Essential Oils in a Everyday Product

Essential oils are all the rage and for good reason. Using naturally occurring and naturally supplied oils from plants with names you can actually pronounce is good for both your body and the planet.


 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils first off are a product with an awesome name. Nothing sounds more perfect, natural, or organic than “essential oils”. Seriously it is “essential” after all… you must have it! The great thing about essential oils is unlike a lot of the great sounding but actually awful for you products out there essential oils are legitimately and truly good for you.

Remember long summer days as a kid when playing up in the hills or out in the fields you would come across a field of flowers and run through the sea of color. After playing for a bit you would return home and your clothes, legs, and shoes were covered with an oily color that matched those flowers? That was essential oils. It is the oils used by plants to serve some sort of purpose such as attracting pollinators, protecting against fungus, or waterproofing (to name a few).

Essential oils are derived from the distillation of natural plants. The oils are the combined secretions and pureness that every natural lover seeks in a product. Anyone looking to live naturally will love essential oils! Some of the best organic and natural products listed on Go-Nayked.com are Essential Oil based products.

Finding the Right Essential Oils for You

Due to their natural derivation you need to use caution when approaching essential oils for the first time. Depending upon how the oil is derived and your personal allergies and reactions essential oils can be dangerous if simply applied without testing. Before using a new essential oil understand the source of the oil, how it was pulled from the plant, and what if any additives have been mixed with it.

We have a product listed on the website right now that is a great starter product to demonstrate the advantages of essential oils Qet – Fresh Body Oil for Shaving, Showering & Massage With an ingredient list filled with great oils including Cold-pressed oils from seeds of vitis vinifera (*grape), olea europaea (*olive), helianthus annuus (*sunflower), brassica oleracea (broccoli), tocopherol (GMO-free vitamin E), essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (*lavender), mentha piperita (*mint), rubus idaeus (wild raspberry), rosmarinus officinalis (*rosemary), jasminum sambac (jasmine). nearly all of which are organic (denoted with the *).

The Qet Fresh Body Oil can be your everyday shower cream replacement for shaving and showering. Apply the oil after shaving and after your showers to keep your skin moist and nourished. The excellent mix of oils works to firm and hydrate your skin. How does it hydrate? By not breaking down the water bond in your skin cells it works to prevent cell destruction and help support the natural skin cycle. This product has met Go-Nayked’s strict product criteria and can be found here for further research and purchase.

For anyone looking to get in on the essential oil craze this product is an excellent way to get in the essential oil mood. You can find more essential oil based products over in the Go-Nayked.com marketplace. Let us know what you think of your favorite essential oil products and we will be happy to share them here.

Travel Healthy – Organic & Natural Travel Kit

Traveling is exciting, relaxing, therapeutic and fun! Don’t we all long for those treasured days of adventure and enchantment, far from the maddening crowd? Unfortunately, packing up for a trip is not always easy; especially for those who are mindful of their health.


 

More often than not, the natural or organic personal care products you use regularly cannot be accommodated in the luggage because the products are not available in travel-friendly sizes. You invariably rush to the nearest convenience store and make do with whatever is available. Not anymore!

Go-Nayked has the best possible news for the health-conscious on the move – You can travel with all your favorite organic and natural personal care products without the fear of having them tossed into trash by security personnel at the airport!

You may choose to travel by car, ship, or an airplane but carrying your personal care products and cosmetics within reach is important. Skin is the largest organ of your body. When we travel, the skin is exposed to the elements and is prone to dryness. So, it is prudent to have a moisturizer close at hand. Extreme weather conditions and pollution take their toll on your skin if the journey is a long one.

Go-Nayked has the perfect remedy to brighten your travel-weary skin in their range of travel-friendly cosmetics and personal care products from the best Organic and All Natural brands. They are eco-friendly, petite wonders that are packaged with 3 oz or less of the formula, thus adhering to the international guidelines. Take a glance at the plethora of products available in the Go Nayked marketplace

