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Bridging the gap...

It has always been part of my heart to help bridge the gap between the crunchy and non-crunchy world, specifically for the folks that find themselves still adjusting to a nontoxic lifestyle.  

As I “leveled up” in the crunchy world, one of the things I missed desperately was a nice-smelling home. That’s part of why I taught myself candle making.  Although diffusing essential oils was nice, it couldn’t replace all the fun scents I was used to smelling like apples, pumpkins, or vanilla.

So, if you like your home smelling nice but would rather not have to worry about exposing your family to carcinogens, mutagens, or endocrine disruptors- give Crunchy Mama Candles a follow this week as we explore more of what makes us different. And because I love y’all, I’ll be sharing some of my most used “crunchy” products to help give you an idea of what to start swapping to begin your own low-tox lifestyle!



What exactly does crunchy mean?! Sounds like cereal or crackers, lol…

Crunchy folks are people who leans toward more natural, holistic ideas and methods in most areas of life. It's the ideology of deciding what is best for your own family, and not relying on the societal "norms". It looks different for each family, but the heart-cry is always the same- doing what we believe is best for our own families.

Here’s a fun quiz to see where you land on the crunchy spectrum: https://www.mamanatural.com/how-crunchy-quiz/

Feel free to share your results in the comments!



One question I get asked a LOT in the crunchy world is: “What do you use for fragrances?”…

Well, while I can’t give you my exact recipe (), I CAN tell you that most of my products use safe synthetic fragrances. These have all been professionally formulated using nontoxic ingredients that comply with California’s Prop 65 (https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list/)…

Because at the end of the day, I use these products around my own little family, and as much as I love each of YOU, these humans will always be my favoritest favorites and I will always do everything in my power to give them the safest environment to thrive in!



I know it can be so confusing and kinda frustrating to begin swapping out your normal household items for cleaner options… I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve poured over brands, and items, and ingredient labels.

So here’s a quick list of my household staples! Take a peek, and maybe try swapping out one thing at a time, as you finish your current product.

Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash

- Conditioner: https://a.co/d/7aA9Kd2

Household Cleaner

- Branch Basics: https://branchbasics.com

Diaper Balm

- Calendula Salve (also works as moisturizer and lotion!) https://www.crunchymamacandles.com/produc.../calendula-salve

Have a product you’d like a crunchy swap suggestion for?? Comment below!



Another great way to begin your crunchy/scrunchy journey is to find some local farmers markets!

Two of our FAVORITE places to go in the Conroe area are Wholesome Living Dairy for delicious raw guernsey milk, and Twisted T Farm for scrumptious homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and fresh veggies!


Whether you’re just starting out on your crunchy journey, or you were crunchy before it was cool, there’s nothing like having a solid community to help research, bounce ideas off of, or ask questions. I have been incredibly blessed to find several groups that have been so supportive and full of knowledge. If you’d like to join them, let me know in the comments, and I’ll gladly help you get connected! Till next time, my friends!



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