Get Vitamin C From Real Food…
And Never Wonder If You Are Getting The Correct Form!
Yes, form DOES matter!
Most skincare companies use the wrong form of vitamin C- they use lab-made derivatives ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. These derivatives are easier to stabilize in skincare preparations, but they do not perform the same way as topical L-ascorbic acid ,the correct and ONLY form of vitamin C that can be used by the body.
Recent studies have shown that vitamin C derivatives are either not absorbed by the body, or are not converted to the correct form (L-ascorbic acid) in high enough concentrations to have any effect.
If It Really Matters, Lets Talk About Form!
Yes, form matters when it comes to Vitamin C. If your skincare contains the wrong form- you could actually be causing more harm than good! Topical vitamin C must be in the form of L-ascorbic acid to be used by the body and skin. Only L-ascorbic acid will have the desirable effects and advantages of sun protection, antioxidant protection, and collagen synthesis. These are typically the benefits you are looking for, and paying top dollar for, in a vitamin C serum.
Unfortunately, L-ascorbic acid is very unstable and breaks down rapidly due to its anti-oxidant properties. The very oxygen you breathe is a free radical, and as soon as ascorbic acid in a water solution is exposed to air, it starts donating electrons to neutralize oxygen free radicals and quickly degrades.
Let’s take a closer look at what a free radicle is and why we want to prevent as many free radicals within our personal eco-system as possible!
A free radical can be defined as any molecular species capable of independent existence that contains an unpaired electron in an atomic orbital. The presence of an unpaired electron results in certain common properties that are shared by most radicals. Many radicals are unstable and highly reactive. A situation we try to prevent by consuming, applying and absorbing as many antioxidants as possible.
A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is necessary for proper physiological function. If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as oxidative stress ensues. Free radicals thus adversely alter lipids, proteins, and DNA and trigger a number of human diseases. Hence application of external source of antioxidants can assist in coping this oxidative stress. Synthetic antioxidants such as butylated hydroxytoluene and butylated hydroxyanisole have recently been reported to be dangerous for human health. 
Unfortunately, skincare companies know how much we “crave” younger looking skin and they have developed cost cutting ways to include “vitamin C” in their products. They promote the benefits of vitamin C, but what they fail to tell you is fact that they are either using the incorrect form (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) or they have combined L-ascorbic acid with a molecule to make it oil soluble and easier to penetrate the skin. This molecule is palmitate and the lab-made version is known as ascorbyl palmitate. Unfortunately, ascorbyl palmitate can have the opposite effect you are craving when you purchased that high-priced Vitamin C serum.
Attaching palmitate to L-ascorbic acid enhances penetration because palmitate is a lipid (oil soluble) and easily passes through the skin’s lipid barrier carrying the ascorbic acid with it. It’s true the ascorbic acid will help neutralize free radicals within the cell, but the more frightening fact is what happens with the palmitate molecule. Palmitate generates the formation of two enzymes (4-hydroxy-2-nonenal and JNK) that destroy skin protein and collagen. The result is massive skin cell death- not exactly what you were looking for in that Vitamin C serum! Not exactly anti-aging and beneficial for your health in general.
The Healthy Me Begins With Real Food- Both Inside And Out!
Topical Vitamin C provides numerous health benefits for both your internal health (think free-radical damage and heart disease) as well as your outermost self- your skin. When you want to heal the inside of your body- or improve your overall health- the best way to do that is through diet- a real food diet. Real food contains the macro and micro nutrients the body needs to heal, protect and maintain health at the cellular level. Many have witnessed numerous health benefits of eating a real food diet!
The same is true for your skin- your largest organ. Vitamin C has numerous health benefits, but only if it comes from real food sources, not a lab.
- Can help combat wrinkles, blotches, large pores and other skin blemishes.
- Is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels, and gives skin its firmness and strength.
- Plays a role in collagen synthesis and helps create new tissue – so your skin can repair itself. In essences, L-ascorbic acid sends a signal to your collagen genes to synthesize collagen!
- Is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage.
