If you CARE, be AWARE and SHARE Part II

I suck at selling stuff. I've always known that.  So why did I sign up to "sell" stuff? Because I care. I really, really do.  

Going to school in an itty bitty progressive school in the Philippines, we were trained to recycle before it was cool.  In high school I wanted to be an environmental toxicologist and dreamed of taking down the "bad guys" with a single testimony in court. That dream kind of faded away when I got pregnant and had to "take a break" from college.  I've always tried to be earth-friendly and health conscious, however, and try to buy and eat organic whenever I can and try to make the greenest choicest whenever possible (and affordable). 

When I started looking into skincare I didn't realize how "bad" some of the brands I thought were "natural" and "hypoallergenic" really were. And when I talked to people around me, neither did they.  A lot of people around me have been affected by cancer, especially breast cancer. Although I can't say for sure what caused it, the fact that parabens(used in skincare products to prevent bacterial and fungal growth in products) have been found in breast tumor biopsies is reason enough to scare people.  But they're still in use. When I asked a skincare representative recently about toxic chemicals in their products, although she wasn't an expert, she explained that they're such minute amounts that using them on your skin would be harmless. But what if you use it EVERYDAY? What if you use it on your babies to make their eczema go away? And it worked so well that they used it well into adulthood? What if there were alternatives out there that were not made from petroleum and didn't have toxins? What if it cost a tiny bit more or even the same as the products you use, why wouldn't you make the switch?  

A few people look at me like I'm crazy when I talk about "saving the planet" or tell somebody "You know, you might grow a third boob if you keep using that, right?".  Their answer? "Honey, it works! That's all I care about!"  Is your health really worth the extra few bucks you'd save or a few extra wrinkles or bumps? I'm just trying to show people out there that THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES. You don't have to plant a field of lavender and harvest them yourself and extract its essence to make your own oil. It's right here and I can show you. 

We can even make our own skin products. You decide exactly what goes in it, how you want it to smell and feel. No chemicals.  I can show you! 

Ultimately my mission isn't to make a buck or make a sale. I just want you to be aware.  And be beautiful and healthy. Naturally!

So, say hi to my new little project- Naturally!


If you CARE, be AWARE and SHARE

Do you care?
We are constantly bombarded with substances harmful to our health and the environment through the food we eat, the air we breathe, and shockingly, through the products we apply on our skin. Would you knowingly expose yourself and your loved ones to carcinogens, toxic chemicals or substances made without regard to the environment? If you cared, your answer would most likely be no.

Be aware.
I wasn't. I thought I was doing my part by making great efforts to eat healthy, buy organic, recycle and compost our green waste. I was shocked when I learned about all the "stuff" in the conventional skincare and cosmetics I was using. Our skin is our largest body organ and although it's "just on the outside" many of the chemicals in skincare are absorbed by our bodies. Educate yourself. Read the labels on your products (especially the ones you use everyday!).
Look up the products you use on this database: http://www.ewg.org/
Shop wisely: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/

The more I learned, the more passionate I became about trying to educate those around me. In my research, I found Neal's Yard Organics. They share the same concerns, the same passion, and the same ethics AND they've been doing this for over 30 years. Although cosmetics/skin care can be labelled "natural" or "organic" without any regulations, Neal's Yard IS certified by the Soil Association. They make everything from baby balm, men's shaving cream, to cosmetics and essential oils. And after trying the products myself, there is no trade off when it comes to how effective their products are.

 Because I CARE and now that I'm AWARE, I'm trying to SHARE what I've learned to anybody who'll listen.

Ideally, we'd all be growing and making our necessities- our own food, clothes, medicine, etc. But we don't live in an ideal world, nor do we live ideal lives. Most of us have jobs, children to tend to, places to be, and many don't have time. So, hopefully, I can help make being GREEN, HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL more accessible and convenient for as many people as possible.