  • Moisturizer: Keep your skin from drying by carrying these travel-friendly, natural moisturizers from Go-Nayked marketplace.
  • Sunscreen: You can travel to sunny beaches and desert sand dunes without a worry. Go Nayked offers you a range of natural sunscreens that are chemical free and non-toxic. There are several mineral sunscreens and sunscreens for babies too. There are convenient sunscreen sticks that can fit into your pockets or purses.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner Bar: If you’ve ever had your clothes in your suitcase ruined by a leaking bottle of your favorite shampoo, you’ll jump with joy now! Travel size Organic shampoo and conditioners from popular brands around the world are now available as bars of compact sizes! These convenient shampoo bars and conditioner bars can fit into your travel bags or even your handbag. Have  a look at the range of products at the Go-Nayked marketplace.
  • Lipstick: Color your lips with natural, non-toxic lipsticks and amaze the world. These chemical free lipsticks are made from natural fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Skin Treatment Beauty Bar: Holidays are the best time to treat your skin ailments like acne as you can avoid public glare. You can carry along your natural skin care treatment regimen in a single beauty bar! It is your beautician and dermatologist combo pack.
  • Sleep Balm: When you are traveling, nothing can be more relaxing than a spell of sound sleep. Rejuvenate your skin and revitalize it with natural Sleep balm from Go-Nayked.
  • Deodorant: Smell great, naturally, even as you travel tirelessly! Whether you are camping out or hopping trains, or just relaxing at a scenic spot, you can’t stop smelling good. Make sure you are armed with these travel friendly sizes of deodorants from a host of responsible manufacturers.
  • Face Wash: Travel can be tiring and make your skin dry and dull. A refreshing and natural face wash can brighten your face and uplift your spirits! Check out the travel friendly face wash products from Go-Nayked.
  • Natural Nail Polish: There is no better time than a vacation to pamper your nails. Paint the nails red even before you would the town!
  • Goat’s Milk Shampoo: You don’t have to be Cleopatra to use goat’s milk! Treat your tresses with this unique Shampoo bar.
  • Natural Toothpaste: If you have been with your kid on a journey that has lasted over a couple of hours, you’ll know how invaluable toothpaste is! Brush away stains and freshen your child’s breath naturally with these travel friendly toothpastes.

Visit the Go-Nayked Marketplace for a complete list of natural, organic and non-toxic personal care products that are readily available in travel friendly packs.

Travel healthy! Travel happy!

Natural Baby Care Products

Babies symbolize everything that is pure, fresh, and beautiful. How could anyone resist the temptation of nuzzling a newborn’s soft and smooth skin? But a baby’s skin is also very delicate and is ultra-thin. It has a larger surface area in comparison to an adults’ (owing to lower body weight) and can absorb irritants, pollutants, and toxins more easily! Regular use of cosmetic products that have spurious chemicals in them can cause serious health conditions in the adult years of the infant. So, it is imperative to use safe and healthy baby care products.


 

Advantages of natural baby care

A baby’s skin is soft, supple and blemish-free. Skin has two layers – dermis, the bottom layer and epidermis, the top layer.  Epidermis is still developing and is thin and has smaller cells. Her skin is vulnerable to irritation, bacterial infection, acne and diaper rash. Cleaning the skin and maintaining moisture level is important but using cleansers and moisturizers laden with chemicals can only aggravate the condition… Go-Nayked offers you a large variety of natural baby care products to choose from on our online marketplace. Take a peek at healthy baby care products!

Baby Wipes: Diapers are a boon when it is baby’s day out! But diapers can also cause rashes and leave your baby’s skin sore. It is important to cleanse baby’s bottoms with safe and gentle wipes that are free of chemicals and fragrances. Using natural baby wipes can soothe and moisturize baby’s sensitive skin. Here are two of the baby wipes approved by Go-Nayked:

Jackson Reece All-Natural Unscented Baby Wipes: Award-winning baby wipes enriched with the natural goodness of aloe, essential oils and tea tree oil, these non-toxic and unscented baby wipes are made of biodegradable cloth. They are hypoallergenic and are soothing and gentle on the baby’s skin.

OsoCozy Flannel Baby Wipes (Unbleached): Made of 100% pure cotton, these wipes are eco-friendly, affordable, washable and reusable. These non-toxic baby wipes are highly absorbent and are the best bet to clean up any mess!

Cleanser: Babies have a sensitive skin and there is an increased risk of infections, irritation and bacterial growth. Some common skin ailments in babies and toddlers are diaper rash, baby acne and cradle cap. These conditions can be prevented by following a daily regimen of thoroughly cleaning your child’s skin with a natural cleanser. Protect your child with these Go Nayked-recommended cleansers:

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Liquid Castile Soap: This biodegradable soap is also vegan. It is a natural soap that is gentle on sensitive skin and is ideal for babies. It contains olive oil. This Castile soap is vegetable based and unscented.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Baby Body Wash and Shampoo: This is an organic and non-toxic body wash and shampoo. It has organic oils of coconut, lavender and Shea that gently cleanse and sooth sensitive skin and hair of babies. It is also suitable for all ages and skin types.

