We are proud to offer organic and herbal body care products from Spencer St. Botanicals. Made with only 100% natural ingredients to ensure that ONLY the cleanest ingredients are used on the skin.
Products for the face:
Herbal Cleansers, Soaps, Hydrosols, Serums, Facial Oils, Moisturizing Creams, Lip Butters, Facial Steams and Masks
Products for the body:
Soaps, Body Butters, Exfoliating Scrubs, and Bath Soaks
All made without any synthetic preservatives, additives, coloring, artificial fragrance, or chemicals.
Please visit Spencer St. Botanicals to learn more about these wonderful natural products.
Why is it so important to use clean natural products on our skin ?
Our skin is the largest organ in the body and we need to take care of it. The skin is certainly able to maintain a normal barrier with the outside world, but it is not impenetrable. While some chemicals are too large to be absorbed through the skin, many are small enough to easily penetrate and make it past the skin’s protective barrier to get into our blood stream and our body. The skin is being used more and more as a way to get medications into the body, via a trans-dermal patch, because the skin is such an effective delivery system.
Many of the ingredients that are currently used in today’s body care products will make it into the blood stream and the body, so it is extremely important to choose body care products carefully to minimize any possible exposure to unwanted ingredients.
We always talk about how important it is to eat fresh, clean, and organic but what we put onto our skin is also important as those ingredients are also making it into the body. With all of the toxins in our environment that we don’t have control over, this is an area we can control. We can decide what products to use on our bodies, making sure they are as clean as possible.
Did you know?
Did you know that women use an average of 9 to 12 body care products per day and that men use an average of 4 to 6 products per day? Each of these products contain an average of 6 to 15 ingredients. This quickly adds up to quite a few different ingredients that people are being exposed to on a daily basis. Body care products can include soaps, lotions, creams, sunscreens, cleaners, body scrubs, deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes, hair conditioners, shaving creams, make up, etc.
Why read labels?
It is so important to make sure to read the full ingredient labels and not just the front of the container. There is a lot of green-washing these days where companies are claiming more than what they are actually producing.
Ingredients used in some of today’s personal care products are known carcinogens, neurotoxins or reproductive toxins as well as endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors upset the body’s hormonal balance by mimicking estrogen in the body, which can lead to other issues. We have enough exposure to toxins in our everyday environment, so we don’t need to coat our skin with more personal care products that contain them.
Please educate yourself on what you are using in your products. This is essential if you are going to prevent unwanted exposure to common ingredients such as: parabens, phthalates, foaming agents, fragrance, DEA, TEA, butylated compounds (BHA), petroleum derived ingredients, artificial colorants, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, coal tar dyes, PEGs, octinoxate, polyacrylaminde, talc, etc…. the list goes on and on.
These types of ingredients are much more prevalent than you may think so it is extremely important to read the labels on anything you put in or on your body. Don’t be fooled by common claims like “Organic”, “herbal”, “non-toxic”, “all natural”, “hypoallergenic”, etc: these claims have no legal meaning since the FDA doesn’t regulate the health claims or labeling for personal care products. As the consumer, its up to you to read the ingredient lists to find out exactly what you are using on you body, remembering that those ingredients can end up getting into your body.
Please do your research on product ingredients. I urge you to read the ingredient list on the products you currently use to make sure they are as clean as possible and don't contain any unwanted ingredients. Remember, the ingredients that are listed at the beginning of the list are those with a larger percentage of the overall content and the items listed towards the end will have the least amount contained in the product.
Where to start to get more educated on ingredients.
There are numerous sites online that will help you become more informed about the chemicals used in body care products. A good place to start is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: http://www.safecosmetics.org/ . Another good resource is the Environmental Working Group, where you can check for specific brands and products: https://www.ewg.org/
You can find a cheat sheet that will make it really easy for you to avoid some of the worst chemicals by using 'The Red List' (similar to the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen for foods) which will give you the top chemicals to avoid in the most common products, it can be found here: http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/red-list/