In an age where a significant number of people are “going green”, it seems quite natural that more and more organic products are popping up on department store shelves, particularly organic toiletries. The term toiletries can refer to any cosmetic product you find in the bathroom, be they soaps or shampoos, or even tissue paper.
Using organic toiletries will help lessen your exposure to the usual chemicals that are present in our most ordinary household products. Aside from protecting yourself from potential chemical-induced illnesses (cancer, not being the least of them), using organic toiletries will help contribute to the environment, as they are biodegradable and will diminish the release of harmful wastes into the surroundings.
What they are made of
Organic toiletries are usually made out of pure plant extracts and oils, and most of these extracts are known to have their own therapeutic and medical benefits on the human body, though that also depends largely on what kind of plant the extract came from. If you’re familiar with essential oils, then you’ll know that plant life is an excellent source of therapeutic extracts, and the advantages of their use are numerous and varied. Organic toiletries can be crafted out of papaya or coconut extracts and even aromatherapeutic sources, like citronella or rosemary.
Benefits of using organic toiletries
Are you safe in your own bathroom? Yes? Well, that’s what most people would think. The main benefit that organic toiletries offer us is the lack of exposure to potential carcinogens or harmful substances that come from most commercial toiletries. Although we largely take ordinary soap bars and shampoo for granted, the fact is that these are still made out of processed chemicals that can be dangerous if used for extensive periods of time. They are considered less prone to causing allergic reactions than processed toiletries. Going natural will lessen the risk of exposure considerably and will offer a better, safer alternative for you when you want to take a bath.
Admittedly, no one really thinks about potentially dangerous paper towels every once in a while, if people even think about it at all. Nevertheless, this will be good to know if you’re considering going natural; it’ll probably be one of the best decisions you make.
Since organic toiletries are composed largely of plant extracts, these plant extracts were accordingly chosen for their beneficial effect on skin or hair. Organic soap is known to provide smooth and well-toned skin, as well as give a relaxing sensation that will make your bath time a more soothing experience you will want to repeat on a regular basis. Shampoo usually smells better too; especially if you manage to get shampoo that have apple and strawberry extracts, or other extracts that have a distinctly sweet-smelling. Organic shower gels and organic liquid soaps are excellent sources of moisture and will do away with that dry, tight feeling on your skin after you’ve scrubbed with commercial soap. There are even organic toothpastes available, and if you want the whole “fresh mouth” feeling without the chemicals, you might want to check them out.
If you have sensitive skin and other common skin ailments such as a rash from a mild allergic reaction, you might want to consider organic lotion, as it forms a natural invisible layer of protection against harmful ultra violet rays and will keep insects at bay, acting both as natural sunscreen as well as insect repellent. Usually, the components in the lotion will dictate effectivity. For example, niaouli extracts are effective as insect repellents, and incorporating this in lotion will carry over that property into the lotion itself. Check the components of organic lotion for the basic plant source of the extract.
Some organic toiletries even come with aromatherapeutic benefits, as the rising popularity of aromatherapy has pushed companies to incorporate aromatherapeutic essential oils in their toiletries. Aromatherapy in organic toiletries will compound its medical benefits by slowing down your heart and improving breathing and circulation, and you can be sure that while you’re inhaling the aroma, you don’t have to worry about carcinogens going berserk with the free radicals inside your system. As a result, you are better protected.
Price of organic toiletries
The cost of organic toiletries will depend on what the main component was used in its creation. Since there are several possible combinations of extracts, prices will vary largely among products. For example, olive and chamomile bar soaps can sell for $3 on envirocitizen.org, while Burt’s Bees tomato soap costs more at approximately $8 on the same site. There’s a lot of variety online, but given its popularity, organic toiletries are also readily available in local grocery and department stores.