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Can I Use Herbalix Restoratives Organic Skin Care Products on My Baby?

December 5th, 2013

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Herbalix organic skin care products are safe for babies and their delicate skin.

Many customers ask Herbalix if they can use the organic skin care products on their baby’s delicate skin. As we all know infants are irritated easily with skin conditions like cradle cap, or diaper rash. But, most of the time, rashes are not harmful plus they usually go away. The answer to the question about using Herbalix products on a baby’s skin is probably yes, but test it first.

Most babies are prone to skin irritations especially during the first few months after they are born. This can be caused by a diaper rash due to wet diapers that have been left on too long, or from an irritating brand of detergent. Some babies are even allergic to baby wipes. Make sure to keep the diaper area dry and open to the air, and change diapers often, and wash baby’s skin with a warm cloth.

Herbalix goat’s milk soaps are gentle and mild. Use a small amount and try it!
Triclosan Free, when you use Herbalix soaps even a baby’s skin will be free from harmful synthetic chemicals. They are made with a combination of sustainable plant based botanicals that clean and protect delicate skin. No Added Fragrance might be a good choice for baby.

Did you know that there is such a thing as baby “acne”? It is nothing like the kind of acne that teenagers or adults get, and in fact research has found that it may be related to yeast rather than oil production. Pimples on a baby’s cheeks usually clear up by themselves fast so you do not need to treat baby acne.

There is another problem for many babies – eczema – which is a red itchy rash that often occurs in response to a trigger. It can become dry, thick, and even scaly. You may also see eczema on the elbows, arms, chest, and even around baby’s knees.

Herbalix Restoratives Organic Shampoo is Triclosan-free

November 13th, 2013

You may have been hearing bad things lately about triclosan, an antifungal, antibacterial agent that is often used in consumer products such as shampoo. Triclosan, which is under FDA review, is a polychloro phenoxy phenol and has shown no real benefit to our health beyond its anti-gingivitis effect in tooth care products, and there is no known benefit for its use in hair care products.

Triclosan is basically a chlorinated aromatic compound that is sold under several trade names — Amicor, BioFresh and UltraFresh. A component in many pesticides, triclosan also shows up in housing insulation, in flooring under layments (laminate and engineered wood), and carpeting used for the purpose of stopping the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew and in mattresses, and which has not been successfully documented or demonstrated.

If you use a product containing triclosan, you could absorb a small amount through your mouth or skin. Triclosan can be bad for the immune system, according to research, and it has been proven to alter hormone regulation in animals, as well as contribute to developing antibiotic-resistant germs. In one study conducted in 2008, designed to assess exposure to triclosan in a representative sample of U.S. children and adults, researchers found triclosan in the urine of 75 percent of those tested.

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An assortment of organic shampoos include No-Fragrance.

Herbalix makes an organic shampoo that is all-natural and safe, so you breathe in no chemical vapors while showering or bathing. The formula is highly concentrated, therefore the shampoo is economical because it only takes a small amount to lather up and clean your hair. This shampoo comes in 8 oz. containers — Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair (Clary Sage), Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair (Tropical Cove) and Balancing Shampoo for All Hair Types and (No added Fragrance).

You can also try 4 oz. shampoo bars which come in Rosemary or Juniper Loves Peppermint fragrances. This convenient shampoo soap bar is great for sports and/or traveling. Take it with you whenever you need either soap or a shampoo. It is easy, convenient and fitness buffs love it because it can stay in their gym bag.

Herbalix shampoos are EA-BPA and leach-free with no (EA) estrogenic activity. They are also free of phthalates and other second-hand synthetic chemicals. The company uses safe packaging, ingredient-protective, and environmentally sound. The plastic packaging used in the Herbalix Restoratives product line is identified and accepted for recycling. All of Herbalix Restoratives (http://www.herbalix.com) boxes are fully recyclable.

