Coming Home to Goodness
The other morning I woke up practically on fire with the thought of how important it is to start baby on the right track when it comes to what is being used on his or her skin. This is something I feel so strongly about. As loving and concerned Mommas we want the best for our children; clothing made of natural fibers, safe, non-toxic toys, proper socialization, adequate physical activity, fresh clean air, and natural healthy food. These are so important, but just as critical are the products chosen for baby’s hair and skin.
How does that soft, new, velvety skin go from point A to point Z? The above photo illustrates a skin range of 88 years (my Father-in-Law and his 22nd Great Grandchild!) What happens during that time-line? What is genetic, and what can be influenced or even to an extent, controlled? Our DNA determines the rate at which we age, but we can make a significant (positive!) contribution to our hair and skin condition.
If by chance you’ve never heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, please take note: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a negatively charged detergent and is used all over the world. SLS is the universal standard used to irritate skin in clinical testing so medical researchers can test ingredients to see how fast the skin heals. It is commonly found in liquid soaps and shampoos, bubble baths, bath and shower gels, and in most toothpaste marketed throughout the world. SLS has shown penetration into the eyes, as well as systemic tissues (brain, heart, liver, etc.). Because SLS and related substances are widely used in many populations on a daily basis in soaps and shampoos, there is an immediate concern relating to the penetration of these chemicals into the eyes and other tissues. This is especially important in infants, where considerable growth is occurring, because a much greater uptake occurs in tissues of younger eyes, and SLS changes the amounts of some proteins in cells from eye tissues. Tissues of young eyes may be more susceptible to alteration by SLS.¹
Are you a label reader? If so, you may have noticed SLS in many of your body care products, and unfortunately, many children’s shampoos and bubble baths also contain this detergent. Light bulb moment here: “Detergent”… doesn’t that sound more like something you use on your greasy dishes, your muddy car or your soiled laundry? But to use it daily on that precious baby skin? None of J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars or products contain any detergents. When I first heard this, my question was, “Then how do they clean?” The shampoo bars remove the excess oils, dirt, and grime, but leave some natural, needed oils intact to keep your scalp and body healthy. The bars are made with nourishing oils to balance your own body and scalp oils, and specific herbal properties address various skin and hair issues and have moisturizing ingredients to alleviate dryness.
When we hold a baby, we are holding the future in our very hands! And not only that particular baby’s future, but the future of the world! Without a doubt, this is important “stuff’! And it’s important enough– no, I would say vital that we as good Moms start them off on a healthy track by using J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar. However, I will stress that J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars do not contain the potentially carcinogenic chemical (link) that prevents the stinging that can result if shampoo happens to get into the eyes, so please, take normal precautions to protect babies and children’s eyes just as you would your own.
Moms need any extra moments they can grab, and come bath time, think how easy it is to use just one healthy, convenient product for baby. You’ve got your hands full (literally!) with a slippery baby, and having that one easily manageable bar to use on baby’s hair and skin makes bathtime much simpler. No plastic bottle to open, no spillage, no waste! One product! And don’t forget, not only is the shampoo bar not stripping the natural scalp oil, it’s also not stripping the natural skin oils… will you need to use body lotion? You be the judge.
Okay, quick run-down here, cause I know you don’t have all day… which bar is best for baby? I would suggest any of the following three:
- Original Formula: Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and pure spring water. Fragrance: Rose oil (Mmmm… this smells so soft and fresh). This formula works for nearly everyone including those with severe allergies and sensitivities.
- Tea Tree and Hemp: Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and pure spring water. Fragrance: None. This formula works well for dermatological issues like itchy, flaky, scalp conditions.
- Ultra Balanced: Contains olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, pure spring water, jojoba oil, and almond oil. Unscented. This formula works well in normalizing the natural oils in your hair and on your scalp. Very gentle and creamy feel.
And before I forget, here’s a really nifty idea: J.R.LIGGETT’S Mini Traveler. Wouldn’t this be a smart thing to tuck in your purse, the diaper bag and pack along with baby’s clothing for a short trip? Remember, J.R. LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bars are handmade… I think that’s cool. When I unwrap a bar, I get a kick out of the little creases I sometimes find in a new bar; and when I breathe in the freshness it just seems so comfortable, and calm, like coming home… home to all that is welcoming and good and healthy.
Joy Richter ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT LTD