Welcome to my new series – Beautiful Mondays!
The idea for this series came from my own want to find safer options for my health and beauty products.
Cheesy title, good purpose.
I had the realization one day that if I was going to make such an effort to eat organically, why on earth would I continue to put all of the chemicals onto my body via my health and beauty products?
Skin is permeable. What you put on it will eventually go through it, and into your system.
With this in mind, I started looking at different options – both store bought, and DIY – and found a HUGE amount of information and even more products (and ‘recipes’) out there.
So why on Monday? Because Kara said so! (totally true, but not the only reason!)
Mondays are tough enough as it is. Mondays stink. Everyone hates Mondays.
So why not put something lovely on a Monday? Make that awful day just a smidge better?
And thus, Beautiful Mondays was born!
My plan for the coming weeks and months is to bring you along on my journey from conventional health and beauty products to more natural and organic options. I will be doing comparisons of different products I try, sharing deals I have found, and giving you the inside information on what works, and what to stay far, far away from!
With all of that in mind, let’s get going!
*Disclaimer The following is what I personally have chosen to do based on information that I found.*
Beautiful Mondays – Bath and Body
Body wash/Shower Gel
Everyone uses soap. (Crossing my fingers this is true..) Up until now I had been a fan of Dove Nutrium Body wash. I loved the way it lathered, the smell was amazing, and I always felt squeaky clean.
In my newfound natural/organic spirit I took a look at the ingredients to see what was in my favorite body wash:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Belaine, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil or Helianthus Annuus (SunfIower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium lsethionate, Lauryl Alcohol, Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, BHT, Red 33.
At first I thought to myself, “hey great! there is soybean oil, sunflower seed oil, water, must be ok!”
Then I actually did my research.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a website called Skin Deep, who’s purpose is to find all of the scientific data, studies, and information about different products that are on the market and commonly used in today’s society. They use a simple rating system so that you can quickly check and see how your product of choice rates.
Unfortunately when I looked up the Dove Nutrium, they only had a review from the 2006 formulation:
See the rating in the top left corner? Yellow is something to be moderately concerned about. The concerns where: persistance and bioaccumulation, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), contamination concerns, and neruotoxicity. NEUROTOXICITY? Why take the chance?
Then I looked up all of the different ingredients in the formula I currently have. I found ingredients that released formaldehyde, had potential to be carcinogenic, cause skin irritation, and so on and so on. (All of the ingredients listed above in blue are a link to take you to the particular sites so that you can check the ingredients and science behind it if you would like.)
Now, are the amounts enough to kill you in your morning shower tomorrow? No.
In my mind though, why allow them into my system at all? Why take the risk?
So I went on a hunt for an alternative.
I found a site called 100% Pure. This site is great because it is very up front about the ingredients an lets you know which products are vegan, organic, vegetarian, or gluten free(!)
I went to their body wash section and found a Honey Almond scent that looked great. I clicked on it and was brought immediately to the ingredient list (Bonus: this one is 100% vegetarian and Gluten Free!)
The ingredients in the product are :
Organic Aloe Juice 1, Organic Rose Hydrosol 2, Organic Lavender Hydrosol 3, Saponified Coconut Oil, Extracts of Almond Flavor, Almond Extract, Organic Green Tea 4, Calendula, Prickly Pear, Pomegranate, Acai Berry, Goji Berry, Noni Fruit, Maqui Berry, Elderberry, Blackberry, Organic Raspberry 5, Grapefruit Seed and Japanese Honeysuckle, Hyaluronic Acid
They also list the organic certifications (hence the little numbers next to different ingredients)
1 certified organic by SGS Organic
2 certified organic by Ceres GmbH
3 certified organic by Lacon GmbH
4 certified organic by Oregon Tilth
5 certified organic by USDA
*Keep in mind that I am just as skeptical as everyone else about “Certified Organic”, and how easy it is to buy that certification, but it is nice to see them trying*
All of the ingredients score 0-1 on EWG, with 0 being the safest.
I ordered myself a bottle, and about 7 business days later, it arrived on my front step. I felt that the delivery time was very slow, and made a mental note to order sooner rather than later if I was going to want another product. I opened it up, and the smell was amazing! My first shower was a little disconcerting though. The formula is a liquid that becomes a foam as soon as you dispense it. I was anticipating a nice thick lather, however the foam was thin, and I found myself having to use a few extra pumps of soap to get the clean feeling I wanted. Its something I’ll have to get used to.
Here’s the financial comparison chart:
Pros of the 100% Pure Honey Almond:
-100% vegetarian and GF
-Good sized bottle
-Bottle is also made from recycled materials
-Length of time for delivery
-Decreased amount of lather (but since this is due to not having any chemicals, I’ll take it.)
-Not as easy to get (must be ordered through the website)
Overall I was impressed with this product and am looking forward to trying out other products from this company. They have an extensive collection of health and beauty products in various scents/flavors.
I will be updating on how the product worked out price wise. Since it is $0.46 more expensive per ounce (I know you get what you pay for, but I’m not a bottomless pit here, people!) I would like to see the bottle last me a long time.
Current Promotion: The website is currently offering 25% off all skin care sets, Free gift with $75 purchase, and free shipping with a minimum $50 purchase.
So there it is. The first edition of Beautiful Mondays. Make sure to check back every Monday, and please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns!
What is your favorite health/beauty product?