I think everyone can agree that pretty much everyone needs deodorant... but why? There is a vast number of people switching to alternatives. Thanks to the internet and social media, the dangers of conventional antiperspirants and deodorants are coming to light. But why? Why switch to a natural deodorant when the conventional deodorant is working just fine for you?
We have some thoughts!
For years skin care has been noted as something that is mostly for women right? We've all been there and we've heard the pressurized ads. Women aren't allowed to have flaws in their skin. We have a different skin care product for almost everything... face wash, face moisturizer, moisturizer for our legs and hands, shampoo, conditioner, detangler, face masks... just to name a few.
When I set out on my journey creating HBC Organics, I didn't have a target market. I honestly just wanted everyone and anyone to give my products a try. It didn't take long for me to realize that 95% of my customers were women. So naturally, I began to market mainly to women. As the years went on and life changed, I created a line for babies and my men's line remained almost nonexistent like most brands.
Now don't get me wrong, I dabbled in a men's line a couple times but quickly retreated. I would usually create them around the holidays so that people would have an idea of what to buy for the men in their lives. Often times, I didn't fully commit to a men's line because... well men don't buy my products too often. In my experience, men have literally (yes literally) laughed at my products. "I don't need that fru fru stuff", "women just think they need these products... I guess whatever keeps the wife happy". I've heard all of that and MORE at festivals and markets where I showcased my products.
It wasn't until a conversation with my husband one night that made me really commit to a men's line. He was expressing how some of his friends were wanting more masculine scented candles for their man-cave. Some of his friends even wanted subscription boxes but saw that a lot of the scents were geared towards women.
His simple ramble got me thinking and eventually I developed a men's line. In the next month we will have more options for masculine scented body butters, pit sticks, and facial washes. We just released aftershave gel, men's candles, some masculine focused soaps, and masculine scented essential essences. Our subscription boxes are all available to men as well as women, simply let us know if you want more masculine scents!
Below are some reasons that men also need natural skin care products
I could come up with tons of reasons why men need & deserve natural skin care products, but I won't overwhelm you... I'll give you 3 reasons.
#1 Men are affected by Endocrine & Hormone Disrupting Chemicals just as much as women are.
Just because men are men doesn't magically make them immune to the chemicals, endocrine and hormone disrupting chemicals that are in personal care products. Often times, when we think of men + hormones we are thinking about sex. (I think it is safe to say we have similar thoughts about women & horomones). The truth is, hormones are responsible for so many functions in the male and female body.. but right now we are talking about men.
"Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are estrogen-like and/or anti-androgenic compounds that disrupt and interfere with the production, release, transport, metabolism, binding, or elimination of natural hormones in the body responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis and the regulation of developmental processes."
We live in a scary era where we have no problem disruption the natural hormone processes in the body. All of these disruptions, false hormones, and so on have been PROVEN time and time again to have links to auto-immune diseases, mood disorders, fertility and more, but we are in a time where people seem to be blind or don't understand the information that is given to them.
So these endocrine disrupting chemicals effect:
There is an amazing study.. Link here.. that talks about endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effect on men.
#2 Men Have The Same Skin Care Needs Women Do
YES! Men have the same needs, they might not take care of those needs, but they still need them. Just like men need to take care of their bodies with food and water... they also need to care for their skin health-- even if they want minimal products. Men's skin also absorb everything that is put on it... in less than a minute!
LESS. THAN. A. MINUTE.
It takes less than a minute for what you put on your skin to get into your blood stream. That goes for men, women, and children!
Men need soap to wash their body. Men need wash their hair. At times men, just like women, have the need for a moisturizer because their skin is dry. Men need shaving cream to shave their face. They need beard oil or beard balm to soften a coarse beard. Some men need an aftershave.
You get where I'm coming from.
#3 MEN WANT THEM!
YES! You read that right! Men don't just need natural skin care products... they want them. I can't tell you how many women have told me that their husband steals their facial wash, their body butter, and yes.. even their bath bombs! Men want these products but maybe society tells them that they only need 1 product for their entire body... insert the shudder of the all in one products.
Men don't want to be dry and itchy from sulfates. They don't want products that are supposedly for sensitive skin but contain alcohols. Men don't want sunburns. Men don't want acne.
Men want good smelling candles that have a clean burn. Men want body wash that won't make them itchy due to chemicals. Men want bar soap. Men want face masks. Men want face wash. Men want aftershave that is gentle.
Men don't want to deal with sulfates, parabens, BHA, petrochemicals, DEA, MEA, TEA, propylene glycol, triclosan, synthetic fragrances any more than woman do.
It's time to make the switch. HBC Organics carries products that are geared towards men! More will be out within the next 6 weeks!
Did you know that it is estimated that over 75% of Americans are Magnesium deficient? That's right.. over 75%! How is it that a country that is so developed and has so many resources deficient in one of that key minerals that keeps our bodies functioning properly?
