Entries Tagged as 'natural beauty confessions'

January 31, 2014

natural beauty confessions | toothpaste

I’m going to admit it: Switching to natural toothpaste was one of the hardest things to do (OK these two things were hard, too).

When you’re prone to tartar buildup and your smile is something people compliment you on, you get a little shy about changing something that you just know works, regardless of ingredients or health.

kimberlyloc smile natural toothpaste

{Does anyone else ever have dreams about their teeth getting knocked out?}

In mid-2012, I finally bit the bullet and started experimenting with natural toothpaste.

I was extremely skeptical about the different flavors on the market (Tea tree in my teeth? Fennel? I don’t know about that…), so I stuck with traditional mint flavors while scanning ingredients lists.

I was horrified by what I found.

While the usual suspects SLS and SLES were a given (oh how we love our suds and foam!), the sight of PEGs, propylene glycol and even parabens in so-called luxury toothpaste disturbed me.

Let’s be super-picky about not putting parabens on our skin, but it’s OK to put them right in our mouth!

It’s taken some testing, but I’ve narrowed it down to a handful of toothpastes that I reach for at Whole Foods:

Jason Powersmile Whitening Toothpaste Powerful Peppermint

It’s the most-expensive of the bunch, but it tastes and feels like conventional toothpaste. The ingredients list is free of nasties such as SLES, SLS, parabens, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and propylene glycol.

Tom’s of Maine Fluoride-Free Botanically Bright Toothpaste

I’ve always used whitening toothpastes, and this one seems to deliver when it comes to keeping my coffee-tea-wine-loving mouth stain-free. I am slightly concerned at the inclusion of titanium dioxide in the ingredients list, though, with the continued talks of titanium dioxide’s health risks (I know some of you avoid it in sunscreen!).

Tom’s of Maine Clean & Gentle Toothpaste

If you’re not interested in having titanium dioxide in your mouth but are OK with fluoride, this is another good choice from Tom’s. I grew up on fluoride toothpaste (and still had way too many visits to the dentist!) and have no strong feelings about it. (My county fluoridates the water, so it’s hard to avoid even if I wanted to.)

I’m curious to know what you’re using to keep your smile beautiful. What ingredients do you avoid in toothpaste? Tell me in the comments section!


July 18, 2012

natural beauty confessions | deodorant and antiperspirant

Today, let’s talk about your stank. Specifically, your underarm stank. When it comes to keeping your pits fresh, clean and dry, do you trust natural deodorants?


{Armpits want natural product love, too! Photo By Kinomoto41/Courtesy Flickr}

For the longest time, my answer was no.

See, I’m a sweaty, stinky girl, and I’ve been through pretty much every bottle of maximum strength antiperspirant at the drugstore looking for smell-good armor to keep people from plugging their noses when they approach me at the end of the day.

However, nothing seems to work (I still end up smelling not-so-fresh, though I am dry), and with my current conventional personal-care product cleanse, I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of detoxing my deodorant.


For starters, I have a feeling that my body is becoming resistant to the deodorants and antiperspirants that used to work on my body.

But the bigger concern is that ingredients in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants, such as aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium, that temporarily block sweat (keeping you dry) may also increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

Again, I don’t like getting too preachy or scare tactic-y on the blog, but with the wealth of knowledge out there — and the wealth of up-and-coming natural products that actually work available — it’s worth a shot to try out some new products that may be just-as-effective yet cleaner.

The hard part is actually putting yourself in all your sweaty glory out there and testing all the sophisticated natural deodorants on the market.

That’s why you have me. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my experiences with my first natural deodorant in the test group, and throughout the coming weeks, I’ll have more natural deodorant reviews in the pipeline.

And lucky for you, I’ve been bearing this awful Midwestern heat wave (100+ degrees during the past few weeks!), so I’ve definitely put these products to the test.

Ready, sweat, go: Tell me — have you tried natural deodorants? What did you think, or what keeps you from testing them out?

April 12, 2012

natural beauty confessions | perfume

So, we’re all friends here, and you know that I prefer naturals and organics when it comes to my beauty routine.

But I’m not perfect.

I’m starting this new series, “natural beauty confessions,” to get the conversation going about those dirty little natural beauty secrets we all keep. I hope you will join me in sharing your secrets and honest product reviews of some of the harder-to-go-natural beauty items in your bathroom and bag.

One of the first items that is difficult for me to switch to naturals is fragrance. Though I make conscientious decisions when it comes to my skin care because I know that whatever I put on it will be absorbed by my body, for some reason, I don’t apply this logic when it comes to perfume.

perfumes and fragrances

{Photo By Melinda Taber/Courtesy Flickr}

Scent is powerful. We associate memories with scent, and most of the time, those scents stem from perfumes and colognes worn by our loved ones. I have fond memories of sneakily spritzing some of my mom’s Chanel No. 5 on my wrists when I was younger. I remember the first hug I gave the teacher man and how the smell of Lacoste Essentials filled my nose. I wouldn’t trade those memories or scents for anything, but I can control the new ones I make with my future, greener scents.

I’m a floral with a hint of spice type of girl. With the help of some beauty counter gurus, I’ve narrowed down my scent triggers to jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, musk and vanilla. I’m excited to start tinkering with essential oils and carrier oils to make my own custom blend — and even more excited to share a natural fragrance brand with you tomorrow…along with some goodies.

What perfumes do you wear? Do you know what your scent triggers/scent profiles are? Tell me what you like in the comments section.

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