Someone was telling me today about this amazing body butter. So I looked the body butter up online, and of course immediately noticed it was a product that I would ever buy. It was filled with chemicals and it was evident that the person who recommended this product had not even looked at the ingredient label. This product retails for $30 for a 3.5 oz jar.
Baobab Fruit Pulp Extract
A natural humectant and emollient, this moisturizing fruit extract reduces dry skin, improves the skin’s appearance, and conditions skin for long-lasting moisturization
A rich emollient that enhances the skin’s natural barrier functions and increases moisture levels
Macadamia Nut Oil
High in monounsaturated fatty acids, this moisturizing oil closely resembles sebum (oil naturally produced by the skin for moisture and protection), is easily absorbed by the skin, and helps maintain the skin’s water barrier functions
Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Adansonia Digitata Pulp Extract,* Centella Asiatica Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Polyacrylamide, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Butylene Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum). *Baobab
Minus the glycerin and carrot seed oil, I looked up the key ingredients to see how much they retailed for independently. I would rather create a natural product right at home in my kitchen than spend $30 on a 3.5 oz product full of chemicals.
This is what I found:
Baobab Fruit Powder currently retails for approximately for $30 for 16 oz at Z Natural Foods.
Shea Butter currently retails for approximately $4 for 4 oz at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Macadamia Nut Oil currently retails for approximately $9 for 8.5 oz at Mountain Rose Herbs.
You could buy 28.5 oz of pure organic ingredients for $43 and make a body butter at home buy infusing the powder in oil similar to how herbs are infused in oil and then mix with melted shea butter. Once cooled yet still in liquid form add grapefruit seed extract to secure self life of your new body butter and get on with your life free of carcinogenic toxins. This process gives you more than double the amount of product in a completely organic form.
My philosophy is that if it is not a natural substance, I don’t want to put it on my body. I’ve heard an extreme philosophy of if you can’t eat it don’t put it on your body. I wouldn’t want to eat shea butter, but I do love it. Regardless, our skin absorbs everything that we put on it and those natural ingredients or toxic chemicals are then absorbed into our blood, organs, bodily fluids and tissues.
As miraculous as the human body is, it isn’t able to assimilate or eliminate every foreign toxic substance within the environment. This is why many naturopathic doctors recommend detoxing and cleansing to rid the body of toxins, metals, and even antibiotics or other prescription or recreational drugs that can stay in the body long after we have come in contact with them. Toxins can become stored in the body causing aliments and illnesses that could otherwise be prevented with some effort.
There are enough environmental toxins that we encounter every day. At least by reading labels you can become more aware of what you are putting on your body. There are definitely other reasons like stress, poor eating and exercise, drugs and alcohol, that can cause disease. Chemicals in beauty products should not be ignored as they contribute to them as well.
My final side note:
Just because a product states it is certified organic ingredients, natural, and paraben free does not make it healthy to use. I laugh at some of the products I’ve seen because they are very misleading. Those products with those labels may have one or two, even three organic natural ingredients, yet they still have other preservatives and chemical ingredients that just don’t make the cut.
So you are in the store looking at the label of an organic product, and you are unclear what an ingredient is. Take out your phone, go online, and Google it. If what you find out doesn’t bother you buy the product, otherwise look for something else. Please read labels!
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