Which Ingredients Go IN Our Body Lotion – And Why?

Sometimes we talk so much about what ingredients SHOULDN’T go in your skin care, and how important it is that ingredients be organic or vegan, that we don’t talk about the ingredients themselves all that much. That’s the reason for today’s post. Our ingredients are chosen very carefully for their ability to enhance your skin and promote healing and hydration so they are worth taking the time to mention.

  • Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) juice has been used historically both internally and externally. Externally, both the juice and the pulp have been shown to be effective at reducing skin irritation. There are more than 500 species of aloe and the plant has been effective in soaps, as a home remedy against sun burn, and in lotions and balms.
  • lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) distillate – where does one even start with the uses of lavender? Distillations of lavender, oil of lavender, dried lavender flowers and plants are used for aromatherapy, easing burns and insect bites on the skin, have been shown to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The beautiful flowers gave their name to the color, lavender, and the oil is currently being studied by sleep labs for it’s soporific qualities.
  • anthemis nobilis (organic roman chamomile) distillate – Like Lavender, Chamomile is often used in aromatherapy and has been taken internally in tea for centuries to calm the digestive system and the nervous system. Chemical components of chamomile have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically.
  • rosa damascena (rose) distillate has a long history of use in perfumery and in cooking. In modern times, rose water is not as popular as a flavoring ingredient in sweets and desserts but the rose continues to be used for its fragrance and its romantic overtones.
  • cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil), is recognized for its efficacy in treating dryness in skin. It is a preferred ingredient in fine soaps because of its ability to lather in hard or soft water and its gentleness on delicate skin. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil have given rise to numerous studies on possible medical uses including against anti-bacterial resistant germs.

Give your skin a wonderful treat with one of Beach Organics moisture-rich skin lotions. Your mind will relax with the aromatherapy while your body enjoys the healing properties of these time-tested ingredients.

Buy Beach Organics Organic Body Lotion by clicking this link.

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The Journey to Organic

So many women have embraced an organic lifestyle that it is hard for them to understand why other women, and men, do not seem to care about having a product that is “certified organic.” But when that happens, it is often because we forget the journey we took as we learned about nutrition, pesticides, environmentally caused diseases, anti-biotics in beef and turkey, and finally we said, “no!” to many of the things we had eaten for years and became “organic.”

One of the most common journeys to a purer lifestyle is pregnancy. Pregnant women suddenly have that knowledge that what they eat and wear and wash with is affecting more than just themselves. They begin to try to avoid processed foods, sodas, and questionable cleaning products because they care about that little life within.

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Other women have experienced a threat to their immune system or a catastrophic illness and swear that they will take every step possible to lead the healthiest life they can.

Still others have grown frustrated reading labels and encountering a chemical soup of names that don’t sound like simple ingredients they want to use. As they start to question more foods and more products, they find themselves making a life changing decision about what they will buy at the grocery store and what they will use on their skin.

It doesn’t matter to us what your journey was, or when you decided to make it. For us, the journey was one of ethics and devotion to our clientele. We want to offer you the best, the purest, the safest. We don’t ever want you to read our ingredient label and think, “Why is this in here?” We want you to know that we are absolutely committed to making certified organic and vegan products for you to enjoy on your journey and every day of your healthiest life!

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Very Vegan Values

What exactly does it mean when ingredients are said to be “vegan?” According to Wikipedia, the term “vegan” was coined in 1944 to denote vegetarians who also avoided dairy products. The term gradually expanded to mean “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.” Thus, most people living a vegan lifestyle also avoid leather, silk, and other animal-based products. Because Beach Organics uses only the purest organic products and do no animal testing, we additionally applied for and received the vegan certification. This certification guarantees our customers that our products:

  • do  not contain meat, fish, fowl, animal by-products (including silk or dyes from insects), eggs or egg products, milk or milk products, honey or honey bee products
  • involve no animal testing of ingredients or finished product by supplier, producer, manufacturer or independent party
  • provide supplier verification that animal products were not used in the manufacturing of ingredients
  • contain no known animal-derived GMOs or genes used to manufacture ingredients or finished products

We are also, of course, certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA to be cruelty-free. We feel these standards best reflect the desires of our customers and best speak to the healthy and ethically conscientious lifestyles our customers prefer to live.

