Most of us use dozens of beauty products and toiletries without giving a second thought to their ingredients and health impacts.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that aims to protect public health and the environment, states that the average adult uses nine products daily containing up to 126 different chemical ingredients. Most of these ingredients require no testing or are tested by the companies selling the product.
Luckily, there are plenty of resources out there to guide us though the litany of ingredients on our product labels. The EWG offers a cosmetic database (click here!) that provides information and health concerns on most ingredients you would find on a label. There are also resources out there that provide a concise list of synthetic ingredients to avoid. Organic Consumers. Org for example, provides a top ten list, of toxic ingredients that are most harmful to your body. Your best bet is to minimize the number of products you use and to look for the certified organic label. The greatest rule of thumb is to never put something on your skin that you would not put into your mouth. Fruit and Vegetable based products are always best! We recently made several kinds of organic soaps out of simple and natural ingredients such as: coconut oil, orange peel, cucumber, mint, coffee,flax seed, cinnamon, etc. All available for sale at out farm stand!