- Topical Vitamin C can also provide phtotoprotection- or protection from the harmful effect of the sun. Vitamin C neutralizes the free radicals produced by oxygen, the highly reactive molecules produced by the interaction of sunlight on the cell membranes of the skin. Vitamin C does not absorb light, so do not consider it a sunscreen- but a great addition to protection from the sun.
The Collaboration Of Two Experts: The Real Food Expert And The Skin-Food Expert
In the spring of 2014, Liz Wolf, NTP (Real Food Liz, author of Eat The Yolks and Purely Primal Skincare Guide) approached me about collaborating on producing a Vitamin C Serum- so I began my research into vitamin C and the dilemma of what ingredients to use. After my research exposed the above information, I knew the only solution is use only the best and most abundant sources of vitamin C- real food. My search began for those fruits that contain the highest levels of vitamin C and from them, produce a serum that will provide the advantages only real-C can provide.
Introducing, from a collaboration of experts: C-ex, Vitamin C Face Serum from real-food. Vitamin C from real food infused in vitamin C-rich oils to provide the best source and highest amount of protection against aging.
C-ex Vitamin C sources: Rosehip Seed Oil*, Maracuja Oil*, Blackberry Oil, Acai Oil*, Mango Butter*, Goji Berries*, Mulberries*, Golden Berries*, Maquiberry*, Camu*, Jasmine Oil*, Neroli Oil*, Geranium Oil*, Ylang Ylang Oil*, Acerola*, Mangosteen, Buriti Oil*, Carrot Seed Oil*, Frankincense Oil*, Myrrh Oil**, Palmarosa Oil*, Spikenard Oil*, Mimosa Oil**, Sandalwood Oil*
*Certified Organic **Wildcrafted
**Because both experts believe in nourishing a healthy, non-toxic pregnancy, we offer a pregnancy version void of ingredients not recommended for use during the nine months of creation.
“C-ex”. We did what Big Cosmo couldn’t (or wouldn’t) do…
WHAT DID LIZ AND TRINA DO? WHY IS C-EX SERUM STABLE, SAFE AND VERY EFFECTIVE?
We put the Vitamin C directly in the oil by infusing fruit and nut oils rich in vitamin C with foods (berries) that are extremely high in natural vitamin C. No enhancers or nasty emulsifiers needed! No chemical compounds. Just good old vitamin C infused directly into that beautiful natural oil! C-ex, for the most nutrient rich vitamin C serum available!
You can’t get more stable than that!
You can’t get more real than that!
You can’t get more c-ex than that!
Available for pre-order only. Will begin shipping August 03, 2015
Meet the Makers: for more information about the experts, see below:
 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/ Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health
That depends on what your are shaving with…
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A message to all my fellow countrymen out there: if you’re so inclined to shave, you should give this stuff by @primallifeorg. I’ve tried a lot of “natural” options, and have tried all the conventional brands too. This is the only stuff I’ve ever used that actually makes me WANT to shave. As a guy with thick and curly hair, sometimes shaving is a legit disaster. This little pair of products has changed my whole attitude. If you wanna check it out, I’ve thrown a live link to Trina’s website in our profile. ~Bill (Primal Palate)
I want to share with you my weekly routine for keeping my 46-year-old skin radiant and glowing. One of the most critical steps, in my opinion, is exfoliation.
A little physiology: Individual cells are known as keratinocytes. New keratinocytes grow at the lowest level of the epidermis, which bonds with the next layer of skin, the dermis. The new skin cells gradually make their way to the top layer. When they reach the top, they die and are “weathered” by the environment and your daily activities. The top “dead” layer is called the stratum corneum.
Over time, the dead cells break away from the epidermis and fall off, making room for newer cells growing up from below. It takes roughly one month for new cells to get all the way to the top layer, meaning the skin you have a month from today will be completely new compared to the skin you have now.
It is estimated that you have approximately 1.6 trillion skin cells. Of those billions of skin cells, between 30,000 and 40,000 of them fall off every hour. Over a 24-hour period, you lose almost a million skin cells.
Exfoliation helps remove these dead skin cells from the surface, leaving your skin radiant and smooth. As your skin regenerates, the surface contains dead skin cells that can leave your complexion dull and lifeless.
