When it came to replacing products around my house from the ‘normal’ chemical-based products to natural chemical-free products, one of the first things I swapped was my bathroom hand wash!
Now, I’m the type of person who uses tissue in my hand to open the bathroom door in public toilets, that annoying person who reaches into her bag for her (chemical-free) hand sanitizer after shopping, in restaurants or after using public toilets even though I’d just washed my hands. Yes, that person – and I know everyone reading this knows someone in life who is exactly the same!
I thought I was being health conscious in doing this, but in reality, I was reducing germs on my hands but covering them in chemicals. I know now that isn’t healthier at all!
I love matching colours when it comes to not only clothes & accessories but also room decor and accessories. So as you can imagine, I chose hand wash dependant on colour to match my bathroom walls (I’m sure you all know a ‘matcher’ in life too!) so I used to buy handwash that was blue and turquoises. Yet, I think it was seeing this bright blue hand wash through different eyes, that made this one of the first products I replaced with a natural alternative.
Did you know that on average women add more than 200 chemicals to their skin daily?
More than 60% of these chemicals get absorbed directly into the bloodstream and can build up in our cells and organs. That to me is a scary thought esp as so many of these chemicals are now linked to cancer and other illnesses and bad symptoms. I already have enough chronic health issues, so I made the decision to change to natural products.
HAND CARE the NATURAL way – Why we should change to a chemical-free hand wash:
Once I had more education on this ‘Toxic Overload’ (that’s for another blog) our bodies experience because of all the chemicals used in our day-to-day products, I started to look at all the products around my house differently, as if through new eyes or suddenly using glasses that make everything seems so much clearer.
Going into the bathroom and looking at this bright blue hand wash just made me think of some toxic thing in a movie that the baddies want to use, or Slimer out of Ghostbusters or something! 😉 It actually made me feel dirtier using the chemical hand wash, so I knew that needed to go straight away!
With no time to waste, I jumped on the internet and started searching for ‘natural hand soaps‘. Just like with my blog on “STRAW SWAPPING THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY” you’d be surprised just how many options for natural replacements there are.
In the end, I brought from a British company ‘FAITH IN NATURE’ (click on the name to go to their website) and ordered off their website. I’ve since discovered it is sold in Oxfam shop’s too & they have half-price sales on the range twice a year. I chose their coconut hand wash pictured below:
PRODUCT: Coconut Hand Wash – Cruelty Free / Vegan / Paraben Free (synthetic preservatives linked to increasing growth in Breast Cancer) / SLS Free (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate which is a skin irritant & linked to hormone imbalances & other detrimental health issues)
PRICE: It cost me £4.19 for 300ml (twice the price & for less ml than my previous chemical hand wash – but It has somehow lasted longer than my old ones!)
APPEARANCE: In the image above you will see the hand soap bottle is tall & slim, rather than short and broad like my old chemical one and so takes up less room on my sink.
INGREDIENTS: All natural ingredients including Organic Coconut Oil & natural fragrances.
DESIGN: I like that the picture of close up coconuts represents its natural ingredients from their natural habitat. However, I feel the label on the bottle could be brighter & more appealing with a tropical pattern or palm trees etc with the coconuts that would still do this. Alternatively, customers could get to choose between this design and a more colourful one, to suit both subtle and flamboyant tastes.
REVIEW: I love it for its creamy texture and the smell it leaves on your hands afterwards that is subtle and in no way over powering. Looking at it and seeing the cream colour instead of luminous blue makes me have more confidence in its ingredients and the effect it has on my skin/body when using it.
For all of these reasons I’d give it 5/5 for design & ability to do its job, but only 3/5 for appearance as I feel the label on the bottle could be less dull.
Natural Handwash Products:
I’d urge you to make this easy change which actually is a big change for your body as look at how many times a day you wash your hands… it all adds up & the chemicals build up inside up! I stopped going for the cheapest option and went for what I view as the healthiest option. There are also many other makes of natural handwash out there:
For advice on other small changes you could make for an overall big change, please click below to read my other blogs on the subject of chemicals used in plastic products and natural alternatives:
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