It’s Friday and another installation of EAT, BE, DO, LIVE, THRIVE.
LIVE is all about cultivating a non-toxic social and physical environment. It is how our surrounding impact our life, such as the company we keep, the aesthetics of our home, how a clean (or dirty) car affects our mood, the pollution in the air and the personal care products we use on our body. According to Global Industry Analysts by 2015 the world will spend about $333 billion on personal care products. As nations become wealthier this number is likely to increase.
Think back over this month, how much money have you spent on soap, lotions, skin care, makeup or hair products? Everyday the media loudly suggests our lives will be transformed if only we buy what they are advertising and most of these products are filled with parabens, oxybenzone, petroleum, triclosan, phthalates, PEGs, hydroquinone, DMDM hydantoin, urea, toluene, retinyl palmitate and retinols.
Conventional hand sanitizers pose all sorts of risk such as irritating your eyes and skin and may lead to an increased risk for developing treatment-resistant bacteria. Decide to keep your hands clean with this simple and easy recipe for a 100% natural hand sanitizer. It was contributed by a lovely lady, Denise, who I met while standing in front of the bulk bins at Whole Foods.
- 1 cup of Aloe Vera Gel
- 4 Tbs. Witch Hazel
- 1 tsp. or more of vegetable glycerin
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract (this is a natural anti-viral and anti-septic)
- Add all ingredients into a small spray bottle or clean and recycled hand sanitizer container.
- Shake before each use.
This is the grapefruit seed extract I suggest.
While you are considering how you LIVE your live, check out Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to see if your other products make the grade.