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 :)