It all started in 2010 when I picked up a book called “Toxic Beauty” off the shelf of my local public library. After flipping through the book, I decided it might be worth checking out. So I checked it out, went home and started reading.
That book was my stepping stone into this natural lifestyle. I remember being mind blown when I learned that beauty and personal care products are chocked full of harmful chemicals. Not only was I shocked at this revelation, but I was appalled that there’s no law or FDA regulations to ensure the safety of these products. It was unbelievable to me. I had thought all this time that if a product was on the store shelves, then it must have passed safety regulations.
There was another part in the book that really upset me. I remember reading about breast cancer survivors who were given free cosmetics to help them feel beautiful. Although this was a good thought, the cosmetics given contained carcinogens–cancer-causing substances. It was ironic that these cancer survivors were given products containing chemicals linked to cancer. Read more about “pinkwashing”.
After reading that book, I decided I was going to start using more natural products. So, I went to my local health food store and bought a few bottles of natural oils, soaps, etc. I also tried to convince my whole family to do the same.
Unfortunately, I was quite unsuccessful in getting my family to convert with me. As a result, I kind of gave up on it myself as well. I was a high school student with limited money at that point, so I couldn’t exactly afford to buy all my own natural personal care products. Sadly, I soon reverted back to using the same old toxic products I had been using before.
Looking back, I wish I hadn’t given up. I could have saved myself from another 5 years of absorbing toxic chemicals. But it’s never too late to start again. This time, I’m definitely more motivated to stay on track!