What we use
If I can find it organic, that's how I'll use it!
Most products are vegan (besides raw local honey that is sourced sustainably)
No palm oil! I try to avoid further environmental destruction.
Lots of plant oils and butters like coconut, olive, castor, and shea, sunflower, and avocado.
Organic herbs grown in my garden or wildcrafted.
Natural clays and powders
Pure organic essential oils to add beautiful natural fragrance and aromatherapeutic benefits.
What we don't
Animal Products- nature provides us with all we need so we don't need to harm or bother our animal friends. Reducing (and hopefully) eliminating the use of animal products can help the reversal of environmental destruction, minimize animal cruelty, and help us become more conscious of what we are eating and putting on our bodies.
Parabens- Used most as preservatives in most conventional personal care products. (named methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. Unfortunately, these preservatives interfere with natural hormone levels and disrupt the endocrine system,
Phatalates- Used in many pesticides, in certain plastics to make them flexible, and in fragrance to make it last longer. They can be absorbed through the lungs, the intestines, the skin, and through the blood stream. Phthalates are xenoestrogens, meaning that they act like estrogen in the body and disrupt our normal hormone cycles. They are also linked to obesity, breast cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and reproductive abnormalities.
Sulfates- Used in personal care products as foaming agents, prevalent in sudsy things like shampoos, laundry detergents, and even toothpaste. The main reason we don't use sulfates in our products is that they are often dermal irritants, especially sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
Petrochemicals- (petroleum jelly, mineral oil) Contributes to environmental destruction and I'd like to do my part to decrease dependence on the petroleum industry. Petroleum-based ingredients often have comedogenic (pore-blocking) properties. Our skin is an exchange organ, and both mineral oil and petroleum jelly block that exchange. .
Synthetic Coloring- Most are petroleum-derived and are linked to health problems. I prefer to let nature shine with it's beautiful natural hues coming from natural clays, herbs, botanicals, oils, and butters.
Synthetic Fragrances- The word "fragrance" is a broad category as it can be listed as a single ingredient while it actually be hundreds of different chemicals! Most synthetic fragrance contain both petrochemicals and phthalates, Synthetic fragrances are also highly allergenic, and can cause severe headaches and dermatitis.