Paleo Living: Avoid Harmful Toxins in Commercial Skincare Products
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles

Learn which beauty ingredients are potentially harmfulThere are many people who purchase skin care products as the result of an advertisement, a friend’s recommendation or otherwise. After the purchase they make no effort to read the label and discover what type of substances they will be putting on their skin. The toxins in commercial skincare products can be dangerous to a person’s skin and overall health. Many of these substances are cancer causing carcinogens used by the cosmetic industry because they are more cost effective than using natural ingredients.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)

When listed on some labels these substances will be described as “derived from coconut” to hide their toxic nature. SLS and ALS can be found in body cleansers, toothpaste and more (basically almost everything that has suds). They have been proven to seriously irritate the skin and build up in the body. This can cause problems with internal organs such as the heart and liver.

Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol

These two ingredients are so toxic that to handle them in a laboratory environment requires people to wear protective gloves, clothing as well as goggles. The only way to legally get rid of Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycolis is by following EPA guidelines for burying it.

Paraben Preservatives

This is a common ingredient found in skin care products as well as cosmetics and even baby products. It is used to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens are very toxic and have caused people to develop bad rashes and have allergic reactions. According to a study from the UK, high level of parabens was found in 90 percent of breast tumors that were tested.


This is a mineral that can be found in most cosmetic powders (including makeup). Research has shown that regular use of talcum powder in the genital area increases the chances of developing ovarian cancer. Using it regularly on other parts of the body can also cause health problems.

When looking for the healthiest skincare products possible, look toward real food skincare companies.  All products should be made fresh when they are ordered, and contain no preservatives or toxic chemicals. If you can't eat it, don't feed it to your skin!


Trina Felber, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA, CEO Primal Life Organics

Primal Life Organics offers Face, Body, Hair, Makeup, Baby and Dental Products - All 100% Chemical and Preservative Free. We make skincare that will improve your health. The product you receive is a fresh, all-natural product, that will nourish your skin and hair from the outside.

Primal Life Organics was created to offer the option of Paleo Skincare (skin-food as we refer to it).  Paleo denotes earth-given nutrition for both our insides and our outsides.  Using Paleo skin-food provides the skin with healing, nurturing and moisturizing elements in the form of oils, essential oils, food and plant sources as well as the dirt itself (clay).  Primal Life Organics introduces Primal Colors- Paleo makeup sourced from the earth.  Toxins, chemicals, preservatives and fragrances NEVER find their way into ANY of our products.  Primal Colors is made FRESH when ordered- ensuring the most nutrient dense ingredients.  Our color palate is created by mixing food and plant sources, such as cranberry, beet root, hibiscus flowers, cocoa and spirulina with dirt.  No additives, fillers or chemicals.


Whole Living: Dry Brushing for Health and Beautiful Skin!
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Dry Brushing for Good HealthOne of easiest and most enjoyable things you can do for your health and for healthier skin is dry brushing.  The really good news is that in addition to something you can easily do yourself it also costs next to nothing.  All you need is a good natural bristle brush, a natural bristle shower brush works very well and is inexpensive and about 10 minutes of your time.


Many Spas offer dry brushing and with good reason.  Dry brushing not only exfoliates and unclogs pores but it also stimulates your circulation and lymphatic system which in turn helps your body eliminate toxins that build up and it feels great!  Dry brushing your body will also give you the beautiful smooth skin you want this summer (and winter!), and some say will lessen cellulite and may even improve your digestion.  One thing is certain, it leaves you looking great and feeling energized and wonderful! Even my husband loves it because it feels wonderful.


How to dry brush properly

Don’t look for long complicated instructions: it’s not complicated!  Start at your feet and work upwards towards your heart using short, firm circular motions.  A brush with a handle is great because it will allow you to easily get your back.  When you’ve finished your legs and torso move to your arms starting with your hands and work towards your heart. You want to use a firm pressure but don’t scrub; this in no way should be painful and you don’t want to irritate your skin – just invigorate it.  Using firm but not hard pressure you will gently exfoliate and energize your skin, not damage it.   That’s it!  You will love the way this feels! 


When finished shower as usual and apply a natural oil of your choice or body lotion if you like afterwards!  I’ve done this in the morning, and also at night – and loved both times – though some say brushing at night may leave you so energized that you aren’t able to sleep.  I didn’t find that an issue, but everyone is different.  You can do this daily, even twice daily if you want – and given how lovely you feel afterwards you will definitely look forward to doing it daily!


 Some important things to note: don’t brush sensitive or tender areas your body – some say don’t brush breasts for example, and only brush your face with a brush designed for this, these have more delicate bristles.  The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive.  Also important if you have varicose veins don’t brush them directly as this can irritate and potentially damage them, instead brush gently around the area rather than right on them.  


Try dry brushing today – you will quickly enjoy the benefits and love it!


Here's To Our Health!

Shirley Makela, AADP INHC


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Healthy Living: History of Soap Making
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
handmade soapSoap has a long history that includes both truth and legend. This article discusses some of the highlights of the long history of soap making. 

The best-known legend is how soap making began. It is said that the word soap comes from Mt. Sapo, which was the location of animal sacrifices by the ancient Romans.  Rain washed the mixture of animal fat and wood ash from the fires upon which the animals were sacrificed down to the banks of the Tiber river, where local women would clean clothing. The women discovered that the soapy water cleaned their clothes much easier. 