My weekly routine includes exfoliation at least twice a week. I use both Dirty-Ex @Midnight (weekend) and Dirty Ex Sweet Revenge (mid-week) to release the dead cells, stimulate my skin, improve circulation and increase the absorption of the nutrients I apply (skin-food).
My routine of Infiniti and Beyond Package with Dirty Ex/Face Mask looks like this:
Once you remove the sloughing outer surface, you are left with an extremely soft, smooth and hungry surface- and this is the perfect time to apply an herbal-clay based face mask to draw our impurities and help stimulate circulation.
Right now, when you purchase the exfoliator (Dirty Ex @Midnight, Dirty Ex Sweet Revenge or Dirty Ex Package) you will receive an Herbal-Clay Face Mask for FREE. ($25 value)*
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For years I suffered from acne- and by years, …until I was 40! I would get hormonal cystic acne, whiteheads, blackheads and a forest of annoying “bumpy” pimples on my forehead and chin. Life was great- but my face was a disaster….
….until I decided to do something about it!
It was during my first pregnancy I discovered how Big Cosmo was polluting my skincare products with ingredients that could harm not just me, but my growing baby. The more I researched, the more I discovered. Not only are ingredients harmful to my body, but also, most are irritants to my skin. In fact, most of the ingredients that are toxic to my insides, and irritants to my skin, are so caustic, that the people that handle these chemicals must wear protective gear (glove, mask, respirators and full body suits) to protect themselves.
To be specific
Propylene glycol (PG), one of the most common ingredients in commercial skincare, acts as a humectant, preservative or stabilizer and is a known skin irritant, cancer causing agent and allergen.
But for now, forget about the “cancer causing and allergen” and let’s focus on the “skin irritant”. PG is so caustic, not only must protective gear be worn, but also if disposal is needed, it must be buried in the ground.
Now… put that on your skin and continue to ponder why your skin is not radiant, glowing and free from blemishes!
That’s what got me thinking… if most chemicals are skin irritants, could they be irritating, aggravating or even causing my acne?
The answer was YES! Let me first disclose that acne has many, many causes; including diet, hormones, stress, gut health/flora, environmental and topical applicants (irritants). But for many, myself included, skin irritants in commercial skincare was a HUGE factor in my acne. At age 40, with a forest of breakouts presenting my first impression, my diet was clean, stress level controlled, and hormones… fairly balanced.
So, I decided to change the one factor under my control… my skincare. When I ditched the propylene glycol, fragrance, phthalates, and numerous other skin irritants secretly hiding in my lotions, potions and soaps, my acne disappeared, completely for the first time. Sure, I will still get the occasional breakout- but now, it is truly related to diet or hormones.
If you suffer from acne, I’m not saying that changing your skincare will be the answer to your prayers… but, with the plethora of chemicals contained in every soap, toner, moisturizer, treatment, toothpaste, and hair product you use, ditching the chemicals could make a huge difference in your skin, complexion, and body!
By the way, benzoyl peroxide, commonly found in most commercial and prescriptive acne treatments, is a know skin irritant. It was really no surprise that one the primary ingredient I used was a possible cause for my condition. The same holds true for other skin conditions like rosacea, peri-oral dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. These conditions can also be irritated, aggravated or caused by the ingredients in the products we use.
After researching food sources that effectively help prevent acne, I put together the Banished and Beyond Line for acne that consists of Banished Face Wash, Banished Face Toner, Beyond Face Serum, Beyond Face Moisturizer, Banished Blemish Serum and Banished Face Mask.
Saturday through Monday ONLY (June 20-22), you can see if your skin prefers food over chemicals. Purchase the Banished and Beyond Package (wash, toner, moisturizer and serum) and receive the Banished Blemish Serum and Banished Face Mask for free! This is a $85 value!
Banished And Beyond Package for Acne. Made from real food ingredients that heal the skin and body!
Trina Felber, CEO Primal Life Organics Age 47, clear skin since ditching the chemicals!
For more information about Banished and Beyond, click here!
For more information about the safety of Propylene Glycol, click here!
