So you have been doing the non-Gmo thing for awhile now. You did the research and have found that the health, environmental, and moral risks are just to high. You're learning to read the labels and you are feeling pretty good about how far you have come. That's great! What a long way you have come. Now it is time to step it up a notch.
GMOs are hiding in a multitude of products. The more products they get them into the more money they make right? That means we have to be on our toes and mindful of what we eat and even what we put on our bodies. Anything that touches our skin is going to be absorbed into our body to some extent. Our skin is the largest organ. It absorbs over 60% of contaminates!
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. And another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients. https://www.downtoearth.org/health/general-health/your-skin-it-absorbs
I recently read an article about a study on chemicals in cosmetics. It found that women absorb and average of 4lbs. 6oz of chemicals a year from cosmetics! Yuck, yuck and beyond yuck! One more reason to be glad I don't wear makeup! Here is the article if you want to check it out.
Absorbing the chemical can be worse than ingesting them. Whatever is absorbed through your skin goes straight to your bloodstream. There are no filters or anything to break the substance down.
GMOs aren't chemicals, although they have been found to cause numerous other health problems, but it is clear that they will be absorbed with everything else you are putting on your skin. The good news is that the products with out GMOs are usually the same products without all those nasty chemicals.
The top culprits include ingredients made or derived form soy, corn, canola and papaya.
When you are reading the label look for these ingredients:
I can just imagine what is running through your head right now- How am I going to remember all these ingredients to watch for? What if I miss something? What if the ingredients aren't listed?................... Don't worry! It really doesn't have to be that hard!
Instead of trying to remember all these ingredients there are several things you can do.
Click on any of the pictures or the buttons below each company feature for direct links to all the products. And just so you know, I am NOT receiving any benefits from any of these companies for doing this. I just love the brands and care about healthy options for us
The Sheridan Soap Company
They just launched their online store and are offering 20% off purchases of $20 or more. So it is a great time to try out all their wonderful products.
Natures Paradise Organics
Natures Paradise Organics uses all natural, raw, food grade, ingredients and they are gluten free, a necessity in this house. The Baby Organic Coconut Conditioning body wash has only 5 ingredients and you could eat them all except for the coconut oil soap. Well, I guess you could eat that too but you might get a belly ache but not cancer! The baby line is good for everyone, not just babies. I love the Baby Organics coconut lotion. It isn't to heavy to put on my face. They have a cute little bundle of their entire baby line that makes a great gift for new mothers.
IF you don't need baby product, or even if you do, you should also be sure to check out the rest of their body care line. All with simple ingredients. No they aren't certified organic or non-gmo project verified but their ingredient list is so simple, organic (even if they aren't certified organic, which is very expensive), and they do not contain any ingredients that are from GMO crops. I have to mention that they also have an all-purpose cleaner. I haven't tried this yet but I'm truly impressed with the ingredient list.
Ahhhh. The first natural shampoo that left my hair shiny clean from the very first use. I went through a lot of brands trying to find shampoo and conditioner that worked for more than 6 hours. Everything I tried seemed like my hair felt dirty even after cleaning it or shortly there after. No good. Then I found Andalou. Andalou Naturals is wonderful!
We use the Argan and Sweet Orange shampoo and conditioner. It smells soooo good and truly leaves your hair shiny and smooth. We have also tried the Sunflower Citrus which worked equally as well. They too have an entire line of body care products. There ingredient list is a bit longer but they do have a special page on their website that lists all their ingredients, what they are derived from, and why they are used. Andalou Naturals was the first and I believe they are still the only, body care brand that is non-gmo project verified.
Now that isn't hard is it? Three wonderful companies, all with amazing products that are non-GMO. You will not be missing your regular products.
Happy, healthy washing!
Hello, I'm Jaci. I love gardening and being outside in God's amazing creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals!