Bye Bye Body Wash!
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Part III: Bye Bye Body Wash, Hello Natural Soap and Homemade Body Oil
I have suffered with smell and chemical sensitivity most of my adult life. Consequently, being mindful of the products I use had become second nature. I purchased products like Ahava and Aveeno because of their claim to be moisturizing, fragrance free, and to contain “active naturals.”
On the surface, this thinking seemed to be working. Until I took a closer look and realized my allergies and physiological sensitivities were continuing to get worse.
After changing shampoos (see last Connective Threads) I decided to tackle my bathing products. Here is what my personal research discovered:
Store bought products that claim to be natural, have “natural” on the label, or use eco minded packaging are not necessarily good for you. In fact, they can be just as harmful to your skin and physiological system as any other. Not only do you need to read carefully, you also need to know what all those ingredients actually are and how they might impact you.
Products that claim to be moisturizing often contain chemical ingredients that actually zap your skin of moisture then add more chemicals to simulate moisture. In the end the bad does not outweigh the whiff of good they may offer.
Alcohol is found in most products to prevent clumping. This might make your lotion and body wash creamy but its playing havoc with your skin by stripping it of natural oils.
Fragrances are another source of unnecessary and harmful chemical additives. Usually they are alcohol based and manufactured in a factory rather than by mother nature.
Natural Bar Soap
Natural soaps like Splendor Santa Barbara and Alaffia Good Bar Soap, available at Whole Foods and online, offer a wide variety of options. I also love to go to the local farmers market or craft fair to find local artisans soap makers. The scents and ingredients of these small batch soap are natural therefore do not cause any negative effects on my system. Minimal to no packaging add to the earth-friendly aspect.
Find a natural bar that works for you and watch the change to your skin.
Homemade Body Oil
Applying body oil in the shower and moisturizer in between showers used to be a necessary practice for me. When I changed my bathing products this need was eliminated. However, I happen to love putting on body oil in the shower and wanted to continue to do so. Since store bought oils were out of the question I found a recipe and made my own. I cannot adequately express how much I love my homemade oil; my skin is supple, soft and super nourished and I never need to use moisturizer, ever!
Here the recipe I like best from this book :