For more information, visit http://www.herbalix.com

The Benefits of Olive Oil in Skin Care Products

June 30th, 2012

Olive oil has been a Mediterranean cosmetic and culinary staple forever. You might have read about it in history books –the ancient Romans used it in their baths to collect dirt and sweat.

Sadly, today we have embraced health and beauty products made from primarily synthetic ingredients. But, olive oil is prized for its lubricating properties for skin and hair because it is brimming with vitamins A and E.  Plus olive oil contains a triterpene called squalene that is highly valuable, which has antioxidant properties and is believed to inhibit UV damage.

Using olive oil based skin care products also help maintain and restore skin’s elasticity, and when used after a bath or shower, can help the skin to retain hydration by inhibiting water loss.  Herbalix Supreme Solution body moisturizers contains high concentrations of not only olive oil, but also skin nourishing emollients including sweet almond oil, avocado oil and rice bran oil (which also contains squalene).

The Herbalix Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizers are quite potent, water-free moisturizers that are formulated for both men and women.  They are free of petroleum products, propylene glycol, parabens and other synthetic ingredients. Herbalix moisturizers deliver a heavy dose of lubrication to parched skin.  They are available in either fragrance-free versions or suffused with fresh and invigorating essential oils including clary sage essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, blood orange essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil, among others.

Supreme Solution moisturizers are very intense, unlike most commercial lotions. In order to receive the full benefit, one must massage the lotion deeply and thoroughly to allow the nourishing oils to penetrate fully.  Once fully absorbed, Herbalix Supreme Solution Body Lotion will provide continuous skin softening properties for hours on end.

It’s important for your skin to look as radiant as possible.  Before heading out to the beach or any sun-intensive summer destination, try treating your skin to a natural, soothing and luxurious Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer.

For more details about Skin Solution Intensive Body Moisturizer, visit us at www.herbalix.com.

Holistic Scalp and Organic Hair Care

May 29th, 2012

Most people, especially women, spend so much time focusing on skin care, but what about their scalps?   Usually, we don’t think about it until there is a problem.

For example, Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) affects about 12  percent of the population — and the reasons why can be the weather, diet, or stress,  but sometimes your genes play into it all.  It can be from anything that causes the excess oil production, and most likely it is from your genes.

The symptoms are when your scalp is red, and the flakes may have a yellowish tinge. The reason people get dandruff is because of an overgrowth of malassezia or fungus which everyone has on their scalp. It is basically from excessive oil production or sebum. The fungus digests the surface oil on the scalp, and that causes an inflamation that turns into the flaky, itchy, dry scalp.

To relieve the symptoms of dry scalp, many people find that they do better with less irritating, more gentle organic hair care products such as those found at Herbalix, such as the Shampoo For All Hair Types (Balancing) – No Added Fragrance. This shampoo has a clean, mild, aroma that comes from the healthy base oils, and it is great for people with sensitivities to essential oils or those who enjoy fragrance free products.

Organic and Natural Skin Care Trends Globally

February 17th, 2012

When new trends emerge it can be confusing. One example is the natural food and organic or natural skin care products trends. We all notice labels with the ingredients stated as “natural,” but what that word means isn’t always what you think. Have you noticed there has been a big trend in the last year towards using the words natural or organic on skin care product labels? The fact is that all the big brands now have lines of organic skin care products.

So how do we know these claims for “organic” or “natural” are real? Neither the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have provided a definition for the term “natural” except for within the meat and poultry industry. Therefore, the word “natural” on other products like skin care products doesn’t actually reflect any standard or mean anything at all.

Over the years many food manufacturers have been capitalizing on the confusion surrounding the term “natural.” Now that there are so many  natural skin care products being called natural, what does this really mean?  Does it mean that the ingredients are grown using methods that don’t rely on artificial substances or processes?  If a consumer sees a product described as natural, they might be fooled into buying it, even though it uses processes and substances they want to avoid, because there are no standards.

