I am Renae, founder of The Low -Tox Lifestyler and creator of Intentio Nurture - handmade, all natural skin & body care. My journey into the #lowtoxlife started way back in 2007 when I did a clean sweep of all the chemical cleaning products used in my home. This was initially an environment and sustainability driven decision, but I soon realised the positive health effects of this upgrade. My adventure with all natural, no-nasty skin and body care started with a light bulb moment in 2010.
‘I spend a lot of time and energy ensuring the food that goes into my body is fresh, unprocessed and full of goodness. What about the stuff I’m putting on my skin – the body’s largest organ?’
This light bulb moment led to an adventure in the bathroom, head first in the cupboard reading every label on every product. The result wasn’t pretty. The list of chemicals in my beauty stash included BHA and BHT, parabens, synthetic colours & fragrances, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Formaldehyde and Toluene. Many hours of research highlighted that these chemicals were suspected of causing cancers and neurotoxicity, were suspected endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxicants. One by one the dirty dozen listed above were replaced by ‘natural’ product alternatives from the shops.
Then one day a friend suggested making body butter to gift family and friends for Christmas. This suggestion led to another research session that uncovered many recipes comprising ingredients already hanging out in my kitchen, bathroom and laundry cupboards. This was the start of what has been a interesting and exciting journey of experimentation and creation as a #lowtoxlifestyler.
For a much more detailed and candid version of my story check out Episode # 99 from the WA Real podcast with Bryn Edwards. #languagewarning