It’s time for your quarterly bodycare lecture! Most of us (hooray) are doing a pretty good job with the food we put in our bodies. Pat yourself on the back!
But what about the products you put on you body–things like soaps, lotions, cosmetics? “What goes on you, goes in you,” they say. Today, I am hosting a Natural Bodycare Giveaway for a Shampoo, Scrub & Fine Line Eraser from a natural product company called Remedy. Because isn’t a lecture better with a prize at the end?
While soaps and cosmetics may seem pretty safe, they can contain chemicals you might not want to put on your body. Things like lead in lipstick, triclosan in toothpaste, phthalates in… well, anything synthetically scented. And did you know the term “organic” isn’t regulated for bodycare products so you can’t count on that to help you out.
As a result, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database has become kind of a litmus test for consumers without chemistry Ph.Ds. (darn, I forgot to get my Ph.D. …). They have a database with ratings for over 69,000 products and a “Build Your Own Report” system for entering the ingredients of items that aren’t covered.
I always check with the EWG before using any new product. And when I entered the ingredients for the giveaway products they all came out in the low hazard range. Thanks Remedy!
So I was really excited when my review products came in the mail. I tried the shampoo first since I am in a serious shampoo rut. The grapefruit lemongrass scent is refreshing and lemon-y and the lather is wonderful. It left my (sometimes oily) hair clean and bouncy!
The clear, light gel of the Fine Line Eraser was pleasant to apply and it rubbed right in (sometimes wrinkle creams are a smidge greasy). I won’t know if it’s working for a couple months but I was pleased to hear about the research behind it. In two studies, “findings were statistically significant, saying treatment with lipopeptides saw 50% decrease in wrinkle depth, 68% decrease in wrinkle density, (and) 24% decrease in wrinkle volume. Lipopeptides were also associated with increases in elastin fiber density and thickness and improved regularity of collagen IV, both critical for smooth, supple skin.” Sounds impressive, right?
And finally I have to tell you that scrubs are like… my favorite product in the world. Even as a teen I had dry skin on my legs. I hated swimsuit season and winters were a nightmare–most years my skin was so dry it would bleed. Since using natural salt scrubs in the shower, my problem is solved! This Remedy Tropical Island Salt Scrub has a beautiful tropical scent that will bring back memories of warmer days when winter arrives!
Besides producing these (and other) wonderful bodycare products, Remedy also does nutrition counseling and sells its own brand of organic supplements, noting that sometimes extracts have proven to be harmful. “We use the whole organic herb since it allows the micro-nutrients of the plant improve your health in a more natural and less resistant manner.” They even give back to charity–how nice is that!
And now for the giveaway. This giveaway is for the three products (shampoo, scrub, fine line eraser) that I reviewed. It is sponsored by Remedy and open to US residents. It closes at midnight CST Sept 13, 2015. To enter, leave a comment telling me why you think going natural is better. For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment mentioning this (or a second comment telling me you are already a Facebook follower). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with an address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.
- Skinny Harvest Dip (aka Skinny Beach Dip)
- Spicy Cilantro Salad