Even the term organic means different things in different contexts. Foods that have been labeled with the “USDA Organic” seal are 95 to 100-percent organic, which means that they use only the most natural methods and ingredients. Foods that bare the phrase “contains organic ingredients” typically contain less than 70 percent of truly organic ingredients. Here is what you should watch for when it comes to the term organic when used along with natural skin care products.

You should seek companies that make clear claims to back up their organic skin care products.  See if the products are made in a controlled lab environment with respect for quality and purity during the manufacturing process. Make sure they are using stainless steel tanks, paddles, and piping, and no plastic, silicone, or other harmful components. In other words, no raw materials should ever pass through plastic.

Furthermore, look for companies using safe packaging — environmentally sound and ingredient-protective. Check to see of the packaging is leach-free and EA, BPA-free. The products must remain free of second-hand synthetic chemicals and phthalates.

What’s more, make sure that the companies behind the natural skin care products that you use are committed to a clean America with clean energy, and that they are taking responsibility for cleaning up the environment by switching to clean energy, green building and alternative fuels.

11 percent of Traditional Shampoos Contain Possible Carcinogens

December 19th, 2011

You may have tried a natural shampoo only to find that it had no suds, and that in the end your hair was left feeling greasy and limp. Until recently, the chemicals left out of natural shampoos was the main source of the suds. This explains the reason why most all-natural shampoos really are not natural.  Generally most companies that make “natural shampoos” add some botanical ingredients, but leave in the lathering chemicals and call the shampoo “natural.”

A Washington, D.C.-based non-profit research organization, The Environmental Working Group focuses on environmental and health issues. It  said in a review of 413 shampoos last year, 11 percent of products contained a known possible carcinogen found in some dandruff shampoos which includes selenium sulfide and coal tar; 17 percent had ingredients that could be linked to breast cancer, while 82 percent had ingredients believed to help carcinogens penetrate the scalp. One of these key ingredients is EDTA, propylene glycol, urea, and PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate.

Have you ever wondered if any of these chemicals actually penetrate your scalp to cause health problems? In a report three years ago, the industry-supported Cosmetic Ingredient Review found that the lathering laureths, and other ingredients, are nothing to really worry about.  However, these ingredients are still transdermally absorbed plus the vapors can also be breathed in while you are washing your hair.

More than ever before, many of today’s demanding consumers want a shampoo that is not only safe but also sudsy.  Some companies are taking out the harsh chemicals, such as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate and, replacing these with vegetable- and coconut-based latherers, which are safer, and it makes a milder natural shampoo with some lather.

Even so,  you might wish to look for cleansing products that are listed as “organic shampoo” – at least 95% organic like the Herbalix Pure Botanical shampoo. Also keep in mind that a natural shampoo should have a stimulating aroma rich with its ingredients, such as grapefruit or sage.  These shampoos are highly concentrated and rich in conditioning oils, so they don’t strip your hair follicles, but rather clean hair gently while restoring the proper pH.  It rinses clean and and leaves hair soft and shiny.

Check the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics site, to see what chemicals your cosmetic brands are really using, then choose Herbalix 95 percent pure, botanical organic shampoo. And to learn more about the classification of organic products watch this video on organic skin care.

Antibacterial Soaps Kill the Bad AND Beneficial Bacteria

August 30th, 2011

In the August 25 edition of the journal Nature, you will find an article by Dr. Martin Blaser, MD discussing his research and concerns about the widespread use of antibiotics and how this might be causing permanent changes in the body’s protective, friendly flora. This in turn could be causing harm to the body’s overall natural defense system. Dr. Blaser worries that this might be more dangerous to our health than the unintentional development of what are known as “superbugs.”

