Personal care products are an important realm to consider, as they most certainly have an impact on our health and wellness. Seeing as everything we put on our skin essentially gets absorbed into our blood stream, it is important to remain cognizant of what kinds of products you are using as to not cause or exacerbate any present imbalances and toxicities. Many conventional beauty and cleaning products contain a wide array of harsh chemicals, preservatives, and synthetic ingredients that can act as endocrine disruptors, have an impact on gut and immune health, adversely effect the lungs, and much more. Avoiding or dramatically reducing the use of such products is key when working to regain and maintain our health.
I did a massive overall in this area, over time, and have now developed a personal hygiene and beauty arsenal that is essentially all-natural (as much can be expected from pre-made products, however I plan to prepare a new section on whole food and herb products that I make for myself, which will be coming soon).
Take baby steps if need be, as we know these products can be expensive, and it’s important to hunt down the best ones that will work well with your skin and household. I have always had very sensitive skin, which I mainly attribute to the fact that I had an underlying copper imbalance for the majority of my life, but since I have switched to all natural products, I have had far less issues when it comes to skin sensitivity.
Great retail locations that house a plethora of naturally sourced products are sprouting up more and more, even in more conservative areas. As I mention frequently throughout this page, Amazon has been a profoundly helpful vessel in finding a lot of various natural products that may be hard to find at your local health food stores. There are tons of online vessels today that house all kinds of awesome products, so it is helpful to take advantage of these services.
I have divided my transitions into several relevant sections as follows:
- Essential Oils
- Lotions & Skincare
- Shower Products
- Additional Products
- Household Cleaners
- Miscellaneous Points
ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential oils are a field all their own! It’s really mind-blowing how many medicinal uses they comprise, and additionally, they smell amazing, so they are used often for aromatherapy as well. Here are a few of the particulars I use:
- Lavender oil: I would go as far as to say that lavender essential oil is the “panacea”, if there ever was one. When in doubt, I use lavender oil, and it almost always works wonders! For example, I once got a large burn on my ankle (about 3 inches wide) and put lavender oil on it immediately. By the following day, it was almost as though the burn didn’t exist! I was amazed! It’s also excellent for bruises, scrapes, or anything of the like. And it smells amazing so I often use it as a natural perfume (along with a variety of other essential oils). Lavender oil is also very calming, so it can be used as a great aromatherapy to ease anxiety (which all of us whom have had Copper Toxicity are all too familiar with!) Sometimes I experience anxiety while driving (that emerged from an event in my past – I’ve been actively working to alleviate this and am glad it is lessening more and more), so I keep a bottle in my car and it really really helps! Note: Witch Hazel is also awesome for scrapes and overall cleansing – it can be found most anywhere and is only a few dollars for a huge bottle.
- Clary Sage & Thyme: both very helpful to promote hormone balance (specifically to regulate estrogen dominance which is very common with Copper Toxicity) – a couple drops on the inner wrist twice a day is what I do. Some prefer to dilute the oil with olive or coconut oil, but I choose to use it at full strength and have never had an adverse reaction.
- Rosemary: another great one for hormone balance, specifically to target hair loss, which is common with many different hormone imbalances, as well as Copper Toxicity. Several drops massaged into the scalp about 30 minutes before your shower, or simply add about 40-50 drops to your shampoo bottle. This oil has a pretty strong scent, and I often joke that when I have it on my scalp, I officially smell like a salad :).
- Tea Tree: this oil is excellent for fungal and bacterial infections, which again can arise easily with CT, as copper is partly responsible for keeping pathogenic fungal growth in check, and when it reaches toxic, biounavailable levels it is unable to perform this necessity. This oil can be used topically for things like cold sores, ringworm, athlete’s foot, etc.
