Sarah Morgan

Healthcare Geek.
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Around the House in 80 Days: The Bathroom, Part II

We’ve been to the kitchen and the bathroom from an organizational point of view – but I want to talk about it from a health POV too, because I’ve made a lot of changes in this line to try to improve.

I’ve always been vaguely eco-conscious. Then a couple of years ago I got a natural-beauty client, which made me do a lot more research. Having people I care about go through cancer made me think about what we expose ourselves to every day. And recently I found that cute DIY blog and a lot of easy tips on there. So it’s been a long but perfect storm to make me think green.

I’m definitely not crunchy-granola or dirty-hippie, but my inexpert philosophy is pretty simple. Everybody agrees that there are a bunch of triggers for poor health. Some you can eliminate easily, some would take a crazy amount of effort, some you can’t do anything about. Well, I can’t fix my genes, and I’m not living off the land, but I can do a lot of little things that sure won’t hurt.

The changes I’ve made in my bathroom to go for healthier options fall into two categories: using different stuff, or using less stuff. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Swapping out…

Using less or none…
  • One liner instead of liner and two shadows. I was never a makeup girl to begin with (Jillian is rolling her perfectly done eyes and shaking her extensions), so I was psyched to accidentally discover that if I put on liner and smear it, it works as shadow too. And stays on better than shadow.
  • Lotion. I don’t really need it now, and I have a tub of 100% shea butter for the winter. (Tip: buy it on Amazon and pay 1/10 what you do at L’Occitane or another snooty place. It comes in a takeout-food tub, so use an old pretty jar if you care.)
  • Bubble bath. It smells nice, but that’s it. Epsom salts from the grocery store actually make your sore muscles disappear! .
  • Self-tanner. Let’s be honest. I can go tanning and get freckles and wrinkles and cancer. I can slap chemicals all over myself. I can accept it and move on. But no matter what, at the end of the day, I’m pale. So while self-tanner isn’t so bad compared to real sun or sun beds, there’s just not much point.
  • Scented candles. Reading up on them you’re not sure what to think, but again, just being sensible, picture how sooty a candleholder can get. Do you want that in your house? I’d rather have real smells: cinnamon boiling on the stove, cut-up lemons, baking, or best of all, fresh air. …Also, now Henry keeps his eyebrows. (What, your cat doesn’t like to put out candles?)
So that’s what I’ve figured out to make the things in my bathroom a little healthier. Do you do any of these? What tricks do you use instead?



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