I came across this article by Jezebel about the possible toxic effect of makeup and thought it was really interesting. The headline asks “Is Your Makeup Giving You Cancer” and the conclusion of the story seems to be no. But my takeaway from the article was that makeup is fine. Not because the chemicals are safe, but because there are so many other carcinogens or cancer causing chemicals in every day products that it’s impossible to avoid (Fire Retardants being a good example) and there’s just no sense in only replacing your makeup with organic makeup.
That being said, while it is nearly impossible to live a completely organic or carcinogen free lifestyle in this day and age, I don’t think it means you should just give up. I think it’s important to mindful of what we put in or on our bodies, but at the same time, stressing over it can be just as harmful.
I don’t eat organic foods all the time (and probably not even half the time), but I do make sure to buy organic baby food for my daughter. I never used to put much thought into tampons, but now I only use organic, all cotton tampons because of the lower risk to Toxic Shock Syndrome (I thought about the Diva Cup, but I’m just not there yet).
I was never into wearing much makeup, but because of my recent skin allergies, I have to be super careful of what I put on my skin, which is why I’m super jazzed about making my own skin care products so I have one less thing to worry about.
I know there are a lot of people who will only buy organic (which is super expensive) and some people who think I can’t afford it, so why bother, but I like to think of it more as triaging. Like if I’ve spent too much at the grocery store, I’ll skip the organic eggs and vegetables but I’ll spend extra on the all natural soap and lotion.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have done a fair amount of research on how to raise chickens. I even attended a poultry rearing workshop at Midsummer Farms. I just haven’t done much research on the different types of chicken breeds. The only thing I really care about, is that any chickens be kid friendly and also hardy enough to survive harsh winters. But since there are so many breeds to choose from, it’s pretty difficult to narrow down
The winters here can get pretty bad, and also we plan to use the Deep Litter Method to keep our chicken coop warm. Even though the deep litter method requires ventilation in the chicken coop, I’m sure it’s pretty effective if done correctly, but since we’re newbies, it’s probably best to err on the side of us not knowing what we’re doing. Which is why it’s important that our chickens be cold hardy.
The chicken raising workshop I took at Midsummer Farm was 2 years ago. While I still have my notes, all it says is “Blue Laced Red and Winnebago” and for the life of me, I can’t remember why those two breeds were particularly good. My Pet Chicken also has a chicken breed selector tool, but my answers came up with 26 different types of breeds! Way too many for me to choose from.
So My takeaway is that it doesn’t really matter what breed I end up getting, especially if I buy them locally. I might pick Bantam Chickens, just because they sound cute. But I’ll most likely end up adopting chickens from our local animal sanctuary.
I found this article on Mother Earth Living about body oils with healing properties. It’s definitely something I’ll consider adding into any soaps or lotions that I make. I’ve never heard of it before, but Tamanu Oil sounds like it would be particularly good for my skin, as I’m almost always afflicted with rashes of some sort. I also think Sea Buckthorn sounds like something I would want to add to a homemade facial cleanser or moisturizer.
Within the last ten years or so, I’ve developed extremely sensitive skin and occasional bouts of eczema. I’m pretty much allergic to 99.9% of all soaps and lotions, which can trigger a pretty bad eczema outbreak. Because of this, I end up spending a good chunk of money on hypoallergenic products that still have a long list of ingredients I could never hope to pronounce. I know goats milk is very good for the skin, so one of my plans is to use some of the organic goats milk we produce, to create lye free soaps and lotions that have minimal ingredients and would be good for extremely sensitive skin.