- Peppermint: another lifesaver! Peppermint is excellent for soothing the stomach and promoting overall digestive health. I use it to ease nausea, which I’ve experienced throughout my entire healing protocol (and basically to some degree throughout my whole life). A little goes a long way and I’ve learned that the hard way! If the oil or tincture that you use is potent, 1 or 2 drops on the tongue, followed by a sip of water works wonders. *The photo to the right is the one I’m using now, which is more like a tincture, but equally as effective and potent, I found it on Amazon.
- Eucalyptus Oil: This oil is just divine and really helps to wake you up and make you feel relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. I add a few drops to my baths and often just open the bottle and smell it for a bit to get a nice feeling of exhilaration.
- It is key here to look for organic, pure oils, as a lot of them on the market can be diluted or contain less-than-optimal ingredients. I’ve found it helpful, especially if I’m buying off of Amazon, to read a bunch of customer reviews to see which ones have been used the most often and with the most success (another reason why I love Amazon so much…I tend to lean more toward products that have only 4-5 “stars” in the review section). Also, visiting the manufacturer’s website is helpful to gain a more clear idea as to the sourcing of the ingredients. I like to support small businesses as well, so I’ve found several lines that are independent and I can really tell the difference in the quality of the product.
LOTIONS & SKINCARE: I have come up with my lotion and skincare collection through trial and error mostly. A lot of brands out there will claim that they are mostly “all-natural”, until you turn the bottle around and find out they are loaded with all the same harmful ingredients that any generic brand would be! More and more product lines are coming out right now though that have done a great job of utilizing very few if any synthetic ingredients while still being extremely effective.
A key component to remain aware of regarding CT and other conditions that impact the endocrine system is that soy should be avoided in all forms: in food and personal care products. There are endless ways that soy can exacerbate physiological imbalances, several being that it is high in copper, is a phytoestrogen and can worsen estrogen dominance, is high glutamate and can worsen neurotransmitter imbalance, is a goitrogen and can exacerbate thyroid imbalance, and is high in histamine and can exacerbate histamine intolerance, to name a few. There are some “natural” products that are soy based, all of which should be excluded. Read labels always.
- Facial Cleanser: Derma E’s “Sensitive Skin Cleanser” is a very gentle, excellent product that I use as a daily face cleanser. It contains antioxidants such as pycnogenol as well. Derma E is a fabulous skincare line that is mostly natural and completely soy-free. I also love the citrus microdermabrasion scrub that I use about twice a week to exfoliate and soften skin.
- Face lotion: It took me a while to find this, and I’ve used many many face lotions in my quest to find the perfect one! I mainly use Swanson Glutathione cream, which is one of the main antioxidants in the body, and is greatly decreased with Copper Toxicity (it’s also a copper-binding protein, meaning it is partly responsible for binding itself to copper and safely transporting it throughout the body…but seeing as it is produced mainly in the liver, this physiological process is compromised with CT and hence our need to include it wherever we can in our program). I use it mainly as a night cream, as it is fairly thick in consistency…sometimes I’ll use a thin layer during the day and it’s not too cumbersome feeling. I don’t wear make-up everyday, but when I do, this goes well underneath and doesn’t give you that waxy type appearance that a lot of face lotions tend to. I’ve also turned my mom onto this, and she loves it as well. You can find it easily on Amazon, and it’s very cost-effective…the tub may appear small, but one of them lasts me well over a month.
- I also love Derma E’s “Hydrating Night Cream”, which I’ll use as a day and night cream, especially in the winter.
- Body lotion: I primarily use a line that is based out of South Carolina called “deep steep”. I like the ingredients they use and it is not too harsh on my sensitive skin. The rosemary mint product is wonderful and very moisturizing. I use it as a hand lotion as well.
- Face Mask: Cocokind is a skincare line that is derived from 100% natural ingredients. There are only a few ingredients in each product, and this line is the most “pure” I think I’ve found yet. I use the “organic chlorophyll mask” a few times a week to cleanse my pores and detox my skin. It is gentle and hasn’t caused any issues with my sensitive skin.
