Would you put that in your mouth?
Your hair and skin products should be good enough to eat.
I am so excited to feature our first-ever guest writer!! The following post was written by Sharlyn Peterson, an amazing woman, talented writer and dear friend of mine. This will be the first post in a series about choosing cosmetic products wisely.
So, you’re getting pretty savvy about finding socially responsible sources for some of your most important purchases, like coffee and chocolate. You buy produce at the local farmer’s market when you can, and through local cooperatives, or the organic section of the produce department in the off seasons. Your eggs come in hand-dated cartons fresh from local ranches, your beef grazes in grassy pastures, and your ice cream is untainted with hormones or pesticides. It’s natural that we begin making personal and global changes with food and drink, the most basic purchases we make. Now, it’s time to widen the circle.
What we put on our bodies may be just as important as what we put in them…
Take a good deep sniff of your hair gel. Better yet, take a mouthful. Not sure you want to drink your hairspray or eat your conditioner? Did you know that hair follicles act like straws, siphoning chemicals down into your body? In fact, common hair products are loaded with damaging, even carcinogenic chemicals. Check out these articles for more facts: Healthy Hair?, Chemicals and Brain Development.
Your hair and skin need the same care and protection you give your diet. The next step in leading a life that is free from toxic chemicals is to find beauty products that live up to the same standards you expect from your food. Shopping for responsible beauty products is an extension of the shopping standards you have learned to use for food, clothes, and many other products:
Support local enterprises whenever possible.
Support environmental protection always.
Support fair working conditions for everyone.
For those of us lucky enough to call Sheridan home, we have a local source of “Bought.Beautifully” products at The Chair Salon. The Chair offers a stylishly healthful place to find professional hair services and organic personal care products. Stepping into the cool aqua décor of The Chair compels visitors to take a deep, cleansing breath of pure air scented with traces of essential oils and pure organics. Tara Cruz opened her new salon because she believes in providing people with products they can feel good about putting on their skin and hair.
“I wanted to make a point of difference, to offer something good for the environment and something I feel good about using when I work with people. Now, when I go home, my 4-year-old daughter says I smell good!” says Tara.
Tara began her career in cosmetology seven years ago working in an Aveda salon in Colorado. When she and husband Aaron Cruz moved their growing family back to their home town, Sheridan, she missed working with healthful beauty products, especially since she was carrying her second child and absorbing all the chemicals she worked with. She looked for the most pure products available and found Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher’s, new line of organic, socially responsible products called Intelligent Nutrients. The name says it all: these beauty products all act as nutrition for the body, applied from the outside in.
“If it’s good enough to go on your body, it should be good enough to go into your mouth” is the motto and guiding philosophy of the company.
In fact, the products are based on a proprietary blend of antioxidants called “Intellimune” which provides nutrition for the body whether taken internally or applied through the skin and hair.
I enjoyed sampling Intelligent Nutrients products, knowing that everything I inhaled or rubbed into my skin was nourishing my whole body while supporting an environmentally responsible industry. Like most organic choices, the prices are higher for these products than for the cheap mass-market products lining the shelves at big box stores. But they are not higher than prices for comparable salon beauty products, and the company is committed to keeping prices lower by using simple, low-cost packaging and giving many products multiple uses.
Tara welcomes beautiful shoppers to come in and sample these products. Visitors are free to taste, dab, and spritz any of the Intelligent Nutrient products she carries.
**If you live in Sheridan, I totally recommend doing this. I was really fun to try all her products and chat with Tara, she is a wealth of information! You will leave smarter and smelling better :) – emily