Additionally, more and more studies are pointing to environmental hazards of eating meat and utilizing animal based products. The December 2014 paper by Bailey, Froggatt, and Wellesley clearly found the livestock industry to be more detrimental to the environment than cars and manufacturing. Many analysis of this report suggested that global warming could be halted if the world adopted a vegetarian diet!

So in utilizing vegan ingredients we are not only conforming to the wishes of our customers (our #1 priority!) we are also making our products and the production of our products, more environmentally friendly. It just makes sense. This is the world we live in and pass on to our children. We have the opportunity to make it a better place and make our customers happy. We’re glad to have Vegan Values!

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Taking Stock of Toxins

If you read health magazines, newsletters, blogs or even tweets, you will find experts telling you how to rid your body of toxins. And the methods they suggest can sometimes sound extreme:

  • Juice fasting for several days
  • Colonic cleansing
  • Flushing your kidneys
  • Blood chelation
  • Drink this, eat that, don’t drink or eat anything!

If the article is honest it will say to discuss this with your doctor. Not all methods are appropriate for all bodies and in some cases these processes may cause damage. Your body is made to filter out toxins in a variety of ways so anything you do should be done in moderation.

Every day, every hour, even every minute your body breathes air in, absorbs oxygen, breathes out carbon dioxide. The cilia in your lungs filter air born particles and you sneeze them out. While that is happening your digestive system is taking in what you eat and disassembling it into nutritional components, waste material, and liquids. When it is done you expel the liquid and solid waste and that includes anything your body did not know what to do with. Your lymphatic system, your liver, your sweat glands, all help your body filter and keep only desired material while the rest is processed away from the body.

So what can you do to help your body? It’s simple: bring less toxins in! Drink plenty of clean, clear water to assist your body in its natural processes. Choose organic, fresh fruits and vegetables wherever possible. Avoid heavily processed foods, and foods that contain large amounts of sodium or trans fats. Avoid fried foods or charred meats which have been found to deliver carcinogens to your body.

Think about the cleansers you use. Do they have long warning labels instructing you to use gloves and only use in a well-ventilated area? That label is telling you something. Take a good look at your supply of household cleansers and see if you can make changes for products that are less dangerous but just as effective. There are many on the market now!

Look at your shampoo, your bath soap, and your skin care. You want to avoid anything with suIlfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde or triclosans. If you choose products like those sold by Beach Organics Skin Care you will also be choosing products that are made from organic, vegan sources. This means your skin will absorb less toxins for your body to defend against.

That’s really the key here. If you do not fill your body full of toxins, your body will be able to filter them out just fine. Start small, begin to replace things in your life and let’s see how clean your life can get!

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Spring Into Summer!

Don’t you love the moment when the weather turns the corner and you can go to the beach, go tubing down the river, paddle across the lake in a canoe, or just run through the sprinklers laughing like a teenager?! There is something about those moments when the first day of Spring turns the weather warmer and you want to dress less and jump into water. We all want to give in to that temptation! But here at Beach Organics Skin Care we would like to insert a word of caution: take time to put on your sunscreen or sunblock before you greet the friendly sun!

It will only take a few seconds and it will protect your skin without interfering with your afternoon of fun. If you choose carefully it will also protect your skin without harming the environment. Beach Organics biodegradable sunscreen is ocean-ready because it is reef-friendly. No need to worry what chemicals are washing off into the ocean. You can just have fun. And even if you are splashing about on an inner-tube in the river, you still don’t want to have toxins on your skin mixing with the river water and polluting it. Choose carefully and make sure your sun protection is paraben and phthalate free. Make sure it uses mineral protection against the sun instead of chemical. And make sure it screens out both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Our sunscreen comes in SPF 15 and SPF 30 and is certified organic and cruelty-free so you know it is safe to use on your body and on your children. Buy it here and start enjoying your warm-weather fun! If the beach is your favorite destination, consider picking up some of our wonderful Beachgoer SandAway to magically remove sand from your legs and feet so you get back in your car without getting salty sand all over your carpet! Have a wonderful time this Spring and Summer!