- Toner: Aloe vera juice works as an excellent facial toner to apply and let dry before your face moisturizer. It is cleansing and very refreshing on the skin. I usually use George’s Aloe Vera Juice which can be found in most health food stores and online. I apply with an organic cotton pad lightly over my whole face and store it in a small glass canister.
- Aloe vera juice is also excellent when used as a hair treatment! It is very moisturizing and can be used as a detangler also. I store it in a glass spray bottle and spray it on my hair after getting out of the shower.
SHOWER PRODUCTS: This took some time as well to figure out what worked best for me, as we all have different hair types and such. I’m happy with what I’ve come up with, and it seems to be the most “all-natural” that I’ve been able to find. Copper Toxicity, in having an adverse effect on hormone balance (thyroid, sex hormones, etc.) and amino acid production, can really change your hair texture and also causes hair loss. This has been an admittedly very difficult symptom to deal with. I often refer to it as one of the “superficial” symptoms, but equally as cumbersome. You never really know how much you care about your hair until it changes without warning. I’ve since gotten over this, and have also seen great improvement in my hair loss overall which is awesome!! My hair has also regained its luminous appearance and seems to be more moisturized. Don’t worry – this will be super shocking at first (seeing clumps of hair come out in your brush or in the shower) but know that it is only temporary, and it appears to be more than it really is, as we “normally” lose about 60-100 stands per day. I had to work adamantly at keeping calm and relaxed when showering, as I would tense up at the thought of having to mess with my hair at all, knowing that it was shedding so profusely. Again, this is only an ephemeral symptom and you won’t lose all of your hair! What you lost will grow back even more beautiful than it was before! I was actually quite amazed at the seemingly overnight improvement in my hair recently, as I had presumed that it would take months to get back to its original luminosity. In addition to hair loss on my head, I experienced sporadic shedding of my eyelashes and eyebrows. This wasn’t to the degree that anyone else but me would take notice, yet it was noted and a tell-tail thyroid dysfunction symptom. This has since lessened and essentially ceased as well, so if you experience this, I also encourage you to not worry too much, as it will go away once your levels balance out and your thyroid is back up and running (in most cases, which isn’t recognized in conventional medicine, thyroid dysfunction doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it is due to an underlying cause, which in my case was Copper Toxicity…I find it unfortunate that individuals are prescribed medication “for life” to treat their over or under active thyroid, which often have a slew of crazy side effects all their own, on top of the tremendous array of thyroid dysfunction symptoms already being experienced. Sure, these medications are needed in some cases, but not all in my opinion, and once the underlying cause is addressed and treated appropriately, the thyroid rejuvenates and all is well). Of course this symptom (various kinds of hair loss) is not experienced by everyone, but seeing as CT has such an impact on overall hormone balance and reduces the body’s ability to produce adequate amino acids/reduces protein synthesis (hair is essentially a protein), a lot of people do exhibit this symptom.
- Shampoo & Conditioner: I use Acure’s “Mega Moisture” line, as it is sulfate and paraben free, and those are two ingredients I try to stay away from. Sulfates are not only harmful for your skin, but can dry out your hair as well. This line also uses mostly natural ingredients and smells great. I add about 50 drops of Rosemary oil to the shampoo bottle (as mentioned above) to combat hair loss also. Side note – lots of times people assume that the efficacy of a shampoo is due to it’s “lather”, yet that is simply caused by the addition of unneeded ingredients and chemicals – the lather is not what cleanses your hair, so if a natural shampoo that you try doesn’t lather, it’s not a problem. Dandruff can also be a problem when dealing with the various other physiological imbalances that Copper Toxicity imparts, but I’ve found relief in this area as well when using the Acure line.
- Coconut Oil: as well as using this in a ton of my cooking, I do coconut oil hair masks which is very effective for deep conditioning and increasing the luminosity of your hair. I simply heat the coconut oil slightly (it only takes a few seconds) and them apply it all over my hair, put it up in a bun, and let it sit for about 45 minutes before taking a shower and washing it. This really is effective, especially if I do it at least once a week. You can put your hair mask on and then go about doing household chores, reading, or anything like that to pass the time.
