Building a Non-Toxic Life: Part 2 – Resources

These are just a few of the resources that may be of interest.

The SkinDeep Database—Want to find out if your products are safe? Look up a product by name. Look up an ingredient. The database contains information about possible health concerns, which products contain it, and other names the ingredient may go by. Pick a category (toothpaste? shampoo?) and peruse product ratings.  Search by company. (Search for Herbaliz. We rate!) Their parent site ewg.org can help you detoxify beyond body care.

The Happy Healthy Home: 30 Ways to Live Healthier At Home is an ebook compiled by FilterBuy. It is downloadable as a PDF. It has health and wellness tips from top experts on personal health and home environment. It’s an easy read and a great guide to help people focus on how to prioritize where they want to start their wellness journey. (Herbaliz is mentioned on page 72 by the author as a go-to source.)

A page on the Herbaliz website called “Ingredients to Avoid” can be helpful if you decide to go the route of eliminating a particular toxic ingredient, or just use it as a reference. It lists toxic chemicals commonly found in body care products and tells you briefly a bit about why they are used and what problems they can cause.

If you feel that you need a personal touch, there are actually people who can visit, assess your house, recommend priorities, and suggest options. Michelle Berkley, of Pure Products We Love, will work with you on a personal basis. She will examine what you are being exposed to through an in-depth evaluation. (See Herbaliz on her products page.) There are others as well, all over the country.

Social media also gives you the opportunity to stay abreast of green space folks who make “clean green” their point of reference. On Twitter, check out @cleanmamablog and @groovygreenlivi. On Facebook, we like The Healthy Home Economist as well as The Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Visit our Links page for even more resources.

For all body care needs we recommend Herbaliz of course!

Labels Are Important

In today’s fast moving world, labels serve as an announcement to customers. They are a short-hand way to describe a brand and who they are.

The labels we use on our products have an artistic representation of plants and botanicals, the basis of our products.

We also have a grouping of logos under our social media tools.  These reference certifications by key groups in the environmentally active health and beauty industry.

Herbaliz is a certified business with Green America, which stands as a stamp of recognition for “environmental sustainability and social justice.”

There is a cruelty-free icon which signifies Herbaliz is in a searchable database compiled by Peta. It confirms that we do not test on animals. (Ugh. Do companies still do that?)

We have signed on to the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, which is under the umbrella of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The Environmental Workers Group (EWG) features the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, which lists eighty-eight of our products. Our scores all hit the Number 1 category: the “Low Hazard” rating. When you click on those products on our website, we also have their rating listed. The goal behind this database is to clarify the safety of common synthetic ingredients and chemicals used in body care products.

The SkinDeep ratings often show that “data is limited.” The data to which they refer is in scientific studies done onchemicals. Little study has gone into real botanical ingredients because they have been used without negative side effects for hundreds of years.

Herbaliz is allowed to post the “Truth in Labeling” seal because we follow all the criteria set out by The Natural Ingredient Resource Center (NIRC).

Please check out these links to learn more. This is our way to let folks know:  who we are, where we stand, and how we strive to be an active part of the larger environmental community.

It’s a way of saying to you that it is possible to do business and do the right thing.

Thanks for your support in making the world a better place!

Men Deserve Non-Toxic Skin Care

On a regular basis, I receive inquires from female customers about buying products for the men in their lives. Many of these requests have led to the formulation of new items, including our Face Wash for Men.

When a male client, looking for a product without alcohol and chemicals, asked if I could come up with a solution, our Aftershave was born.

Why is safe skin and scalp care as important for men as for women?

Simply because men are as susceptible to toxins as women are.

Just recently, Megan Boyle of Healthy Child, Healthy World, wrote an article explaining that men’s exposure to chemicals was shown to be linked to issues around couples trying to conceive. (Also check out the the Environmental Work Group’s endocrine disruptors page.)

Soap Saver GiftSo what’s the best way to get started? Here’s my list of the top five products suggestions:

Aftershave: Available in four sizes.

Moisturizing Lotion: Available in four sizes and six blends.

Gardner’s Hand Soap: Perfect for cleaning hands without being harsh.

Ayate Wash Cloth: A facial wash cloth that also exfoliates.

Soap Set: A starter gift that he will love. A bar of Herbal Glycerin Soap of your choice with a slotted, pine wood holder.