Where to start?



I admit, it’s easy to drown in the attempt to go natural. When you start reading into the subject, it’s really shocking to learn about all the harmful chemicals that are put into our foods, make-up, toothpaste, dishwasher tablets, plastic bottles, and the list goes on and on. It seems like everything causes cancer, fertility problems, allergies and more. You get scared by finding out your whole world is filled with big piles of danger. People tend to get the feeling that there’s no possible way of avoiding all of this, so they don’t want to hear about it. They bury their heads in the sand and live on, accepting the fact that they are putting hundreds of chemicals in their bodies every single day. 

It’s an understandable reaction. Why bother and start checking every label with unreadable words that no normal person can understand? Everything is approved by our government, so it can’t be that toxic, right? Well, I’m afraid it’s not that simple. Sure, chemicals get tested for so called safety. One substance at a time, in the small amounts that are put into the stuff we buy. But what about the long-term effects of eating, inhaling and covering your body with several different chemical toxins every day, for a period of a lifetime? Even if it's in "small amounts", try adding everything up! 

Most people will argument with contradicting studies, saying that this or that isn’t that bad for you at all. You can probably discuss about it on and on, but for me, that’s not the point. I like to know what exactly I am putting in my mouth or on my body. I like the idea that I’m using only natural products. It makes me happy. I believe this is the way to treat the health of my family and myself as good as I can. Even if there are others claiming chemicals aren’t toxic, from my point of view, it’s better to be safe than sorry. A big bonus for me is that by using naturals, I’m treating the environment better as well!


This website isn’t meant to go on and on about the possible risks involved in using chemicals. There are a lot of great sources out there to get informed on why it might be better to try to avoid them. If you already are convinced you want a more natural lifestyle, however, I am more than happy to help you find out how. 

One thing I can advise you is: learn what those weird names on labels actually mean. Personally, I went online, bought a few books explaining the ingredients in my food and cosmetics, and started searching for products without the harmful additives in it. It takes some practice in the beginning, but you soon know the ones to avoid by heart. It took some long hours in the local supermarkets reading every label on every pot of mustard, but I now know which one to buy with my eyes closed!  Unfortunately, even organic food, and some so-called “natural” cosmetics still can have chemicals in them you want to stay away from. So even in organic stores, checking labels is the only way to get it right. But don’t worry: it really is possible, I promise!

Also, don't try to change everything at once. It can be way too overwhelming. The drastic change in foods with us has been several months ago, and just now I'm going for the next chapter. And even in this moment, we're still using our old products until they're empty (although that's mostly because my boyfriend won't let me throw them out all at once :-)). Start gradually and grow in going green!


So, to find your own approved items, a summary of steps: 

1.       Find information online or buy a book from which you can learn more about what all of those weird ingredients mean. For my Dutch-speaking readers: I got the little pocket-guide “Wat zit er in uw eten?” by Corinne Gouget for foods, and read online about cosmetics on this website.
Another good source for cosmetic ingredients, in English, is Skin Deep
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2.       Armed with your knowledge, check every bottle or container of food/cosmetics/cleaning products present in your home. You’ll be shocked with what you are putting in and on yourself on a daily basis. That’s good, because it gives you the motivation needed for the next step!

3.       Spend time shopping online or in the supermarket to find the pure alternatives for your regular brands (yes, I probably looked like a weirdo, checking every label in the supermarket in a book! But once you know what to buy next time, you can leave the book at home). For food, this is the easiest. Cosmetics are very, very hard to find, if possible at all, in the regular product-ranges.  But don’t worry, that’s where this site comes in handy.

4.       Enjoy feeling natural!


Oh, and if this all is too much trouble for you, you can just sit back and see which products I bought and whether I recommend them to you. Simple, right?

2 comments:

  1. Gevonden! Amai dat engels lezen vergt toch wat meer concentratie hoor, dikke pluim dat jij dat allemaal getypt krijgt! Ik ga je zeker volgen maar opvolgen weet ik niet, ik heb er gewoon de energie niet voor, vroeger was ik er ook allemaal enorm mee bezig maar dat lijkt nu niet meer te lukken ...

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  2. Hey Orange! Heel erg begrijpelijk dat het je aan energie ontbreekt om dit allemaal uit te zoeken. Wie weet zijn mijn volgende blogs toch bruikbaar... Want ik ga wel voor de simpel uit te voeren experimenten en comfortabele aankopen. En dan moet je het zelf al niet meer uitzoeken ;-)

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