- Bodywash: I use Puracy Citrus & Sea Salt body wash. It is natural, gentle, and very cleansing. Both citrus and sea salt are excellent natural cleansers. This product can be found on Amazon.
- Sponges: when shaving, I use body wash as a shave cream, which works great. I don’t use a sponge to apply it because using the body wash directly on my skin tends to protect it more from the razor. To wash my body, I mainly use a “sea wool” sponge…which is an orange/brownish colored sponge that is often an irregular shape. It is great in being a natural exfoliant, and removing dead skin. It also doesn’t soak up too much body wash either. For a few months, I’ve had skin irritation on the tops of both of my arms, which I mainly attribute to immune suppression and gut healing (both clearly linked to Copper Toxicity). When I wash with this sponge, it has helped to reduce the irritation. You can find these at grocery stores or online for sure. (Amazon has been a HUGE gift throughout this process!! It is such an incredible online marketplace and I’ve always been very impressed with them! P.S. Spending $99 a year for a Prime account is very very worth it, as I’ve saved hundreds of dollars on shipping charges, seeing as I order from Amazon very often – you get free two day shipping which is excellent, as well as some other awesome perks like lots of free movies and such, to enjoy while partaking in the rest that is essential to your healing! 🙂 )
- Deodorant: I’ve hunted down several varieties and have stuck with Schmidt’s line of natural deodorants, specifically the Cedarwood & Juniper product. It smells wonderful and is way more effective than any other natural deodorant I’ve tried such as Tom’s or Jason. Using an aluminum-free deodorant is the most important, as most conventional products contain aluminum which can seep directly into your body. I do plan to try my hand at making my own deodorant at some point, which I will surly post how that goes when I do! Most recipes entail using coconut oil, shea butter, and baking soda. There is also the “Crystal” kind of deodorant that I’ve used with success, but I’m not a big fan of the fact that you have to wet it before applying, I just don’t like the feeling.
- Toothpaste/Mouthwash: I use Jason “Powersmile Antiplaque & Whitening Powerful Peppermint”. I love it, and have been using it for a couple years now. The key with toothpaste is to avoid any and all varieties that have fluoride in them – as this can very much exacerbate your toxicity and adversely effects our hormone balance. Jason brand also has a cinnamon variety that I use from time to time to spice things up a bit :). I also use a charcoal toothpaste a few times a week which helps to naturally whiten teeth and is a great cleanser. Then I use Tom’s “Wicked Fresh Peppermint Wave” natural mouthwash, which kind of has a sweet taste but it’s delightful. There is also a great product by Essential Oxygen, “Organic Brushing Rinse” that I use as a mouthwash as well. It is a hyrdogen peroxide based product that also contains ingredients such as aloe, clove, cinnamon, and peppermint that serve as a great mouth cleanser and teeth whitener. I also use a “tongue scraper” after every time I brush (which is about 3 times a day), it is helpful in removing pathogenic bacteria that can collect on your tongue (of course there is a ton of “good”, perfectly normal bacteria in great quantities within the mouth, however when experiencing some of these imbalances, the “bad” guys can overgrow). They are sold all over the place…it’s a handled wand with a triangle shaped top. It’s also very important to floss a couple times a day as well. I have been using a Waterpik for quite a while now and love it. It is a worthy investment and cleans between the teeth way better than traditional floss. I also use an electric toothbrush, which tends to be more effective than a manual, and am sure to change the tip frequently.
