Archive for October, 2017
I so love my job! Making amazingly scented bath bombs and bath salts is so satisfying. The delightful aromas of pure essential oils linger on long after I have packed them ready for selling!
I am busy ‘making’ every day right now, ready for our last 2 craft fairs of 2017 AND for my new web site which should be ‘live’ in a couple of weeks.
So here’s a list of what I have so far;
- Happy Daze
- Surprise Your Senses
- Clean & Cleaner
- Green Tea Delight
- Kick That Cold
- Nighty Night
- Breath Easy
- Citrus Surprise
- Stress Buster
- Sooth The Soul
- Oriental Dreams
- Minty Fresh
I know I’m biased (!) but the Passion bath bombs are to die for!
Are YOU getting enough? It is easy to assume that as long as you allow yourself 8 hours sleep that’s enough. BUT, is it the right kind of sleep?
For the last couple of weeks I have been having broken nights; waking up at stupid o’clock, tossing and turning, unable to drift off again, my head full of brain worms!
So, last Monday I took the (painful!) decision to give up my ONE glass of red wine in the evening. The result of such a simple change has been amazing!
Since then I have slept through the night; no waking up needing to wee, no tossing and turning and – best of all – I have SO much more energy each day.
I am not saying I will never have alcohol again but whilst it can definitely make you sleepy it would seem that it encourages the WRONG kind of sleep – and at my age I need all the beauty sleep I can get!
If, even without alcohol, you still struggle to sleep soundly you might like to try my Nighty Night bath fizzers made with essential oils of Lavender and Clary Sage. Clary Sage is a natural soporific whilst Lavender is calming and relaxing.
They will shortly be for sale on my new super duper web site(!) or you can catch me at the Celtic Fayre in Conwy 2nd-5th November or the Celtic Christmas Fayre in Mold Town Centre November 29th – December 3rd.
Today I made Breath Easy bath bombs.
Using essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint & tea tree these bombs will clear a stuffy nose as you soak in a warm bath.
Muffins will be £4 each, eggs are £3 each and the marbles are £1 each or 6 for £5.
Really looking forward to testing these out tonight. Because they also contain Epsom Salt they will help to clear toxins from the body and ease muscle aches and pains.
They will be available at the next Celtic Fayre on Conwy Harbour 2nd – 5th November.
Hope to see some of you there.
If, like me, you are fanatical (yes, I admit it!) about checking the ingredients in your skin & hair care products this is a list you NEED to read.
These are the ‘nasty’ ingredients still found in many products – including a majority of high-end brands.
Found in antiperspirants, and cosmetics (eye shadow), deodorants; this metal has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. Avoid all products containing this ingredient.
Alternatives: Madara Bio Active Deodorant & Phb Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow
Used in many personal care products including hairsprays and nail polish removers. Inhalation of fumes may be toxic and are a threat to public health. Benzene is a powerful bone marrow poison and there is mounting evidence that it also is associated with leukemia. Derived from toluene and gasoline, it is also used in the manufacturing of detergents, nylon and artificial leather.
Alternatives: Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Varnish Remover & Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz
Used in shampoos designed to combat dandruff, dry skin, and scalp. Used as color in cosmetics and hair dyes. Disguised in names such as FD, FDC, FD&C color. Causes cancer in animals and is a frequent source of allergies, rashes, and hives.
There are so many natural shampoos about these days there really is no need to use this toxic ingredient.
You won’t see this word listed on the ingredient label, but if you are buying cotton balls, facial tissue, toilet tissue, sanitary pads and tampons (all of which have very close contact with your body) you may be exposed to them. These environmental pollutants are created unintentionally as a by-product of commercial of municipal waste incineration and burning of fuels. Chlorinated dioxins are also formed through the bleaching of pulp and paper including cotton balls, facial tissue, toilet tissue, sanitary pads and tampons. Studies show that exposure to dioxins may cause a number of serious health consequences including reproductive damage, birth defects, miscarriage and cancer.
This is a bit of a tough one but you can purchase TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) paper products these days.
Commonly found in nail products, formaldehyde is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the nose and lung cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is irritating to mucous membranes, can cause inability to urinate, internal bleeding and is a known carcinogen.
These days there are many nail polishes that do not contain formaldehyde.
These are preservatives, and are used to inhibit microbial growth so that manufacturers can extend shelf life. They go by the names butyl, ethyl, methyl and propyl parabens. Methyl paraben combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals to make it highly toxic in the body. Parabens are known xenoestrogens.
I ALWAYS check to make sure there are no parabens on the ingredients list.
Derived from petroleum, paraffins may be contaminated with xenoestrogenic polycystic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). They are known to activate estrogen receptors and stimulate MCF-7 breast cancer cell proliferation and are therefore carcinogenic. They are used because they are cheap, like mineral oil and petrolatum.
