New Year, New Me

happy new year

Are you excited for 2017? Have you made any resolutions? I don’t usually do any because I’m the kind of person that, when I decide to do something, I do it right away. But this year I made some resolutions. Well, I kind of started a few months back because, as I just said, I do things when I decide to do them, but it’s officially being reflected on my blog starting now. What are those changes? you might ask. The biggest change is that I’ve decided to start using products that are as natural as possible.

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It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and finally made the decision this past fall after finding out that one of my aunts was battling cancer. She sadly passed away about a week before Christmas. There has been WAY too much cancer in my family (that is how I lost my mother), and I’m already considered high risk for breast cancer because of my family history (grandfather passed away from cancer, grandmother had breast cancer twice before she passed away, I lost my mom to breast cancer, lost an aunt to pancreatic cancer, have an aunt who’s a breast cancer survivor, one is an ovarian cancer survivor, and an uncle who survived skin cancer – and all on my mother’s side too) . I am scared of cancer, and I mean SCARED.

I’ve never really paid attention to the ingredients in the products I use, but I’ve heard about bad ingredients and how some are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and just bad overall. Now I’m paying attention and I’ve decided to say buh-bye to all of them, and going as natural as possible.

This is a huge decision that requires a lot of research, but I’m really excited about it.

I’ve been using a few tools to help me with ingredients, but please know that these are just for guidance and information. I don’t just look at these as the end-all source for ingredients; I do additional research as well.

The first one is CosDNA which is a cosmetics ingredient search database. You can copy/paste an ingredients list and it will give you every ingredients’ function, acne – comedogenic rating (1-5), irritant (1-5), and safety rating (1-9). Obviously the lower the numbers the better, but at the same time it’s all about what you want and need.

Another source I use is an app called Think Dirty. The app has over 350,000 cosmetics and personal care products in its database which you can search by name/keyword or by scanning a bar code.

Here is an example of both sources for the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream.

I like how CosDNA gives you a quick look at what all the ingredients do. One thing I do not like, however, is if you have an ingredient listed as zea mays (corn germ) oil, once the ingredients are analyzed it will only be displayed as zea mays oil (it removes the known name). So you need to remember what’s what. You can also click on some of the ingredients to get more information, but all I’ve seen so far are other names the ingredient can be called.

What I like about Think Dirty is that it gives you LOTS of information on all the ingredients. You only need to tap on an ingredient and it will expand.

egyptian magic think dirty expanded

What I don’t like about Think Dirty is that it lists the ingredients in order of safety, not concentration. Just be aware of that. And you cannot copy/paste ingredients so if your product is not there then you’re SOL.

I don’t exactly have a money tree in the backyard to pay for replacing all of my products right away, but I already had a few products in my stash that were natural so they’ve been brought out and I’m replacing products as I need them. I will also be doing a huge purge of all the products that don’t fit with my new lifestyle. As far as blog reviews go, from now on I will only be reviewing products that are natural and clean (some products may not be 100% natural, but they will have clean ingredients). My hope is that my blog will eventually become a resource for healthy living by using products with clean ingredients – from skincare to makeup to household cleaning and more!

FITNESS

I am turning 40 this year and I want to be in the best shape I’ve ever been, so to help with my journey I want to incorporate more fitness posts on the blog. I am not a fitness instructor so I will not be creating workout routines or anything like that, but I am a fitness enthusiast (and so is my husband), and being a mom it’s often difficult to add a workout in your day so I plan on sharing how I incorporate fitness into my life, and also what I do to get and stay fit. This also ties in with the healthy living vibe I want on my blog. Keep an eye out for a Fitness category to be added to my navigation soon.

POSTING SCHEDULE

My blogging schedule used to be three times a week (Mon-Thu-Sat), but for now I will be taking it down to two days a week (Mon-Thu), and add in Saturday if I need to. There are a few reasons for that, but the main one is that I need more me time. Being a mom, working full time and trying to fit in some fitness already takes a huge chunk of my time. This also ties in with living a healthy life by finding the perfect balance between family, work and my hobbies.

THANK YOU

Last but not lease I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you! Whether you’ve been following me for a few months, a few years, or you’re just starting today, THANK YOU!

I’m really excited about what this new year will bring and I hope you’ll stick around to see what I’ll have to share.

Did you make any resolutions for this year?

– Chantal 🙂

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • YAY! Good on you for taking charge and doing what makes you feel best! I’m looking forward to seeing the change. 🙂

  • hurray for all these changes and good luck in your health journey!!

  • I am looking forward to your posts and seeing what new companies you discover!

    • It’s really exciting discovering all these green beauty brands, I’m so excited! Now if only I can find the money to buy new products (other than what I need). 🙂

  • I’m really excited to see where this new year takes you blogging-wise! I’m so sorry to hear about all your family had to go through, but super happy for you that you’re taking steps to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Can’t wait to learn more about green beauty!

    • Thank you Andy! <3
      I'm really excited about this and I hope I'll help you learn something new! I'm already learning so much from all the research I've been doing on ingredients, which I plan to include in my posts from now on.

  • I am looking forward to the new direction and learning more about natural products through your blog ♥ Happy New Year!

  • I think these are great changes and I love finding out about more green beauty brands. I don’t know how you find time to do it all – you’re amazing!

    • Thank you J!! ❤️
      It’s tough to find balance between it all sometimes, but I find setting schedules really helps. Blogging 3 times a week was do-able for me, but didn’t leave much room for self-pampering and such. I only dropped to 2 posts a week last week and already I’ve noticed a huge difference! I feel more relaxed overall cause I’m not constantly working on my next post; I have time for my other hobbies, or to just sit down and relax. 🙂
      I’m loving this new green beauty lifestyle and I’m learning so much about ingredients!

  • Happy New Year! Incredible that you are making these changes. Very amazing. I wish you the very best this year! Looking forward to seeing your blog posts in 2017.

    • Happy New Year Maria! I’m really excited about my new lifestyle and excited to share what I learn and try with you. 🙂