- Acne Products: For a while there my skin was breaking out often, which was unfortunate because I’ve always had very clear skin. That has since stopped, thankfully. When I was experiencing break outs though, I used Burt’s Bees “Natural Acne Solution Pore Refining Scrub”. It has exfoliating “beads” in it, and really leaves your face feeling soft and moisturized. They also have a spot treatment that works well too (pictured to the left). Since I’ve been using the Glutathione cream (mentioned above) and supplement with Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5, super helpful for catalyzing physiological cleansing and promoting skin health), I don’t break out at all, and that’s saying something, considering it used to be a regular occurrence for about a year! Biotin (also known as Vitamin B7), which is highlighted as being the best for skin, hair, and nail health, didn’t do anything for me, at least not compared to my aforementioned implementations which have shown far more efficacy. Just another example of the significance of bio-indivdiuality and how we are all different biochemically, so what works for some won’t for others. I also have used a mixture of honey and cinnamon as a spot treatment and it really does work! Granted, you walk around with dark brown spots on your face, but if anything it provides some comic relief :).
- ROSE WATER!: I put emphasis on this because I am hands down head-over-heals in LOVE with rose water! The scent is absolutely amazing…light and refreshing! It is completely all natural and I use it for a perfume as well as a face toner. It is super refreshing and great for the skin. I use the “Heritage Store Rose Petal” variety, which comes in a spray bottle already. I also use cocokind’s “organic rosewater facial toner”. Cocokind is a fabulous skincare line that uses very few ingredients that are all 100% natural.
**Soon, I will add some of the make-up transitions I’ve made to be more conducive to overall health. In my awakening journey, I have truly come to appreciate my natural appearance, without a mask (literally and figuratively), so I don’t wear make up all of the time, but when I do I enjoy playing around with it, and more and more manufacturers are realizing that natural products are needed, so there are an increasing variety of mineral make-up lines coming available.
***It is very important to note here that mainly all of our skin issues are not simply topical…they are a result of an intrinsic underlying imbalance. So as you heal and balance yourself from within, your outer glow and vitality will shine through more than ever, and the skin issues that plague you now will disappear, just keep your eye on the prize and don’t allow yourself to get too bummed out, this is all only for now..and this too shall pass! And essentially, at the end of the day, your inner beauty is what matters the most my dear! ❤
****Castor Oil is also an excellent natural product that I primarily use topically. I’ve used it for scars, scrapes, dry skin, and any type of skin irritation really. A common detox symptom is skin irritation, which can really range from a small area of red tinted skin to full on rashes. This helps greatly with all of that, as well as Vitamin E oil. This is the same brand as the Rose Water that I use, and I’ve really been impressed with the quality. Castor oil is definitely an old-time healing agent, as my Dad has told me how my grandma used to use it all of the time for various ailments :).
HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS: This is another area where we can expose ourselves to harmful toxins such as xenoestrogens (mentioned and explained in my Copper Toxicity Diet page) that will further exacerbate Copper Toxicity and the myriad of other imbalances it catalyzes. You need not be paranoid about this or anything, just remain mindful. For example, if you have to use a powerful cleaning agent, run your kitchen or bathroom fan and try not to stick around for too long breathing it in. I also use gloves all the time as to not allow anything to touch my hands. I’ve researched a lot in this area, and will be making a lot of my own household items soon, which I will update here on this page when I do! A lot of the recipes that have been proven effective essentially involve a vinegar mixture, which will be easy enough.
- Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: this is a fascinating entity that is essentially fossilized phytoplankton. It can effectively be used internally for promoting gut health and removing gut pathogens (which I’ve used with great success…along with Bentonite Clay (pictured below), which is an age-old healing agent that is packed with a tremendous amount of vitamins and minerals and is very useful for overall cleansing, as it basically “flushes” your GI tract of a variety of pathogenic organisms such as yeast, parasites, and “bad” bacteria). In addition, Diatomaceous Earth it is an excellent natural insecticide. I don’t like to kill bugs really, but when a colony of ants decides to invade your bathroom or kitchen, action must be taken. This comes in a tub or a bag and basically looks like and has the consistency of powdered sugar (I buy the bags, and then pour it into a big pyrex container for easy access, which helps as well because DE can be pretty messy). You then just sprinkle some in the area where the bugs are present and vuala! they are gone by the following day. This is also safe to consume, as I mentioned, so if your pets come in contact with it they won’t be harmed at all…it may even help them cleanse a bit! Notably, if you have household pets, you are more susceptible to acquiring a parasitic infection…this isn’t something to be fearful of or anything, as we all love our critters, but just remain mindful and maybe consider doing a mild parasite cleanse every year. I have found success with using Clove tincture (specifically Syzygium Aromaticum) and a Wormwood Complex off and on, plus a wide variety of other techniques that are mentioned on the COPPER TOXICITY and COPPER TOXICITY EATING PLAN pages.
