The Butcher, the Baker, the Candle Stick maker..... where have they gone?

I don't think we really understood the importance of individual stores making their own

products, being able to go to your local town or nearby town and wander into each store, having a chat to the owner, sampling their wares, knowing that majority of the ingredients would have been sourced locally and having your goods wrapped in paper and string.

Well the Soap maker is back!

Why do I LOVE making soap for me, my family, friends and of course those who choose to buy my products...... because it is REALLY Natural!

Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, lye, 100% Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices for colour, aroma and texture.

Somehow busy lives and convenience of a supermarket have apparently made our lives better...... but for who really?

The amount of chemicals in products that sit on the shelves of our stores in phenomenal!

What really astounds me is how all these companies can state something is "Natural" and "Healthy" for you and when I turn over to look at the ingredients one of the first three ingredients in it is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and this is in a lot of skin products also not to mention all the other ingredients listed that you have trouble pronouncing!

My personal experience with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate happen approximately 28 years ago, so around 1990, I started to get rashes on my hands and bumps on my head. I would go to the doctor and they would give me cream to apply, yes the rash eased and almost went away until 2 or 3 days later.

This went on for about 2 years, then of all ways to find out...... watching Oprah (I kid you not) of course I was a stay at home mum then. Oprah had a guest on speaking about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and how it was affecting people and especially children. Children were increasingly getting urine and kidney infections, this was apparently caused by this chemical due to it being added to "Bubble Bath".

So of course I went and looked at my shampoo ingredients and HELLO..... there it was! so I tested it, when I washed my hair I put gloves on..... no rash appeared on my hands but on my head I still had the bumps!

Back then there was really no alternative accept Pinetarsol or Ego Shampoo..... which I tried both, not very great on your hair and had to use lots of conditioner but atleast I didn't get a rash.

This chemical never use to be in products, it was created as a surfactant, a detergent, and an emulsifier, and of course to create more bubbles!

It is now used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It’s present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts.

The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product*

I share this as not a lot of people are aware of this chemical, although today more companies are creating shampoos, body washes etc without SLS and petrochemicals, but isn't it amazing that it has taken 28 years...... to get to the point we are today?

And this is just ONE chemical I have mentioned..... there are literally hundreds of chemicals that people are putting on their bodies each day.

My question is why?

If I can make a soap bar with seven absolutely natural products and liquid soap with only four products, why are these companies making up these concoctions..... and why are they being allowed to?

If you can't pronounce it, if you can't eat it...... or there's absolute proof it won't harm you......... don't put it on your skin, your skin is your biggest organ!

See my post on Natural Teeth Whitening...... yes Sodium Lauryl Sulfate was also in my tooth paste, I couldn't believe it!


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