Redefining Clean

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I just read an article on the great debate on phosphate free dish detergent on the Mother Nature Network. Phosphate detergents which leave sparkling clean dishes have been banned in a few states and it’s catching speed. While the article was fairly unbiased the comments were furious to down right spiteful.

Phosphates get into our water supplies, lakes, and rivers. Unfortunately they contribute to algae blooms with suffocate fish, basically chocking eco systems.

The reason people are so angry is that these products are apparently not working as they should. The main anger coming from people with dishwashers. White films, rings, unacceptable residue. Although many people said they experienced no problems when hand washing or soaking before washing. One person took the chance to snap at the commentor who preferred hand washing:

“Yeah, well maybe you should get rid of the clothes washer too since you have so much free time at home.”

I’ve never seen such spite in the organic and environmentally friendly community. Anyone who has done any research knows that it’s the hot water that’s the main ingredient for clean. There are also many DIY options for dish detergent that are safe and even cheaper.

It’s kind of depressing that we’ve been tricked into thinking only chemicals will do. Tricked into thinking that only if something is brilliantly bright or sparkling it is clean. We’ve become spoiled.

And while having the perfect dishes from the dishwasher would be nice, I’d rather protect my health and the environment until companies can do better.


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Free Your Mane Review

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It’s not often I fall in love with a product, but I’d love to take the time to review the shampoo and conditioner I received in my Glymm box from Free Your Mane.

Their website boasts no:
-Mineral Oil

Now it isn’t perfect as it still contains the omnious “Fragrance”. Otherwise compared to my regular shampoo this product is amazing.

I have thin hair and was surprised how light and fluffy my hair was without the frizz. It felt so silky and I couldn’t help running my hands through it.

My absolute favourite part about this product though has to be the scent. It’s musky like a wood. I’m not very good at explaining scents but it smells amazing. I was literally sitting with my hair in my face as I was studying, completely enamoured with the scent. And the smell lasts. The next day when I let my hair out of a bun the scent was still there. Very nice!

I guess the main downside to this product is the price. The shampoo and the conditioner cost $16 each. A little much but I personally feel it is worth it. The scent has me hooked, which rarely happens.

Free Your Mane also has a hair masque, hair oil, reviving spray, and conditioning pomade. All without the above chemicals present in most hair products.

Extra Plus! If you visit their blog here: the creator gives great tips and warnings on products and services that may be ruining your hair/health with chemicals. (Brazilian Blowout anyone?)

Interested in buying a bottle? Head to their website here:

Beauty Boxes taking a Chemical Free Stance

As I’ve been becoming more and more chemically aware it’s been a battle on using what I know and love or switching to something more chemical free. The bottom line is when I have a product, I just want it to do what it’s supposed to. Demanding I know, but how am I going to keep my hair in place without the chemicals? There’s a common misconception that eco products don’t work as well as their chemical laden counter parts.

Another concern with buying all new products is the price. The good stuff tends to be pricier and what if it doesn’t work the way you expected. These are all really easy reasons to resist the change.

I’m currently signed up to the beauty box “Glymm” that is available in Canada. I pay 10$ a month (11 something with tax) and receive a gorgeous box filled with all sorts of beauty samples, some being full sized.

I’ve received two boxes so far and have definitely gotten my moneys worth… another unexpected bonus was a strong presence of eco friendly and chemical free products to try!

First month I received the eco-friendly nail polish by “Ocean” (Full Size)
My second month was better then the first with:
-Sulfate/paraben free shampoo & conditioner from “Free Your Mane” (Large Sample)
-Organic Goat Milk & Linseed Soap from “Lucia” (Full Size)

Although getting organic products is not guaranteed, it’s still awesome to try out these rather expensive products. I’d definitely recommend Glymm to any beauty conscious woman. Who knows? Maybe there will be a Organic Themed Beauty Box around the corner!

Also: Another great part about the beauty boxes? The boxes they come in are adorable and are a great reusable item for storage.

Check out Glymm here:

Also if you’re interested in making your own home made products consider purchasing our Toxin Free Cookbook from our shop:


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