For more information about me, click here!
It’s your morning routine, you jump in the shower, wash your face and shave your legs. Or nightly endeavor. The kids just fell asleep. You hop in the shower, take a few minutes to yourself, and smooth those legs! Whether it’s your morning or nighttime routine, what you’re using to beautify yourself could be…deadly.
The shaving ritual…we’ve all been there. Nothing feels better than smooth, soft skin in our face, pits, legs and the nether regions. Before you reach for your next container of shaving cream, lotion or gel; buyer beware. You just might be reaching for a can of chemicals that can cause cancer, disrupt your hormonal system and invade your brain (neurotoxicity).
Did you know? Commercial skincare is un-regulated and a multitude of chemicals are added to prolong shelf life, emulsify (mix) water and oil, add a scent (fragrance) or stabilize a product. The Environmental Working Group estimates that at least 20% of chemicals used in cosmetics could cause cancer!
Your skin is your largest, and possibly your most vulnerable organ. Think about what you come in contact with, daily- environmental pollutants from the air, water and soil..but wait… that’s just some of your skin’s exposure! The exposure to chemicals rapidly multiplies with every commercial skincare product used (yes, take a look at the products in your cabinets and bathrooms) – soap, shampoo, conditioner, styling agents, sprays, deodorants, sun screen, toothpaste, lotions, your favorite perfume or cologne. Not only is your skin the portal of entry for chemicals, but the innate protective mechanism of your skin can be destroyed by the chemicals in commercial products the very ones that are within reach in your home!
Let’s get scientific. The sebum (natural oil) that moisturizes the skin contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Your skin surface harbors protective bacteria that live synergistically with you. It is estimated that the number of bacteria living in and on the human body outnumbers the body’s internal cells 10 to 1. These lipophilic microbes (natural surface bacteria) consume the glycol portion of the MCT (from the sebum) and leaves behind medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). These MCFA kill pathogenic bacteria, virus, and fungi. Commercial soaps and the chemicals (including alcohol) in most skincare products can strip away these natural defenders and leave your skin very vulnerable to infections.
So what’s the point? SHAVING.
Shaving increases the risk even further- the scraping of the razor not only removes some of the natural defenses, but can also cause micro tears in the surface of the skin itself. These open wounds can permit a chemical invasion directly into your tissues and bloodstream.
The Deadly Toxins in Shaving Cream…
By exposing ourselves to all of these chemicals, we’re not just making our entire beings susceptible to skin irritation and infection; we also run the risk of wiping out vital defense mechanisms that keep our bodies functioning optimally.
Shaving creams today are mass-produced with toxic ingredients that include phthalates, perfume (fragrance) and triethanolamine. These ingredients are also commonly found in household soaps, shampoos, detergents and toothpastes. (Do yourself a favor and memorize these repeat offenders so you can be smart when you read your labels… you do read your labels, right?)
The Risk To Your Health:
Phthalates: Phthalates can disrupt your hormonal system, which can harm important balances throughout the entire body, including those impacting the immune system, reproductive system, metabolism, and brain. Traces of phthalate metabolites found in human urine are associated with obesity and insulin resistance in men because they inhibit testosterone function. About 80% of people are exposed to this type of toxin.
Perfume (fragrance): There was a time I loved the smell of products- and my perfumes. Today, the fake smell nauseates me! Perfume or fragrance is a potpourri of toxicity, with many of the 3,000 chemicals used to make fragrance untested — neither in isolation nor in combination. Some that have been submitted to lab tests, however, have been associated with neurotoxicity and cancer.
Triethanolamine: This is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin). It is used as a buffering agent, masking and fragrance ingredient, and surfactant, in addition to its primary use as a pH adjuster. (https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/triethanolamine)
It is a known skin and respiratory toxicant. What’s more, animal studies have also shown Triethanolamine can cause bladder and liver cancer, as well as cell mutation in testicles. My husband says “No, thank you!”
Other common offenders that invade shaving creams, numerous skincare products and ultimately your body, include parabens, which increase the risk of breast cancer in women, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which is toxic to organs and can cause cell mutation that leads to cancer.
