One of the things that I dread about Christmas is the number of toxic fragrance filled body washes my children recieve as presents from their grandparents. Y’all know the ones that I am refering too, the ones with your kiddos favorite TV and movie characters on them. It makes me cringe because I know they are going to have a meltdown for them and it’s hard to explain why they can’t take a bath with their Nemo bubble bath or Frozen body wash. Trying to get my little’s to understand that kids do not need them as presents, is like talking to a brick wall and knowing that they are literally money down the drain. It makes my eyes roll so far back into my head they could get stuck there forever! This year, I hid their character body wash and bath bubbles while they were playing with their other toys and returned them for something of more use. I am a stickler for keeping chemicals as far away from us as possible for many reasons, but the most important one is our health!
You might think that our government regulates nasty chemicals with harmful health consequences— but you’d be wrong. We’ve got a broken chemical system here in the U.S. It’s from 1973 and it grandfathered over 80,000 tested chemicals to be allowed in products. Yep, over 80,000 chemicals that have never been tested for safety, are in products on store shelves. Amongst these chemical filled products are your children’s favorite character shaped brands, “natural,” “sensitive skin” and “no tear!” So, you need to understand how important it is to take your health and your family’s health into your own hands. I say this daily and only because it’s the best piece of advice I could ever give anyone. Research everything for yourself. These days, knowledge is so easily obtained via the internet, ebooks and documentaries on Netflix. I always tell my clients, friends and family to use the Skin Deep website on www.ewg.org and download the Healthy Living app on their phones, plug in your products or products that you’re looking at and see for yourself what’s in them and what their ingredients are linked too.
My research has lead me to sticking with ‘The Never List’ that is available on the Beautycounter website and only use products that do not contain those ingredients. We are a Beautycounter family and we each use and love their body washes. Scarlet Reese and all other babies have such sensitive skin, it’s important to use products with very few ingredients and ones that don’t cause them to have reactions to the chemicals in name brand products. A great gift to give to a friend or family member at their baby shower is the Baby Bundle Collection from Beautycounter. I gift this set to my mama friends at their showers and always receive great feed back after they have used it on their LOs. The Baby Gentle All-Over Wash is specially formulated for babies’ bath time. This two-in-one hair and body wash is ideal for delicate skin. The gentle, tear-free formula effectively cleanses and nourishes from head to toe without stripping away moisture.
Harper and Nolan use the Beautycounter Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash and they love it! It creates bubbles for them to enjoy during their bath time which is always a MUST with those two. It is gluten- and nut-free, the formula contains a combination of nourishing fruit extracts that provide a deliciously fresh berry scent. Did you know that 1 in 3 children will be diagnosed with allergies, ADHD or asthma? The incidence of these conditions has skyrocketed over the last 20 years and toxic chemicals are a factor. This is why I am so hell bent on researching products before my kids wash their little bodies with them. As much as I wish I could let them use their favorite character’s body wash I KNOW better so I do better. Beautycounter has become such an amazing Light in my life because it helps me not only learn things myself but help educate the ones around me to take their health into their own hands as well.
My hope in writing this blog is to shake you up and help you realize how lax our beauty laws are in America. Sadly, our government cares more about making money (from selling chemical filled products AND profiting from our medical bills and meds when we get sick) than our health. I challenge you to get your baby, children and your body washes, flip them over to where the ingredients are and check out the ingredients. Type them into google, go to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep page and type them in there or download the Healthy Living app and scan them. Let me know if I can help you in any way to #switchtosafer. This is a movement and we need lots of voices to affect change. If this strikes a cord with you and you feel passionate about this and you would like to be a voice for change, I would love to have you on my team helping me do this because no one person can do this alone #takethejob.