When working with clients, I often suggested Magnesium as a supplement that they might want to consider. I was often met with people telling me "Well I'm taking 400 mg of Magnesium a day! There is no way I would need it."
The most common question I would ask? "Which form are you taking?"
Most of the time I was met with a blank stare. That's when I had the opportunity to educate!
There is a laundry list of symptoms of Magnesium deficiency--- but one thing you should know is Magnesium nourishes the nerves and is known as "The Relaxer".
There are many factors in magnesium deficiency.. from poor diet, the depletion of the soil our food grows in, high stress, and more. There could be genetic factors as well.
What if I told you my body has a very difficult time absorbing Magnesium-- almost all forms. This makes my autonomic & heart condition tricky because if I don't have enough Magnesium in my body... my heart can go a little crazy. About 6 years ago I had been so depleted of Magnesium and my heart was so out of control that the doctors in the ER put me on a Magnesium drip-- once I was admitted into the hospital I had another Magnesium drip. My heart was under control within 24 hours.
Another time I was put on Magnesium, about 8 years ago, was right after a closed head injury due to a car accident. My face hit the steering wheel & I cracked my cheekbone (ouch). I lost some short term memory and had a tough time making sense of things. I saw a neurologist who put me on high doses of magnesium for 2 weeks--- it was life changing!
Below is a list of different forms of Magnesium & what they do! You can find these for purchase by clicking on each form of Magnesium.
Magnesium Chloride: detoxing, proper kidney function, and metabolism. It was actually used during WWI as an antiseptic. It is known for better heart health, mental relaxation, physical relaxation, improved bone health, better digestion, and treats migranes.
Magnesium Citrate: *not really recommended* it can cause iron dysregulation & other health issues.
Magnesium Glycinate: relaxing, great absorption rate, great for people with leaky gut, treatment of nerve pain. This is one of the easiest forms to assimilate. It does not cause loose stools like many other magnesium supplements. It is wonderful for people with leg cramps during the night or RLS.
Magnesium Malate: energizing, treatment of muscle pain & fibromyalgia . It offers a higher bioavilability than oxides and suflates. Also offers malic acid, which promotes cellular energy production.
Magnesium Oxide: wonderful in small doses throughout the day to support the body with natural functions.
Magnesium Sulfate: best in small doses, like a bath or foot soak- you might know it as Epsom Salts. It is also used as an injection is also used for pediatric acute nephritis and to prevent seizures in severe pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, or toxemia of pregnancy.
Magnesium Taurate & Orotate: Cardiovascular Health
Magnesium Threonate: treats brain injuries, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and neuro conditions. It's been found that the ion in magnsium threonate enhances 300 different enzymes-- which is needed, useful, in synapse production.
Magnesium Water: improves absorption of magnesium in the body.
Do you take Magnesium daily? Which forms? What is your experience with with Magnesium?
2019 is a year of change for HBC Organics! We are adding new products and new collections. Our collections are essential oil blends blended by our owner herself! As of right now we have 2 collections that are making our fans go wild, Sweet DreamZ & Sweet Bliss.
In Late April 2019, we plan to release a new collection called 5 am Toddler. This is our energy & focus blend, with a humorous spin for all those parents out there!
Most of the time, well pretty much every time, I've used my own children and family members as models for our products. This 5 am Toddler collection was actually blended for myself when my youngest would wake up at 4am-- but we figured most toddlers wake up around 5 am.. who knows, we haven't decided on the proper "time" yet. This blend I put together helped me wake up (well that and my coffee) and gave me energy for the day. The blend consists of rosemary, peppermint, citrus oils, and wintergreen.
We have to submit a label for this product soon, so here is where the contest comes in! The winner of this contest will get a full set of any of our collections OR choose a paypal cash of $40. This is open to US residents only, must be 18 or older to enter.
Here is how you enter:
8 years have come and gone & at times I still am trying to make sense of it all. This is long 😂 But this is my version of the #tellyourstory
February is an odd month for me because I’m continually reminded of that time 8 years ago I spent in and out of the hospital in a severe flare up with my autonomic system. We didn’t know much back then- we said it was my heart because that’s what the doctors & everyone else thought.
I still struggle to talk about what really happened with anyone but small amount of people who really know—the people who were there.. but as time goes on I feel compelled to tell what really happened. I recently have had many conversations with the people who were on the “front lineal of this & they all are still making sense of things themselves.
In early February of 2011, I stepped on a nail at my in-law’s house, I went to the doctor and got the “tetanus shot”. Within 24 hours- less than that actually, I was having severe complications with the rhythms of my heartbeat, the use of my legs, and having severe pain in my legs. Of course, I had run out of heart medication the same day.
No one in the hospital had asked if I had recently been sick, tried new medication, or had any immunizations. They blamed this flare on me running out of my heart medication- although they didn’t have answer as to why my legs hurt so bad.
