Ditch The Plastic And Switch To An Eco Friendly Body Wash

The dowwnside to commercial bodywash and why to switch. Natural bodywashes with organic ingredients are a great way to take care of you, and the world around you. Showergel, shower cream, bodywash- lots of different names for the same product, all of which do the same thing- get you clean. Bodywashes in various forms have been...

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Ditch The Plastic And Switch To An Eco Friendly Body Wash

The dowwnside to commercial bodywash and why to switch

Natural bodywashes with organic ingredients are a great way to take care of you, and the world around you.

Showergel, shower cream, bodywash- lots of different names for the same product, all of which do the same thing- get you clean.

Bodywashes in various forms have been around since the 1800s, centuries after the invention of the humble soap bar. In 1865, a chap called William Shepphard patented the formula behind liquid soap but it didn’t really take off until the end of the century. 

Unfortunately, since then shower gel and bodywash became more and more filled with chemicals and less and less about actually taking good care of your skin. Harsh detergents and foaming agents like sodium laureth sulfate were used to strip dirt off the skin but sadly they removed a lot of the good oils as well. Furthermore, these ingredients could end up causing rashes, irritation and dryness- not what you want! These surfactants made from synthetic ingredients or palm oil make the skin feel squeaky clean but are not good for you, or the environment. These ingredients can make up as much as 50% of the finished product as well as water, thickeners, and artificial fragrances.

Chemicals found in commercial bodywashes often remove moisture from our skin and we end up absorbing and inhaling the less than wonderful ingredients. Over time these can build up and cause a number of issues including allergies, rashes, dematits, and patchy skin. These synthetics are much cheaper than organic alternatives but that is about the only benefit they have.

Organic bodywashes contain ingredients that are there because they are beneficial to us and our skin. They also help to maintain a healthy PH balance and to moisturise and protect our delicate skin. By using natural and organic ingredients it also means we are not at risk of absorbing anything nasty into our bodies, including things like pesticides and manmade chemicals. Instead, using natural botanicals, essential oils, sea salt, extracts of various plants, and other wondrous things, we can ensure that we remain healthy inside and out.

The majority of these products come packaged in single use plastic bottles that are harmful to make and harmful to dispose of. The solution is simple- either switch to solid soap or get your hands on one of the gorgeous organic, natural body washes that we have tried, tested, loved, and stocked!

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Nourish Your Lashes With An Eco Friendly Mascara

Mascara is a makeup essential but did you know eco friendly mascara is just as good?

If you are looking for an eco friendly mascara that will nourish your lashes, then this is a great place to start!

If you ask anyone what their desert island makeup essential would be, we are pretty sure the majority of them would say mascara. Used to darken, lengthen, thicken, and separate our eyelashes, mascara has become a staple in the makeup bags all over the world.

Like many of today’s makeup trends, the origins of mascara can be found in ancient Egypt where men and women would paint their eyes, and lashes with thick, black, sticky potion that would enhance the eyes. These fashions were replicated in Babylonia, Greece, and the Roman Empire before falling out of fashion in Europe, whilst remaining popular in the Middle East.

Mascara faced a big resurgence in popularity in Victorian England as social opinion radically shifted to promote cosmetics and women spent many hours each day, preening and beautifying themselves. One of the most sought after features was long, thick, dark lashes and to attain this, Victorian women would make their own mascara at home, with varying results. One example of homemade Victorian-era mascara was made from a mixture of ash and elderberry juice that was heated and brushed onto the lashes.

In terms of commercial mascaras, in the 19th Century, formulas began to emerge that used a mixture of coal and the newly invented petroleum jelly. It was incredibly messy so a better version was soon created that was made of soap and black dye and was applied with a dampened brush- similar in style to our mascara cake that we stock today!

Nowadays, mascara is typically made of waxes, oils, and a base mixture of pigments including iron oxide and titanium dioxide which provide it with the desired colour. The problem is that many commercial mascaras come in plastic tubes that are often discarded after as little as three months. These tubes are so small that they rarely get recycled and instead end up in landfills, breaking down over hundreds of years into harmful microplastics. 

Thankfully, Peace With The Wild stocks a variety of different mascaras that come in bamboo or metal packaging and are refillable. This cuts down substantially on the amount of waste created when you seek more luscious lashes, and promotes a more sustainable kind of beauty.

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