Some of these toxins do not bio-accumulate. Your body is capable of flushing poisons out of your system under proper conditions that include eating right (real foods – fresh, colorful, organic, natural foods), drinking enough water (hydration status) and avoiding pharmaceuticals and current health status.
Steady exposure, or over-exposure, to toxins, however, can mean your body has trouble keeping up the fight. Despite your body’s natural efforts, you can become increasingly vulnerable as long as you continue applying poisons.
My battle against chemicals began over seven years ago. Along my journey to ultimate health, creating a shaving cream for my husband and myself was a priority because I know each little nick in the skin increases the risk of absorbing chemicals that alter our being.
I used to shave with just oil, and this does the trick. But I did not like the greasy aftermath left on my shower floor. It was so slick I was afraid either my kids, or myself would slip and fall.
It took me two years to perfect my chemical-free, natural shaving cream- something that would shave smooth, leave me soft and silky, yet rinse away without leaving the greasy residue I despised. Finally, a version for both men and women is available from Primal Life Organics.
One Leg Up™ Breezi Shaving Cream for women from Primal Life Organics
Gruff™ Shaving Cream (Wisemen) for men and One Leg Up™ Breezi for women, contains shea and babassu butters to soften and moisturize both facial and body hair. Coconut soap and coco glucoside provide the slick, fast moving action for a really close shave. Eucalyptus and frankinsence help to restore and heal any micro damage and razor burn that can occur during a close shave. You are left with soft, moisturized skin and a Not-So-Deadly close shave.
Protect, heal, nourish and smooth your skin, wherever your razor may roam with Primal Life Organics natural shaving creams. Gruff™ Mens Line also includes Gruff™ After-Shave, Gruff™ Beard Oil and Gruff™ Shaving Package For Men.
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A message to all my fellow countrymen out there: if you’re so inclined to shave, you should give this stuff by @primallifeorg a shot. I’ve tried a lot of “natural” options, and have tried all the conventional brands too. This is the only stuff I’ve ever used that actually makes me WANT to shave. As a guy with thick and curly hair, sometimes shaving is a legit disaster. This little pair of products has changed my whole attitude. If you wanna check it out, I’ve thrown a live link to Trina’s website in our profile. ~Bill (Primal Palate)
Shaving cream was the last of my drug store, chemical ridden hold outs. I could never find a natural one I liked and I tried coconut oil but was never crazy about it. I love all my PLO products but honestly didn’t have super high hopes for this one but thought it couldn’t hurt to try. I was blown away by how much I loved it!! A little truly goes a long was and it gives me a wonderful, close shave. I cannot thank you enough for this and all your products! I very enthusiastically recommend!
Just for fun, I did a little experiment. I shaved one leg using One Leg Up, and one leg using only water, just to see if there really was a difference. I am blown away. I’ve been shaving with just water for years (partly out of laziness, partly to stay away from the chemicals), and I was skeptical that I would really see that big of a difference, but I definitely did! My water leg was stubbly the next day (as usual), and my One Leg Up leg is still smooth and soft TWO DAYS later! My One Leg Up leg is also not as dry as my water leg. And did I mention that it smells amazing and makes your shower feel like an aroma therapy sauna? You’ve made a believer out of me!
I purchase the Shaving Cream and After Shave for my husband with the hopes that it would not end up in the drawer where there is an accumulation of jars/bottles of stuff that didn’t live up to their promises. My husband is the most skeptical person alive! He has starting having extreme dryness and red patchy skin. Shaving was uncomfortable and seemed to cause more problems. After the first time using the Gruff products, he commented how good his skin felt. We are now into week 2 of using the products and we are seeing an improvement with his skin condition. The redness is going away and the dryness is clearing up. He no longer dreads shaving!! Thanks!
One Leg Up™ Shaving Cream for Women
Gruff™ Shaving Package for Men
Approximately eight years ago, when I gave up Big Cosmo and threw away almost every beauty product they offer, I reluctantly ditched my hair products as well! Gone went the toxic shampoos, conditioners, mousse, gels, smoothers, volumizers, texturizers and sprays!
