Crafting My Way: My Crusade To Detoxify My Life

As some of you may already know, I have been slowly but surely replacing store-bought products with things that I am making right here at home. The first to go were my soap and face scrub, then my shampoo, and my conditioner. Bug spray, face powder, tinted moisturizer with SPF, toothpaste, facial cleanser, hair oil. I even started making my own stock with the bones from eaten chicken and beef! And I have gone without makeup, except for an occasional light dusting of the face powder I made, for the past month, because I haven’t wanted to go through all the hassle just to have a bunch of chemicals hanging out on my skin. Blegh!

This is only the beginning for me. I am going to be making my mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, laundry detergent, and deodorant, next. Maybe it sounds wacky, and like a lot of work. The truth is, I am being a smart consumer: not only am I choosing what ingredients to use on my body, but I am saving loads of money doing it, even though the ingredients I choose are of high quality! Also, it really isn’t much work at all to add to my usual tasks, because none of it is complicated, and I can count my ingredients with fewer fingers than fit on one hand.

I have been noticing all of the additives and chemicals in the products we use every day, several times a day, and, as a firm believer in the power of voting with your dollar and lifestyle choices rather than using a ballot, I see it as doing my part to preserve the health of myself, my Cisco and my Sweetie, and perhaps inspiring a few of you readers to look a little closer at the ingredients inside the things you are putting onto your skin, and, subsequently, into your bodies.

I am completely aware that many of the chemicals that are contained within our toiletries and makeup, to name a couple specific areas, are classified GRAS, or Generally Regarded As Safe. This doesn’t mean safe, however. What it means primarily is that there haven’t been any long-term effects attributed to their usage (read: the chemical companies haven’t bothered to test them very extensively or honestly because it wouldn’t be profitable). At least, there haven’t been any, yet. However, we were also told that Agent Orange, DDT, and cigarettes, were okay for exposure and consumption, to name a few. Knowing all that, it is logical to assume that a lot, if not all, of the chemicals and dyes and additives in our toiletries, food, water, clothing, furniture, etc. are most likely not good for us, especially when you consider all of those different areas from which we are bombarded constantly, every single day. To give you an example: drinking one shot glass of antifreeze probably won’t kill you. But, if you brush your teeth and wash your hair and face and laundry with it, apply it in a makeup several times a day, eat it in your food, drink it in your water, wash your clothes in it, wear it in your clothes, spray it on yourself in a perfume…you get the idea. I also can’t help but notice the much higher rates of heart disease, cancer, allergies, organ failure, infertility problems, pregnancy complications, and birth defects, that we have in this country, a country with more chemicals, many of which are unregulated, than anywhere else in the world. Some people may see this as a jump to conclusions. I see it as a logical progression of thought.

All of that being said, it is never too late to give some thought to what you are saying is okay through how you spend your money, and to think about what effects those ingredients you can’t pronounce the names of are having on your present and future health.

If you are interested, here is a great site that is specifically a cosmetics database, of brands and ingredients, and their specific toxicities and levels of said. I hope more folks become involved in knowing what is in the products they use, so we can encourage change, and stricter regulations of the use of chemicals. It matters for you right now, and it will still matter when our children inherit the world.

As parting words, I remember being a kid and having to go shopping at the “health food store” because the foods that Koolma wanted us to eat as a family were not available in the “regular store”. Nowadays, major brands are making organic versions and “natural” versions of their products, and it’s no mystery why to me: because that is where the money is, with all of the folks just like you and me deciding that that is what we want to spend our money on. It goes to show that we can each make a difference. Just as much as parenting is feeding, clothing, and nurturing our children, so is making their health a priority.

Our money is the most powerful voice that we have to get Big Business to listen to us. Please, use it wisely. You, your family, and your little sweeties deserve it!

 

Encouraging Empowered Mamis Everywhere To Do What They Do

Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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