I’m Susie, the main writer, garden apprentice and product reviewer for Umbel Organics. Back in my 20’s, I was an avid trail runner and adhered to a strict low-fat diet. I assumed that I led a healthy lifestyle. But after my dad, mom, and uncle were diagnosed with cancer within a fairly short time frame, I began to examine my lifestyle choices. With two little girls to raise, it hit me that I needed to take a closer look at the pesticides and harmful chemicals in the food, skincare products and cleaning supplies my family was exposed to.
With a degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Geospatial Analytics, I love to research and dig deep into my favorite topics, and at this point, natural living is at the top of my list. After reading tons of scientific papers and loads of books, I’ve learned a lot about the harmful chemicals lurking in conventional cleaning products and air fresheners, the carcinogenic weed killer and pesticides for sale at the garden center and the endocrine disruptors in everyday skincare products. I now read labels and choose products consciously and carefully to reduce my family’s exposure to harmful ingredients.
I’m on a journey to make my home (and everything in it) a place that’s not the source of health issues, but rather a haven that I feel good about spending time with my family in. Over the years I’ve been slowly “greening up” the inside of our home, but I’ve still got a way to go – you’re definitely in a judgement-free space here!
I know that living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, and I’m not here to overwhelm you. It’s okay to start with small steps. With just a few simple changes, you’ll be on your way to making your home a safe and comfortable place for your family.
Being kind to your body and using less harmful chemicals also translates to being kinder to the planet. You’ll also find many eco-friendly swaps and suggestions on the website that not only benefit your well-being, but also the well-being of our planet.