*When I began looking for natural products to share with you all the first person I thought of was my friend Jaipi Sixbear who makes natural handmade soaps. She was kind enough to give me this post which contains a lot of helpful information when it comes to choosing handmade beauty products.*
By Jaipi Sixbear
Why is it so important to use quality handmade beauty products? To twist a phrase, think beyond skin deep. Whether it be makeup, lotion, soap or shampoo, choose carefully. Anything that contacts skin has the potential to be absorbed into the body. Let's take a look at just two potentially hazardous ingredients you might encounter in conventional beauty products.
Sodium laurel sulfate
You'll likely find that sodium laurel sulfate, a suspected carcinogen, is in most conventional beauty products. It produces a wonderful lather but does nothing for health or beauty. It's even found in toothpaste. What's even worse? Cancer is not the only health hazard attributed to sodium laurel sulfate. There are many more
Conventional skin lotions and deodorants nearly always contain parabens. There are several types of parabens present in most beauty products. What's so bad about them? Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, low sperm counts and early puberty. That's because they mimic other hormones to disrupt the endocrine system.
Other reasons to choose handmade beauty products.
*Handmade products are generally made in small, easily controllable batches. Some are even made to order. That personal touch translates to higher quality for the consumer. On the contrary, who knows what's going on in that huge bubbling vat at the conventional factory?
*Animal testing on handmade products is rare.
*Often, the entire purpose of handmade products is to leave out harmful ingredients.
*Smaller companies and start ups have more to lose by producing inferior products. They don't have deep pockets to back them up. It follows that they would take more care at all stages of production and development.
Handmade beauty products aren't all alike.
For instance, if you want cruelty free handmade soap, you may be disappointed with most of those on the market. Traditionally, handmade soap uses beef tallow or other animal fats in production. Look for a company that uses vegetable oils or milk fats from no-kill dairies. Remember, killing an animal is never cruelty free. If a handmade beauty product isn't specifically labeled cruelty free, chances are, it's not.
Some handmade beauty products still contain sulfates, parabens and other harmful ingredients. That's because they use commercial bases that are not toxin-free. That's not to say there aren't responsible companies using carefully selected natural bases for their products. In fact, my own company is one of them.
About my company:
J.P. Soaps (Just Plain Soaps) is selective about suppliers.
I spent a good deal of time finding a local supplier with cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, all natural bases for my soaps and other products. Why bases? I want no part of toxic lye or rendering fumes from soap production. Using purchased bases eliminates that issue.
Strictly cruelty free.
I do carry a goats milk based soap, due to local popularity. No animals are harmed in the production of that product.
Committed to slow, easy, purposeful progress.
The vision is to keep things plain, simple and low impact, keeping costs down for the consumer..
Serves people with allergies to heavy perfumes and dyes.
Any scents and colors in my products occur naturally in ingredients such as beeswax, aloe and olive oil. Eventually, I will be adding a line of lightly scented soaps made from natural extracts, as well as some other interesting products of my own creation.
Note: Whether you choose to patronize my humble little start-up or another, I urge you to choose handmade beauty products for your own personal care. You deserve it!
My name is Suz and I'm just an everyday woman who is trying to figure out when exactly I turned old. I'm not a doctor or an expert- what I am is a woman who wants to know for myself and to share what I learn with other women.
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