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You Smell Wonderful!

Why do people eat organic, prefer a non-toxic soap, but still reach for an antiperspirant off the supermarket shelf? We think they just haven’t tried an all-natural deodorant in a long time. They are remembering a time almost a decade or so ago when “natural” meant you were going to smell sweaty. There isn’t a woman around who wants to smell anything other than wonderful.

The days of the ineffective aluminum-free deodorant are gone, fortunately. Years of study have taught us what combinations of essential oils and other safe ingredients are effective and yet non-toxic for people to use. You know we mean what we’re telling you because we are based right here in Cocoa, Florida! If a deodorant works in Florida, you won’t have to worry anywhere else!

What does our deodorant smell like? Our scents are formulated to go with our other products so you have the same lovely scent in your body lotion that you do in your deodorant. You can choose from:

  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon / Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rose Geranium

All are certified organic, certified vegan, paraben-free, aluminum-free, and developed with NO animal testing. You will smell great, be healthier, and the environment will thank you! Best of all, you will smell wonderful all day long.

Not convinced? Watch a review of our deodorant on YouTube and you will see what we mean. You will be delighted with the all-day-long protection our organic deodorant delivers and the mildness of the ingredients. We use only the finest essential oils to provide our refreshing scents. Never chemical perfumes or artificial fragrances that could irritate your skin.

Read more about our deodorants on our product page and chose the scent that is right for you. If you combine your order with additional products and the total comes to more than $50 you will receive free shipping! Free shipping and non-toxic? What a combination.

Click here for Beach Organics amazing 100% organic deodorants.

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Naturally We’re Organic!

What do phrases like “all natural” and “natural ingredients” or “natural processes” really mean? Well, according to the FDA they don’t have to mean anything. There is no official FDA regulated standard for “natural” or “all natural.” That’s why you see it so often on products with no other certification or reassurance about what you are really getting. This puts a bit of an extra burden on any company that does want to really sell “natural” products to their customers.

organicAfter all, with everyone using it, how will you know when a company like Beach Organics really means it? We pondered that for a while and then decided to turn to the highest standards and get ourselves and our processes certified organic. This is a harder certification to earn than you would think. But when you see it, you know we are assuring you that our commitment to a more natural way of life is real and tested and held to the highest standards.

Additionally, we wanted you to know that our commitment to non-toxic, non-chemical, non-gmo products does not stop there. We are also certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free products. When you use our bath and beauty products you get a clean body and a clear conscience!

Why do we go to all that trouble? To assure you that your trust in us is not misplaced. To assure you that your needs and your commitment to the environment is met by our own. You don’t have to wonder what we mean by “natural,” you know we mean that we are using certified organic and vegan ingredients with only the purest manufacturing methods to turn out wonderful skin pampering lotions and soaps that you can enjoy and give to friends and family with confidence. If this is your first time visiting our website, please click here to try our wonderful products. We think you’ll love them!

Beautiful Hair, Naturally

What would you do to get beautiful hair? Go to any bath and beauty store and the aisles with hair products are full of expensive preparations that promise you less frizz, more shine, more body, less split-ends, stronger shafts, healthier tresses. The sad fact is that we would not need to work so hard to restore health to hair if we used better shampoo to begin with. And “better” does not have to mean “more expensive.” Just using a natural shampoo that does not strip all the oil out of hair guarantees that the hair will not need so much “revitalization” and “repair.”

It just makes sense. If the hair isn’t broken, it doesn’t need to be repaired. And modern daily living just doesn’t tear down hair shafts because we are not out in the elements all day on horseback or hoeing a garden to grow our food as pioneer women did. So how can our hair be unhealthy? The secret is in the shampoos we buy in the health & beauty aisles of most stores. The ingredient used to cleanse your hair is the foaming agent, SLS or sometimes SLES, sodium laureth sulfate. This ingredient is a detergent, a foaming and sudsing agent, and a degreasing chemical. It makes big foamy suds, strips your hair of all the natural oils, and is a known skin and eye irritant. It is effective as a cleanser and it is harsh and damaging to your hair.

