Interview: “Getting to Green(er)”

I’ve spent 3 years learning about and making my own natural products, and I’ve come a pretty darn long way. I make my own lotion, soaps, shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, bug spray, laundry detergent… and that’s just to name a few. (My latest experiment is making bath bombs – such fizzy fun!)

How did I get started?  Rewind about 3 years to a newborn care class I attended at a local hospital with my husband. We were told that one of the special things we would need for baby was laundry detergent, and that it had to be fragrance free.

So I thought, laundry detergent without a scent. Got it. No biggie.

But then I wondered, why?

And when I asked, the instructor made a vague comment about how “fragrance” was a very common ingredient in many things, from bath and body products to cleaning chemicals, and that it could irritate baby’s skin, and wasn’t good for his system.

My biggest reasons for going green

I was intrigued, and started doing my own research. As I’m sure you know, cosmetics need to include an ingredient list on their labels. But there’s a big loophole: the “fragrance loophole.” This loophole allows companies to label some 3,000 ingredients as “fragrance” (see the list here), the idea being that they should not be forced to give up trade secrets.

I can understand that. Sharing trade secrets could compromise your product. BUT, the danger of fragrance is that the 3,000 ingredients that can fall under that label include:

  • carcinogenic chemicals
  • neurotixins
  • endocrine disrupters
  • respiratory irritants
  • narcotics
  • known allergens
  • and more (Source)

UGH. I definitely didn’t want to expose my newborn to any of that… in fact, I didn’t really want to expose myself or my family to it either.

And my eyes were suddenly opened. That day was the beginning of a journey that has involved a lot of research and resulted in making a variety of bath & body and cleaning products myself.

But it took me 3 years to get to this place. I’ve only just recently settled on my recipes for shampoo and deoderant (it works, and it’s aluminum free, thank you very much!), and I’m still playing around with my toothpaste recipe.

It took a lot of time, research, and experimentation to get to this point. In a recent interview on Going Green with a fellow health coach of mine, Robin Massey, I shared:

  • Some of my recipes
  • Great resources for getting started – recipes and where to find ingredients
  • How to make changes when you don’t have the whole household on board

I hope you enjoy the interview. Feel free to post your questions in the comments!

Links referenced in the interview:


Other Resources


  1. I’ve recently started making my own bath, beauty, and household cleaning products. It is so much better for you and the environment and also cheaper. I look forward to trying some of your recipes Nicole!

  2. Thanks again for our interview. My kids continue to love your foaming soap recipe. 🙂

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