Jenny sent me a message over on Instagram with a ‘quick question’ on some of our bathroom essentials. Once we got chatting, I realised that we had a lot more in common than we first realised.
Jenny was on her 4th IVF cycle, whilst her fertility story didn’t mirror mine exactly, there were so many similarities that I immediately felt connected to her. We both had a less than easy journey in our attempts to start a family and both of us were seeking out some ways to increase our odds.
During my own journey, I spent hours and hours researching how low-tox products support fertility and I came to the conclusion that this was one way that I could take back some control and do something that would make a real difference to my health. Back in those days, anything that would lessen the number of IVF cycles I needed to undergo was a bonus for me.
Like me, Jenny had heard similar things and wanted to try and replace her products too but she felt stuck with how to find the low-tox solutions that fitted her lifestyle. She had a busy, corporate role and didn’t have time to spend figuring out the best substitutes for her current products. She definitely didn’t want to waste time on products that failed to do what they said they would do!
I was so glad that Jenny had found me; there are plenty of places that you can buy low-tox products but not many that understand the extra dynamic of having to consider IVF as well.
We started by creating a list of the current products that Jenny relies on every day. Now, you can guess, if I ask you to make a list of all your products on the spot, it can be tricky to get a comprehensive list without forgetting anything. So instead I asked Jenny to start a list on her phone and every time she used another product that she wanted to replace she added it to the list. By the end of the week she had a great list of most of the things she used regularly and the most important ones to replace.
There were a couple of items that Jenny decided straight up that she no longer needed to use at all so we just crossed them off straight away. The rest we went about finding some alternatives for, by:
- Prioritising them – putting the ones that Jenny used most often at the top of the list.
- Noting down anything about these products that Jenny really liked. For example she has a moisturiser that is absorbed super quickly that she likes to wear under makeup so this was essential in her replacement product too.
- Checking whether there were any scents or products that Jenny didn’t like or had a previous reaction to
Once we had all this info, I started collating a list of products that I knew would be perfect substitutes for the ones Jenny was currently using. Together, we were able to streamline the process and create an action plan for Jenny on what she would replace first and the product that she could consider.
If you are trying to overhaul your products, you don’t have to do it alone!