Friday, July 26, 2013

Homemade Hippy: Natural Alternatives for Everyday Products



Almost two years ago I had a bit of a revelation in the way I viewed nearly every thing in my daily life. It came as the result of a lot of different influences, but it began (as most good things do) with reading a book. Specifically, reading Michael Pollen's slew of books related to the drastic change in the quality of food we eat. Of course, having been a biology major and taken a few nutrition classes, I was aware of the basic principles of what you should be eating. But what his books really did was put this important idea in my head; keep it simple and question anything that's not. 

The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we use, all these things don't have to come from some nameless science lab. Sure, there are amazing discoveries made in these labs, but when you think about it, humans have survived and flourished for thousands of years before parabens and red-dye #9 lined the shelves. Do we really think there's no correlation between an increase in chemical laden products and an increase in allergies, disease, and cancers? Modern medicine aside, it seems like the best way to move forward, might actually be to move backwards, back towards simple, natural products. Do you not agree that the most delicious food, is made from natural, fresh, whole ingredients, not chemicals? Well, the same can be said for skin products, make-ups, cleaning supplies and more!


In the past year, I've noticed more and more people getting into this new (old?) lifestlye, so I thought this series would be a great way to share what I've learned with others who are interested in ditching the chemicals for natural alternatives. Whether you wanna go full hippy (homemade deodorant, anyone?), or just dabble, I hope there will be something for everyone here!

With my guiding mantra - keep it simple, question anything that's not - in mind, I'll do the research, test the recipes, and report back with only the best, most efficient products. Tune in to find out everything from how to make yogurt to how to mix your own perfumes. And if you ever have a specific product you want me to give a natural make-over, just let me know! I'm always looking for new ways to swap out a product for one made in my kitchen :)

9 comments:

  1. Love love love this! I am currently going through a similar process as well. I'm trying to eliminate processed food as much as possible and I've slowly began replacing products around my home as well. This weekend I am replacing a bulk of make-up as well. The only thing I've yet to giveup its my perfumes....but one day I'll get there.



    It's such an amazing feeling isn't it? To feel like you are giving your body only the best. Anyways enough rambling! LOVE this post, following you on Bloglovin ♥

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  2. Thank you for the lovely comment and for following! It really is a great feeling to start giving your body the absolute best! I hope you'll find my DIYs helpful :)

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  3. Great post, Emily! I think it's really important to figure out what's important to you and your lifestyle. We have so many choices, diets, trends, and products that bombard us, some under the guise of "all-natural", "keeping it simple" seems to be the best advice! Looking forward to this series!

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  4. This is going to be a great series! I'm always on the hunt for naturally products. Can't wait to see what you find! And love your site!!

    Christine

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  5. I just found your blog and am so excited to follow along! I love creating my own more natural versions of beauty products. I read Michael Pollen's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" a few months ago and just ordered another one of his books a few days back. I love how his books are so informative while still being easy to read. :)

    Lyric
    lyricalbits.blogspot.com

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  6. Thank you so much! I really hope this series will help you find some great natural products to use!

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  7. Exactly! Especially considering "all-natural" or "organic" stickers on beauty products means nothing since the FDA doesn't regulate it. We'll definitely have to team up for some of these recipes!

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  8. Kristyn @ Milk + CrownAugust 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I'm so excited to see this series grow! I'm sure you have some great remedies up your sleeve ;) Can't wait!

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  9. I'm so happy to have found your blog! This is stuff that I've been thinking about a lot lately.. I know that I'm not completely happy with my life and think that it's because of all of the unnecessary complications. I would really like to peel that stuff away and live a simple, happy life. Can't wait to read more of this series.

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