Let’s face it. As a society, we continue to covet things that are beautiful and that make us beautiful. Women in particular, but men are beginning to catch up. Creams, lotions, hair dye, sprays, emulsions, tints, BOTOX (good lord do you know what that stuff really is???) and the like. However, I can only hope by now that a decent minority of people are stopping for at least a few seconds to turn those bottles and cans around to read what they are applying on their bodies.
Look around, do you see any grave sites for euthanized pets or roadkill? How about dead stockyard animals too sick to eat? That’s right, not a one. Animal waste is very efficiently recycled (read: heated up and boiled) into different grades of tallow. Have you ever made chicken soup from scratch? Well, that fatty layer that we typically scrape off the top is the layer of fat that can be delightfully used by the cosmetics industry as emollients and fillers for all of your beauty needs. So, the next time you defend your bottle of $3.99 shampoo that smells as though an entire rainforest of tropical plants has been unrooted and stuffed inside, take into consideration where the ingredients came from and what you are really applying to your skin and hair. Do your research. Look for a safer product.
Is it worth it? You tell me. Your skin absorbs whatever you apply to it directly into your bloodstream. There is no filter. Even when you eat, there is some small amount of defence via digestive enzymes. I experienced a heightened awareness of this with my first pregnancy. All I could envision was chemicals going straight towards the unsuspecting fetus inside me. Very uncool. Poor kid never stood a chance! So I changed the way I looked at skin care.
Yes, it WILL cost you more. Be selective and make the change for products that cover your whole body, regularly. Shampoo/conditioner, body cleanser and body lotion at the very least. I owe it to myself and my family to shift finances and make it happen.
Things that I will cheap out on:
Home decor – Honestly…I have small children and I could care less! Don’t get me wrong, I love a great looking space but I am not willing to waste money on expensive pieces. Particularly at this time in my life.
Clothing – Again, running after kids every day does not jive with a pair of 6″ Michael Kors sandals. Hit the thrift shops. You will feel like such a smartie pants when you find an amazing deal!
Things that I cannot afford to cheap out on:
Skin care – When you start doing a little reading, you will get where I am coming from. Look at the labels, know the nasty ingredients to avoid. You may not be able to avoid all of them in all your products, you want to retain a little performance out of your products right? Check out this link to David Suzuki’s website to learn more about his ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of chemicals you should avoid.
Food – Organic fruits and veggies are a top priority for me. Not only do they taste better, but I want the companies that make them available to stay in business.
We are just getting started in this revolution. In Canada, there are only a handful of chemicals banned for use in cosmetics. In Switzerland, there are over a thousand. We will catch up, but until then, there are better options readily available.
I happened across one particular company that provides a better option 6 months ago and was so impressed with their standards and performance that I became an Independent Consultant. I started a home-based business with Arbonne that grows simply by referring the products to friends and family.
Check it out at http://www.arbonne.ca
NO matter where you decide to shop though, keep your eyes open.