I don’t wear makeup. I started using only organic shampoo a couple years ago. I make my own conditioner. I avoid flour and sugar that has been bleached. I use unbleached coffee filters. Our bodies are so inundated with unhealthy chemicals from our surroundings and products on a daily basis. It just makes sense to me that as part of our homesteading life, we strive to return to a more natural way of caring for our bodies. Thanks to Alaska’s extremely low-humidity winters, I go through lotion like crazy, I just want a safe healthy lotion to use too.
I grew up using Olay for my face. My mom used it, so I did to. It worked for me, but once the hubby and I started our homestead movement, we started looking for ways to be more healthy in every aspect. Have you ever read the ingredients on your lotion bottle? The particular lotion I usually used has the following active ingredients. I’ll be the first to tell you I’m no scientist, but I’m no dummy either.
Active Ingredients: 6.0% Octinoxate, 3.0% Zinc Oxide. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-20/20 Dimethicone, Steareth-21, Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose Polycotton-Seedate, Behenyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Steareth-2, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Oleth-3 Phosphate
First off, Octinoxate – this chemical is often found in hair products, nail polish, lipstick, and skin creams. It helps to filter UV rays. The health concerns associated with it? Reproductive and developmental toxicity, endocrine disruption, and organ system toxicity. No thank you.
Polyacrylamide is believed to be non-toxic itself, but can break down to acrylamide, a carcinogen. There’s potential to reproductive and developmental toxicity in this one too.
Cyclopentasiloxane has been deemed safe by some, except when it has the potential to be inhaled. But something else caught my eye in this article. It says that it “gives a silky and slippery feeling to the touch once applied to the hair and skin.” I don’t know about you, but I use lotions to moisturize and heal my skin, not just make it feel nice. This particular chemical may make my skin feel silky, but is it actually helping my skin? It also has some bioaccumulation and organ system toxicity concerns, among other concerns.
(Moisturize me! Sorry, Doctor Who moment.)
Many of the other ingredients are considered low concern, but are still listed with human immunotoxicity, effecting the immune system. Want to know what chemicals to avoid? Check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Chemicals of Concern list HERE.
Crunchy Balm Lotion – A Safe Healthy Lotion
So what lotion do I use? I’ve got a variety at the moment, but the latest one I’ve been using is Crunchy Balm.
What’s Crunchy Balm you ask?
“Crunchy Balm is a healing whole-skin tallow balm.
Tallow is FULL of vitamins and minerals that feed your skin and help repair it, making it soft and supple. Forget the chemicals and give your skin whole food nourishment our ancestors used.
“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin.Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology”.”
I really love the fact that it is great as an all over lotion and great for my face too! The ingredients? 100% grass-fed tallow, organic USA olive oil, and essential oils. Simple, easy, and it works beautifully! This lotion goes on smooth, leaves my skin not just feeling silky, but moisturized too!
Crunchy Balm offers three varieties, Original, Sweet Girl, and Unscented. I’ve been using the Original and love it. Others do too! I read through the reviews. Other users are using it for sunburns, stretch marks, skin irritation, eczema, and even scars!
I may eventually get around to making my own lotion, but until then, I’ll be using Crunchy Balm! (I hear rumors of a sunscreen coming soon too! I can’t wait!) Want to try it yourself? Use the coupon code “idlewild16” and get 10% off your order!