Chemerical, a Film Worth Watching

I don’t think most people, including me think hard enough about how much our lives revolve around chemical products. In my environmental anthropology class, we watched a documentary called Chemerical. It was a great film, and it did sound like a debbie downer pointing out all the problems with the products we use, but also pointed out many alternatives to be more eco friendly. It made me think about all the products I have that are probably full of chemicals and that I put on my skin daily. I would highly recommend it, it might convince someone to throw out their shampoo or lotion or shower gel and buy natural products (like Burt’s Bees “cough cough”). This made me want to create my own lipstick. Maybe I should label it Liphugger Lip Balm, just a thought.

Anyway, here is the link to part of the documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KTUZZp0m_0

Burt’s Bees, the Bee’s knees!

One of my favorite natural products to use and recommend to anyone is Burt’s Bees. They make so many products: shampoo, lip balm, lotion, acne products, baby products, body wash, etc. Not only do their products smell good, they are good for your body! Their average products are 99% natural, and over half are 100% natural! They put the percentage on the label too so people know how natural the product is. I have used a bunch of their products and have yet to be disappointed. Burt’s Bees products have made the switch to natural products a very easy transition for me. If this blog inspires anyone to try their stuff, go to their site, http://www.burtsbees.com. It is definitely worth taking a look at, and maybe buying a few things (like their famous lip balm). These products are really the bee’s knees, take it from me!

How do you pronounce that?!?

I’ve been told in numerous classes that if you look on an ingredients list and “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!” This quote became so true after reading Ecoholic by Adria Vasil!  I just looked at a bottle of body spray and about 70% of the ingredients I couldn’t even come close to pronounce. After looking up the ingredients, almost all of the ones I couldn’t pronounce were not organic and probably not good for my body. Was this put on the bottle label, heck no!! I doubt they want me to know I’m pretty much spraying my body with a bunch of chemicals!  One of the natural brands I am in love with and support is Burt’s Bees. They put on the front of their products how natural each product is. The lotion sitting on my window sill is 99% natural, which is a huge sigh of relief. I’ll have to devote a separate blog post for Burt’s Bees, but I just wanted to relay the message to look on product labels, and to look up any ingredients you don’t know (or can’t pronounce). Be informed, be healthy! 

On the path to a healthier life…

Taking an AP Environmental Science class in high school is where this all began. My teacher had talked to us about the chemicals in our households, so I decided to do what I do best and read about it. I took off the shelf a book called Ecoholic, which is now what I consider the treehugger’s bible. Reading this book has changed the way I think about the products I use (I guess a light bulb went off in my head). After reading Ecoholic, I started getting into the brand Burt’s Bees, a brand that makes natural products for the body. They literally make EVERYTHING from shampoo to acne products. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees for years, but looking around my dorm room, I realized I still need to make a change with over half of my products, so here I am blogging about this process of trying to cleanse my body of the harmful toxins I have been putting in it. I hope at least one person reads this blog, it would mean the world to me. I will add more to the blog later today, so look out for some more posts! 

Your treehugger friend,

Tess