I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Safety in Personal Care Products

A friend sent me a link to this neat website. It lists the ingredients and relative safety of loads of personal care products. She specifically sent me a link to information on Desitin, as I have been trying to replace it with safer alternatives for diaper rash. (see Essential Oils - Lavender For Diaper Rash - Trial) I could spend all day plugging in various products and worrying about it all. (sighs) I checked out "lavender essential oil" and it came up with the study linking the oil to prepubertal breast development in boys, for example. I'll have to check other oils....... Anyhow, it looks like a great resource. Check it out.

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