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Paleo Living: Do You Know the Dangers Lurking in Your Beauty Products?
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

Make up. We women put it on our faces every single day. But how often do we really stop to think about what is in the products that we routinely put on our face? My honest answer was never.

Once I began my research, however, I was less than impressed with the quality of the products that I was using on a regular basis. A quick Internet search revealed that it was impossible to find an ingredient list for the commercial foundation I had been using for a long time. So, I had to peel off the label on my bottle because the ingredients are listed on the inside of the label – the sticky side that you can’t see unless removed.

Out of the 25 listed ingredients, 23 of them were completely unrecognizable to me, and 11 of them were almost impossible to pronounce! The only two that were familiar were water and synthetic wax. Less than half (11) of those ingredients are scored as a zero by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), meaning that they have not been found to be toxic or hazardous. Six of them are scored in the moderate hazard category, and there is even one scored in the high hazard category.

The purpose of the EWG is to “serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. We use the power of information to create cutting-edge research and advocacy that transform government policies and the marketplace in order to conserve land and water, produce and use energy responsibly and ensure that food and consumer products are free of harmful chemicals” (http://www.ewg.org/about-us). Their website harbors a plethora of little known research on the harmful chemicals that we encounter every day through the products that we consume.

So looking deeper into my ex-foundation, I found that the moderately hazardous ingredients included propylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane (CPS), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, titanium dioxide, talc, and mica. Do you know what any of those are or how they can harm you? Let me enlighten you.

CPS may be associated with environmental toxicity, organ system toxicity, ecotoxicity, endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity (so it can negatively affect your environment and ecosystem, as well as your organs, your brain, and your hormones).  Propylene glycol has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, as well as being associated with contact dermatitis and contact urticarial (rashes). PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Mica may be linked to endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, cancer, ecotoxicology and neurotoxicity(http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/).

But the two most alarming ingredients found in commercial make up – propylparaben and methylparaben – are considered great health hazards because of the overwhelming evidence to back up the risk factors associated with them. These mimic estrogen and can act as potential endocrine (hormone) system disruptors. There is also strong evidence that they are an immune toxicant or allergen. These are considered highly hazardous according to the EWG, to the point where their concentration is restricted in cosmetics. But if the risk is so real that their quantities have to be limited, then why are they being used at all?

I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the potential toxins in one specific commercial make up product, so I want to encourage anyone and everyone to go to the EWG website (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) and look up your preferred cosmetics, as well as the ingredients in them. What are the risks associated with some of the ingredients? I realize you only use a tiny amount of make up with each application, but do you wear it every day? If we are reading our food labels to ensure that we are not putting toxins IN our bodies, shouldn’t we be reading personal care labels to see what we are really putting ON our bodies?


 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.


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Paleo Living: From The Inside-Out - Get REAL About Detox and Adjustment [Part 2]
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

What is the adjustment period??? 

The adjustment period is more of a physical rendition of how our SKIN reacts to new products. For instance, if you have been using products that contain water or alcohol as the first ingredients listed, and most commercial products contain both, your skin is in a constant state of dehydration and it cannot function properly. It adapts by increasing sebum production. Your skin also reacts to chemicals (preservatives, fragrances, dyes) and auto-regulates itself to protect against these harmful ingredients. These ingredients also cause cellular changes via free

radical production which can lead to premature aging and cellar mutation (possibly cancer). Chemicals also cause cellular dehydration and confusion. During the adjustment period, you may experience the exact same symptoms as detox-  you may develop a rash, or itching or dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or anything unusual!


How do you know what it is?  You don’t. If it occurs after eight weeks, you can assume it is related to detox. During the first eight weeks, it could be one or the other- or a combination of both. The important thing to remember is that your skin and body WILL heal, auto regulate and adjust to your new practice. By the way- the same is true if you fall off the wagon and resume a chemical laden diet and skincare- there will be an adjustment to the chemicals again.



Levels of Detox

Detox can occur at numerous levels. When a supply (drug or toxin) is completely discontinued, initial removal is great and then it tapers and the remainder of the drug or toxin is removed over time as the law of re-distribution dictates. If a drug or toxin is only decreased (not completely stopped or discontinued) in strength or amount, detox occurs until a new equilibrium is established- a new level if you will. If a drug or toxin is stopped, then a small amount (or bolus) is introduced periodically, a completely zero level may never be established. The person may live in a constant state of detox, if you will, or an intermittent detox due to fluctuating, intermittent doses.

The take home lesson is this: 

If you remove ALL toxins from your life (food and skincare), you can establish a near complete detox (taking into consideration environmental factors out of our control).


