My Start to Clean Living

Last week I started reading the book No More Dirty Looks as suggested by Andrea from Him & Her. It has kind of turned my cosmetics world upside down. It would be an understatement to say it has been overwhelming to read. Although I would definitely suggest it, I have a few tips to keep in mind while you are reading it (if you are so inclined to) and going through the process of changing the products you use.

1. Don't quit cold turkey.
This was the first thing I wanted to do and I felt like I needed to do. The problem is, that made me more overwhelmed because I still had to get ready in the morning. I wasn't about to replace everything I had been using for years in just a few days. Take it all one step at a time and don't feel like you can't use your old products. I haven't gotten to my makeup yet, so I'm still using my old stuff. And I've used my hair spray a little.

2. Leave room for mistakes.
It takes no time to find out you can make a lot of your own products. Make sure in doing this you give yourself time to try the product before you make a whole batch of it. It would be a real shame to spend a bunch of time and money to make something and then not like it. Fortunately this has not truly happened to me. The only thing I made that I didn't like was my shampoo because it made my hair too greasy. But it has worked great as body wash. So, hoorah.

3. Let yourself have one "dirty" product.
I feel like this is the most important. Let yourself keep one product you want to make absolutely no changes to. I chose perfume. To be honest, I don't really wear a whole lot of perfume but it's something I like to spritz every so often after I get ready. I have given myself a free pass with perfume and I am not worrying about it. 

4. Remember it takes time. 
Most of the products I am trying to clean out are things I have used for years. YEARS. Like "I don't remember when it was I even started using it" kind of years. It will take some time to find new, clean products that work for you. Don't let it overwhelm you. I think I am mostly talking to myself in this. Yeah?

If you have read this book, are in the middle of this book, or are thinking about starting it... talk to me about it! What are your thoughts? I would love to hear your tips about all of this. I am at the very very beginning stages and I need to girl talk this out just as much as the next chick.


  1. I am going to need to get this book! I literally had no idea, always thought i was careful with the products i buy. Maybe not..thank you for this post! Would have never know, or ever thought about it without it! xx

  2. I think you'll find this website interesting. It rates products based on toxicology. You can search everything from sunscreen to makeup and see what you're using on your body: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

    I have the same thoughts as you do on this topic. I'm moving to make the change, but I'm doing it bit by bit. Good luck! :)

  3. This sounds super interesting. I'll have to check it out and see what changes I should be making!

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  4. thanks for sharing! I want to read it!

  5. I would like to read the book.
    I read a lot about the food industry so it makes sense to me to start reading about the beauty industry too.

  6. Your photos are always so incredible! What presets do you use to edit them if any?

  7. That's something I've been really getting into lately! I stopped using shampoo years ago, using cleansing conditioners instead. It's possible to find inexpensive ones, but difficult. A few months ago I started using honey to wash my hair and face, and I LOVE IT. My hair is naturally curly, so it reduced frizz and increased the curl, to the point where I do absolutely nothing to it and it looks fine (which is enticing to my lazy side). I've also been making my own deodorant for a while now, among other things. I love this because not only are all these things healthier but they are cheaper, which appeals to my cheap side.
    You should peruse this blog (http://empoweredsustenance.com/). It's what got me started. I've never heard of this book, but now I'll have to read it!

    1. That's awesome! I have been using honey as face wash and blemish spot control but I hadn't thought of using it as shampoo. I have had the most trouble finding a good shampoo. I just ordered one online and we'll see how that goes. I made my own deodorant as well, I am not totally convinced if I like it yet. Haha. I don't hate it though, so that's a start. I will definitely have to check out that site. :)

  8. i have never heard about this! sounds like quite the read!

  9. Oh my goodness, I read this book a few months ago and it totally changed my views about beauty products, too! I definitely wanted to replace every single product I had and start fresh. It definitely taught me to be more aware/savvy of reading labels and understanding the actual chemicals that go into cosmetics.

    Xo, Hannah


  10. Interesting post!

    Do you want to swap buttons with me? Let me know:)


  11. Definitely going to buy that book! I've been trying to clean out my beauty regimen and only use organic products, but it's not easy to find and a lot more expensive. so I'm looking forward to ready some useful tips! x

  12. it sounds like I need to read this book! I have been thinking a lot about switching to clean living. to be honest, I've mostly been afraid to start researching and finding out what horrendous things I've been using. by the way, just stumbled upon your blog and I love it!

  13. For clean living products- there's a company called Norwex which is chemical free cleaning products:

  14. You should definitely try Lush! Some of their cosmetics and body stuff is a bit expensive, but it lasts a long time, and it's for the good anyway. I recommend anything with lemon, yum!

    Also, it seems like your hair is growing out, looks so lovely.

  15. I haven't read the book, but I read about clean makeup/care products on the Roost blog and was immediately obsessed. Does the book mention Skin Deep? It's a great database website that lets you research any product to see how toxic it is (or find the least toxic products).

    I wrote a similar post about this a few months ago and have slowly been reworking my products. I'm having the hardest time finding a good foundation though! If you don't go DIY on everything, some great brands I love are RMS Beauty, Nahla Beauty, Coastal Classic Creations, and Au Naturale Cosmetics :)