CHEMICALS FOUND IN BODY CREAMS
The Chemicals often found in body creams are – Parabens, Fragrance or perfume ,BHA, DMDH HYDANTOIN
( Formaldehyde Re-leaser) Preservative, TEA, Pigments for colour, Mineral Oil, SLS and the list goes on!
It is best to read the one that you are using, to get a clearer picture.
I was reading a really clear Blog by BYRDIE .COM about non Toxic Makeup .
This very informative article goes into each of the chemicals that we put on our bodies, with the reasons why we should make that change that we have probably been putting off. Also some brands that she has tried to make a change to her own routine.
Through reading her website , I came across the story of a young Cancer Survivor of 21 years old , on just what chemicals she avoids.
This story really makes you think of the potentials dangers in some of the products that we use without thinking about on a daily basis.
One of the Companies that she recommends is a company called HONEST.COM they are based in the USA and have a great ethic of being up front on their ingredients and the amount of chemicals that you will never see in their products. The founder is Actress Jessica Alba.
I have seen some mixed reviews on some of the products with issues with some of the included chemicals, I have recently seen that they have re- branded some of it.
MAKING YOUR OWN AT HOME – BODY CREAM
There are a number of DIY recipes on line also for making your own body cream.
The simplest one we have tried so far is Organic coconut oil, some Vitamin E (optional) and some essential oil.
We have tried a Lavender one for the girls in the house, and an grapefruit or citrus one for the guy. I have read not to use a citric oil if you are going into the sun as it can attract too much sun to your skin.
I could say guys but the other man in our home is the dog!
A SIMPLE RECIPE
You basically gently melt the coconut oil , then when cool, add your essential oils and Vit E if using( this acts as a preservative)
Then pour into a glass container.
The Coconut oil becomes clear, when you first melt it.
Then once cooled it does become solid.
It is a little hard to get it out of the container, but once you have it on your skin, it melts quite quickly.
I just leave a little spoon near the container to access the oil.
The grapefruit or vitamin E oil helps to preserve the mixture. Check out this other blog post for different preservatives you can add. By Luisa Fanzani
We have found that with Coconut oil, when the temperature rises in the summer, it does become liquid. It gets pretty hot here in the summer,and it started to melt pretty quickly . That does make it a bit harder to use , we mostly used it for the ends of our hair when it went into this state. if it feels a little dry between washings.
I guess you could pop it into the fridge to keep it solid.
ALLURE have a ton of ideas for using coconut oil ( 30 ways in fact ), some are really surprising , for example getting rid if lice ( a much healthier way than all those chemicals)
After writing this blog, I have come across a website called LUISA FANZANI suggesting the use of a preservative to help prolong your products and not allow any bacteria and mould to grow.
SHEA BUTTER can also be used in your blends for body creams.
This organic one is produced by PraNaturals
HANDMADE BODY CREAM
This sounds a lovely Body cream, for hands and feet as well.
Made by ANCIENT GIRL KITCHEN
ORGANIC BEAUTY RECIPES.COM have a number of lovely sounding body creams.
Written by EVE.
I know we don’t always have the time, nor the inclination to make our own products.
So I have been researching some products that are out there, hopefully some will be useful to you if you would like to try something new.
HOW TO USE COCONUT OIL IN DIFFERENT WAYS
This article in the VOGUE INDIA
Gives some really great reasons, why we should use COCONUT OIL , in our SKINCARE and HAIR ELIXIRS .
They give some DIY methods, of using Coconut oil as lip scrubs, scalp treatments for dandruff.
Also as a body scrub to reverse an uneven tan.
BEESWAX NATURAL FACE CREAM
Sold on Amazon by FISYO – this ones sounds great, natural products .
It contains Beeswax , Olive oil, Coconut and Argan oil, Aloe Vera, Avocado,Almond oil, Lavender, Vitamin C, Essential oils- Geranium and Sandalwood,it is not made with water,so that makes the product more concentrated.
OTHER OILS SOLD ON THE HIGH STREET
BIO OIL –
I have friends who use this oil, I see advertisements for it all the time on T.V.
They have a good marketing campaign.
I must admit, I was curious to see what it contained,and what type of Oil was in it.
The first set of ingredients are all recognisable but not the Purcellin Oil part .
What is this oil?
I had a look online to see what information I could find.
It would better, if you want to look deeper,to have a look at these articles, to find out more, and make up your own mind.
Ingredients- as on Amazon link.
Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calendula oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil, Chamomile oil/ Trade Marked Purcellin Oil.
I have found three different interesting articles about the oil from-
BLACK SOAP – ( Sorry this was the nearest picture I could find for coloured soaps!)
Another interesting product I had never heard of was African Black Soap.
This can be used to wash your hair also.
It did make me wonder if any colour, would leak from it, similar to charcoal.
This article on MNN.COM gives an idea of how Black soap is produced and the benefits of using it.
There is some reviews which say it is a little messy , others saying it is worth some mess.
Our friend says it is so lovely she uses it before special occasions.
They say it can also help with acne .
A patch test is recommended before using to make sure there is no allergies with the product .
