Making my own products


You are witnessing my Bildungsroman. I am going to ditch the market and make my own ingredients from face cream to diaper rash ointment to chopstick. I am so tired of being worried about what the industry is trying to kill me with for profit. I have dandruff but the shampoo I am using is full of carcinogens and coal tar is a level 10 toxin. Yeesh.

Here are a list of ingredients I have been using to make lotions, oils, and body washes.

  • Shea butter
  • Vitamins E oil
  • Beeswax
  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Almond oil
  • Coconut oil 

All or known for their antibacterial, antifungal, skin rejuvenating products. And I’m doing a lot of learning.

Some ingredients with special qualities as well:

  • Calendulas 
  • Lavender leaf
  • Arnica
  • Burdock root (don’t use while nursing!)
  • Chamomile flowers
  • Echinacea 
  • Goldenseal lead and root
  • Nettle leaf
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme 

I’m on a fresh product high, if you want lotions or balms contact me! I’ll make something personalized for you. Do you know any ingredients that are special. I will add them to my list.

Baby Piercing!

What is the right time to pierce your babies ears? I have heard all types of things. Personally, my ears were pierce when I was really little, in fact, my earliest baby picture I had pierced ears. My ears were pierced for my baptism. I was so cute in my white dress, cubic zirconia’s and bright eyes. So innocent.

Now… Erinma. She cried so much with her shots. Now sitting looking at her with her unpierced ears… oh so ambiguous. She looked just like her father so many times strangers referred to her as “he”. I couldn’t even be mad. She had a head full of TWA.

So what was the right time? Birth? Pre-teen? With her 2 month shots? Am I overthinking this? Probably. I work out a list with pros and cons.

Birth:

  • Pro – she would not remember
  • Con – per my mom the holes may be skewed and not aligned as she grows
  • Oh well… that ship has sailed anyways.

2 months:

  • Pro: Can be given by the pediatrician in a clean and sterile environment, also can be combined in the same time as shots. Now she has gotten her shots and a possible boost in her immunity.
  • Cons: She is getting shots you want to put needles in her ears too? tsk tsk tsk.
  • Oh well… that ship too has also sailed.

3-4 months:

  • Pros: Baby still not aware she has ears. Yay, she won’t tug at her ears. She may not remember all of this.
  • Cons: She is still so teeny tiny, who know what will happen to the earrings at this age.

9 mo – 1 year – youth:

  • Pros: She kinda knows what is going on. She is fully immune to most things. Healing may be better.
  • Cons: She is gonna pull those babies out, or rip them out… You will get the death stare for all of 45 minutes. When babies constantly touch their ears there is an increased risk of infection.

Pre-teen years:

  • Pros: Decreased infection risk. Great healing. It becomes a life experience. She can choose whether or not she wants her ears pierced.
  • Cons: She will choose whether or not she wants her ears pierced. That’s a looooong time to wait.

What we did.

We went to Claire’s. They can pierce the babies ears starting at 3 months. Its a pretty quick process. It is sanitary and sterile. They use a single, one-use disposable piercing apparatus with the earing inside. Quick, one and done.

Baby did cry for about 5 minutes per ear, but she was quite by the time we left the store. No biggie. I’m glad I did it. No regrets. Will update you on how baby feels. She is already so beautiful with her earrings.

 

Dangerous Baby Products…

I have come to the sad, sad, and very sad realization that the major companies want us dead. It’s all about the bottom line and pushing their product for a cheaper production and inflated price tag even if it means putting us in our grave. $6.99 for a bottle of lotion that is eating through your babies pores and killing her softly! Every day you smother your baby in a chemical concoction and at the same time tuck pennies into her college fund… whew, that was dark. Let me step out of that place real quick.

Seriously, what I have found is bad, real bad. These companies are using ingredients that have been banned in other countries like Europe, Australia and South Africa and they keep them in our products and push them on us with a high price tag. Why?! I have a few thoughts:

  1. They think we are stupid, and we actually are.
  2. We trust in the FDA but the FDA allow the companies to prove safety and efficacy despite these companies only interest in getting their products off the shelves. Conflict of interest, maybe.
  3. These ingredients aren’t as bad as they seem.

Clearly it’s not 3. Maybe it’s a combination of 1 and 2. Why is it that in other countries the protocol is to protect the consumer first and ask questions later. The the United States of Capitalism, it’s all about sales, and sadly even the FDAs governance can be swayed.

Please, please, please be careful what you put on your babies tushy. Some of these chemicals are truly disgusting and don’t even belong in our water system. Your babies skin is even more porous and everything goes right into their system. Gone are the days when you could trust what you see in the jar as what it is said to be. Flip that bottle over and research those ingredients. You have google.com, you have a smart device, it takes less than a minute. If you don’t want to do that heed my warning and avoid suppliers like Johnson &a Johnson, Aveeno and etc who load their lotions and oils with by-products and poisons. J&J is currently paying out a $72 million dollar lawsuit to a woman who got uterine cancer using their products for over 20 years. They have issued statement that they are removing these harmful ingredients but it will take time, meanwhile they have a “green” alternative that can be purchased for twice the price. What? And also meanwhile they are selling their products sans these fatal components to their stores overseas to countries that have since banned these chemicals. What? So we just have to keep rubbing these toxins into our skin as they take their sweet time to rectify things. Not me and my baby.

I just can’t trust the world anymore. I will be making my own baby products, lotions, oils and diaper creams for now. Hell, I use natural products for myself why settle for less on my baby.

What do you think about all of this? Have you already made the switch or are you and the little one still inhaling the baby powder talc comparable to asbestos?