I gotta tell you I was about to cave with this fragrance thing, I really was. Everywhere I go with the body butter, the first thing people do is smell it… which is normal. And it doesn’t smell bad, it just smells like…nothing really…Shea Butter mostly which is kind of a ‘nothing’ smell, or a neutral smell. But it’s so funny how surprised people are (and in some cases miffed) that it doesn’t smell like pina colada, butter cream frosting, or almond biscotti (now I’m hungry). I get that we are a very olfactional society. In my current opinion, we are also way over scented, over washed, and over antibacterialized, yes now I am making up words (and yes I used Google to find the word ‘olfactional’).
At any rate, there is certainly nothing wrong with smelling good or loving yummy smells. That is part of the reason I add essential oils to my Body Food and use them all over my house. But I feel that oils are a personal thing, something that you have to choose to use on your own and know why you are using them, and OK yes, also because let's face it, essential oils are pricey and I want these products to be affordable, a no-brainer alternative to their commercial, chemical filled counterparts.
So that brings me to the topic of fragrances, or more specifically fragrance oils, which are used in just about ALL cosmetics, in one form or another, to make them smell good. Why you are currently this very moment walking around smelling like a creamsicle or a chocolate mousse cake. By the way, (A.D.D. tangent) why are we only interested in smelling like desert? Why don’t they have French Fry or Grill Cheese Sandwich scented lotions? Food for thought (AHHHHHHH…HAHAHAHA!!! No pun intended!!). OK, OK, back on topic…
So I started looking into these fragrance oils, thinking, maybe I’ll have a line of unscented AND scented products!!? What are they, how are they made, are they bad? Are they natural? After all, it is stated right on the back of your lotion bottle “other natural fragrances.” Yes, I’ll wait while you go look…
Many companies that sell these for use in cosmetics do so under the pretext of “vegan,” “all natural,” “non-toxic.” Huh, so they couldn’t be that bad right!? But I’m a chemistry geek so I wanted more…HOW ARE THEY DERIVED?? Something that was not readily available on the sites of these suppliers. Well, to make it super simple, they are a combination of plant oils (essential oils basically…yay! This is sounding great!), combined with aroma-chemicals, otherwise known as synthetics (in English: made in a lab…oh…poo).
But is it REALLY..THAT..BAD…and in my apparent desperation to offer people the option of smelling like vanilla nut sugar cookies, I persisted….until…
(Hope you’re sitting down) The instructions for “maximum skin exposure percentages,” and the “please refer to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for these products for more info,” oh and lest we forget the “you may need to dispose of unused product directly in a landfill but call your waste management company for how to proceed.” Uhhhh…..excuse me? L But all I wanted was to smell like honeysuckle lemon peanut nuggets!!
Well ladies and gentlemen, now I know why certain individuals are OBSESSED, with a capital EVERYTHING, with being ‘all natural.’ Oh! And since I realize some of you may not work in an industry where the acronym MSDS sparks interest, allow me to get technical:
OSHA requires MSDS's ONLY for materials that a) meet OSHA's definition of hazardous and b) are "known to be present in the workplace in such a manner that employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency."
Well shucks…so the moral of the story? I’m sticking to my no yucky stuff guns! Otherwise stated: I will NOT be offering a line of ginger snap mocha marshmallow bavarian cream fudge cake flavored body butter for ya’ll obsessed with smelling like desert…because it’s YUCKY STUFF!! Yuckier than I thought actually!! And now you know it’s yucky too. I have however started experimenting with cooking extracts and spices, so you may end up smelling like food after all...stay tuned for more on that!!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to make a trip to the French Bakery Café down the street :)
Does that get any one's taste buds going? Not so much? OK, OK pick your poison, McDonald's happy meal? Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack with cheese? In-N-Out burger animal style! Taco bell burrito supreme? FUNNEL CAKE!!!?? BLOOMIN' ONION??!!I MUST have hit something for 99% of the population on that list! The rest of you are health snobs...(or liars)... I say that with love :) I like me some JUNK FOOD!!
Why am I listing off grease laden, trans fatty nightmares on a Saturday morning? Did I have a bad (or good) dream? No...but I did look at yet another label of one of my lotion bottles (yes I have 56,000 bottles of store bought lotion lingering around like everyone else) and I started thinking, if we are going to do something wildly unhealthy...LET'S MAKE SURE IT TASTES GOOD!!! This is going to be my new motto.
