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The Best Natural Paint

The Best Natural Paint

SO excited to chat with you all about the best natural paint!  This post has been a long time coming.  We moved into our new house in mid-November.  This is our first home we’ve owned and we couldn’t be more excited to make it our own!  We knew the first thing we wanted to do was paint it.  Paint makes such a difference.  We weren’t too fond of the color it was and wanted it to feel brighter and bigger.  However, wanting a non-toxic home is at the top of my list and I didn’t want to compromise.  Fortunately, after researching out natural paint alternatives I didn’t have too.  I found Natura Paint by Benjamin Moore and was sold!

*This post is sponsored by Benjamin Moore, however, opinions and thoughts are my own. 

If you’re unsure of what makes conventional paint so toxic, let me explain.  Most paints contain VOC’s(Volatile Organic Compounds) gasses emitted from liquids or solids.  They are known to cause a host of problems from irritation to throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.

The largest factor is indoor air quality, which according to the EPA.gov is worst inside then outside-

Studies have found that levels of several organics average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels.

There are a number of other chemicals found in paint too besides VOC’s.  Just a few are:

  • Ammonia
  • Acetone
  • Fungicides
  • Biocides
  • Crystalline silica

Thankfully, there are waterborne paints now, instead of solvents.  Waterborne paints are such a great option for so many reasons.  

  • Low odor
  • Low VOC
  • Quick dry time
  • Great durability
  • Less hazards and easy and safe clean up
  • They’ve been proven to perform in both residential and industrial buildings.

I must note that there is no perfect paint out there.  Only better options.  It’s similar to nail polish- even the best natural ones still contain  chemicals.  They have to in order to truly perform.  Paint is in the same wheel house.  There are a lot more “green” options out there now, but they also don’t perform or the colors are not aesthetically pleasing.  When choosing the paint for our house, look, feel and overall performance was a huge factor.  You may get a natural paint but if it doesn’t perform, then what’s it good for?

My friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle used Natura paint from Benjamin Moore and loved it.  She is very choosy in what she uses in her home too- even more so.  Her son has multiple food allergies and multiple environmental allergies.  She also has severe MCS(multiple chemical sensitivities) and has to be extremely careful.  She has painted two houses now with the Natura line and has loved the outcome in both!  She also shared this tidbit I want to pass on to you as well.  She told me they recommend those who suffer from MCS to first test out a small area on a piece of wood and see how you react or possibly take it in the car with you before doing a whole room or house.  This way you know if you tolerate it first.

Here is a quote from her:

As someone who has a child who suffers from multiple food allergies and environmental allergies, plus having MCS myself I was extremely happy with the Benjamin Moore Natura product both times we’ve used it in our homes.  It not only went on just like you would want paint too but it held up, and did not cause us any adverse reactions.

I love that the Natura line has zero emissions after 4 hours.  It also has zero VOC’s, is 100% acrylic and is a primer in one.  Plus, it has a quick dry time.  Everything felt dry after a couple hours. What’s even more exciting is it’s asthma and allergy friendly too!  Here is a quote on the asthma and allergy certification on Benjamin Moore’s website:

We created a paint that is scientifically proven to have a reduced level of allergens. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. Natura earned the certification based on its odor, emission and VOC performance.

I love that it’s not hard to find or source Natura paint.  Just head to any Benjamin Moore paint store and it’s there.  Check out Benjamin Moore’s store finder here.  They also have thousands of colors to choose from as well- another huge draw.

We chose the color Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Flat– a crisp clean white, similar to soft linen.  We did our whole whole house in Chantilly Lace, except my daughter’s bedroom we did in Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52, Natura, Flat.  We also didn’t paint the master bath or the kid’s bath yet- still deciding, but we did paint the 1/2 bath on the main floor(I forgot to take a before photo but it was all mint green to give you an idea).  We had all the walls in the house painted in the Chantilly Lace and then my daughter’s room painted in Gray Owl and then the baseboards and trim were painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Semi-Gloss.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the overall outcome!  The paint looks just as you would imagine paint to look and brightened up our whole house.  As you can see below, the before and after photos show the difference paint can make!

What the painters thought-

We hired painters to paint for us.  With little kids, we knew we just wouldn’t have the time or space to do the whole house ourselves.  Plus, our house has some really high vaulted ceiling areas and it would be hard to try and get them.  The painters were excited that the paint was from Benjamin Moore.  They said it was a quality paint and good choice.  They had yet to use the Natura line from them.  I asked for their feedback after painting and they said it was a great paint!  They did go over some areas three times where it was a little darker from the previous paint but other than that they were happy with it as well.

Smell Factor-

The best part?  I could hardly smell it at all!  We stayed at my parents for a week while they painted and I would come check on it everyday and was always amazed at how little it smelled.  Even when my mom came over she kept saying she could hardly smell anything!  My nanny said the same thing.  I was excited since the biggest concern going into a paint job for me is always the smell.

I really can’t recommend this paint enough!  The quality of the paint, to the zero VOC’s, zero emissions after 4 hours, and asthma and allergy certification make this paint the best in my opinion.  Check out all of Benjamin Moore Colors here.

Of course I couldn’t write this blog post without some before and after photos.  The change is amazing!  This is just the first part of my Detox Your Home Series.  I’ll be sharing everything we do to our house as we do it, from products we get, etc.  So many of you have asked how to do it, excited to finally share the process and tips with you.  Plus, once were done I’ll be sharing the final photos of the house.  We are still in the decorating phase and haven’t put anything up or gotten new furniture yet- it all takes time.  Bottom line- I have so much more planned and can’t wait to share it with you!

