Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Soap, Suds, Bubbles, and Glow

It is no secret if you have been reading along, that despite my many, many, many Darwinian Failings and Medical Setbacks, I try to do my best to take care of my little defective body. For me that generally means eating whole healthy foods, with some room for fun and enjoyment, and getting a regular sweat on.

But one of the other areas I have been looking at lately is cleaning up the other products we use in our life and in our home. That has meant really looking at what is in our cleaning supplies, my makeup, skin care products, shampoo, everything. My husband and I have been looking at trying to incorporate new products in our life that alleviate our exposure to some of the unnecessary chemicals and toxins that are present in so many of our household items. Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of your shampoo bottle?!

Admittedly our adventure down this road started as a result of vanity. I have long had issues with sensitive skin. If I use the wrong soap or apply the wrong lotion - it is Hive City. I was regularly plagued with rashes and itchy spots. And left in search of the cause and the source. Even products that were marked as hypo-allergenic could still potentially cause problems.

Luckily my husband is a little research machine, and I am outing him for his secret love of artisan soap and skin care. So he was the first person to point out that we should look at getting products that are Paraben and Phthalate Free. We slowly found ourselves really scrutinizing the products we use regularly and we started making changes. And I found that I was no longer experiencing regular hive-attacks. It was a huge change. This part of clean living adventure is still a work in progress, but we are working towards finding the right balance for us.
My cousin Nicole, knowing about my healthy living pursuits recently introduced me to Arbonne, a company she has recently started consulting for. They are committed to creating clean earth friendly products, and their laundry-list of AMAZINGNESS had me intrigued.
  • Paraben Free
  • No Phelates
  • No Animal Bi-Products or Renderings
  • No Animal Testing - PETA certified
  • Hypo-Allergenic (tested to zero - which means if anyone has a reaction they reformulate)
It all sounds very impressive doesn't it?! So I gave their skin care line a whirl and it didn't disappoint. My skin felt fresh and clear, and definitely no hives! The one red flag for me with the Arbonne line is the price. It is not cheap, but it is clearly well made. Nicole has informed me that by working with an Arbonne consultant on your order there are perks and ways to help make these products a little more affordable.

Are you intrigued? Curious? Arbonne does require a consultant ID number to place an order and Nicole has lots of great information, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact her...
via email - nicoleremple12@hotmail.com
or shop on your own with her Arbonne ID - 115594758

What are your thoughts? What clean products do you use?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,


  1. Such a fresh face you have :)

    I love my Carol Baker products. Especially BB cream !

    Oh and, I especially love my new body moisturizer CAKE! I love smelling like a sweet treat :)

  2. I went on a similar search recently looking for cleaning products for the house. Unfortunately in the process I discovered a whole new set of allergies. Grrr.

    1. AHHHH oh no! I definitely had some struggles starting out too, and I admit I am often reluctant to try new products when I find something that works. My routine is still a work in progress...

  3. I have a shaved head, so my shampoo usage is very small. Intrigued? Curious? Want to shave your head? Cool. I'll bring my clippers and we can do a pre-race Toronto shave. Woo hoo! I have great ideas.

  4. Funny--my friends and I were just talking about all the many chemicals we put on our bodies every day via lotions, shampoos, cleansers, etc. I think the simpler the better is the way to go.

    And you are adorable, even with soap all over your face!

  5. Wow, I honestly have never thought about my personal cleansing products. I've started using "greener" household cleaners. Now I'm on a mission to find chemical free face cleansers!

  6. Good job Krysten! Glad you finally came around! The products we use really do impact out health. Hope you find something that works. And yes - products that don't contain synthetic fillers are usually more expensive. Makes sense. I love Arbonne too - they're definitely very forward thinking! Will you keep using them or try something else? So happy for you!!!

  7. Ps I wrote about Arbonne on my blog as well. Toriborealis.wordpress.com

  8. P p s now it's onto wheat! (Read and review wheat belly!!!) xo

    1. haha I love that you are so passionate about it.

      I have a lot of friends who are both paleo and gluten-free, and it works for them. I tried the whole paleo-thing last year, and it was a disaster. It did not work with digestive feng-shui. For my body the long distance training that I do I find that I eat quite a few carbs and wheat-based products. I burn a lot of calories - anywhere between 500-2500 per workout - so bread, pasta, oats, potatoes...they are all necessary for this gal.