We Try Clean Living For A Week & This Is What Happened | Clozette


What is clean living? A quick search on the internet tells us that it’s beyond just eating clean; it’s an all-encompassing lifestyle that embraces the concept of mindfulness inside and out — whether it’s clean eating, leaving a clean carbon footprint, or having a clean body, mind and spirit. When we posted a clean living challenge to Team Clozette weeks ago, we clearly did not know what we were in for. 




But really, all it takes is just small simple steps each day to make big and positive changes. Instead of going big and suffer an epic failure, we decided to take on the challenge with small strides. Four of us — Jessie, Evon, Dhivya and I — were each given two challenges for a week: one to use non-toxic hair products from the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew line for a ‘clean body’, and the other focusing on various aspects of clean living. This is what happened.

Jessie


“A dear friend gifted me the book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo, and right on the first page was this line, “Taking good care of your things lead to taking good care of yourself.” It led to me wondering; have I been taking care of my home, and by extension, myself, at all?




It was just apt timing that I received the challenge of decluttering my living space for a ‘clean’ mind and try the new Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Naked Volume White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Shampoo and Conditioner at the same time. I was determined to declutter the mess, starting with my vanity.

Truth be told, I have A LOT of beauty products and it took me much longer than expected to sort them. Imagine the horror when I found expired products in forgotten places! It was fun nonetheless, challenging myself to declutter as much as I could while my baby was sleeping, and properly categorising my skincare and makeup items for easy everyday access. 




It was easy for me to take on the hair challenge as I was first sold by the word “volume” and its citrusy scent from the White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. Furthermore, the fact that these hair products have 0% parabens, gluten, colourants and silicones grant me the confidence to have close contact with my baby, knowing she would not be exposed to harmful ingredients. As a new mum dealing with postpartum hair loss, regular usage of the shampoo and conditioner provided the volume I badly needed on my mane. Definitely an easy way to bring life back to my hair, now that salon visits are a luxury! 

It was a strong motivation to be more mindful of my daily lifestyle choices, and I would certainly take up a clean living challenge again.”

Evon


“Two of my favourite after-work activities are to have a satisfying dinner at the local coffee shop and a refreshing hair wash. During my clean eating challenge (I had to avoid high calorie, non-nutritious foods), I had to stay away from the one thing that I look forward to every day. Food — hawker food to be more specific.




Day one of eating clean was tough, like oh-my-god-I-just-want-to-stuff-my-face constantly tough. But to my surprise, my first meal for this challenge – a rather filling and delicious avocado salmon sandwich – made me think: “Okay, this is not too bad”. But for the next few days, the constant temptations from people around me were torture.  But the desire to complete my first ever clean living challenge kept me going! Plus, I was doing a really great job with my hair challenge.




Having to maintain a head of long locks daily require a good 15 minutes on the shampooing and conditioning. It didn’t help that I do not have the habit of blow-drying my hair. But using the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Naked Moisture Rosemary and Herbs shampoo and conditioner was like living in healthy hair paradise. Other than its rejuvenating bio:renew formulation of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp, the range boasts 0% parabens, gluten and colourants. The moisture variant also leaves a natural and lasting rosemary scent that is not overpowering. A plus point is that after using them, my hair feels lighter, bouncier and now takes a shorter time to dry!”



Becks


“I was under the impression that taking on the challenge of avoiding plastic food packaging for a cleaner carbon footprint was going to be easy. I mean, just avoid plastic for one week – how hard can that be, right? Boy, was I wrong. Day one: I couldn’t suppress a triumphant grin when I ordered my coffee in a paper cup, only to realise later that it came with a plastic handle that I conveniently forgot about. Day two: I almost forgot that a plastic bag came with my shopping purchases. But this time I was quick to decline the bag — win!




I began bringing a tote bag and my lunch box around, and that proved to be a challenge on its own. It was hard to match my outfits with the bag. I was running out of days, but I was ever so determined to stay on track. Completely avoiding plastic food packaging wasn’t easy, but I’m glad we took this step to give it a try.




And now, taking on the hair challenge is another story. I was right on track, religiously using the Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Repair Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner every time I wash my hair. The key ingredient from the Bio:Renew range is the antioxidant Histidine, which works like a “superfood” for hair by purifying, neutralising and protecting each strand. It was a challenge I was more than willing to take on. As a result, my hair feels softer and smoother – and actually looks softer and smoother! With better hair health, my mane actually dries much faster. Its citrusy vanilla scent also adds on to the experience – almost like a spa treatment that’s taking place in the comfort of my own bathroom.”



Dhivya


“I always catch myself watching videos on Youtube where users engage in some sort of challenge that restricts them from unhealthy food or bad habits. When I was given my challenge of practising gratitude for a clean spirit and using non-toxic hair products, I thought it wouldn't be as hard as the other challenges and that it will be a piece of cake. I was so wrong! 




It was extremely difficult to practice any form of gratitude during that one week as I was going through something personal at that time. Also, the fact that I had to use one shampoo for the rest of the week was frustrating as my tresses tend to get really oily so I usually switch up my shampoos on alternate days. I was slightly worried that my hair would become too oily or dry by adding this new shampoo to my hair care regimen. 




