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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.

HerbalixOrganicShampoos Herbalix Restoratives Organic Shampoo is Triclosan free

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

Organics is Fastest Growing Personal Care Product Segment

February 4th, 2013

Estimated to top $11 billion by 2016, organic products are the fastest growing part of the personal care market segment, according to market research firm Mintel. This segment is projected to outperform the conventional products very soon, and this big trend also presents many opportunities for manufacturers and retailers in the natural and organic skin care channel. Undeterred by the economic slowdown, research indicates that natural products are becoming more affordable as well.

Experiencing double-digit growth since 2005, the natural personal care market will continue to witness double-digit growth to $6 billion in 2015. Manufacturers’ sales in the natural segment are expected to increase by a CAGR of 11.2% to reach USD $6,624 million in 2015, up from USD $3,891 million in 2010. Skin care had 42.1 percent share in the total PC sales in 2010 with the natural hair care product segment at 12.7 percent market share. (Source: 2011 Kline & Company.)

The U.S. consumer market for natural and organic skincare, hair care and makeup–which during 2005-2010 boomed 61 percent to $7.7 billion — could top $11.0 billion by the year 2016. (Source: Packaged Facts).

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.