Talk about motivation to create my own healthy alternative! Bad hair days, ponytails and hats became a wardrobe staple for a while. I was lucky that my work uniform as a CRNA included not only full hair coverage, but also a facemask!
WHY Dirty Poo?? (dirty what??)
When I decided to make “healthy” a lifestyle, not just a diet- I realized very quickly that this lifestyle includes everything in my environment that I can control. It was a “purification” process that included not just skincare and makeup- but hair care as well. I know that my scalp is one of the most vascular areas of my body- have you ever had a cut or laceration on your scalp? It bleeds like crazy and can make a very tiny cut seem like it’s a huge gaping wound! My 15-year career as an ICU/Trauma nurse proved this as well, especially during motorcycle season. Head wounds were common and I was always amazed at just how vascular the scalp is.
So, knowing this, finding an alternative to chemical laden shampoo and styling agents became a mission. I tried the No-Poo method (washing with baking soda only), and it actually worked quite well- but after a few months, I began to feel like my hair was dry and course. Not soft and silky like I wanted.
I also knew that my scalp needs nourishment- just like every other part of my body. Baking soda provides no real nourishment for my scalp. It is lacking in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and other basic nutritional structures that my hair and scalp desire to remain healthy and feel soft and silky.
So off I went to my ingredient supply and formulated Dirty Poo. I mixed together three different clays, a few herbs and some food ingredients so I could clean and nourish my hair and scalp. When I thought about life millions of years ago- I had to wonder how primitive societies cleansed and bathed. It dawned on me that most likely, they used what nature offered in their own environment. Earth’s soil bed is comprised largely of clay- and clay contains minerals that innately have a strong negative ionic charge, which acts as a “magnet” that readily attracts any substance with a positive ionic charge. Substances that carry a positive ionic charge include toxins, bacteria, viruses, parasites and other impurities.
I can speculate (or imagine, if you will) that if I were a primitive human, and I wanted to bathe, I might use the dirt of the earth to wash the grime of the day away from my hair and body. It actually sounds quite amazing, and in reality, mud baths are a luxury at most SPAs and resorts today. Imagine a time when taking a mud bath was normal!
So, add the minerals offered by the clays with herbs and foods that provide the protein structures, essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients, and I created a Poo that not only cleans the hair, but nourishes it and the scalp as well. Because of the negative ionic charge, clay attracts the impurities, draws them out of the hair and scalp and carries them away with the rinse. The scalp is nourished and cleansed but natural oils remain intact. Used alone or mixed with other ingredients, clay can purify, cleanse, tone, heal, soothe and nourish skin and hair. Dirty Poo™ a safe alternative to commercial shampoo and free from all parabens, mineral oils, silicones, fragrance.
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I care about your hair and your health! ~Trina Felber, CEO, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNA
My story begins with my first pregnancy. The discovery that I was unknowingly poisoning myself with chemicals multiple times each day.
I became pregnant on my wedding/honeymoon in 2007 on the beautiful islands of Fuji. I was 39 years young and ecstatic that it happened so quickly. Sadly, that little one was only with me for seven short weeks before I miscarried.
I was devastated but determined to examine my environment looking for anything that could be harming my body, and my baby.
I became pregnant again shortly after and as I neared week seven, I feared for this baby’s life. One morning, I was getting ready for work and I happened to glance at my moisturizer. The ingredients! I was being poisoned and so was my baby!
The first trimester is when the entire nervous system is formed and most of the chemicals, including those that make up ‘fragrances’ are neuro-toxins.
Chemicals that are put in commercial skin care to extend the shelf life, emulsify water with oi, thicken, smooth and enhance absorption- have all been identified in the cord blood of newborn babies.
Without a second thought, I knew I had to unplug from Big Cosmo. This may not have been the cause of my miscarriage, but if I could prevent the pollution of my unborn baby…I had to do it!
I began with simple and easy solutions – olive oil. From there I started creating my own products.
