I rarely have the time to blog. I really hope to change that soon, but this is something I needed to say, and now. There is something that drives me completely crazy and I feel like I need to take a moment to educate.
Whenever I’m out shopping, I browse the commercial products in the hair care and skin care aisles. I pick them up, smell them, and most importantly, read the labels and ingredients. Every single time I do this, I end up seeing red. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that so many commercial brands have recently added the words “paraben free” or “with essential oils” on their labels to try and rope in uneducated consumers who read this and think “oh, well it must be good for me then”. News flash people. It’s not! They are doing this to try and keep up with the ever growing phenomenon of handmade, healthy, hair and skincare products. But, just because they use a paraben free preservative, doesn’t mean they’ve also omitted all the chemicals that are used in creating that product. Just because they’ve added a few drops of essential oils, and made sure to let you know, doesn’t mean the product is any better for your hair or skin, unless of course they have created that product with mostly natural ingredients, which I have yet to see. I saw a shampoo not long ago that said made with cocoa butter. The percentage of actual cocoa butter ( I’m guessing from the knowledge I have in reading ingredients) was very minuscule. It’s called label appeal and they have us all fooled.
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to what you find at most grocery stores and salons, you must first educate yourself on what’s actually a healthy choice. It is so very important to me to be 100% honest with my customers. Even my products that aren’t 100% all natural have a very minimal amount of synthetic ingredients that are chosen very carefully by me.
To sum things up, remember this,there are so many up and coming small businesses, like Salted Rock Bath Co., creating healthy alternatives for all of us. Not just for hair and skincare, but for food, vitamins, pet food and so many other things. Shop healthy. Shop smart. Shop small. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and for your family.