Why make your own shampoo, body lotion, body scrub toothpaste and deodorant
Spring is a natural time of the year to clear out, declutter and detox. We go to great lengths to cleanse our bodies, fix elaborate smoothies, eliminate processed foods from our diets, learn to cook from scratch with the cleanest ingredients, go to yoga, the gym or a run in the woods… All in an effort to improve our health, have more energy and hopefully even turn back the clock somewhat.
Little do we know that we are sabotaging all our good work daily by smearing up to 126 known chemicals and toxins on our bodies, carcinogens, allergens and endocrine disruptors.
As one of my lecturers famously said: If you can’t eat it, you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin (which is our largest organ).
We are becoming more literate when it comes to decrypting food labels, but who really reads the fine print on the shampoo bottle or indeed the premium anti-aging cream endorsed by one of our favourite celebrities? And, should we read it, we will most likely be at a complete loss as to what any of it means. The question is, would you happily eat any of it?
The list of those nasties is long, some are more commonplace than others and some indeed worse than others.
Here are 7 of the worst offenders found in the most frequently used personal care products:
What we put on our body will eventually end up inside our body, adding to the toxic load in our lives. The amount of each chemical might be quite small, but they usually don’t come on their own and the combination to one another in the same product compounds their nefarious effects. Plus, with multiple daily use, we end up micro dosing ourselves continually, accumulating them in our tissues and straining our detoxification pathways unnecessarily.
Of course, we want to smell nice, have glossy hair, shiny skin with a youthful glow and sparkling white teeth, but finding “clean” cosmetics in a blatantly unregulated industry can be a minefield. What better solution can there be than making them ourselves having complete control of each and every ingredient we put on or in our beautiful bodies.
This is why I am so proud to announce you my latest creation, an ebook for 40 mostly easy recipes requiring ingredients that are really affordable, easy to come by and most importantly, that will do you no harm.
(Naturopathic Nutritionist) for LeBootCamp