One of my missions is to educate men and women of the dangers of commercial skincare on their unborn babies. I believe every skincare product that contains chemicals should have this warning on the label:
Warning, do not use if you are trying to conceive, or if you are pregnant. Chemicals added have been known to cause cancer, DNA mutations, neurotoxicity, endocrine disorders, kidney damage and more.
Happy to say, Mia was born in 2008! Healthy, happy, and with a full head of jet black hair (just like I had). Cash and Roman followed two years later- just as happy. Just as healthy and with just as much hair!
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Mosquitos. The pest we can live without.
Warm weather brings flying objects (not the pretty ones) and spray cans loaded with chemicals! It’s true bugs are offended by odors- especially lab-made noxious chemicals that make us sick. Mosquitoes and other flying pests may be smarter than us humans. While they avoid toxic odors (DEET), we have no problem spraying ourselves from head to toe! Plants live in harmony with bugs and flying pests! Ever wonder how they survive the BITE of the wild? Plants produce oils that give off odors that bugs and pests don’t like- and they leave them alone.
For many reasons, most of us want to stay as far away from flying insects as possible. Stings, rashes, reactions and easily transmitted diseases; West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and malaria, are a few reasons many prefer to spray on the DEET or other toxic insect-spray, to prevent bites, stings and interactions.
Let’s be honest though, insects have an extremely acute sensitivity to odors- more so than humans, because as they avoid toxic odors, we are more than happy to spray, slather and bathe in the nasty and noxious chemicals. Apparently, mosquitos and other flying pests know danger when they smell it.
How did Mother Nature solve the pest problem?
Since insects and plants evolved together, complex interactions developed between them. Just as many plants can use odors to attract pollinators, they can also produce scents to ward off insects that might eat or harm them. Many of these scents come from oils produced by the plants and these oils can repel bugs and pests. Combining several different plant oils offers the best protection against various pesky-biters.
What’s wrong with commercial bug spray?
DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, that’s right, say it again!) has been around for over 50 years and is a toxic chemical commonly found in commercial bug spray repellents that is easily absorbed from the skin and distributed to all organs including the brain (and the fetus, if pregnant). This chemical, used to repel mosquitoes, has an extensive history of causing seizures in adults and children potentially leading to death. DEET has been found in the placental blood of newborns.
In 2013, a study found that mosquitoes could temporarily overcome or adapt to DEET making the use of DEET not worth the consequence of localized skin irritation, large painful blisters and permanent scarring of skin
Products containing DEET are meant to be sprayed on the clothing (not directly on the skin) and skin should be washed immediately once inside. When combined with a sunscreen containing oxybenzone, DEET is more rapidly absorbed by the skin, and therefore more harmful to the body.
DEET has been shown to be toxic to humans and domestic animals, and reactions can be severe, rapid and sometimes fatal. The compound directly affects the central nervous system, causing seizures and comas; children are particularly susceptible to its effects in concentrated formulations.
Offend The Bugs, Not Your Brain!
Since I look to Mother Nature for solutions to common problems, creating a Bug Spray that is effective and safe seemed only natural! Plants live with bugs and pests. They cannot go inside when the mosquitos come out or pull out a can of DEET- if they did, the plant would most likely die from toxic overload.
Plants have developed their own protection against the dangers of the great outdoors. Being outdoors should be as delicious for your body as it is for your soul… so, don’t spray on the toxic chemicals. Get ready for Primal Life Organics Boot-a-pest™ Bug Spray!
Boot-a-pest™ Bug Spray is 100% natural, effective and safe against flying pests. Made with the ingredients Mother Nature gifted to the plants for their own protection.
My love for outdoors, plants and Mother Nature led me to create a Bug Spray worth going outside for! Made with the natural odors and oils from the plants themselves!
We made it last summer and tested it camping, fishing and just playing around! It’s safe, plant based, effective and delicious for your body- but not the bugs!
Boot-a-pest™ Bug Spray Ingredients: Witch Hazel* infused with Thyme*, Lavender Flowers*, Rosemary Leaf*, Neem Leaf*, Catnip Leaf*; Peppermint Essential Oil*, Citronella Essential Oil*, Clove Bud Essential Oil*, Geranium Essential Oil*, Tea Tree Essential Oil*, Lavender Essential Oil*
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Guest blogger Anne Dudley shares her inspiration for a healthier New Year and ideas for resolutions that you can make last all year long.