Eventually, after two days, I managed to get into the swing of things. I decided to make the choice to be grateful for what I did have. As for my choice of hair products, this portion of the challenge turned out to be the easiest. The Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Clean White Strawberry & Sweet Mint shampoo and conditioner were extremely gentle on my scalp and I smelled like I had been bathing in a strawberry field right after my shower. The best part is that I don’t even need to switch up my shampoos anymore. I just need this duo to care for my oily scalp. Even after this challenge, I still continue to use this range every day.”


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Oh, what would we ever do without our mums? They are undoubtedly one of the biggest influences in our lives. So now that Mother's Day is just around the corner, it's only right that we prepare for the occasion and make sure we have something to symbolise our love for them. Of course, nothing can compare to the love they've given us but we can always try. Ahead, the perfect gift to present your mum on her special day.


For the one who needs a bit more pampering


Pixi Rose Flash Balm, SGD36/~USD24; Pixi Rose Caviar Essence, SGD36/~USD24; Pixi Rose Oil Blend, SGD36/~USD24


Being a mum is no easy task. So make sure you give your mum the chance to pamper herself not just on a special day but for more days to come. Instead of a bouquet of roses, why not let her indulge in them in the form of pampering beauty products? Give her Pixi Beauty's Rose-Infused SkinTreats. The Rose Caviar Essence will ensure that her skin is moisturised while the Rose Flash Balm is perfect for when she's on the go and needs to have a boost of hydration and brightening. Meanwhile, the Rose Oil Blend helps improve skin's elasticity, making sure mum looks as young as she feels.


For the one whose day is always jampacked


PHP10,250/~USD197


Aside from being the one in charge of your household, your mum is also the leader at her workplace. She's always busy and on the go. Help her make sure she's on top of her game by giving her a wrist companion she'll never forget to wear. The Anne Klein Silvertone Round Watch is a great pick. It's sleek, chic and straightforward — just like your boss lady mum.


For the one who runs a lot of errands


SGD189/~USD140


Mums seem to have a thousand things on their to-do lists. There are tasks to be done and errands to be made. If your mum is always on the go from one errand to another, make sure that she's always comfortable (and in style). Gift her with a new pair of shoes she'll love wearing no matter where she goes like the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Loafer


For the one who loves afternoon tea


From PHP1,500 to PHP2,500/~USD28 to USD 48


It's your mum's way to wind down and take a breather from the many things she does for you and your entire family. So why not let her indulge in premium tea? Let her enjoy the lavish Haute Couture Tea Collection from TWG, which includes the popular Geisha Blossom Tea as well as the classic Earl Grey  — and don't forget to join her as she shares stories while sipping a good cuppa tea.



For the one who likes to keep things spick and span



SGD699/~USD520


Your house is always in tip-top shape because your mum makes sure it's always cleaned and kept properly. She loves learning about all the new gadgets and appliances that can help her make sure your house is as pristine as it can be. So why not give her something to help her with her goal? Give her the Philips SpeedPro Max, which has a 360-degree nozzle that ensures dirt from every direction is taken care of. Plus, it's the fastest, cordless vacuum there is, so you're not already helping your mum out but also buying her some more time to spend with you.



Treat mum to a special meal, too. Here's a good option.


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We're sure you're still on a high after the parade of intricate and heavily bejewelled pieces at this year's Met Gala, but we urge you to wind down and get a load of the latest and hottest in the worlds of fashion and beauty this Wednesday.


Kim Jones's The Fore




Kim Jones has amassed a huge following for her flair for fashion, and now she's taking things to another level with the launch of her brand. Said to have taken her five years of conceptualising and a year to actually create, The Fore will feature Jones's collaborations with different designers. For the first release, Jones partnered with Filipino designer Ken Samudio, who is known for his eye-catching accessories.


Huda Beauty Body?



Huda Kattan has teased a new product from her eponymous beauty line. In the photo, she's seen submerged in gold liquid. Foreseeing people guessing the upcoming product as a highlighter, Kattan posted a disclaimer in the caption. Could it be body glitter or a new eyeshadow palette? What's your guess?


Kris Cosmetics



Right on time for the celebration of Mother's Day, momager extraordinaire Kris Jenner is releasing a special collection in collaboration with her daughter Kylie Jenner. Kris took over Kylie Cosmetics' Instagram account and renamed it @kriscosmetics — but for just a little while, the caption in the bio says.


New Nike Air Force 1-100



Now, you can personalise your pair of Nike Air Force 1s without having to paint it or overhaul it. The newly released Nike Air Force 1-100 comes with six interchangeable swooshes — perfect for pairing with whatever look you're going for.



Celebrate mum with Sephora




Treat your mum to a special Mother's Day gift with Sephora's blooming surprise. Create a floral bouquet for her when you purchase a gift at Sephora on 11 May (at Sephora stores at Westgate, VivoCity, Great World City and Suntec City from 3PM to 8PM), 12 May (at Sephora stores at ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Marina Bay Sands, and Bugis+ from 12PM to 5PM), and 13 May at Sephora stores at ION Orchard, Tampines 1, NEX, and Plaza Singapura from 12PM to 5PM).


You can also get a chance to snag a Swarovski charm when you spend more than SGD120 at any Sephora stores in Singapore from 10 to 23 May.


ALBION Elegance Makeup in Singapore



The full range of Albion Elegance makeup is coming to Singapore this May! You can now get a chance to snag the highly raved ALBION Elegance La Poudre Haute Nuance Face Powder and more at their counter in Takashimaya.


(Cover photo from: @kimcamjones)


Check out what you may have missed earlier this week here.


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