Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why I Don't Use Conventional Shampoos - I Use a Shampoo Bar!

Today I was reminded of why I don't use conventional shampoos. You see, I went for my once a year hair cut (twice a year at most) and they asked me if I wanted my hair washed as well. I love getting my hair washed by someone else - it has a pampered, spa effect on me - so I said yes.  Silly me. Fast forward to a couple hours later and I realized that my scalp was irritated and it felt like it was burning.  I couldn't wait to wash my hair again with my own shampoo bar.

I stopped using conventional store bought shampoo many moons ago.  At first I used a manufactured shampoo bar, then I used the no poo baking soda soda method, and then I made my own shampoo bars.    You might wonder why.  Well, for several reasons.  Do you know what's in your shampoo?  Lots and lots of chemicals, some of them carcinogenic.  And some shampoos contain gluten.  Going gluten free has lead me to read every ingredient of every product I use. Once I read the ingredients I wasn't so pleased with the products I had been using. I looked for alternatives and wasn't totally satisfied, so I formulated my own shampoo bars.  Hands down, it is the best shampoo I have used.  My hair is healthier and softer than it has ever been, and I love that it is made with only natural, environmentally and health friendly ingredients.  

If you've never looked at what's in your shampoo, I dare you to take a peak at the pamphlet below, and then read the ingredient label of your shampoo. No really, I dare you.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

There's some downright scary stuff in there! If you're not convinced, or if you're looking for more information, try www.environmentaldefence.ca 

Okay, so here's my shampoo bars:


And here's what's in them: Saponified avocado oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut milk, shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil, water, and essential oils.  Not so scary at all.  A great natural alternative to the chemical laden store brand options, with the fabulous bonus of being gluten free.  If you're interested in trying them out, they're available from my Etsy shop.

No parabens, no SLS, no formaldehyde, no phthalates, no fake fragrances. Just simple, natural ingredients formulated to gently clean and nourish your hair. Now go read your shampoo ingredients label...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Mesothelioma - Heather's Story


It has been a while since I checked my e-mail...and today I did.  Sitting there was an e-mail from Emily, the Outreach Director of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, asking me to share some information on my blog and to check out the story of Heather, an 8 year mesothelioma survivor. 

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure and apparently, completely preventable. According to the e-mail I received from Emily, "At the time of diagnosis, she (Heather) had just given birth and was told she only had 15 months to live. Since then, she has made it her mission of spreading awareness for the upcoming Asbestos Awareness Week".  

I was intrigued, and so I clicked the link to Heather's website and I watched her story. Amazing. Simply amazing. It seems she has beaten the odds and has lived more than 6 years beyond the life expectancy of most mesothelioma patients.  


To help support Heather's efforts and to help raise awareness, I am posting the fact sheet that was forwarded to me along with this e-mail along with a link below to Heather's story.


To read more about Heather's story: mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness

I hope that you will help to spread the word and forward this information to the people you know.  

Thank you Heather for sharing your story.