I started the transition to cleaner home and body products about a year ago. I wrote a blog post about my transition, why I decided to switch to cleaner products, and some of the products that have worked well for me here. To be honest, this was a pretty daunting process for two reasons: 1) because there are soo many products that we use daily that contain harmful chemicals and 2) it is such a challenge to find products that are actually clean. Several products are labeled “organic,” or “natural,” however these labels do not necessarily mean that the particular product does not contain harmful ingredients. Additionally, just because the product is sold at natural store doesn’t mean that it’s completely clean either.
In order to make the transition to clean products more manageable (from a time and budget standpoint), I started with the products that I needed to replenish. That way I was replacing products that I needed to replace anyway, but with cleaner alternatives. Next, I researched which products were actually clean. To determine this, I found the Think Dirty and EWG Healthy Living apps most useful. It took some trial and error, but I was able to find certain brands that both worked and I trusted (I mentioned a few of these brands on my previous blog post).
However, the one product that I particularly struggled to replace was deodorant. I tried several brands. Some of them didn’t work, others were not the typical solid consistency of deodorant, and some just smelled awful. After failing several times, I found a brand that not only works, but also smells great – Primally Pure. I’ve only tried a couple of their scents, but I personally love Primally Pure’s charcoal deodorant. It smells great and a little bit really goes a long way! After going through this experience, I partnered with Primally Pure to share their clean products with others- use discount code WELLBYMEL for 10% off PP products (#ad). I’m hoping to share my experience to help anyone else struggling to find a clean product that actually works. Primally Pure also wrote a post on why natural, nontoxic deodorant is so important linked here.