Happy New Year everyone! As I settle into 2008 I can't help but recall the resolution I made last year. For 2007, I decided to trade in all of my beauty products for natural or handmade products. It seemed like a pretty big goal in the beginning, but one by one each item was replaced with something at least a little bit healthier. Rather than swapping everything at once, I replaced each product as it ran out.
Body wash was the first thing to go. It was easily replaced by handmade soap. Next on the chopping block were any commercial creams or lotions. Fresh batches of home made emulsions and balms replaced them very early on. My arsenal of bath goodies and body scrubs were already handmade by me, so that part was easy! Toothpaste and deodorant were switched to natural brands, and I began making my own face wash and moisturizer. During the summer I made an investment into a set of mineral makeup. My mismatched collection of makeup needed to be given the pink slip anyway. Even most commercial cosmetics need to be replaced on a regular basis, so letting go of the multicolored potluck in exchange for a simple, easy to apply routine was a lot less painful than I had originally anticipated. The biggest challenge was haircare. I drug my feet about abandoning my store bought shampoo and conditioner. I tried several natural store brands and had mixed results. Eventually I tried a solid shampoo bar, accompanied by a home made vinegar rinse. This turned out to be my favorite switch of all. My scalp is healthier, my hair is shinier, and my natural and handmade beauty cabinet is complete!
Best of all, my resolution was completed by the next year. Not too shabby, if I may say so myself. This year's resolution? Fresh vegetables and produce every day! For some reason, I think this one may be harder to manage, but I love a challenge. What's your New Year's resolution? I would love to hear what everyone is challenging themselves to do in 2008. Drop me a line by email, or leave a comment telling us about your resolution!