Are you secretly belting out, “YOU MAKE ME FEEL?” I hope so! Ironically, Aretha Franklin and her iconic song from 1968 popped into my head as I was thinking about today’s topic, natural beauty products. One of the things I love the most about Farmers Market Finds is the variety of soaps, creams, scrubs, astringents, and sprays you can find on our pages. Our vendors offer a tremendous selection. Skin feeling super dry? Pick up luxurious shea butter creams from Simple Soaparie. Looking for some decorative soaps? Check out the selection from Daisy Fed, especially the soaps molded like cakes! Need a little gift? How about a fun bar from Turtle River Soap Company, with names like Fairy Farts and Mermaid Tales! For those of us in the South that battle mosquitos as big as birds (ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but they are huge) count on Mosquito Repellent from Natural Body Treats to keep you from getting eaten alive!
This week we welcome new vendor Herban Roots to our site. I was particularly excited about this addition because they offer an all natural deodorant. Back in the 70’s when I was growing up, my mom was what we would affectionately call a ‘granola mom’. She read books about organic gardening, fed us natural peanut butter, and bought her eggs from a local farmer to avoid hormones that are injected into chickens. She even had an organic gardener come to take care of the lawn (don’t judge it was Long Island and everyone has a lawn guy). His name was Crow Miller and he wrote articles about organic farming for the local paper. In her tie-dye shirts and bell bottom jeans, my mom was a 70’s version of Mother Earth. Looking back and truth be told, she was way ahead of the curve. There has been huge research done to support many of her earlier concerns about hormones in the food supply, the chemicals we are putting in and on our bodies and the dangers in our water supply. One thing I remember her sharing with me was a concern about deodorant. She always felt, whether supported by research or not, that shaving your armpits which opens your pores and then applying a coat of chemically based deodorant/antiperspirant was dangerous.
Fast forward to 2015, a very close friend of mine was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Ellen is a 36-year-old mother with a busy career, a 4-year-old son, and beautiful twin 14-month-old girls; her diagnosis terrified me. Although her cancer seems to be hormone related and by the grace of God is responding well to treatment, I have been thinking about what I can do to protect myself and my daughters from every experiencing this terrifying diagnosis. The number of women facing a breast cancer diagnosis seems staggering. So I have intentionally made eating healthier, whole foods, exercising, reducing stress and being mindful of what chemicals I put in and on my body a part of my New Years resolution. Switching from a commercial deodorant to a natural deodorant is part of that plan. I won’t profess to have done a lot of research on this topic, but I have read that aluminum is the active ingredient antiperspirants rely on to keep our underarms fresh. Unfortunately, aluminum is also a known neurotoxin that has been linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Good enough reason for me to switch!
Herban Roots offers an All Natural Deodorant that is reasonably priced at $5. This sheer, solid stick deodorant provides long lasting protection against odor causing bacteria while rich, skin nourishing ingredients like Beeswax, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Castor Oil, Arrowroot Powder, Shea Butter, Kaolin Clay, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil, and Vitamin E make it gentle enough for men and women with even the most sensitive skin. This deodorant is free of aluminum, parabens, fragrance, propylene glycol (TOXIC) and preservatives. Google aluminum, parabens and propylene glycol and you will never use a commercial deodorant again! It’s scary!
Give it some thought, do your own research and if you decide to make the switch to more natural products be sure to consider Herban Roots and the other natural soap and beauty care products we feature on Farmers Market Finds. And don’t forget to enter to win our weekly contests. This week we are giving away four sticks of deodorant to help get four lucky winners off to a healthy New Year too!