This one is Organic too.
It does contain sustainable palm oil.
Dudu Osun is another make on the market, with a pack of six soaps available.
Some very interesting comments on the reviews. It seems to be natural too , but I am not sure it is organic.
SOAP IN GENERAL
I love the idea that you can choose a soap that doesn’t have a ton of chemicals in it.
I was looking in our local supermarket for a normal soap for my husband, gosh it was as if you needed to have a science degree. The list of ingredients on a bar of soap is crazy. Never mind the ton of artificial scents in it.
When we were living near London, we used to visit Covent Garden. There was a fantastic shop who sold olive oil products scented with lemons, It was like walking in heaven going through that door. The soap was expensive but that scent!
I love the idea of a natural soap. We have some really good Braderies in France which are like one off street markets, with a whole host of products for sale.
The last one we went to had a huge soap store, made by hand with different oils and natural herbs. We bought a soap specifically made for hair. Can you believe it is still going!this has lasted for months, maybe it is my secret plan as my family are so heavy handed with any liquid products. The soap are interesting to use for the first few times as the lathering up is not as much as you would expect from a shampoo.
They were all very homemade looking which was a nice change. They reminded me of when my grandmother was still with us and she used to have these green soap bars in the house.
I don’t know about your hands , but mine in the winter are like a weather vane!
As soon as the first cold winds blow, my hands start to break down, something I can attribute to my dad, thanks dad!
As they say your hands can give away your age!
We take so much care of our face but our hands are often a forgotten part of us. My mum has always been careful, she doesn’t go far without her rubber gloves to wash up or clean. Not a bad idea really, I don’t know about you, but I remember after I have done the job!
CREAMS TO USE FOR YOUR DRY SKIN
This looks very soothing, for very dry cracked skin.
Mint and Tea Tree essential oils. No water, Parabens or chemicals.
Not for Nut allergies.
It is great, because it doesn’t contain water ,so it should last longer, more concentrated.
Lavender and Chamomile again Organic and Natural .
This seems worth a try. I have seen advice before, on putting cream on at night then covering with cotton gloves.
Very Jane Austin, but good advice.
I found this link for some cotton gloves and socks, maybe for hands and heels?
These are by HusDow
These other gloves are by JASMINE SILK and are one size. Not sure if they would fit a guy? Or would they wear it? probably not.
- Naturally Hypoallergenic – Relief from itchy skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema
Could help with skin problems, there is a load of allergies in our family, anything that works is great.
REMOVING UNWANTED HAIR
WAXING OR SUGARING
This is something that I have never attempted or used before. I wanted to see what these products had in them.
I guess we have all seen those funny T.V programs where some poor guy has been roped in to have a waxing.
We have a friend who is a cyclist and does have to remove the hair from his legs for better air flow on racing days. We have watched the Tour de France , which came near our home about two years ago, makes you wonder how they all go about getting rid of the hair on their legs.
I know there are many women and men who visit a clinic for these treatments too.
I guess that can get expensive.
LIVE ABOUT.COM explains more of how these chemicals work on the hair, to remove them.
WOMENS HEALTH MAG.COM have a really informative article on which is better for your skin, waxing or sugaring. They mention on that in Waxing, you can often find preservatives and Resins.
Also that sugaring is less painful! Interesting to see some caution too. Good advice on being careful when it is hot!
Products that seem less harmful
I hope that these have a better ingredient list for you to look at.
They also have a travel kit one , which is great for holidays. Also they make hair removal products for men.
NAD’S NATURAL HAIR REMOVAL GEL this product on Amazon has mostly natural ingredients as written on this link but it does have two colours included.
I have put a link to these ingredients from the EWG site for you to take a better look.
Aloe Vera is such an unusual looking plant, at first I thought it was a Cactus.
We had one plant that just went huge, they are very easy to cultivate more plants from. As they grow larger they have “BABY” plants growing on the edges, these are easy to replant.
They also offer a recipe to make your own scrub using the gel.
Aloe Vera is great stuff, I usually have a plant growing in the kitchen, in case of burning myself on the oven ,as it accelerates the healing process.
You can also use Aloe Vera in a drink form, to promote a healthy digestive system, and it can also help with cankers in the mouth.
It seems by the comments on the link , there are people using it as a slimming aid.
I am not sure what ratio that would be.
There is also a few recipes on the same website, that use the Aloe Vera gel in shampoos or conditioners.
This one is made by ALOE PURA , I have used this brand before.
They do give some advice— I wasn’t aware of this before.
Avoid use when pregnant or breast feeding. Not suitable for infants.
ALOE VERA JUICE MAX STRENGTH, I don’t think this one is Organic but it has a large number of people recommending it, plus the price is reasonable.
WHAT OTHER WAYS TO USE ALOE VERA
There is a great article, on all the many ways that Aloe Vera can be used.
They are on this link for Medical News Today
HEALTHLINE have 7 Amazing uses for Aloe Vera , including the uses for heartburn, after sun .
Is another great place, to find information on what is found in products , also safer products for everything from shampoo, children, sun care and men’s products. These can also be found on this link with Amazon .