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Natural Alternatives Are Plentiful
So you’ve seen all of these new deodorants-house cleaning products-body products for nineteen dollars ! OK, maybe not nineteen but certainty more than four dollars. What is the deal ? Why is there a supply and demand for this natural and organic option? Should I buy it?
Disclaimer: Everything in this post is my personal experience. This is not for diagnosing. Consult your local medical and science based professionals for any concerns.
First things first, these new natural and organic options have a different sets of ingredients. The ingredients are often sourced from plants. I don’t know about you, but when I see and hear “plant based” I feel positive. Smiling. However, let’s keep in mind that there are plants that we absolutely stay clear of because they are in fact, deadly upon interaction. So, I encourage you to consider the realistic facts of things. Take what is written and then research. For example, you might be shocked to find that, even the most natural of essential oils have estrogenic properties. Look it up.
Traditional Favs Are Still Around
OK, onto the traditional products. Traditional products have more of a chemical based foundation. Keep in mind some of these ingredients have been around for years. Just because something has been around for years. does not mean it is better. It is simply trusted and familiar.
Another determining factor in both natural and traditional ingredients, is fragrance. I am not a scientist, but fragrance can be a real problem. Fragrance is a problem in both natural and traditional products. One time I used lemon grass on my acne, and I caused an entire rash. That was not the essential oil by itself. It was user error. I used too much and I did not dilute it. You see the problem here. I was sensitive to this essential oil. Later, I used it diluted and it work beautifully. So this is the key. Fragrance is fragrance. When I wash dishes, natural or not, I don’t want lemon fragrance left on my dishes. I don’t wanna taste lemon scrambled eggs…LOL. So, you need to determine which fragrances you are OK with, and which ones you just don’t care for.
This brings me to “real” natural products like apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, and any other unpopular one ingredient cleanser. Yes…you can use them but many of us don’t want the smell of vinegar all around our bodies and home. That can get a lil’ strong.
My Concluding Thoughts
So the traditional and natural products have the same bottom line. That bottom line… is profit. You pick what you like. Personally, I like to buy all of my cleansers and toiletry products from plant based brands. I can read those ingredients, and I can measure the amount that my skin and home can tolerate. The fragrance is present but, it does not stain or linger like chemical based products.
There are pros and cons. Your skin and lungs are very important organs. Protect your skin and your lungs. Pay attention to the ingredients. Pay attention to your reactions. Make the change as needed. Don’t just follow trends, use what works for you.
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