My Quest For A Chemical Free Lifestyle

Earlier this year I was introduced to Tropic Skincare by a lovely friend of mine and instantly I felt that it was something I needed to learn more about. I’ve always had a niggling worry in the back of my mind since having children about the amount of chemicals we use on a daily basis, whether it be in make up, toiletries, cleaning products and air fresheners.

I’m a bit obsessive (to say the least!) about having a home that’s clean and smells fresh so I have a tendency to overuse cleaning products and plug ins. I also adore it when my kids come out of the bath smelling sweetly and are then tucked into fresh bed sheets!

So I knew something needed to change but had no idea where to start – do I make my own cosmetics or would there be an alternative brand to use? Enter Tropic. I was immediately hooked. Having tried some of the products at a friend’s house I went home smelling like I’d been to a spa.

Before I knew it I was signed up and we have now changed over all our cosmetics and make up products to Tropic’s naturally derived alternatives. The best thing about Tropic is that you can use them guilt free. All bar one can be used safely on babies and children (a skin resurfacing serum – their skin is already perfect!) which is a huge plus. We have an enormous family history of eczema and other skin irritations including psoriasis and since using Tropic these have been massively improved. (I’ll share more about these!) And my kids smell even more amazing after their bath!

Having been through IVF and with my husband in remission from testicular cancer I do need to ask myself what part has our chemical filled past lifestyle had to play in this? If we reduce the carcinogens and toxic ingredients we put on our skin and in our air could we prevent these serious issues? Our skin is semi-permeable – apparently 60-70% of what we apply to our bodies is absorbed into our bloodstream and I know when I look on the ingredients list of many products I couldn’t even tell you what they are and that to me is pretty scary.

If you’d like to know more about the products you use at home check out the Think Dirty app. It’s unbiased and rates products from 0-10 with 10s being at the worst end and 0 the best, listing the ingredients and how good or bad for you they are. You can scan product barcodes but I find it easier to search from products as sometimes it doesn’t recognise the barcodes. The results may shock and surprise you!

How does you bathroom rate? Let me know what you find out!

Disclaimer: I am a Tropic Skincare Ambassador and use their products daily, however I have not been paid or asked by Tropic to write this post and all views are my own.