The report discusses the fact that by the age of 18, most children have already had at least between  10 and 20 doses of antibiotics, in addition to the antibiotics provided to women who are pregnant. As wonderful as the discovery a of antibiotics was and still is helping to increase life expectancy, there is some controversy.Doe they destroy even friendly bacteria, not just harmful ones?  Scientists have found that some of the beneficial bacteria may never recover from a dose of antibiotics, and that these extinctions may lead to increased susceptibility to infections and disease. As a result, antibiotic use could be contributing to the increases in obesity, allergies and asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes that are occurring throughout the developed world.

The discovery and use of antibiotics has helped to increase life expectancy, to be sure, but the fact is,  antibiotics are are non-discriminatory and destroy even friendly bacteria, not just harmful ones. Scientists have found that some of the beneficial bacteria may never recover and that these extinctions may lead to increased susceptibility to infections and disease among humans. As a result, antibiotic use could be contributing to the increases in obesity,  inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, and type 1 diabetes. These diseases  are occurring throughout the developed world.  This is all the more reason to use products that are truly organic, like Herbalix Restorative’s hand soaps and shampoos.

The same is with the skin.  Antibacterial soaps kill the bad and beneficial bacteria.  Herbalix shampoo and liquid hand soap work to leave the good bacteria while reducing any bad bacterial.  Most antibacterial soaps leave your hands dried out, but Herbalix soaps are goats milk soap, made from organic goat’s milk. -more-

(Source:  Science News; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110824131547.htm#.TlwTzNazIPU.email)

A Real Natural Organic Shampoo

August 26th, 2011

Non-toxic hair care means you should be using  an organic shampoo. So even if it says it on the bottle, how do you know if your shampoo or other hair care products are truly organic? Reading the labels on hair care products today is frightening.

Paraben is one of the worst ingredients in hair and personal care products like makeup,moisturizers,  shampoo even toothpaste.  A paraben is a synthetic preservative used in products we use every day.

In one test, the Centers for Disease Control tested urine in a group of 100 adults, finding parabens in nearly all of them! Parabens are hormone disrupters, ad this is why they are often found in 19 out of 20 tumors in women who have breast cancer.

Just make sure you check all of the ingredients on the labels of your products, to look for anything with the suffix “-paraben.” Methylparaben and propylparaben are common.

There was one petroleum-based ingredients study which found that 22 percent of all cosmetics may have 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing petroleum-based ingredient. (Source: www.eHow.com) So you really need to read product labels.

Real natural shampoo formulas are organic and all-natural.  You won’t  be breathing in any chemical vapors while you are shampooing your hair. One line by Herbalix Restoratives, (www.herbalix.com) lists the following all natural ingredients.

Herbalix Clary Sage Organic Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair includes the saponified oils of: Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive, Apricot Kernel, Castor, Avocado Oil, Palm Fruit, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oils of: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Rosemary Essential Oil Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.

It is also important to know that your organic shampoo brand uses safe packaging that is environmentally sound — so make sure that the plastic packaging used in the product line is identified and accepted for recycling and that the packaging is leach-free, and

Is Your Shampoo Organic Shampoo?

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If you are serious about non-toxic hair care, then you probably use an organic shampoo. But how do you know for sure that your shampoo or other hair care products are truly organic? If you read the labels on many of the hair care products on the market today, it is quite frightening. And in fact here are just a few of the worst offenders.

One of the worst ingredients in hair and personal care products – everything from shampoo to makeup to toothpaste — is paraben, a synthetic preservative that is used in many products we use daily for cleansing, moisturizing the skin on our bodies.

The Centers for Disease Control tested urine in a group of 100 adults, and found parabens in nearly all of them. Parabens are bad because they are hormone disrupters – often found in 19 out of 20 tumors in women with breast cancer. So make certain that when reading all of the ingredients on the labels of your products, to look for anything with the suffix “-paraben.” You will commonly see methylparaben and propylparaben.

There was one petroleum-based ingredients study which found that 22 percent of all cosmetics may have 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing petroleum-based ingredient. (Source: www.eHow.com) So you really need to read product labels and look for one of the 56 ingredients that contain this harmful contaminant.

