Everyone’s going green, well, so it seems. Natural household cleaners are becoming popular, recycling is more abundant than ever, and people are driving environmentally friendly cars. Along with these eco-friendly changes comes something else to consider, should we give the same respect to our bodies that we are giving to the earth? Is it healthier for our bodies to use products that are made of synthetic ingredients or natural and organic?

Bubble and Bee Organic

No “Bad” Stuff is an advertising campaign that represents exactly what it says, handmade, pure, simple, and organic.

Bubble and Bee Organic was established in 2007. Founder, Stephanie Greenwood, was inspired to make her own personal care products when she discovered that many chemicals in products she was using, like parabens and artificial fragrance, could be the cause of some of her health problems, like hormonal acne and asthma.

Using her strong background in chemistry, recipes from the Internet, and components from her favorite ‘not so perfect’ organic products, she created a foundation that could shake things up a bit in the world of beauty and skincare.

Certified Organic Anti-Aging Face Cream (For Men and Women)

This facial moisturizer consists of 3 simple ingredients, organic shea butter, organic rosehip seed oil, and vitamin E. The most appealing ingredient is the organic shea butter, which many claim has been the secret to beautiful skin in Africa for hundreds of years. A three-month test brings good news and bad news. On a hydration scale of 1 to 10, this product gets a 10, but only for dry and combination skin. If your skin is oily, it can be very greasy and you may want to stick to a water-based moisturizer, like Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion.

100% Organic Lotions and Body Butters

Preservative and fragrance-free body moisturizers like the Organic Sunflower Lotion Bar and the Organic Raspberry Vanilla Body Butter get 5 stars for providing long term hydration and super soft skin. But, similar to the Anti-Aging Face Cream, they do require patience. They are oil-based products and feel oily when first applied. On the bright side, essential oils of lemon, sunflower, and raspberry, make it worth the wait, unless you are a woman on the go.

Ever Washed Your Hair with an All Natural, Organic Shampoo?

The pros? Simple soap or natural shampoos strip the build up caused by chemical shampoos and conditioners and let the scalp once again produce natural oils. After a few weeks, your hair will be noticeably stronger and softer. The cons? A vinegar rinse replaces your conditioner. This is a smelly process and quite potent when hair is wet. Also, your hair will go through a “detox” period. The detox is tough and can last anywhere from 2-4 weeks. During this time, your hair might be lackluster and feel extremely oily.

100% Organic Deodorant

Bubble and Bee Organic natural deodorants are some of the very few on the market that actually work. ‘Pit Putty exceeded any prior expectations. When put to the test under extreme circumstances like running, ballet class, and cooking in a sweltering apartment the scent of lemon, cloves, and coconut held strong. Unfortunately, it is thick and white, so there is a catch. It must be applied immediately after your shower and rubbed in. Otherwise, it will crumble and end up all over your clothes. If you have the patience, it’s worth trying.

Are All Natural Products Right For You?

Do acne and sensitive skin rule your life? If so, you man want to switch to natural and organic beauty products. Let your skin breathe again! Substitute your facial cleanser for a pure soap like the Lemon Poppy Organic Soap or the Unscented Soap and combine with the Anti-Aging Face Cream. Just remember, you will still need an antibacterial exfoliator, like Murad’s Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel. Eating at least 1-2 tablespoons of flax seeds per day is also a great way to balance hormones and heal skin.

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Research your Personal Care Products

The majority of products at places like Sephora are mislabeled. For example, the ingredients in Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream are listed on Sephora’s website and they sound quite enticing. But, when you walk into a Sephora store and read the label, you are guaranteed to find another paragraph of ingredients (methylparabens, propylparabens) that are not listed online. This is something to consider before actually making your purchases.

A great place to research good vs. harmful ingredients is the chemical ingredient database created by Greenwood.

Natural, Organic Beauty Products and the Future

According to Greenwood and the Bubble and Bee Organic Team, many new products are on the rise. Their website is overflowing with information and their business is expanding across the country. They have some refining and tweaking to do, but it seems that Greenwood and her team are the current leaders in this revolutionary and simplistic form of skincare.

A couple of other brands worth checking out are SkinnySkinny and Nature’s Paradise Organics.