With a movement away from chemicals in our lives, we are witnessing an organic shift towards natural skincare products. One such person embracing this is Karen and long-time follower of Eco Organiser®.
After speaking at a seminar Karen approached me to share more of her success in decluttering and simplify life, here’s a little about what she had to say.
“I feel refreshed and lighter since decluttering our home, now I want to remove chemicals from our household. What can you tell me about organic skincare products?”
Our body absorbs what we put in it and on it, what it doesn’t we wash it down the drain going in our water ways. The skincare products we choose not only affect our life, they can affect the health of our planet.
5 commons ingredients to avoid when taking the organic shift
Parabens prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast in cosmetic products, and also have estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
- Synthetic colours
Synthetic colours are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources, and suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children.
The main phthalate in lotions is diethyl phthalate, they are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Widely used as an antimicrobial chemical, they are also known to be endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
This foaming agent is found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products. SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants.
Good Enough to Eat
Mary Bruce founder of Mary Bruce Natural Organic Skincare says “your skincare products should be good enough to eat, devoid of harmful ingredients which dry and damage our skin not to mention the environment.”
Mary does not use palm oil as it contributes to the deforestation and destruction of native habitats for already endangered species, preferring to use natural oils; good enough to eat.
Mary has met so many women struggling with skin reactions and sensitivity resulting from the harsh chemicals found in many types of skincare. It became Mary’s strong belief that when calling on Mother Nature for skincare solutions, an answer is always provided.
Making the organic shift
I first meet Sami Blackford from Freyalune Natural Skin Care UK in the virtual word of Twitter, when I was researching for a natural alternative to shampoo. I came across great recipe called No Poo Shampoo, I was hooked and still use her recipe of bi carb soda and water
I asked Sami why did she make the organic shift
“It all started with my struggle with severe acne, which started during my teenage years and continued into my early and mid-twenties. I tried so many off-the-shelf products. Nothing seemed to work. A lot of the products just dried my skin out, which may have helped with the spots, but the dry and flaky patches looked just as bad.” Says Sami
“I finally realised that my skin was longing to be heard and longing to be healed. My body was out of balance, and all of this time my skin had been trying to give me that message – shouting and screaming for my love, care and attention. So, with no real knowledge of skincare (and never having even had a facial in my life), I started exploring and experimenting. I felt a strong pull to trust my intuition and explore the wonderful magic nature has to offer. And so started my quest for healing.” Says Sami
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