Yes. The bad news is this: if you do not completely (or nearly completely- no one is perfect) remove toxins from both food and skincare, you will live in a constant state of detox. These fluctuations may result in skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, etc). Liz gives excellent guidance for both diet and skincare in The Skintervention Guide.  Again, miracles do not happen overnight. It took years to absorb all those toxins. Give your body a fighting chance to fully detox by incorporating both dietary and skincare options that will heal your body FROM THE INSIDE OUT.


The very good news!

To end on a positive note, there is good news to those that almost fully detox their food and skincare: an occasional ingestion, or application (food or skincare) of a chemical laden, commercial food or product will NOT kill you! Your body is amazing. Given the healing that has occurred, your body will be performing the way it is meant to. Your liver has a function: to remove toxins from the body! It will be able to remove toxins much more effectively when toxic exposure is kept to a minimum. Let your liver, kidneys, pancreas, skin, heart, lungs and gut heal to do the job they were meant to do- effectively and efficiently. 


Happy detox and amazing adjustments!!!!



Healthy Living: Caring for Acne Naturally
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   


Caring for Acne Naturally


Acne can be one of the most dreaded and difficult to treat skin conditions, especially for young adults and women leading up to and during their menstrual cycle.  Countless dollars have been spent over the decades to prevent, treat, and reduce scarring brought on by acne.  Perhaps returning to a natural approach to acne care will provide the results so many are searching for. 


Acne is often caused by overactive sweat and oil glands.  The sebacous glands produce sebum (oil), which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized.  Normally, sebum is excreted through hair follicles along with shedding skin cells.  Problems can arise when hormones cause an increase in sebum production.  Excess sebum can get trapped in hair follicles, plugging them up and leading to what we commonly know as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.


1.  Follow a consistent, gentle skin care routine.  Don't be tempted to overclean and scrub excessibley-this can trigger an increase in sebum production as well as result in red, raw skin.
2.  Use gentle, mild cleansers.  Don't use astringents containing alcohol. 
3.  Resist the urge to pick at or pop pimples.  The bacteria on your hands can infect the skin even more.  Picking at pimples may also lead to scarring.
4.  Use a facial steam once a week to unblock pores.
5.  Use a facial mask once a week to deep clan pores and remove excess sebum.  Masks with green clay are particularlygood for oily and acne plagued skin.


Natural Ingredients May Also Help


Vitamin A is often used to treat acne, sometimes in the form of Retin A.  If you want a natural source of Vitamin A, use products that contain carrot oil. Here are some other natural ingredients that may help combat acne:

1.  Vegetable/Fruit/Nut oils
     Don't be scared by the mention of using oil to combat acne, which can go hand in hand with oily skin.  The oils listed here have wonderful properties that soothe acne plagued skin without clogging pores.  Examples of oils that are beneficial in fighting acne include:
 a.  Argan oil
 b.  Coconut oil
 c.  Cranberry seed oil
 d.  Flax seed oil
 e.  Grape seed oil
 f.   Hazelnut oil
 g.  Neem oil
 h.  Peach kernel oil


2.   Essential Oils:  these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees, spices, citrus fruits, ect.  Example of essential oils used in formulas to combat acne include:
 a.  Clary Sage
 b.  Geranium
 c.  Tea Tree
 d.  Juniper
 e.  Lavender
 f.   Patchouli
 g.  Thyme
 h.  Ylang-Ylang
 i.   Peppermint
 j.  Grapefruit


3.  Honey
      Honey has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin conditions for thousands of years.  Australia approved the use of honey for medical use in 1999 and is now sold as honey creams in pharmacies.  It is very important to use honey that is either medical grade or raw, unprocessed, unheated honey with no added ingredients.  Do not use honey that has been treated because the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are destroyed in the processing.  Here is an easy Chamomile honey mask you can make yourself:


Chamomile Honey Mask

 1.5 oz of raw honey
 1/2 oz of jojoba oil
 12 drops of chamomile essential oil
 9 drops of lavender essential oil
 6 drops of ylang ylang essential oil

Warm honey until you can stir it.  DO NOT heat in microwave or on the stove because will destroy the healing properties.  Fold in jojoba little by little until incorporated.  Add essential oils and mix well.  Apply to face and leave in place for about 15 minutes and then rinse.


It can be frustrating searching for products to control breakouts and it is natural to want immediate relief.  It may be tempting to grab a chemical filled product from a mass retailer.  These products are often harsh and can leave your skin dry and peeling.  Instead, look for items that contain some of the ingredients listed above or learn how to make your own natural facial care prodcts and see if they help cear out blocked pores and leave skin soft, smooth and pimple free.


I hope you enjoyed this article.   



Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC

Clinical Aromatherapist

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