chemical-free: hippy, or just smart?


So, here’s another thing that has happened to me since moving to the desert almost two years ago: I have a strong desire to live chemical-free — even beyond eating organic fruits and vegetables. 

I used to get a pedicure every four-six weeks (from the time I was 27). It’s been almost a year since my last pedicure.

I used to use Windex to clean our stove. Now I use water.

I used to wash my dishes with Dawn. Now I use Seventh Generation.

I used to buy whatever brand of sunscreen that seemed to go on easily. Now I consult this website.

I used to wear mascara and lipstick every day. Now I do only on special occasions. 

I used to wear whatever deodorant smelled good. Now I use this. 


I think I might be a little insecure about my new trend, because I found myself joking about it to my best friend S., who I saw in L.A. two weekends ago. She looked happy and refreshed, having driven cross-country from D.C., camping all along the way. She wore her curly hair natural (she always used to blow it dry) and it looked beautiful. 

“I bought a hippy stick,” I said. 

She laughed. 

“How sad that toxic-free is considered hippy,” she said.

I don’t even know if it is, but if living chemical-free is branded “hippy” — to deride it — I perpetuated the brand. Which is ridiculous.

From now on, I intend to embrace my choices. It may not make any difference in the world, but it feels good and right. Natural. 



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2 responses to “chemical-free: hippy, or just smart?

  1. Whatever works for you. There is no shame is trying to live a life without harsh chemicals. Everything is made out of chemicals but their is a big difference between the effect of bleach and water on your health. Breathing in water is natural and part of life. Breathing in bleach can be harmful. It’s common sense really. One trend I disagree with is people not vaccinating because with that we can see an emergence of diseases like polio again in the population. They is also nothing harmful about vaccines. You can feel free to disagree with me on this but that’s the way I see it.

  2. Sarah

    I am with you Erin! I have a friend who has started selling Ava Anderson products and it made me more aware of all the harmful chemicals we put in our body every time we apply lotion or wash our hair. It is sort of frustrating, really, to realize how hard it is to find products that are not full of harmful chemicals!

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