Simplifying the change to organic personal care
DID YOU KNOW…
Statistics tell us that the average woman uses between nine and fifteen personal care products each day, slightly fewer for men. Now, take into consideration that the average personal care product contains anywhere from fifteen to fifty ingredients – that’s a LOT of exposure to potentially harmful topical ingredients each and every day.
It’s great that more and more consumers are grasping the importance of natural and organic foods in the interest of both personal and environmental health, and the next step towards a more healthful, animal friendly and enviro-positive community is for this same growing mentality to spread beyond this, to the personal care industry. After all, the skin is your body’s largest organ and deserves the same vigilant care you give your insides.
Published studies show that the skin absorbs over 60% of topical applications. So next time you rub, spray, dab, spritz or roll, remember that more than half of the ingredients may be entering your system!*
Understandably, it’s hard for many consumers to find the time for scrupulously assessing the labels of each product they buy. It’s also not easy to comprehend the information overload we’re subjected to navigating the ever prevalent ‘greenwashing’ within the industry. As consumers we are often unknowingly paying for products we think are natural and organically derived, when in reality they are laden with emulsifiers, diluting agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances and colourants, leaving only a small amount of quality organic ingredient.
So, are you putting too little effective product on your skin? Are you letting too much of the nasty stuff in? The key is to SIMPLIFY. Taking the first steps to safe, organic personal care doesn’t have to be so overwhelming…
The Dr. Bronners Range
Dr Bronner’s have created some great versatile products for those looking to make the shift over to safer personal care. They’ve made the change a little easier for everyone by creating simple products with a variety of uses, such as their pure-castile soaps suitable for applications like body wash, dishwashing liquid and even toothpaste (this means less products to get confused about in the shopping isle!). You won’t find an exhaustive lists of ingredients to sort through either, they’ve kept it short and sweet along with certifications such as certified organic, fair trade, no animal testing, and near-zero waste practices.
“Dr. Bronner’s is fighting for a marketplace where organic consumers are not misled into purchasing bogus “synthetic-schlock” products masquerading as real certified organic personal care”.
Keen to make the most of your new Dr. Bronner’s castile soap both around the house AND in the bathroom? Buy a single 946ml bottle, keeping half for household uses (such as laundry or removing pesticide residues from produce…the list honestly goes on and on), then simply add some relaxing essential oils to the remaining portion for bath times.
Check out our simple recipe below:
Wind-down Bubble Bath
Relax at the end of a long day with this lavender bubble bath, which is gentle enough for the whole family, including infants.
- Sterilise a recycled 500ml – 800ml bottle
- For every cup of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap add:
- 1/2 cup Melrose vegetable glycerine (this is for extra bubbliness).
- 1 cup distilled water (make sure it isn’t cold).
- 8 drops lavender essential oil (We love Love Lavender Certified Organic, also available at Flannerys).
- Combine all ingredients in sterile bottle, turning the bottle gently to combine.
- Use or gift your beautiful, tox-free Wind-down Bubble Bath!
Dr. Bronner’s products are an awesome first step towards simplify and detoxifying your household and beauty routines, not to mention the perfect excuse to get creative and use your prettiest recycled bottles! We’ll end this post with a snippet of inspiration for putting your next Bronner’s bottle to work…
*SHAH, V. (2016). Topical drug bioavailability, bioequivalence, and penetration. [Place of publication not identified]: SPRINGER-VERLAG NEW YORK.
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