I want to start this post off saying that I wasn't paid for this post. It was quite simple to do my research for this post as well, I'm not a scientist or a chemist. I'm just a mom & owner of a skin care company. For those of you who don't know, I created and run HBC Organics (formerly known as Healthy by Choice). My skin care line is all natural, organic, chemical free, & cruelty free. I take pride in what I do.
I started making skin care products in 2011. My fiance (at the time-- he now has graduated to being my husband) and I were broke. We literally had about $25 in our bank account. I remember coming across an email from my nutrition school about a simple and easy recipe to make your own soap. I have always had extremely sensitive skin and couldn't use many of the commercial products on the market. I spent quite a bit of money for soaps and lotions that made my skin dry, flaky, and would even give me mysterious rashes that even stumped my doctors. I looked in our bank account and made a spur of the moment decision. I bought the ingredients to make basic soap. I ended up with 10 bars. I sold 9 of the 10 bars and had enough to make another 10 bars. Eventually I started experimenting with making moisturizer and scrubs. It took me a long time to "get it right", but when I did-- there was no stopping me!Once I became a mom, I became pretty passionate in making chemical free baby products for parents-- there always seems to be articles online and on the news talking about a recall of some baby lotion or rash cream- when you don't use chemicals, you don't usually have that problem. Here I am today, 5 years later making orders for people all over the world.
I thought soaps would put me on the map, but it was soaps & infinity balm that really helped me make a name for myself.
Someone asked the other day, "What is the difference between your products and say a lotion at Bath & Body Works, I've always bought my lotions from there." My first answer was "The list of ingredients. My products don't contain many ingredients at all. The ingredients don't contain chemicals that could cause your skin more harm than good." She asked me to name a few and I couldn't off the top of my head. So today, I took a moment and walked into Bath & Body Works, bought a bottle of their Warm Vanilla Sugar lotion, figuring it was a similar scent to my Madagascar Vanilla. Then I came home to write this article for you!
I was shocked when I counted 31 ingredients in their lotion. I paid $5.30 for a 3 ounce bottle of lotion. You can view the list of ingredients below, along with some side effects that have been found. I use a website called "Skin Deep", this is a common website used by crafters and people who do what I do for a quick reference. It contains studies of ingredients and their effects!
Before you look over these ingredients
I want to say this--
Having a large amount of ingredients in your product DOES NOT make it a bad product-- as long as those ingredients aren't synthetic chemicals. My body butters contain at most 5 ingredients and as little as 3 (when you order unscented). I don't play games & neither should the stores that people trust to make a good skin care product! Also if you are new to this-- if you can't pronounce an ingredient don't eat it or put it on your skin. Stay away from parabens- they mess with the endocrine system. Parabens act as synthetic estrogen. Ladies-- hormone problems?? hormone issues?? hmm.. lets stay away from that mmk??
I provide a source with each ingredient so you can read further and read about the studies! Happy investigating! Also let me know what you think!!
Ingredients in Bath & Body Works'
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!