I’m big on reducing waste. I compost my food scraps, I recycle my bottles and cans, and I take quick showers. So you can imagine how happy it makes me to use ingredients that derive from things that might otherwise be discarded. And if that ingredient also has amazing benefits for skin, hair, and overall health? Even better.
Take a look at any list of dangerous ingredients to watch out for in personal care products and you’ll see parabens near the top…with good reason. Commonly used to prevent bacteria growth, parabens are everywhere and are associated with a number of very troubling side effects. I don’t let them anywhere near my products. Here’s why:
Many of us can remember an older relative or friend who swore by castor oil. While its use isn’t as popular today as it once was, this unique oil still possesses some amazing qualities that make it perfect for healing your skin, nourishing your hair, and supporting your body’s systems. Here are a few of my favorite uses for organic castor bean oil: (try them and you’ll love this oil as much as I do.)
When you think of bees, you may think of honey. I know I do, especially when I’m enjoying a cup of tea. However, that’s just the beginning of what these amazing insects give us. Look a little closer and you’ll find beeswax. Not to “wax” poetic, but this amazing natural ingredient is bursting with benefits for the skin. Keep reading to find out what all the “buzz” is about. (No more bee puns, I promise!)
Here’s a pop quiz: what do industrial cleaning agents, engine degreasers, and the bottle of conventional shampoo in your shower have in common? Answer: they all contain sodium lauryl sulfate.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is incredibly common in personal care items, but don’t let that make you think it’s safe: it’s also connected with some incredibly troublesome health issues. I never use SLS in any of my products, and it doesn’t take much to explain why.
Confession time: I love chocolate. The taste, the texture, the health benefits…I love it all. My affection for chocolate may even have something to do with my interest in a certain natural skincare ingredient: cocoa butter.