st.ives.

My favorite smell in the world is vanilla! I love vanilla in body spray, perfume, lotion and food (well except for lipton vanilla tea…tried it and it was too weird for me). My friend came by my place the other night and she said ‘I smell vanilla all over the house!’ My secret is I place AIR WICK scented oil plug ins ‘Vanilla & Orchid’ in my bathroom, bedroom and the corridor.

I’m too scared to use candles and I’ve smelled some gorgeous vanilla candles but I just cant relax at the thought of lighting up a candle and leaving it in the room, I have a huge fear of fire blazing in the room (and also when someone talks to me with a pen in their hand and start talking with their  hands moving around and im like ‘ummm hello I like my top, please get the pen away from me!’ I get real nervous)

One of the vanilla products I cant live without is St.ives creamy vanilla body wash! I’ve been using it for 2 years now and sometimes I try switching to other body wash but I always come back to this one!! for the reasons being :

Its made with natural ingredients
Contains 100% natural extracts
Formulated without parabens and phthalates
Does not contain animal ingredients
Not tested on animals

I watched a documentary about the chemicals that goes into beauty products and its really shocking how much chemicals we use on our precious skin that we are unaware about!! Two of those chemicals we must look out for in our products are parabens and phthalates! Take a look at your shampoo bottle and look for these ingredients: Propyl, Butyl, Methyl, Ethyl and Iso and always end in paraben.

Parabens act as a preservative in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, and many other products to reduce the chance of contamination of bacteria, mold, and fungi.  Sounds simple enough, right? Where the issue is being raised is concerning Parabens acting as estrogenic compounds. Basically, the body treats Parabens as hormones, thus disrupting the endocrine system, increasing cancer risks. Parabens are easily absorbed through the skin. They have lipophilic properties, which means they can accumulate in fatty tissue such as that found in the breast. This makes the use of parabens in underarm deodorants, skin cremes, and sunscreens a concern if they are found to be harmful to our health.

Phthalates are commonly found in dozens of personal care products including deodorants, nail polishes, fragrances, and hair mousses. Research has found that this preservative is an endocrine (hormone), toxins that interfere with the normal activities of the endocrine system, which regulates hormone levels in the body. (it messes up the hormones in our body) Phthalates are one of the most widely used types of chemical compound today, phthalates are found in thousands of everyday products, from shower curtains to nail polish. Blood and urine tests done by studies performed in the United States and Europe have found that phthalates and phthalate metabolites are present in the bodies of 90-100% of citizens in these countries.

Always check the back of the products you use on your skin, shampoo, lotions, nail polish remover and cosmetics!

Last week I brought the St.Ives Vanilla body lotion in TSC Hazmieh, and its also formulated without parabens and Phthalates, it smells gorgeous and gave soft skin. Vanilla obsessed!

Please be more aware and look after your gorgeous skin!

If you know any great 100 percent natural lotions, please share xx

source credit: wiredmamas.com, greenfacts.org

1 comment
  1. Bronwyn said:

    Gonna go buy AirWick! I always burn vanilla candles and I worry all the time about starting a fire – now I dont have to! 🙂

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