Hello beautiful goddess.
As you know by now, I am very passionate about women nourishing themselves from within and the importance of self care.
As women, self care can include many beautiful rituals. A warm bath with epsom salts and candles lit all around. A hot shower at the end of a long day. Massaging your limbs with creams and lotions. Slowly getting ready for an exciting evening with friends.
In each of the activities above, the application of products to our skin has occurred. Which brings me to what I want to shine the light on for you today, my loves.
Did you know that the body absorbs 60 percent of what we apply to our skin? Whatever you are putting on your skin, your body is absorbing it. Would you believe its destination? Straight into your blood stream.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it is permeable. That means that lotion doesn’t just sit on your skin, it is absorbed through your skin.
Most of us assume that the products readily available on shelves are safe and non-toxic. However, medical research indicates that many cosmetic ingredients include carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances and that they do indeed penetrate the skin and wind up in our blood. This means that we are exposing ourselves internally, to a whole host of chemicals that would never be allowed to be ingested as a food or a drug but are winding up in our body nonetheless.
Many of these body care products don’t cause immediate reactions but can slowly build up in us through repeated use over time. Now, beautiful goddess, my aim here is not to alarm you. Rather, I would like to open my bathroom cabinet for you, and inspire you with some organic, non-toxic and nourishing products (that actually work!).
Personally, I am still making the slow switch away from chemical laden products to more natural ones. I think it's important to straddle that fine line between health and wastage. So I still use products such as eyeshadow and blush from other brands until they run out and I can make the switch.
Another reason I have also loved changing to healthier options is that they are much cheaper than the high end brands I used to use. It's win win all round really! I will also say at this point that it really pays to do your research online. You can find a lot of web based boutiques offering conscious products at much lower prices.
I went through a lot of trial and error when it came to finding the right natural shampoo, hence why I am putting it at the top of my list to save you the time and effort! A lot of those on the market either don't foam up (as the harmful chemicals that usually do this are not in these products) or they don't clean my hair properly (or both).
Also, all products that you place on your head are easily absorbed by the delicate skin on the scalp, so it's important that you look out in the ingredients list for Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), or one of its derivatives, such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These sulfates do more than strip the hair of its natural oils. They remove beneficial bacteria that are essential to maintaining a healthy scalp and head of hair. Once the "good" bacteria have been vanquished, harmful germs can take over, resulting in rashes, hair loss and allergic reactions.
This beautiful product is not only made of 100% organic ingredients, but is also Australian made and owned.
You may have heard a lot of hype around this tropical oil, and I am here to tell you: it's all true. Not only do I use it as the staple oil in my cooking, but another jar has made it's way into my bathroom.
If you apply the logic I have laid out above, that your skin absorbs what you put onto it, then what better way to moisturise after a shower than with coconut oil. Take a small amount, rub it in between your palms and then apply, it actually absorbs quite nicely and doesn't leave a greasy film. In all honesty, my skin has never been smoother.
It also makes a cheap and natural hair mask that works wonders. Heat up 2-4 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair) in a small saucepan, and apply onto clean hair, through the mid lengths and ends only. You can leave this on during the day in an up do, or overnight whilst you sleep. Rinse out and enjoy the softness!
It's really important to start this section by defining antiperspirants versus deodorants. Antiperspirants contain aluminium, which works by stopping you completely from perspiring. Deodorants do not contain aluminium and allow perspiration. They work to kill the bacteria that causes the odor when we perspire. From a holistic standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is clearly a more natural process to allow our bodies to sweat.
Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, but aluminum-free underarm deodorants do work to keep us feeling clean and fresh. However, most commercial brands of deodorant contain a variety of harsh chemicals that are detrimental to our health, which have been linked to diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer's.
As with shampoo's, I have also tried quite a few natural deodorants on the market, with varying degrees of success until now. This organic deodorant by Australian company Eco Tan is a goddess send of a product. Not only does it actually work, but it smells wonderfully coconutty, and has no alcohol so you can use it straight after shaving. Unlike other natural deodorants, I also find that I don't need to reapply during the day, even after a sweaty work out or long walk with my family!
Beautiful goddess, do you also realise that what we place on our mouth to moisturise or beautify not only ends up in our bloodstream, but in our stomach as well? So we are technically "eating" that brand new lipstick in the glossy packaging slowly but surely over time. Never fear, as I am providing you with safe and natural brands in the next two products!
Weleda is a brand that goes one step further from simply being organic. They use a Biodynamic® method of farming, developed by Rudolf Steiner, to provide long term sustainability, improving soil fertility over time.
Their Everon lip balm has been a staple of mine for some time now. I love the smell of musk rose and vanilla that it has, and it's great for very dry lips. I don't leave home without it!
During my search for for a non-toxic lipstick, I came across this incredible brand at my local health food store. Bite claim to have created a completely edible lipstick that is also packed with antioxidants thanks to grape vine extracts.
My favourite colour at the moment is Palomino, a luscious Mexican pink.
As an added bonus, the container is eco-friendly by design and completely recyclable.
So there you have it, beautiful goddess. I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Was this post helpful? What are your favourite organic beauty products? Have you started making the switch to more conscious choices? And are there any other products you would perhaps like some advice on?