It seems like everyone makes a New Year’s resolution related to losing weight, exercising more or eating better. We all jump in on January 1 and try to make our new habits last. This year, I think it’s time for a change. Why not try to focus on other ways to live more healthfully, environmentally friendly and chemical free? The choices we make every day produce waste and can impact our bodies. Here are a few ideas I’d like to think about in 2015!
Less waste, more environmentally friendly
Several recent news stories have covered individuals or families that have gone “Waste Free.” Lauren Singer explains how she went two years without producing waste in this video. She said she “quit plastic” by taking glass jars to the store to fill up on produce and foods, buying in bulk and planning her meals so that she didn’t feel tempted to buy items in the beautiful and shiny, yet plastic, packaging.
Singer references the Zero Waste Home blog by Bea Johnson. The blog shares what Johnson and her family have discovered through their experience with the “Zero Waste Lifestyle.” Check out her tips to “Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot” your way to a waste-free life.
Even making marginal changes in your shopping habits, like buying bulk quantities of Primal Life Organics’ soap or the 4 oz refill size of the Dirty Mouth Primal Toothpowder, can make a difference. This year, I plan to make a point of not using plastic bags and buying fewer food products that are packaged in plastic.
Chemical free living
Reducing our encounters with unnatural substances is a constant battle. No matter where you are at with your journey toward healthy living, we all slip up sometimes.
A few ideas I’d like to implement in 2015 are:
- Bring natural soaps to the office kitchen and bathroom
- Pack the products I need for weekend trips or even long days so I am not tempted to buy lesser quality products when I’m in need
- Rethink my sun protection habits before the summer or vacation starts
- Fully make the switch from lotions to oils
- Swap out my blush and ditch the concealer
- Work toward washing my hair less
- Keep learning about ways I can live a more natural lifestyle
Feed your skin and body what it needs, and ONLY what it needs, this year! Primal LIfe Organics products are chemical-free skin foods that will keep your skin looking and feeling at its best. PLO products have the nutrients, essential oils and vitamins you need, from ingredients you can recognize.
The year flew by and I recently thought: “Before Resolution, I need a Revival!!”
In just a few short weeks, we will have made it through the holiday season! Whew! The house guests and visits from friends and family will slow down, we’ll be finished with the hustle and bustle of gift giving, meal and treat making and good deed doing, and we’ll get to sit down and relax (hopefully!).
This time of year, it’s easy to break our healthy habits and choose late night holiday parties, sleeping in instead of leaving a warm bed and so many more temptations to help us through our busiest and most exhausting season. Sometimes, even Bulletproof Coffee can’t make up for all the energy we put into the end-of-year dash!
If you’re in need of a “Winter Revival” I have created the perfect Paleo friendly pick-me-up you need — and one you can feel great about indulging in. Just like the first smell of the coffee beans in the morning,my NEW Coffee Bean Face Serum will enliven your skin and your senses. The serum mixes organic Arabica Coffee Seed Oil, Collagen Protein and organic Argan Oil – everything you need to get the glow back in your skin in time to ring in the New Year!
When applied topically, caffeine revitalizes the skin and can prompt new cell growth. Coffee seed oil is pressed from coffee beans and is a rich, natural antioxidant with Vitamin E, fatty acids and sterols. Better yet, coffee seed oil helps the skin make collagen.
Collagen is a protein that “holds our skin together” or the provides build and structure of our skin. Our bodies produces less collagen with age, so giving it a protein boost rejuvenates our faces for full looking cheeks and smooth yet durable, skin. Collagen can help skin heal to reduce wrinkles, puffiness and scar damage.
Finally, Argan oil, is a powerful moisturizer native to Morocco that has been used for centuries. Rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E Argan oil gives skin a natural smoothness and hydration that lasts, without a greasy residue.
So, on your way from the office to the store to the party this season lock the moisture in your skin to keep it safe from the burn of cold winds and dry air, naturally.
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