Here’s a tip on a fabulous product that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals: Whipped Shea Butter, scented with mango — so amazing, I wish you could scratch and sniff the photo below! The main ingredient, shea butter, is a natural moisturizer that’s been used in Africa for centuries. I use a little on my neck, mainly for the scent, but also for its hydrating qualities.
I discovered this product, made by Nomad Ethnobotanicals, at the open-air market across from Cleveland’s West Side Market last year. The lovely woman who sells this and other shea-buttery products is there every Saturday from June until October, so be sure to pay her a visit if you’re in the area. The products are super-reasonably priced!
You can reduce your environmental exposure to harmful chemicals by avoiding parabens (look for anything that ends in “paraben”: propylparaben, benzylparaben, methylparaben and butylparaben), formaldehyde, phthalates and other nasties that are prevalent in many mainstream personal care products. For a wide variety of non-toxic options, Wholefoods is a great resource. I go there every few months and stock up on all the stuff I use.
And, of course, I delight when I stumble upon a great company like Nomad Ethnobotanicals!