If you’re like me – then you literally cringe at the site of long, scientific ingredients on labels. My eyes bulge and I hope that no one notices how disturbed I am, as I gently place the item back on the shelf and continue my search for products with recognizable, nontoxic ingredients. It’s a daunting task but hey, somebody’s gotta do it!
There is a small pool of companies that use minimal ingredients in their products. Why, you may ask. Some of it is ignorance to the dangers toxic ingredients cause like cancer and rashes – but also because they want their pretty little product to sit on the shelves as long as humanly possible! Over the years, scientists have created fillers to preserve the life of the product but it’s been a hefty cost to pay. These unhealthy laboratory ingredients have been found in breast cancer tissue. They appear to stay in the body and wreak havoc in the process. From shampoos to lotions, to soaps – toxic ingredients have been a silent killer – and at the very least, making your body a breeding ground for colds and allergies.
The news is spreading about toxic secrets that big cosmetic brands have been keeping and consumers are gravitating toward healthier alternatives for themselves and their family. Here are a few “made from the Earth” ingredients that are natural preservatives.
ROSEMARY OIL – This oil is an antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal. It has a strong earthy smell and it extends the shelf life of personal care products but you only need about a drop per ounce of lotion to .
VITAMIN E – Vitamin E protects oils and lotions from becoming rancid or turning yellow. It’s also a powerful antioxidant.
GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL – This beautiful smelling oil inhibits the growth of yeast, fungi and mold. It’s also antibacterial and an antioxidant.
GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT – This extract preserves products by slowing down the formation of bacteria, fungi, yeast and mold. It is one of the most popular natural preservatives.
Look for products with natural preservatives and minimal ingredients. If you see an ingredient that you don’t recognize – look it up. It takes a little extra to do the research but you will be wiser and healthier from having done so.