I spent the next week or so being pumped full of pain medications, coding, and not being sure if I would survive all of this. Friends and family gathered. Pastors came and prayed. I prayed, begging God for some type of answer & some type of relief from this hell on earth. Nothing is scarier than feeling your body fail you or feeling your body code & feeling yourself begin to fade only to be brought back. I don’t remember much about this time- not sure if it’s because I mentally blocked it out or if it’s from all the medication I was on.
At one point, no one knew what was wrong & the doctors on my case decided it was a mental problem rather than physical. Everyone was exhausted, the doctors, nurses, my family, my friends... I did have one friend who spoke up but my family insisted I had to have had what these doctors said... the thing was the doctors made it sound so convincing... I got labeled as bipolar with conversion disorder. I ended up spending a few days on the psych floor & ended up on a large amount of psych meds. Thay expericne was horrifying, so horrifying that I was terrified to go to my heart doctor when I experienced clear problems with my heart after that.
I spent the next 2 years on loads of medications for a problem I did not have. I was never bipolar. I never had conversion disorder. I became someone that I didn’t recognize because if you know anything about taking psych meds— they can literally change you & they changed me. My relationships struggled. I was confused & angry. I spent time trying to convince myself that I was crazy but something in me fought back.
It wasn’t until January 2013 when I had emergency surgery for an ovarian cyst & appendicitis that the truth began to come out. Oh did I mention I put off going to the ER until I was vomiting profusely.. The doctor who performed the surgery noticed that something wasn’t right with the way my heart rate changed & blood pressure could drop or skyrocket when I came back for follow up appointments. Within a couple months of the surgery & her monitoring me like crazy & taking awesome notes—she told me I needed to go back to my cardiologist because something wasn’t right. I argued with her- terrified I would go to my cardiologist & he would label me as crazy again and I would be sent back to the psych floor.
I finally went back.. I remember being so scared I was shaking as he read over my charts from the hospital stay 2 years prior. I saw HIM put together that had the tetanus shot not even 24 hours prior to me being admitted to the hospital. He knew that there were side effects to vaccinations & he did some cross referencing before he realized exactly what happened. He apologized to me for medicine failing me. He sat down with me at my next appointment and read over side effects of that vaccine.
After that appointment things went full speed. I had new specialists. A new heart monitor that caught my heartrate as low as 30 bpm and maxing our at 267 bpm. I went by ambulance more than once to the hospital to get my heart rate under control. I had a failed ablation, trying to correct my heart rhythm. Over the following 6 months we found out a lot about what actually happened to me. Come to find out- the leg problems I experienced were a side effect of the tetanus shot. Not being able to use them, the extreme pain, and muscle spasms... The fact that I still deal with pain in my legs is also from this. Also- he felt that it was the shot that threw my autonomic system into a severe flare. My cardiologist reported what happened to VAERS & it’s all been documented now. I actually have a huge file full of records and documents for all of this.
I started seeing doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. It took them about a year of tests and such but It’s now been found that I have a pretty rare form of autonomic dysfunction. Something they are thinking is a “birth defect” but also think other people are misdiagnosed. So the things that your body is supposed to do automatically- mine struggles to do sometimes. So digestive upsets, heart rhythms, headaches, blood pressure issues, sudden muscle spasms, regulating body temperature, and more are all in that category for me. I also have POTS- which is another autonomic problem that changes my heart rate and blood pressure when I move around.
So now, the bipolar & conversion disorder has been removed from my record.
I write all of this to say- sometimes you have to push and push and search for your answers. I have had these issues since I was about 7 or 8 years old- that was the first time my mom recalls me telling her my heart hurt. Now I have great doctors, I get the help I need, and we are getting better at controlling what goes on with my heart— my heart is what reacts the most. Keep the faith & don’t be afraid of your story. I was embarrassed at one point & even still feel embarrassed at times. I deleted all the photos from that time in the hospital because I was embarrassed- ashamed even.
Now I have the help I need. Now I have medication for when my heart acts up. I have help when I get light headed. When I’m pregnant, my doctors pay attention & keep an eye on things
I'm not afraid to say I had a low point in my life. I'm not afraid to say that yeah,,, medicine failed me. Lack of knowledge on everyone's part. It was unfortunate but you know what? I wouldn't be where I am today if it wouldn't have been for that. I took something negative in my life and made it positive.
I’m also not afraid, for the first time ever, to say vaccine injury is REAL. It’s not just crazy moms of babies & toddlers. It’s not autism.. there are other reactions that are real. I almost lost my life to this, lost my legs for a certain period of time. Sure people can say “vaccine reactions happen if you have certain issues”.. what about the people who don’t know they have these issues? What about the trauma I went though? The trauma my family & friends went through.. the trauma that everyone carries with them to this day?
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!