- Hydrogen Peroxide is also an excellent non-toxic cleaner that can be used all over the household. I usually make my own 3% solution using 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide that I buy in bulk.
- Some of the best essential oils to use for household cleaning include tea tree oil, lemon oil, and oregano oil. I make all-purpose cleaning solutions by adding a liberal amount of drops of each to a glass spray bottle filled with water or witch hazel.
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also excellent when used as a bug repellent. Use about 30 to 40 drops in a spray bottle with water or witch hazel and it works wonders.
- Dish Soap: I use the “Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day” variety, which has a lovely lavender scent as well as an awesome geranium scent. No, this brand is not free of all chemicals, but it’s much better than any traditional brand I’ve ever used. And it’s intended to serve as an aromatherapy tool…what a great idea!! It really makes washing dishes a delightful activity (well, as delightful as can be possible for washing dishes! 🙂 ). I also use this as a kitchen hand soap and it doesn’t dry out my hands at all. They also have a line of laundry detergent as well, and a few other household cleaners and such.
- Laundry Detergent: I actually use the all-natural house-brand of one of my local grocery stores, that is super concentrated so you only need a tiny bit. It is infused with Eucalyptus & Lavender which is great. Sometimes we think we have to use a ton of soap to wash our clothes effectively, but if the detergent is concentrated this need not be the case. It’s also more eco-friendly to use as little as possible, as we must remain aware that everything we put down the drain can and does end up in rivers, lakes, etc. This line also lists all of their ingredients on the label, which I prefer, as manufacturers of these products are not legally mandated to do so and it can be very deceiving. There are also all-natural laundry detergent delivery services available today which you can subscribe to and have shipped to your home monthly.
*Around the house, I use essential oil diffusers in several rooms. I also like to play soothing music throughout the day and for about an hour before bed, while I read and such…I’ve found that it really helps to put me into relaxation mode to attain the best rest possible (insomnia is a common symptom with Copper Toxicity as well). Music is a profound healing modality all it’s own, visit my blog post on Music Therapy, as my older sister, Claire, is a practicing Music Therapist, and brings joy and healing to many people on a daily basis!
*As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I try to keep my computer, iPad, and iPhone outside of the bedroom as to reduce EMF exposure which can disrupt our sleep. I would say I actually do tell a difference when I leave them in my office as opposed to somewhere in my bedroom (and use a traditional alarm clock…however for the past year or two I’ve been waking up very early on my own so I rarely if ever need it). I know it can be hard, as we are all heavily immersed in the digital age, but it’s just something to consider and try out to see if it helps you as well, especially if your work entails looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. I also have shungite stones placed around my home to absorb EMF’s.
*Again, shifting to all of these natural products was done over a period of time, and you will probably go through some trial and error before you figure out what works best for you. Thankfully, most stores that I’ve visited have a whole “natural” section now, so it makes it all the more attainable for you to access and enjoy. You really don’t have to live in a progressive or large city to be able to access a lot of what I have included in this page. As I’ve mentioned, I will be experimenting with making my own cleaning and beauty products from solely whole foods, herbs, etc., so stay tuned, as I’ll be updating as I go. THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading my blog and I hope that some of these elements are of help to you!! 🙂 Since I have transitioned in this area of my protocol, I have experienced great relief, as it is important to include healing agents anywhere we can! Feel free to contact me at the email address found on my contact page!
All the very best and in health, Megan ❤
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