February 14, 2012
Here is the recipe I created for “Mama’s Calendula Skin Food 2011″:
Wonderful for cuts, scrapes, chapped skin, lip balm, burns, cuticles, rough skin on heels and more.
¼ c Calendula infused grapeseed oil
.5 oz beeswax
1/8 t unfiltered honey
½ t cocoa butter
½ t sea buckthorn oil
20 drops peppermint, lavender or Thieves essential oil
Slowly melt beeswax in double boiler. (I used a pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water)
stir in honey, cocoa butter, and oils. Do not boil, just warm until melted.
When all liquid, turn off heat, add drops of essential oil and stir, pour into little containers and allow to cool.
July 6, 2010
Interesting new iPhone app from Iscanmyfood.com. According to developer Marietta Darrah, ”after 5 months of work and development, our iPhone app “I Scan My Food” is finally in the iTunes Store. We’re hoping to be able to develop it for other smart phones in the future and help raise awareness how toxic food additives, GMOs, and modified ingredients affect our health in the long run.”
The app contains a large database of photos and descriptions of many toxic substances found in everyday foods we purchase at the store. You can research foods and can send the results through your phone. Why would we want to do that, not sure. But watch the 8 minute intro video and you, too, will be able to scan the ingredients on packaging and track food additives in the food and beverages purchased every day at the supermarket. You can scan foods, cosmetics with the lite or Pro version. Ingredients are listed from green (safe) to red and orange (varying degrees of toxicity). The pro version is available on iTunes for $9.99.
I have downloaded it and have used for a day- I am finding it hard to do a correct scan. It is best to have the label on table or countertop. You do have to hold your camera steady.
June 19, 2010
I am up to my ears with information about chemicals in shampoos. You need a degree in chemistry to even read the ingredients let alone understand the list. Not only the ingredients, there is the plastic bottle quandary, too.
BUT, wait a minute, shampoo is soap. There are natural soap companies all over. Soap making is an leasy local business.
It is easier than you think to buy shampoo without:
- petroleum products
- synthetic preservatives
- artificial colors
- artificial fragrances
- foam boosters
- propylene glycol
You can use a shampoo bar and that is just what I’ve been doing. So, unbeknownst to my bestest friend, T, I have quietly become a fan of shampoo bars- I like the Liggett’s brand, there are countless others and now I have decided that I am going to make some.
Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft is an all natural soap company. Their site explains much about the soap making process.
The great thing about soap is that there are many small companies spread out through our communities. Here in Litchfield County we have GoatBoy Soaps. You can buy their hand made soaps at many retail stores as well as at the Litchfield Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.
I think this is a great idea for a business. T was thinking of starting a gluten-free cupcake company called “Cuppies”. But after eating beaucoup de cupcakes all last winter she seems to have changed her mind. At least she isn’t talking about it much. Well, you can’t eat soap. Whaddaya think, T? we could call it “Shampoo on a Rope”, or “Bar of ‘poo”. Only kidding.
June 13, 2010
HealthFreedom.org has just commented on the FDA’s test, conducted last year, of 22 red lipstick brands. All contained lead.
Irritability, unexplained changes in mood or personality, changes in sleeping patterns, inability to concentrate, memory loss are some of the adult symptoms of lead poisoning. HMMM….sounds like menopausal symptoms to me. Lead poisoning is insidious as it accumulates in our body slowly being stored and symptoms occur later. Children are greatly at risk because the burden on their little bodies is much greater.
It is estimated that women might ingest an average of 4 pounds of lipstick in our lifetime because we lick our lips, eat and drink. So it would be a very good idea to know what we are smearing on our mouths every day, eh?
“The lead found in Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor Maximum Red was 34 times higher than the lead found in the lowest scoring lipstick, Avon’s Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee. Clearly, the manufacturers are capable of doing better, said the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics‘ Stacy Malkan. Cover Girl’s media center at Procter & Gamble did not respond to repeated requests for comment.”
“I think some companies are not doing a good job sourcing their ingredients,” Malkan said.
It is known that lead builds up in the body over time and is stored in bones and organs. When a woman is pregnant, nursing and in menopause the demands on her body cause bones and organs to release stored calcium, other minerals as well as lead. Even if there has been no recent exposure, there is lead stored.
Awareness is key. There needs to be more accountability with the manufacturing side, and, as consumers we must demand safe cosmetics. You can sign petitions and be better educated at the Safe Cosmetics site.
Safest lipstick? Not red. Gloss is safer.
February 23, 2010
I am the traveler who sometimes cleans out my small, used containers and refills them to use for trips so I have a mini version of what I use at home. But lately I have just packed the large containers and that does take up precious cargo space. If you travel as much as Josh, this is a useful find! It’s effortless, expensive, but makes packing so easy. It is also a great way to try out new brands. And some great brands have put together useful travel kits at 3Floz.com. Check out Pangea, Hauschka and other organic brands.
January 26, 2010
Disappointing, but true, just because the label says “Organic” doesn’t make it so.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has joined with certified organic personal care brands Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Intelligent Tutrients, and Organic Essence to file a complaint with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) requesting an investigation into the widespread and blatantly deceptive labeling practices of many leading so-called “Organic” personal care brains in violation of USDA NOP regulations.
It makes sense to support the USDA certified organic health and beauty products which are listed on the OCA site.
And you can check where your brand stands on a spreadsheet prepared by OCA. Some of the problem brands include: Jason, Natural and ORganic, Avalon Organics, Kiss My Face, Obsessively Organic, Nature’s Gate Organics, Stella McCartney 100% organic, Giovanni, Head Organics, Eminence Organic, Physicians Formula Organic Wear, Good Stuff Organics, Desert Essence Organics and products certified by ECOCERT.
My solution? Make your own. Recipes to follow this week!
August 7, 2009
July 9, 2009
Just to direct you to the EWG site again in case you’ve lost it. The Environmental Working Group’s lip balm sunscreen guide has ranked 154 products according to their testing standards- see how your lip balm ranks.
“At EWG, our team of scientists,engineers,policy experts, lawyers and computerprogrammers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know.” A worthy group to consider for contributions to help:
update Skin Deep, our cosmetics safety database
support the Kid Safe Chemicals Act
fight for organic produce
get dangerous chemicals out of your food and water
protect your favorite national parks from mining destruction