In looking at all these ridiculous ingredients, either flat out harmful to us, horrible for the environment, or BOTH, I started realizing how silly it is to then smear them all over the largest organ of the body and have it nicely absorb directly into the bloodstream. That's how it works. We are walking around like big fat sponges (I don't mean everyone is big and fat, I mean compared to the size of regular sponges, you know, they're pretty small...OK, OK, I'm sure you get it!!).
So here's the deal, I get eating something unhealthy that TASTES GOOD, I even get putting makeup on that's full of chemicals for vanity's sake if it makes us look good! Or a body wash that has the best lather ever!! Or shampoo that makes our hair shimmer like a Pantene commercial!! But I can't wrap my brain around why we use lotion that is yucky. I mean, we put lotion on because we kind of think that it's good for our skin, right? I'm thinking we use yucky lotion because...wait for it...we like the smell?? Is that all? Come on...it's 2015...you can achieve yummy smells with things that are GOOD for you! Not just not harmful, but actually helpful, THERAPEUTIC!! I put tons of essential oils in my Body Food to make it smell good...lavender, lemongrass, lemon, vetiver, patchouli, and frankincense to be exact...YUMMMM!!!
So stop putting yucky stuff on your big, fat sponge!! Save yuckiness for FRIES!! That is my rant for the day...thank you, thank you very much...
I think I just came up with a great 80's movie title! So, being in the lotion business for about 5 minutes, I have realized a few things...
1. Some people are really serious about their lotion
2. Some people could give a hoot about lotion
3. Some people are really serious about giving a hoot about lotion
I have to say, believe it or not, I think I was somewhere between #2 and #3 before I actually started making my own lotion...OK #3. I probably shouldn't tell anyone that since I'm supposed to be some sort of lotion-loving expert now. However, you can rest assured that I am a fresh face and opinion where it comes to the stuff because I honestly did not use it (really, like, at all) before making my own. People would give me lotion at work for a gift and a year later it would still be sitting on my desk mostly being used by passers-by no matter how great it smelled. Why? Well, mostly because I am kind of greasy all on my own with no help from anyone or anything thank you very much. But I will say that approaching 40 (Ah!) and 15 years as an RN has probably caught up with a few of my body parts and I do now need some moisturizing. There I said it.
But really, this isn't about my body parts (although that may make an interesting post at some point...lol!) this is about my Body Food!! If someone would have gushed to me about a double-whipped, no heat, 3 ingredient, Shea butter, bla bla, yada yada a year ago I would have had to use my extra courtesy reserve to listen and smile and nod at the socially appropriate moments...truly. I realized yesterday at the Street Fair that many people are exactly like I was. It reminded me of those dogs in the cartoons, where all they hear is "bla bla bla Fido bla bla bla," when their owner is talking. Except insert the word lotion in place of Fido. What's the big dang deal? It's lotion! So I wanted to outline what my big dang deal is...
I had no idea of the benefits of specifically the raw, unrefined Shea butter and coconut oil until I started using it and I don't even have any particular skin condition to treat. Some of the things I have had others using the Body Food tell me: It is healing their eczema, treating brittle diabetic skin issues, fixing diaper rash in ONE application, restoring nails and cuticles on hands AND toes that had been a mess for years, etc. Honestly I love hearing this kind of stuff! It definitely validates what I know to be true after researching these ingredients and why I do not use any heat in my process so none of them are broken down. So many beauty care products either 1) lose so much in their manufacturing process due to heat and other mass production related challenges, or 2) add so many chemicals, fragrances, colors, etc. that it really doesn't matter what healthy stuff is in their because you are simultaneously putting rat poison all over your body.
So what's so big about lotion? Absolutely nothing...but what's so big about Body Food lotion? I'm so glad you asked...
1. Hand made, double whipped (yum!), no heat process.
2. Three of the finest ingredients on earth (I failed to give a nod in this post to olive, avocado, and almond oil which are also all tremendously good for your skin. Read more delicious details about all Body Food ingredients here).
3. No yucky stuff!
So yeah, thanks for listening to me ramble on about Body Food! I hope I may have converted a few #2's and #3's to #1's!!
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