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Are Your Products Safe?

As I have learned more about natural living I have become increasingly aware of the many toxic ingredients in commercial body products that I have used in my home.  I was dismayed to find out that most, if not all, of the products I was using on my skin and hair contained ingredients which are hormone disruptors and/or carcinogens.  It is a myth that just because something is sold in the stores it is safe.  For some eye opening reading on the toxicity of ingredients commonly found in bath and body care products read here.

 

In an effort to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals I began buy the more natural brands of things like shampoo, soaps, lotions, etc.  But most of these natural items are very pricey, so when our household income took a big cut and I needed to cut costs, I went back to buying whatever I could get my hands on at the local drugstore for the cheapest price.

 

Last year my oldest daughter and I began experimenting with making some of our own products. We’ve made lip balm, hand salve, bath salts, hard lotion bars, unpetroleum jelly, body spray, and probably more that I’m not remembering at the moment.  All of these turned out beautifully well and made our skin feel lovely.  Only using pure and natural ingredients, these products performed better than any commercial products I have used.  And best of all, we were able to make them very inexpensively.

 

After reading this article that came out yesterday about toxins in baby products, I’ve become inspired to increase my commitment to using home made products, especially for my children.  I’m excited about getting creative in the kitchen making our old standbys that we’ve come to love as well as trying out new recipes.  I’m on a quest to find the perfect toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner recipes…things I haven’t tried making yet.

 

I encourage everyone to read up on the products you use on your skin.  (As a side note…I used to take a hormone supplement transdermally, meaning in lotion form.  It was so powerful that I suffered severe side effects from it.)  Our skin has the capacity to absorb and assimilate any chemical that is placed on it.  These chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream.  It is important to make sure the products you are using on yourself and your children are safe.  The Environmental Working Group has an amazing feature that you can use to look up most products you can find at a store and see how it rates in relation to toxicity.  Find out what those ingredients that no one can pronounce are and if they are safe.  Be an informed consumer.  And if you have been bitten by the creative bug, go ahead and make your own products.  It’s simple, inexpensive and best of all safe.

 

Have you tried making homemade body products?  What is your favorite recipe?  

 

Find this post and lots of others on the following blog carnivals:  Simple Lives Thursdays at GNOWFLGINS, Your Green Resource at A Delightful Home and The Greenbacks Gal,  and Homemaking Link-up at Raising Homemakers

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9 Responses to Are Your Products Safe?

  1. Great post! I’m kind of scared to click over and read that article abut toxins in baby products.

    Making your own body care products is so much fun and much easier than most people think. I’m a little addicted to it!

    Thanks for sharing and liking up to Your Green Resource,

  2. I “no-poo”. Been washing my hair with apple cider vinegar and baking soda for 4-5 months now and love it.I clean only with water and vinegar and sometimes I add lemon juice. I want to try making toothpaste and deodorant soon! :)

    • I tried the “no-poo” thing a year or so ago. I lasted about 2 months and then had to give it up. I was doing the ACV and baking soda as well. My hair is baby fine and thin and this method was terrible for me. I’d love to find something that works for my type of hair. I found a couple books of homemade beauty products at the library today…I can’t wait to experiment. =-)

  3. I have the Environmental Working Group’s app on my phone – but I’ll admit I forget to check it. Sad to say, but I think those products will continue to be on the market and do well as long as people can get them cheap with a coupon and a sale.

    • I agree Andrea. I was in that boat myself…even knowing this stuff. The thrill of the deal (and necessity of reducing costs…but mostly the thrill) trumped good sense for me for a while. It’s hard to resist the temptation for free (or nearly free) stuff.

  4. I started working at a soap company about 6 years ago at the same time a good friend of mine got breast cancer. Watching her go through her treatments made me determined to learn everything I could to get away from using toxins. It isn’t hard, it just takes time to find good recipes. I make all of our soap, lotion, household cleaner, laundry soap, dishwasher soap, herb salves.

    • We live in a toxic world and it’s impossible to avoid them all, but we can definitely take a huge load off our bodies, especially our livers, by using as many pure and natural products as we can. You are right…it’s not hard at all. I’m finding some wonderful recipes that I’m planning to try out. I can’t wait to share!

  5. […]  If you missed my post from a few days ago on the safety of skin care products, you can read it here.  I will definitely keep you updated on the lovely things we make and share my favorite recipes. […]

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