What’s inside my beauty bag.  My top body products and why yours may be harming your fertility.

Image above from L to R Back; Weleda shower gel and deodorant. Front; Follow Nature oil cleanser, Tea Tree ointment, Jacquelin Evans Argan & Rosehip Serum & Moisturiser.

I’m forever being asked what products I use – on my body, my hair and my makeup and my home. So here’s the first in a series of post I’ll share with you my favourite tried and tested products.

The main reason I’m so fussy with my body products is because our skin is like a massive sponge – it absorbs up to 80% of the toxins and chemicals found in products like moisturiser or shower gel. What’s more, these products contain phytoestrogens – chemicals that act like oestrogen in the body. This is a disaster for fertility as well as general health. These hormone mimicking chemicals disturb events like ovulation, menstruation and can lead to sperm troubles too. You know, I’ve spoken all about this with Jacqueline Evans in a podcast we did recently – you might like to check that out again.

So, here’s my saviour products. I’m very less is more – however I am a woman and I like nice things. So I’ve finally managed to put together a little bag of ‘besties’ when it comes to body products that aren’t going to harm my system or stuff up my hormones. I admit – it’s taken me well over 10 years to find things that work for me, with some reservation because a lot of products didn’t even come close to doing the job. I wish somebody had have told me their best products when I was embarking on my wellness journey. You can thank me later.

I love Weleda. Their products really work. They also smell delicious, and real which is super important to me – I can’t stand ‘fake’ smells – plus synthetic perfumes are nasty. Deodorant is a tricky one – and probably the last thing I’ve switched because I hate to be woofty. That said, I’ve had to embrace that and learn to reapply, reapply and reapply again throughout the day if I don’t want to smell al-la-naturale. I love this one because it smells fresh and is a spray rather than a roll on. Anti-perspirants create all kinds of drama within the body – aluminium being amongst one of the nasties which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. You don’t really need to be a brain surgeon to realise that anything that blocks a natural bodily response like sweating, isn’t a great addition to your beauty bag. I actually stock this in the clinic too!

Shampoo & Conditioner
I’m super fussy when it comes to hair. If my hair is good, I feel good. This is why I’m obsessed with Grown hair products. They make your hair feel amazing – like there’s no sacrifice for the non toxic stuff. I find that many natural shampoo’s feel like I’m stripping the love out of my hair. Long hair especially needs extra attention. This is hands down amazing.

Body Stuff

I also use Grown Body Serum. It’s an oil and it ticks all the boxes.

Weleda shower Gel takes centre stage in our shower. It’s a creamy formula that makes my skin feel awesome. Given that skin is the biggest organ you own and absorbs so much of what you put on it – be kind to your body and apply only the finest ingredients money can buy.

Facial Products
I’m obsessed with Jacqueline Evans skincare – hello! Naturopathic skin care? Say no more. I specifically love the Argan Rosehip Serum and the Jojoba & Camellia Balancing clean. Honest, amazing, gangbuster good for skin.

Follow Nature put out a kick butt oil face cleanser. I’ve shared about my love for that here before. It’s changed my life. No kidding. In fact, my skin has never been this good.

For other stuff
Tea Tree ointment is the go to for cuts, bruises, bites, scratches and pimples!

Now just as I was dotting the ‘i’s’ on this post, I received a special package from a skincare range called Surface (I love the name on so many levels!). I’ve given it a go and it’s pretty darn delicious! Go check out their website and take a look around. It’s organic, smells divine and doesn’t contain any nasties.

So there you have it. The staples in my beauty bag. I want you to know one more thing before you go have yourself an awesome day – I’m not endorsed by any of these products or brands. I just love the bajoongers out of them and reckon you will too!


  • May 13, 2013 By Bec 10:06 am

    Great information Nat, it’s so hard to find natural products that really work. Are all of these products suitable during pregnancy?

    • May 13, 2013 By mnfadmin 10:41 am

      Yes – safe for you for sure. x

  • May 13, 2013 By Jai 10:30 am

    Awesome, thanks so much for sharing this information especially the deodorant one. I feel like I have spent copious amounts of money on trying to find a natural deodorant! It’s very much appreciated that you are sharing this info

  • May 13, 2013 By Donna 1:14 pm

    Hi Nat, This article is just at the right time for me, I am trying to gradually move towards an all natural skin regime. A Naturopath I see in Brisbane recommended the Sukin range and Ive just bought a mask of theirs to try it out. Have you had any experience with this range?

    Thank you for such valuable info, I love all your posts!

  • May 14, 2013 By Mrs G 12:07 am

    I’m also moving to a more natural skin care regime, reducing the number of products I’m using and cutting the costs, because I’m unable to afford expensive brands like Weleda.

    I do not use deodorant anymore since a few weeks. I noticed that it’s unnecessary when eating an healthy diet. I might use it in summer, but I’m not yet certain.

    Conditioner is unnecessary, again improving my diet has also improved my hair. I use a soft hair brush, which works very well with fizzy hair.

    I began to make my own soap. It’s really easy and it works very well. At the moment I’m using it only for hands, later I will use it also for showering. I’m also planning to make my own solid shampoo.

    Home made scrub work wonders on my face and hands and they are very easy to make as well.

    I rarely use make up, so it’s not worth to look for a more natural alternative, conventional products a couple of times per year are fine.

  • May 17, 2013 By Claire 5:59 pm

    Thanks so much Nat! Deoderant is a tricky one isn’t it? I haven’t been too keen on wasting a whole lot of money finding one that works so thank you thank you!

    Makeup post next? 🙂

  • June 22, 2013 By Simone 8:18 pm

    Hi Nat – what do you recommend for hair styling products? I agree with you on the Grown Shampoo & Conditioner, but its the finishing products that I am finding it hard to determine what is good, etc.

  • August 7, 2015 By Rachel 3:37 pm

    Hi Nat, thanks so much for sharing this information. Would you be able to please advise which brand of oil cleanser you use?

    • August 20, 2015 By Nat Kringoudis 9:13 pm

      I previously used a blend of jojoba oil with whatever else I could find! I also like the aesop one too. x

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