current routine. That way you’re buying something you were going to purchase anyway.

You can always add in serums, scrubs, and masks once you’ve found a couple of product lines you and your skin are happy with.

Do your homework, learn about the numerous brands that are out there. There are product lines for every budget pretty much. Just remember organic tends to cost a little more because of the quality of ingredients.

Here is a brief list of skin care lines I’ve been happy with:

Osmia Organics
Fat Co
Beauty Counter
Renee Rouleau
Tata Harper
Leahlani Skincare
May Lindstrom

For product reviews and recommendations, a couple of my favorite people to follow are Organic Bunny, Citrine Natural Beauty Bar, and Laura’s Natural Life. There is a pretty substantial community of organic beauty bloggers to help you along the way. As I continue my journey I’ll hopefully be a great source of information as well.

An easy way to try products is through samples. I mentioned a few companies that offer sample sizes in my Fab ‘n Fit Sample Size post. But you can also try reaching out to the skincare line you are interested in to see if they would provide you with a week’s worth of samples, not for free of course! Since organic products are pricier this is a great way to make sure you’re purchasing something that works for your skin.

Give it time! This is a big portion of the process for two reasons. One, it takes your skin about 28 days to recycle itself. So you have to let your skin adjust to what’s going on. Now if you have an immediate flare up or extreme redness and irritation stop the product immediately. That is not normal. That is also why you want to test the product in a small area first. If you are super sensitive your skin may not react well to certain organic ingredients. You also want to keep track of how your skin is responding to each product. If you change everything all at once you won’t know which product is giving you an issue. Secondly, you don’t have to overhaul your whole bathroom overnight. I’ve been slowly converting to organic products for over half a year now. There isn’t an organic beauty patrol that will come to your house and fine you for not being all organic all at once.

If you feel like skincare isn’t enough right off the bat, another area to focus on would be your shower ritual. Converting your bath products isn’t as complex but your hair products can get tricky. You’ll want to decide if you want the no poo route, or stick with the traditional shampoo and conditioner. I’m currently still working on mine, curly hair and Texas humidity is not the easiest thing to work with. But for body wash products, Osmia Organics has a great line of bath soaps! They get your skin super clean without over drying, they smell amazing, and they have not caused any body breakouts.

You also have several options when it comes to your body lotion and scrubs. If you have super dry skin let me suggest body oils, they also work great to give you that dewy, just kissed sun look. Again Osmia Organics really brings it with her line of lotions and oils. If you are into a more southern smell like Gardenia’s, One Love Organics has an amazing body oil. On the more luxe side is May Lindstrom’s the Good Stuff. She calls it golden sunshine in a bottle! It’s glorious. It makes for a great hint for a little somethin’ somethin’ from your somethin’ somethin’!

Now this part was the hardest for me to let go and convert to because I was so paranoid that I would smell to high heaven. But once you find the right one you’ll never go back, and I’m talking about deodorant. Y’all, we were meant to sweat under our pits, it’s how our body regulates our core temperature. So the goal isn’t to make you stop sweating it’s just to make it not smell so bad. My first organic deodorant experience was from Fat Co, and their Stank Stop. This stuff is incredible!! I even found myself sweating less, go figure! The only reason I started looking for another option is that you have to apply it with your fingertips and rub in. When I’m on the run I need a traditional stick, and that’s when Schmidt’s came into the picture. I go back and forth between both of these products.

All right, this little list should at least get you pointed in the right direction for your big O overhaul. Or at least it gives you a few things to think about before you start your adventure. Remember there’s a big community here for you, and I’m here for y’all!!

Check back this week for my post on cleaning up your pantry, a starter guide to clean eating!

Until then, Stay well y’all!

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