Real organic shampoo formulas are all-natural, so you will not be breathing in any chemical vapors while you are showering or bathing and shampooing your hair. One line by Herbalix Restoratives, (www.herbalix.com) lists the following all natural ingredients.

Herbalix Clary Sage Organic Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair includes the saponified oils of: Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive, Apricot Kernel, Castor, Avocado Oil, Palm Fruit, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oils of: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Rosemary Essential Oil Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.

Also make sure that your organic shampoo brand uses only packaging that is safe, ingredient-protective and environmentally sound. Make certain that the plastic packaging used in the product line is identified and accepted for recycling and that the packaging is BPA-free and leach-free, so that your products remain free of phthalates and other synthetic chemicals. The packaging that your organic shampoo comes in should also be fully recyclable.

For more information on Herbalix restoratives all natural, organic skin and hair care products, visit www.herbalix.com.

so that your products remain free of phthalates and other synthetic chemicals. Your organic shampoo packaging should be recyclable too.

For more information about Herbalix Restoratives all natural, organic skin and hair care products, visit www.herbalix.com.

Why You Should Consider an Organic Shampoo?

May 12th, 2011

According to research 60 percent of what you put on your skin seeps into your body too. That is why what you put on your skin matters. In fact, during a recent study scientists discovered that the average human has several industrial chemicals within their body that can’t be broken down or dissolved, ever.

When it comes to harmful hair care ingredients, the dangerous substances within many traditional hair products include one or more of the following list of ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Mureth Sulfate, Siloxanes and Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol. and these are just a few examples of chemicals that can be dangerous to your health. sometimes the harm does not occur instantly, but it can after many years of prolonged use.

Many store brand shampoos contain ingredients that can irritate oil glands and dry out the scalp — ultimately causing loss of hair. That’s why natural shampoos like Herbalix makes is so much better for the hair and scalp. It stimulates hair growth naturally. It absorbs into the follicles of your hair providing natural minerals, oils and herbal extracts.

Look for natural shampoo products that are customized for your hair type. Or look for Shampoo For All Hair Types (Balancing) from Herbalix Restoratives is a clean and mild shampoo. A fragrance-free shampoo, Herbalix derives its essence from natural base oils. Natural shampoo is perfect to use especially if you have sensitivities to essential oils.

(Sources: The Environmental Working Group & Commonwealth and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.)

P.S. Herbalix shampoo is actually safe for the environment.

Natural Shampoos Don’t Have Bad Chemicals

April 5th, 2011

There are dangerous substances and ingredients lurking within many traditional hair products including: Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Mureth Sulfate, derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol and Siloxanes — are just a few examples.

Chemicals can be dangerous to your health, and sometimes harm from using chemicals may not occur instantly. But after a number of years of exposure and prolonged use the damage to your hair can become visible. Some brands of shampoos contain ingredients that are known to irritate oil glands, dry the scalp and even shrink hair follicles — triggers for hair loss.

There are benefits of using a natural shampooo, which offers a multitude of benefits for the hair and scalp. Natural shampoos stimulate hair growth naturally, and they permeate your hair follicles with oils, natural minerals and herbal extracts.

But perhaps one of the best reasons to look for a natural shampoo is because they are non-toxic and safe for the environment. Watch for natural shampoos made for all hair types.

One example is the Shampoo For All Hair Types (Balancing) from Herbalix Restoratives, a clean and mild, fragrance-free shampoo, perfect for those with sensitivities to essential oils.

For a healthier head of hair, be sure to avoid over-shampooing because it can remove oil from your hair shaft. Rinse your hair, and do the squeak test — a good indication that your hair is free from left over shampoo. Thoroughly dry your hair after shampooing.

Last, never over-use styling products because they contain harsh chemicals, and can also cause build up. And don’t forget, natural hair care products are not only beneficial for the health of your hair; they help reduce the incidence of hair loss over a lifetime, and they also contribute to saving our planet.