While it is breaking down the oils in your hair and carrying them away down the drain it is also irritating your skin and stripping the oils off your back, hands, arms and anything else it touches. No wonder hair develops split ends and you find yourself pouring lotion almost daily on your hands. As a detergent it is very effective. As a product to promote beautiful hair it is a disaster.

What if you chose not to wash your hair with chemical detergents and instead chose a shampoo created from pure, organic and vegan ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, rosemary, green tea and glycerin? You guessed it, your hair would not need to be “repaired” by additional products. Your scalp would not itch; your hands would not be as dry.

But would your hair really look beautiful and shiny? Absolutely! Using a natural, cruelty-free shampoo is better for you, better for the environment, and makes you look even better! Get ready to stop using harsh chemical detergents and enter the world of soothing, natural cleansing with Beach Organics All Natural Shampoos!

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We Have Good Scents!

Women juggle a lot of tasks and have tremendous expectations placed on them throughout their day. It’s no wonder that many women cherish their weekly manicure or massage. Some look forward to that soothing bath that will ease away the cares of today.

Science is learning that it isn’t just the tasks and goals that we try to achieve that affect how we feel. Sound, sight, scent, and touch all play a part in how stress builds up. Picture this: you’re in a meeting, trying to get a difficult group to agree on several agenda items when a leaf blower fires up on the property next door. RRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRRR RRRRRR. Suddenly, a random sound has made you angry. What you “sense” affects how you act, how you feel, how you perceive and are perceived.

So what about the sense of smell? It is said that the sense of smell is one of our least understood senses but most important. According to science it plays a big role in choosing a mate, choosing a food, and moderating our moods. We are not happy when we don’t like the smells around us. Beach Organics understands this and understands, most importantly, that not all people respond the same way to the same scents. We also understand that the right scent can lift your mood, while another can encourage you to relax. So we have created our amazing bath and body products in “families” of scents created with pure, organic, essential oils. And we have made it easy for you to purchase them based on the scent or scent combination that best suits your mood!

Think about it for a moment. When you are smoothing on an after bath lotion do you want it to relax you with lavender? Awaken you with mint? Freshen your day with citrus? Only you know what will put a smile on your face, but we’ve made sure you will find it here. Shop Beach Organics Natural bath and body products by scent. It’s the scent-sible way to buy!

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Is Your Skin Irritated?

Do you have skin that is easily irritated? Do you find that the free and clear laundry detergents work better for you? Or do you avoid detergents altogether? There can be many reasons why your skin is so sensitive and one of the culprits might be your bath soap or your shampoo. Why would soap or shampoo made just for your bath make your skin more sensitive?

Sometimes the ingredients are not as gentle as the label would have you believe. The label might say something like “with moisturizing coconut oil and jojoba.” But the word “with” is a dead giveaway. When you read the ingredients label you will find that the coconut oil and jojoba are only a tiny fraction of the actual formula. As you read through the ingredients the second or third ingredient is probably a sulfate like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS if they just use the abbreviation. What is that? It is a foaming agent or detergent. It can be found in laundry soap, engine degreaser, and floor cleaner. Why is it in your soap or your shampoo? Because it foams and cuts through oils.

And that is where problems come in. Your skin needs the natural oils that protect it from wind, from drying, and from surface contaminants. But when the SLS strips away your natural skin oils it leaves your skin more open to infection, to drying, cracking and irritation. What can you do? Change the soap and shampoo you use to a gentler preparation. Organic or natural skin care products like Beach Organics are made with no SLS and no parabens or phthalates. That means your skin can protect itself naturally and you may find you are not as prone to irritations as you once were.

If you feel you’d like to try a better soap product than the one you’ve been using, give our organic all-natural soap a try!

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