One Mother’s Road to Grace Green Beauty

Jul 02 2014

Before my first child was born, the nursery was ready and every item was in its place. Yes I did research, but mostly on things like car seats and strollers.

Fast forward to baby being born..bam! Phew, this was hard! Why didn’t anyone tell me how hard this was going to be? It’s basically survival mode 24/7.

Like I said, I researched some things, but never things like lotions, diaper cream, shampoo, etc.  I was in survival mode.  Lotion is lotion right?  Who cares!?

Fast forward again… Three additional babies later. I’ve nursed until toddler age, made baby food at home (with organic fruits and veggies), cut out GMO’s left and right, and eliminated lots of processed food from my grocery list. One would think that I have zero time on my hands with 4 kids (and it’s true!) and that everything would be about quickness and convenience NOW.  Wrong.  I now research, study ingredients, and Google like I never have before!

Society is opening its eyes to what’s been going on. What’s in these products I’m using on my babies? What company would purposely use dangerous chemicals and disgusting elements in the food and products I’m giving to MY children? Did you know that The EU has banned over 1000 chemicals, while the FDA has only banned 9?!   Why is Europe more concerned than the U.S.  and why are major cosmetic companies willing to remove these toxins for one country while leaving them for another? The more kids I had and the more I watched the news, the less I trusted money-hungry conglomerates. Present day… I buy from small businesses, local moms, trusted face to face companies that I KNOW for a fact are honest. Honesty… It really is the best policy!

I happened to have a bottle of a “popular name brand lotion” in my bathroom cabinet. I bet you can guess which company I am talking about. Who knows how long ago I got it… (Things tend to get pushed back and lost in these cabinets.) Let’s take a look at the expiration date… I still have another couple years, at least! Well of course, because its nasty “ingredients” keep it staying in an appropriate-lotion-looking-form for years.

Let us peek at the good stuff, the honest stuff, the real stuff. Your expiration date may only be six months to a year, or so.   But that, folks, is normal. And it’s how you know you have the right thing to use on you and your babies.

Let me introduce you to BodyFood, which is what I now use on my babies and myself.

bodyfood

Ingredients:

(certified organics) raw shea butter, evoo, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vegetable wax, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil, vitamin e oil, water, glycerin, essential oil blend and a food grade preservative! **See the BodyFood ingredient glossary below this post.

As opposed to (insert popular name brand lotion I found in my cabinet):

Water, (seriously?), glycerin, cetyl palmitate (irritating to skin, eyes and lungs), mineral oil (organ system toxicity), caprylic triglyceride, octyldodecanol (irritation to skin, eyes and lungs), cetyl alcohol (organ system toxicity), glyceryl stearate, colloidal oatmeal, dimethicone (organ system toxicity), PEG-40 stearate (contamination concerns, organ toxicity), carbomer, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol (irritating to skin, eyes and lungs, organ toxicity), benzyl alcohol (organ system toxicity, associated with allergies), DMDM hydantoin (Chemical release concerns, irritating to skin, eyes and lungs, allergy concerns), methylparaben (Endocrine disruption, biochemical or cellular level changes), ethylparaben (endocrine disruption)

I couldn’t type most of those words, let alone pronounce them! And to think that the ingredients above are for a baby product!!!

Do me a favor and grab your go-to beauty/body product for you or your babies. Type it in the search bar at the EWG’s Skin Deep® database. You may be surprised to read what’s in your products, and what that means on a scale of 1 to 10 — do NOT use that junk anymore!!!

I’m so excited (and quite determined!) to help lead other eager moms (and non moms!) on this journey. A journey to learn how to educate yourself on what is truly natural, real, and honest!

guest blogger,

Jen M.

Busy & lucky mom of 4.

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BodyFood & Naked BodyFood

Organic Raw Shea Butter- Contains vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids. Rebuilds and rejuvenates collagen. Soothes, protects, hydrates and balances skin. Helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles by keeping the skin hydrated and elasticized. (the elastic part doesn’t really make sense so I would take out the “and elastic” or put elasticized)  Natural anti-inflammatory properties that have been known to heal scrapes, cuts and burns; relieve sunburn and rashes; heal eczema; take the sting out of insect bites; and ease the pain from muscle fatigue and arthritis. Helps heal a variety of scalp and skin problems, including dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

Organic Raw Coconut Oil- Powerful antioxidant. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Multivitamin, multi-nutrient, anti wrinkle and anti-oxidant, emollient. Provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.  Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Full of antioxidants, including vitamin A and E, but the most potent compound is hydroxytyrosol. Hydroxytyrosol is a very rare but potent antioxidant found in olive oil that prevents free radical damage on skin cells. This compound also absorbs deeply into the skin and hair. Suitable for all skin types, and provides very potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Organic Jojoba Oil- Its similarity to our skins sebum allows it to absorb easily and readily into our skin, making it a gentle, skin-softening moisturizer for all skin types. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Improves and relieve an assortment of skin conditions, including psoriasis, chapped skin, sunburn, and eczema.

Organic Castor Oil- Rich in fatty acids. Has the ability to draw moisture to the skin. A great emollient that penetrates the skin more deeply than any other essential plant oil. Castor Oil breaks up external and internal scar tissue, and helps prevent new scars from forming. Great for softening and drawing moisture into the hair.

Vitamin E- Great at preventing rancidity in cosmetics and acts as an anti-oxidant. Improved Scalp Circulation and helps repair split ends. Helps the healing process. Can be used for treating sunburn or protecting you from the sun. Fantastic for scars, acne, and wrinkles because it speeds up cell regeneration. Benefits the skin by helping it retain its natural moisture content. Vitamin E oil makes dull-looking, dry skin look healthier and refreshed.

Organic Grapeseed Oil- Lightweight and rich in vitamins, minerals, linoleic acid and other essential fatty acids. A great emollient that penetrates the skin easily. Powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature aging. Is effective in fighting acne.

Organic Sweet Almond Oil- Softening abilities come from the essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. A great emollient that penetrates the skin easily. Acts as a humectant to help prevent the loss of moisture. Quercetin and kaempferol, help protect skin from sun damage. Anti-inflammatory properties.

Organic Vegetable Glycerin- Used in earth-friendly natural cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture. Helpful at pulling oxygen into the skin. Vegetable glycerin is a natural emollient that adds a cooling effect on the skin.

Organic Patchouli Essential Oil- is used in BodyFood but not Naked BodyFood. Naked BodyFood remains free of essential oil for extremely sensitive skin or noses. Patchouli Oil- Benefits sagging skin, helps prevent wrinkles, speeds the healing process.

Emulsifying Wax- A vegetable based wax from naturally occurring fats. This wax is used to emulsify the liquids, and butters into one product. Because we choose not to dilute our nutrient rich products, our emulsification is delicate. If your product separates… stir and use. Separation is natural!

Gluconodeltalactone and Sodium Benzoate- A natural preservative that is a combination of a naturally occurring food additive glucono delta lactone, derived from corn, and a food grade preservative sodium benzoate, the sodium salt of benzoic acid. This preservative is accepted by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics.

To better understand the basic principles of the Ecocert standard, please visit their website.