The ancient Babylonians are credited with recording the first soap recipe on a tablet back in 2200 B.C.  The first mention of soap for personal hygiene was by the Greek physician Galen, around 2 A.D.

In the 13th century, the French began making soap from olive oil instead of animal fats.  Around that time, Castile soap was produced. It is named for the Castile region in Spain where it originated. Castile soap is very mild and known for its soothing properties. It used to be that castile soap was 100% olive oil and no other vegetable oils or butters, but now that term is used more loosely, to include formulas that are mostly olive oil.

In the early 1700's bacteria was identified and the notion that cleanliness by using soap could help reduce or eliminate germs was gaining traction.
In 1791, the French chemist Nicholas LeBlanc patented a multi-step process to create soda ash from table salt. Soda ash is the alkali that is obtained from ashes and that combines with the fats to form soap. This new process eliminated the need for wood ashes. This process was eliminated around 1823 when a Belgian chemist, Ernest Solvay developed a shorter, less expensive and more environmentally friendly process to transform table salt to soda ash. 

In 1832 the French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul demonstrated that saponification was a chemical process that turned fat and lye into soap plus glycerin. 

The development of factories and standardized formulas helped to create a booming soap making industry, which turned soap from a luxury item to one available to the general population. 

World War I created a variety of supply shortages, one of which was animal fat. This led to the development of synthetic detergents to create cleansing bars.  These detergent bars are what is commonly found on grocery store shelves today.

There haven’t been many changes in the industry since that time, though there has been a resurgence of the art of handcrafting soap. These handmade soaps are crafted with gentle oils, butters and herbs selected specifically for the benefits they have upon the skin. More and more are learning about the benefits of handmade soap and are turning to these natural cleansers to care for their skin instead of harsh, synthetic detergent bars.
Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC
Clinical Aromatherapist 



Healthy Living: To Lye or Not to Lye
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
The Importance of Lye in SoapI remember when I first started making soap and lye scared the begebers out of me.  Lye can certainly be dangerous but if you treat it with respect, follow directions and dress appropriately you should be fine.

There are many myths surrounding handmade soap, but two of the biggest are about the use and safety of lye in soap. This article will dispel those myths so that you can see that handmade soap is indeed safe and even superior to the synthetic detergent bars found in the grocery store. 

Myth #1: Soap can be made without lye.

In the most simple terms, no lye = no soap.  Soap is a combination of lye, (Sodium Hydroxide or NAOH) and fatty acids that creates a chemical reaction called saponification, creating salts of the fatty acids (soap) plus glycerin.  Without lye, saponification cannot happen, so you cannot have soap without lye. Each molecule is converted during saponification, so there is no resulting lye in the final bar of soap.

If you look at bars on grocery store shelves, you’ll find that the word ‘soap’ does not appear on these bars. Instead you’ll see ‘cleansing bar’, or ‘beauty bar’. These bars cannot be labeled soap, because they do not fit the definition – instead, these products are detergents, which are synthetic cleansers. They’re often made with harsh cleansing agents and petroleum by-products, and have the resulting glycerin (a moisture-attracting ingredient that helps soften skin) removed.

Some crafters will claim that they make soap without lye.  They may be uninformed, or unintentionally misleading the customer. These crafters often use premade ‘melt and pour’ bases that are simply melted in a microwave, poured into a mold to cool and then sold.  The crafter may not have personally used lye in the crafting of that soap, but either the manufacturer used lye to create the original base or the base was made with synthetic detergents and therefore cannot be considered a true soap. 

Myth #2: Lye soap is harsh and will ‘take your hide off’.

There are tales from those who remember their grandmothers making soap outdoors in a big kettle. To hear those stories, the resulting soap was strong and dried out their skin, hence the phrase ‘It’ll take your hide off.’  Since I don’t know the formula that was used, I cannot speak to the gentleness or harshness of the ingredients included or the lack of adding additional fats to the formula to make it milder, but I do know that it was not the lye that made it harsh. In most cases, the soap of their memories probably did not have additional soothing oils and butters added to the formula and was not set aside to cure for 4-6 weeks, which helps produce a more mild soap.  

As debunked in the first myth above, lye is needed to make soap. Properly made soap that is fully cured is mild and gentle to the skin.  There is no remaining lye in the finished bar of soap, and it has a high glycerin content (much more than mass-produced glycerin soaps), which helps to attract and lock moisture into the skin. Depending on the extra fat (oils or butters) in the formula, the soap may be even more moisturizing and soothing. The process of adding additional fatty acids above and beyond what the lye needs for saponification is called superfatting, and is often done in the 5-7% range by soap makers to ensure their soaps will be gentle.  In fact, many will find that they don’t need to use lotion after using handmade soap because it is that moisturizing to their skin.

I hope this has answered your questions and dispelled any concerns you might have about using handmade soap. Hopefully you’ll experience the benefits of handmade soap for yourself!
Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC
Clinical Aromatherapist 


The Promises and Lies of Toxic Beauty Care
Written by Sharon Houghton of SharAmbrosia All Natural Spa Store   

Safe Beauty Care - Who Can you Trust?

When you think of beauty products from well-known companies, visions of young beautiful models and starlets can easily come into your mind, or even heavily touched up mature ones. Along with these beautiful images, you’ll receive the stated and unstated promises of good health, youth, vitality, confidence and sensuality. These are the alluring ideas that most cosmetic manufacturers want you to think and feel as you watch their commercials or see their ads in magazines. These are basically the promises and lies of toxic beauty care.

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