Saturday, April 14, 2007


There is seriously some nasty stuff in most commerical lotions like:

Artificial fragrance (NO restrictions by the FDA on whats included under "fragrance")
Parabens (preservative. possible links to cancer)
(not tested for safety)
Artificial colors (chemicals)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (makes the lotion go deeper into your skin)
Petroleum by-products

* Since about 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodsteam (hence the reason the birth control patch works), think about if you want these things inside your body?!

IMO the best things to change first are those you use every day - soap, lotion, deodorant, etc. Baby steps and you'll be protecting your health and the health of your children!

* Did you know that not only is testing of beauty products done by the manufactuer (vs. the government) but it is voluntary?! That means that the majority of the ingredients used are untested. There is very little government regulation from the FDA at this time. And dont think just because it says "organic" that its safe. That means something for food, but it doesnt mean anything in beauty care yet. A product only has to have some organic ingredients to carry that label but it can still be full of chemicals as well. You have to know what to look for and READ LABELS carefully.
Here is a great article that goes more in depth.

Ive tried a ton of different moisturizers because my skin was so dry this past winter. A lot of natural lotions are really oily/greasy. But I found a great hand lotion that is actually "lotioney" by Aubrey Organics. Their products are 100% natural and safe.

Safety reviews of Aubrey Organic's lotions

For deep moisture I also liked the 100% Shea Butter I found at our Central Market (like Whole Foods). I used this on Jayna when her legs were chapped from the cold:

Another one that I like for daily use (its thinner) is by California Babies. Their products are great - and safe! Target now carries many of their products!

Reviews of California Baby Lotions

We also use their sunscreen. This one also has essential oils that keep bugs away - it smells really good! We also use their sunscreen stick for faces and its really convenient. They are $12 each but last a long time and work great!


ginafer said...

I wanted to share my favorite new product! I originally bought it for Ethans dry exzema like skin, but I use it mostly! It is Burts Bees hand salve, and I put it on my hands at night and my feet either at night or before I put my socks on for the day! My hands are so soft and me feet are not dry or cracked anymore! Love it!

chewymama said...

Hey Ginafer! :)

I might try that on my feet, they are so bad right now after the winter.

Just a note about Burts Bees - most of their products have synthetic fragrance (even the baby products). But they do use much more natural and safe ingredients :)

Alli said...

Oh, I used that salve on the boys when their arms got so dry last winter. It was great!

ginafer said...

I wanted to add that a friend of mine who has/had eczema really showed a significant improvement when she discountined use of body products that contained the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. I think Aubrey Organics may be the only one I know of that doesn't use it. I am going to try their soaps on my oldest son.