Are Your Products Safe?
|November 3, 2011||Posted by carmen under Natural Body Care|
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?
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