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4 Must-Have Natural Body Washes

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As a self-proclaimed girly-girl, I have always loved indulging in a wide array of  “smell goods”.  Lotions, perfumes, body sprays, and everything else that could be found in body care aisles at Target and Ulta.  My recent love is body washes.  I just love getting out of the shower and still smelling fresh even hours later.

As I began my natural heath journey though I have had to ditch my old body washes for ones without parabens or sulfates.  These chemicals are typically used to prolong shelf life and produce more lather in shampoos and soaps but, they may have detrimental effects on the reproductive system, skin, and the immune system over time.

Why I Made the Switch

I came across a site  by holistic health coach, Alissa Vitti that has really transformed my life.  What drew me in was that she had been diagnosed with  PCOS (as I have been) and was able to get her body in balance AND get pregnant naturally at age 37 by changing her diet and her entire lifestyle. NO meds.

One of the things I learned from Alissa’s site was the importance of checking those labels on all of my body care products.  According to her, those chemicals can wreak havoc on your body over time, especially your reproductive system.

Y’all already know I’m 35, newly engaged, and am praying to the Lord up above for cute, healthy babies despite what doctors say.  I’m claiming it but, I know that I have to do what I can to help balance these hormones.  Well, I immediately switched out my body wash for one without parabens, sulfates, or mineral oil after reading Alissa’s article.

My current favorite is the C. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Body Wash.  I’m in love with the slightly sweet almond scent and how soft and moisturized it leaves my skin.  I picked it up from Ulta but, I’ve also seen it in my local Publix grocery store.

Other post-worthy paraben and sulfate free body washes

  1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Soap
  2. The Body Shop’s Cocoa Butter Creamy Body Wash
  3. Vitabath Coconut Creme Body Wash

What’s your favorite body wash to indulge in?  Is it paraben and sulfate-free?  

 

Share your thoughts below.  I’d love to hear from you!


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Body Scrubs + National Coffee Day

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It’s National Coffee Day!  Lattes, espressos, or  coffee of any kind are not really my thing but I do live for a great coffee body scrub.

My do-it-yourself coffee scrub recipe includes:

  • coffee grounds
  • coconut oil
  • brown sugar
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon

After showering, I rub the scrub into my skin in slow, circular motions making sure to hit my elbows, knees, butt, and heels.  A good rinse and I have brighter, tighter, glowing skin!  My skin is left super soft and moisturized without that heavy, greasy feeling.

Don’t use the scrub every day though, because it could really irritate your skin.   Once a week at the most is what I do.

Have you tried coffee scrubs?