*Note- I live in Washington where there are more gray days then sun, so the color doesn’t quite pop as much in my opinion.  However, the before pics give you a good idea of how much brighter it looks!  Also, I had the light on in some after photos and some I didn’t, so you could really see what the color looks like in both lightings.  I did notice in the photos with the light on the Chantilly Lace color looks a little more yellow tinted.

Dining Before-

Dining After-

Living Room Before-

Living Room After-

Playroom before-

Playroom After-

Girl’s Room Before-

Girl’s Room After-

Master Bedroom Before-

Master Bedroom After-

Office Before-

Office After-

Bathroom After- (Didn’t have a before photo of this bathroom but it was all mint to give you an idea)

So what did you think?  Leave me a comment below!  Have you used Benjamin Moore Natura before?










Green Gurls Club 30 Day Detox Challenge

Green Gurls Club 30 Day Detox Challenge

What caused me to start my own detox journey?  Well, 7 years ago I read a book called No More Dirty Looks and my whole mindset shifted.  I literally remember thinking maybe I wouldn’t be able to wear makeup anymore because I had just learned how toxic products were.  The thought was so sad to me.  Growing up I was obsessed with playing with hair and getting my hands in makeup.  I ended up getting my cosmetologist license and doing hair all through college.  At the time I read No More Dirty Looks I was already into clean eating, but had no idea all the toxins lurking in everyday products.  I became so passionate about getting rid of the chemicals in my life and wanted to share what I had learned with others.  Thus, Gurl Gone Green was born.  I have loved every minute of blogging and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.  It’s really what’s made this journey come alive for me.  Oh and if you haven’t noticed I didn’t have to give up my makeup!

The Green Gurls Club

So what’s The Green Gurls Club?  Glad you asked!  My friend Lisa (This Organic Girl)  and I created this Club with you in mind. We know this period of time when you want to make some healthy changes but don’t know where to start can be confusing and downright hard. So we’ve teamed up to take the “HARD” out of living toxin free and put the “FUN” back into doing it. Over the past 5-7 years we have tried and tested nearly every nontoxic deodorant, shampoo, lotion, diaper cream, sunscreen etc. under the sun. We have researched and cross referenced ingredient after ingredient, talked to formulators, brands and like-minded friends and at the end of it all we have IT.

And what is IT? We know what’s clean and we know what WORKS. We are going to show you how to detox your life, one product at a time. Keeping it simple, easy and fun. Welcome to The Green Gurls Club. Membership is FREE, all you have to do is say, I WANT IN!

First up? The Green Gurls Club is kicking off with an inaugural 30 Day Detox Challenge. During these four weeks members will get an email every week highlighting one personal care product category like shampoo, lotion, deodorant etc. The Club will deliver:

  • A master list of toxins to avoid
  • Product swap recommendations at both luxury and budget price points
  • Access to member-only giveaways and coupon codes galore
  • Approval to join our exclusive Facebook Group where members can meet like-minded peers and get daily detox tips
  • A LIVE meetup with Suzi and Lisa every week to talk shop and answer questions
  • A lifetime membership to The Green Gurls Club and first dibs on upcoming challenges + classes

Our Promise

At the end of these 30 days you will have a renewed sense of confidence when it comes to buying personal care items. No more going back to your trusty old toxic standbys. You will have found healthier alternatives that work and won’t compromise your health or the health of your family. And these swaps may even surprise you! You may find that not only are they nontoxic but they work even better than your go-tos, or those blemishes on your back and shoulders have cleared up, or you stopped getting canker sores – seriously! It’s happened to us!

So don’t get overwhelmed thinking you have to toss it all and buy new with no idea where to start. We are here to take you through this transformation ONE product at a time. You can make this as big or as little of a time commitment as you like. Some people may prefer to take our recommendations and run with them and others may want to ask why and kind of get to the root of – why would a company do this to us!? Either way this experience is totally customizable.

Our vision for The Green Gurls Club is two fold. We want to support club members during their transition making this a fun and memorable experience. We want you to feel confident reading labels, be proficient in cutting through the greenwashing mumbo jumbo and really just take control of your buying decisions.

Why is this so important to us? (hint-these little people below)

Good question! Well let’s talk big picture. We are all raising next generations together. We are seeing diseases proliferate at a rate we have never seen before. {Examples? 1 in every 5 boys have autism…dairy intolerance…gluten has been shown to raise levels of ADHD, IBS…} I personally want my son and his children to be healthy and live long and prosperous lives. And it all starts right now. By NOT BUYING toxic products. If everyone in the world stopped buying Big Macs for 1 week, guess what, there would be no more Big Macs. Two words: OUT OF BUSINESS.

And that’s the thing. Whenever you take out your cash card, credit card or that 2 dollar bill you have been holding onto since you were 8 – and you place that currency down on the counter in exchange for goods- THAT is your vote. That is your ballot. That is your voice.

Make your voice heard by choosing non-toxic products for you and your family. Not only will you reap the immediate benefit of having a cleaner home and a healthier family but you will be placing another stone on the foundation of the world we are building for generations to come.

Cut to the chase!

Okay so I heard you say it the first time: I WANT INWell you already have your ticket in sisters – it’s called your email address! Pop your email in below and consider yourself in. We will send you a welcome video with an overview of what to expect followed by 5 weekly emails over the next 30 days. We are all doing this challenge together starting on June 15 so get on it!


Join The Green Gurls Club 30 Day Detox Challenge!


Detox your life one product at a time.

If you arrive late that’s okay – you can still sign up and we will catch you up to speed so you can join right in.

We are so excited you are here!


The Green Gurls Club

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