Used frequently in lip and baby products. Made from mineral oil jelly (petro-chemical), petrolatum causes photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun) and interferes with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism. Using petroleum products on the skin will eventually lead to unhealthy and dehydrated skin. Manufacturers like it because it is very inexpensive. Petroleum products are also xenoestrogenic, and may contain impurities linked to breast cancer.
Frequently used in lip balms so check before you buy.
Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, plasticisers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream.
This petroleum-derived chemical used in hairspray and cosmetics may contribute to the inhalation of foreign bodies in the lungs. PVP/VA should be considered toxic.
Quaternary ammonium salts (QUATS)
QUATS are caustic ammonium chemicals used as water repellents, fungicides, emulsifiers, in paper and fabric softener. They are used in the fabric industry as softeners and antistatic agents, and are used in hair rinses and conditioners because they make the hair feel soft. In the long run, however, they damage the hair, making it dry and brittle. They are allergenic.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
Although SLS has not directly been linked with cancer, it can combine with other ingredients to form carcinogenic nitrosamines, in chemicals such as DEA, TEA and MEA. SLS may also contain dioxins. LS degenerates cell membranes and can change the genetic information in cells and damage the immune system. Used as a foaming agent, SLS is found in 90% of commercial shampoos and cleansers, and it is a known skin irritant. According to the Cosmetics Industry Review (CIR), SLS should not be used in products that remain in contact with the skin because it penetrates into the system. SLS also contributes to hair loss, rashes, dandruff, and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the term “derived from coconut.”
Don’t be fooled!
Although now used in hair conditioners and creams, Stearalkonium Chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener. Causes allergic reactions. This toxic chemical is used in hair products simply because it is a lot cheaper than using proteins and herbals. Toxic.
These are labeled FD&C or D&C followed by a number. FD&C colors are approved for food, drug and cosmetics. D&C colors are approved for drugs and cosmetics only. Many synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing. Many have already been banned by the FDA in America. If a cosmetic has them, do not use them!
This is why the only colour my bath products contain are natural ones like hibiscus powder (pink) or organic Spirulina powder (green).
The word “fragrance” on a product label could refer to a combination of up to 200 individual synthetic fragrances. There is no requirement to list individual fragrances. Many are polycyclic musk combinations with fragrance that remain in the human body fat and have been found in mother’s milk. Many “fragrance” chemicals are phthalates (pronounced “thay-lates”), which are xenoestrogenic and toxic.
There are some lovely natural perfumes about like Walden & Pacifica – much safer.
Some studies link the use of inhaled talc with lung conditions and an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who use talc products in the genital region. The problem is in determining whether talc is the toxin, or if talc is contaminated with asbestos or other possible impurities.
Best to avoid, especially for your little ones.
Often used to adjust the pH of a formulation. Used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes a base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions, including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and can be toxic if absorbed into the body for a long period of time.
Happy hunting. There are plenty of natural alternatives out there these days.
Those who know me well will also know that I believe that what we put on our face & body goes into our body. so I am particularly careful to make sure I use only the good stuff!
All my skin care & make-up is natural, vegan & where possible, organic. I still like to make a lot of things for myself like toothpaste, mouthwash & even shampoo. But sometimes it’s nice to let somebody else do the work!
I have recently discovered a company called Laid Bare. Their products are effective and very affordable. I discovered them on http://www.lovelula.com and am so happy I did! So last Tuesday I ordered 4 items from their extensive range.
After scaring the postman as I leapt out the door for my Love Lula delivery……………….. I got all my lovely Laid Bare products.
When I woke yesterday the bags under my eyes were awful (I’d had a long tiring day on Tuesday) so I started with Pack your Bags.
After just 10 minutes my bags were greatly reduced so I’m very impressed.
I have now tried all the products I bought and my skin feels deliciously soft, my bags are definitely reduced and my lines seem to be less noticeable too.
All in all I am extremely impressed with this brand as it is effective but also very affordable.
Why not pop over to Love Lula and take a look.
Having spent the last few years gradually changing over to more natural products for my face & body has meant reading a LOT of ingredient labels!
I thought I had rid my shelves of all the ‘nasties’ but yesterday I found a bottle lurking at the back………
It looked innocuous enough. I mean what could possibly be bad in Glycerin and Rosewater?
Well I have to tell you that this bottle came from a well-known high street shop but when I read the ingredients list I was truly horrified.
Since when did simple Glycerin and Rosewater require the addition of Methylparaben?!
Needless to say it’s now been relegated to the dustbin but the lesson here is: ALWAYS CHECK THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!