Why go Natural?
Using natural plant based products & switching to organic foods are of the best ways to prevent exposure to the toxic chemicals found in our envionrment. It is so important to read ingredients and to gain an understanding of what we are putting on our skin, mouths and homes and ultimately in the environment.
That is why I have started this little corner of the web. It is my passion is to show you how to transition your kitchen, house and life by using natural methods of healing and everyday life. Nature has provided such amazing ingredients that are gentle yet powerfully effective and work on multiple levels. Certain plant based ingredients like essential oils not only help with skin care but have positive effects on mood and state of mind.
The first step to a healthier body and environment is understanding which toxic chemicals are commonly found in cosmetics and household products so that they can be avoided. Part of my commitment to our customers is to share this valuable information and help consumers make informed choices about the products and healing methods that will only support their health.
Top 5 Benefits of Using Natural Products
When you're accustomed to doing things the way you always have, you may not see why you would want to switch up your routine. But once you compare the benefits of natural health and beauty products to the way things used to be done, however, you'll see why you would want to adopt a new, natural lifestyle with health and beauty products that can help you look and feel great.
More Balanced Hormones
Our body is bombarded with a plethora of chemicals in our everyday. From the pesticides in our foods, chemicals in our beauty products, plastics that contain our food and chemicals in our cleaning products, our bodies are exposed to hormone-like chemicals that disturb our natural hormone production. Many chemicals act like estrogens in the bloodstream, causing everything from menstrual changes to low testosterone levels in men. Causing estrogen dominate conditions like PCOS, endometriosis uterine fibroids and infertility.
Switching to natural clean and beauty products means its cleaner and easier on the environment. If you think about the fact that when you are washing dishes with a chemical product, it can release chemicals into the environment to cause direct damage, that truly makes you think again. Consider eco-friendly cleaning products as a great alternative to keep the Earth safe.
Perfect for family members with allergies
If anyone in your family has a difficult time using specific laundry detergents, you can use natural cleaning detergents that are free from dyes and fragrances. This will often relieve a number of skin allergies and irritations through simple eco-friendly cleaning products that are gentle to the skin and the environment.
not tested on animals!
This is something important to take into consideration because you certainly don't want to be using a household cleaner that is cruel to animals. Eco-friendly cleaning products are often not animal tested, allowing you to clean just as efficiently with a good conscience. There is absolutely no reason to test harsh chemicals on animals with newer scientific methods available, so consider eco-friendly cleaning tools as a gentle and animal friendly choice.
Safe for your children
I know how much you mothers want to keep your little ones safe. By switching to natural cleaners, organic food and household products you are keeping the exposure to harsh chemicals at an low level. Because we know kids put everything in there mouth, chemicals shouldn’t be one of them.
The following is an evolving list of chemicals to avoid.
Ingredients to Avoid
Commonly used as a preservative to extend the shelf life products. They are widely used in cosmetics and body care. They can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations but more importantly have been proven to be hormone mimicking and can disrupt natural levels of estrogen. These synthetic substances have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and lowered sperm counts. Very toxic. Safe, natural and great for the skin preservative alternatives are Rosemary Oleoresin Oil, Vitamin E & Neem Oil.
*Also seen as METHYL, ETHYL, PROPYL AND BUTYL PARABENS.
Sulfates are inexpensive synthetic detergents that are used as foaming agents in many products including shampoo, liquid soaps, and toothpaste. It is known to cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss and many allergic reactions. Make sure you check ingredients for this extremely common ingredient and avoid it! FYI: Nezza Naturals does not use sulfates at all! We use all natural alternatives for shampoos and liquid soaps. You may notice that these products do not lather as much as products with SLS but will still have the same cleansing effect and will be much healthier.
*Also seen as SLS, SODIUM LAUREL, AMMONIUM LAURETH, AMMONIUM LAURYL, TEA LAURYL.
These are substances which are derived from petrochemicals. They are the base of many personal care products. Commonly found in lip balm, deodorant, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and baby care. These are shown to be estrogen mimicking substances which are linked to cancers, allergic reactions, and skin irritation. They do not add any skin care benefit, instead they clog pores and smother the skin. These substances also cause major environmental concern by polluting waters and harming marine life.
*Also seen as PETROLATUM, MINERAL OIL, PARAFFIN, PROPYLENE GLYCOL.
Commonly said to be derived from the 'Holly leaf', it is NOT A PLANT BASED OIL! It is a manmade petroleum based oil that is manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. The main ingredient is called 'Paraffinum liquidum' which is a fancy name for mineral oil. It is so popular because it is inexpensive and does not go rancid. When using Holly oil for massage it is like coating your body in plastic - it smothers and clogs pores, causes dermatitis and severe allergic reactions. Always use carrier oils that are 100% organic - the only exceptions are fractionated coconut oil and grapeseed oil.
*Also seen as PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM
If you come across a product that is bright red, green or blue you should be hesitant to put it on your skin or in your home. Synthetic colours are used in many personal care products to make them attractive but should be avoided entirely. You will recognize them on labels as codes such as FD&C Red No.6. These synthetic colourings have been tested in clinical settings and have been shown to be linked to allergies, general toxicity, childhood illnesses and various types of cancer. Red No.3 is a proven carcinogen and has been banned in the cosmetic industry because it may cause genetic damage.