I recently read a post on UC Berkley's website which discusses the results of a study performed on a group of teens who were provided natural personal care products and then tested chemical levels in their urine. After just three days, the participants were found to have significant drops in the levels of proven endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone. I encourage you to read it, it's really fantastic. The facts are, personal care products are not well regulated in this country, and there has been difficulty gathering sufficient data about the potentially negative health effects of the ingredients they contain. However, we know enough to warrant a precautionary approach when it comes to their use. There's something else that I want you to know, though. One of the lines that stuck out the most to me didn't pertain to the results of the study or the science behind it, because these are things I believed to be true prior to the research. What really resonated was a quote from one of the researchers in the study, Maritza Cárdenas.
“Personally, since the study, I’ve tried to use more organic products,” she said. “It’s hard, especially as a college student who doesn’t have a lot of money. You tend to just get what’s on sale. But I’ve decided to splurge more on products with fewer chemicals because of the effect in the future. And if you can’t make the best choice when you’re buying because of cost, you can at least try to limit the use of the products you do buy.”
PEOPLE. I implore you to understand this- It does NOT have to be expensive or difficult to make the switch to more natural personal care products!
Websites like the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database provides quick and useful material and resources, which can empower you and your family to make informed choices when it comes to the ingredients listed on the products you are using every single day. There are literally thousands of products listed, and many of them are very affordable!
You can also make your own!
If you invest in just 5 different natural ingredients you can make a ton of different personal care products! Coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, carrier oils (such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, or apricot kernel oil), and your favorite essential oils are often all you need to make everything from lotion to deodorant. Throw in some dried herbs that you may have on hand and mix it with some sugar or something and boom-shocka-locka, you have a luxurious scrub, lotion, soap- whatever, handcrafted by you. It really can be that easy to make a few basic recipes to get you going! In fact, here's a recipe from the Wellness Mama to prove it.
Sugar Scrub Ingredients
- 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown sugar- preferably organic)
- 1/2 cup oil (olive oil and coconut oil work great)
- Optional: essential oils of your preference
Sugar Scrub Instructions
- Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight jar.
- Use 1 tablespoon as needed in the shower. Scrub skin with the mixture and rinse well. It will leave your skin feeling like silk.
C'MON, YOU'VE GOT THIS.
Additionally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that I've dedicated my life to this very cause through Queen City Alchemy! The purpose of this post is not to be salesly, adversely, my aim is to empower and encourage you to take charge and be educated about what is going on you and your loved one's bodies. However, if you do not have the time, you do not want to purchase all of the ingredients required to make what you want, you need something crafted for a specific skin condition, etc., I want you to know that I would be honored if you would choose to allow me to provide you and your family with the products you need. Seriously. This is my passion, and I am completely delighted with my entire line, there's not a "dud" in the bunch.
It is time that we take the same care with what we are putting on our bodies that we do when it comes to what we are putting in our bodies. By choosing to use natural products, you are sending a message to an essentially lawless industry who will then be forced to listen, and react accordingly, to the growing list of our concerns. You are not only supporting your own safety and wellbeing, but the safety and wellbeing of us all.