Beauty is but a lease from nature. – Edward Counsel, Maxims
Being young for a longer time than many, I’ve learned something very important – Natural Is Good. We live in a world of toxins created for the sheer purpose of the corporate bottom line and the almighty dollar.
Look at the beauty of nature. Go outside for just a moment and look closely at the trees and the leaves and the grass and the flowers. Go to your favorite walking trail (you have one, right?) and spend a few moments gazing at the natural beauty that surrounds you.
How is it that we’ve gone from using nature’s gifts for our health and beauty to GMO foods, cancer treatments that cause even more cancer, ridiculously unhealthy drugs to fix every single minor boo boo and a national weight problem that threatens our very way of life? In less than a century?
Chemicals in Personal Care Products
It makes me sad to know that we are down the toxic rabbit hole just because it’s more convenient. What else could it be? It’s scary to think we can NEVER go back to a gentler and more natural way of life that protects our health in the body, mind and spirit.
But, I can do something about that! I cannot save the world – only Superman can do that. What I can do is bloom where I am planted. And I’m firmly planted in the natural world.
What I mean by that is knowing that toxic chemicals have been the downfall of my thyroid. The everyday products that we take for granted are slowly killing us because we think germs are bad for healthy skin. Have you ever read a soap label? The second ingredient (after water) is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. AACK! What is sodium laureth sulfate?
EWG.org gives a definition of sodium laureth sulfate and what happens when you use it:
PEG & ingredients that end with “-eth” – What are they?
In personal care products (like shampoo, body wash, liquid soaps) these raw ingredients are reacted with ethylene oxide, a known human carcinogen, and added to product formulations to make the ingredients softer on the skin. Ingredients ending in “-eth” (e.g. sodium laureth sulfate) and ingredients including the word “PEG” (e.g.PEG-4 Laurate) are what you should avoid.*
Why should I avoid them? The ethoxylating process contaminates the product with a suspected carcinogen, 1, 4-dioxane. The product is then purified to remove the 1, 4-dioxane, but this process isn’t perfect, leaving behind trace amounts of the contaminant.
So, what can you use to wash your body? How about handcrafted soap? How about pure castile soap?
Natural Is Good.
I want you to know there are alternatives to using harsh, toxic chemicals in every area of your life! If you read my blog from last week, you know I have thyroid problems and guess where those issues came from? Yep, you guessed it – unnatural chemicals in my soap, shampoo, body lotions and perfumes.
Where is YOUR tipping point for absorbing toxic chemicals? I get that you may want to make your own natural bath and body products or that you may want to buy them from someone else. That’s great – please do! But, I do hope you’ll give Scented Balance products a chance.
There are so many wonderful alternatives to the toxic drug store junk that you buy simply out of habit. Just by switching from the toxic commercial products to plant-based products gives you a simple and painless way to take charge of your health.
Purchasing handcrafted bath and body products that are chemical-free helps your health and at the same time, you’re supporting a small local business. Give it a try – you – and your skin – will be glad you did!
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Here’s to your health! Blessings!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for any health issue.