Diapers & Diaper Cream: If only babies could talk, they’d tell you how they hate wearing diapers and how they wish to just be! Since babies typically have their diapers on throughout the day, they often develop rashes due to friction and constant contact with urine and feces. Chemicals, drying agents, fragrances and dyes in some disposable diapers can trigger allergic reaction in infants. The bottom line (no pun intended!) is – Go Nayked. Our marketplace offers a choice of safe and chemical-free diapers and diaper cream. Here are a couple of them.

The Honest Company Diapers: These are hypoallergenic diapers that are environmentally friendly. There are 44 diapers of size 1 in a pack. They are chlorine-free and have no fragrance.

Badger- Baby Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream: This is a certified organic and natural mineral ointment for treating diaper rash effectively. The product is certified by pediatrician and contains pharmaceutical grade Zinc Oxide.

Sunscreen: Babies do need Vitamin D from sunlight but it is equally important to protect their tender and sensitive skin from harmful UVA and UVB radiations. Sunscreens available in the market often contain toxic chemicals and artificial ingredients that can be easily absorbed by your baby’s skin and pose a serious threat to her health. Learn more in this article. Thankfully, Go-Nayked provides you with safer alternatives. Here’s one…

Adorable Baby – Sunscreen Stick: Made of few natural and organic ingredients, this sunscreen protects your baby from UVA and UVB radiations. It contains safe mineral, Zinc Oxide. The product is approved by EWG and Go-Nayked!

If you are looking to buy natural and safe products for your baby or wish to take along a meaningful gift on the occasion of a Baby Shower, just log on to www.go-nayked.com – Your convenient, one-stop, online destination for Natural Baby Products.

Buying healthy baby products made so easy, it is child’s play!

The Honest Way to do Business

In our lives, we are knowingly or unknowingly all hunting for the best cosmetics products. 100% organic, 100% non-toxic and 100% natural are labels that will give the majority of us the confidence to buy the cosmetics and make it into a bestseller. Have you considered that our confidence might be misplaced?


 

A Good Example

The Honest Company is one of the most credible distributors of personal care and baby product that are free of toxins in the world. Their whole story revolves about being honest to the world about what they put into their products – and if they put something toxic in there, they will actually state it! Now that is a business strategy that seems doomed to fail because if people really knew what kind of garbage is in the cosmetics they buy, they would never buy it again.

The Honest Company is fully aware of that and this is why they pick only the most mild and non-toxic products to promote. For example, their baby wipes and diapers are by far the safest choice because they investigate fully every ingredient that goes into producing the diapers. Standard diapers come with a tidbit of messy chemicals that might cause allergies and diaper rashes. Being aware of this problem, the company makes chemical-free nappies.

We Had to Use Bad Ingredients… Here is Why

Their Honest liquid hand soap is created with synthetic surfactants and preservatives – and they go out of their way to tell us the toxic effects their products might have. When it comes to soaps, you can add synthetic surfactants or create soap with saponification process which is clean and environmentally friendly. The Honest Company stated the use of three synthetic surfactants because they perform better than saponification process and reduce production prices. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is one of surfactants in the soap which has been linked with allergic reactions and inflammation according to scientific study.

Here is a clean take on The Honest Company. Don’t buy their liquid hand soap. They practically admit it has potentially toxic ingredients in it in order to compete with the bigger cosmetics firms – the soap is not the next step in cosmetics. You will find that we do not list their soap as one of the approved products but we do list others.

In the Details

At Go Nayked we strive to give the same depth and detail of information as The Honest Company. With so much dishonesty and marketing tricks in the cosmetics industry, we believe in a clean and transparent approach. We want to educate the world in what safe and effective cosmetics really consist of and will give you details about the ingredients in an objective way. Use our research as your guide and take the time to leave reviews about your experience.

Honestly Good Diapers

The Honest Company is best known for their revolutionary diapers. When young moms start seeing rashes on their baby’s skin caused by standard diapers, they turn to The Honest Company. They know they have the most eco-friendly and baby-friendly diapers on the market but they are still being honest enough to not call them allergy-free. These are their hypoallergenic Honest Company diapers which you can buy at Go-Nayked Marketplace. Created out of the purest ingredients, the Honest Company still admits there might be some degree of irritation and potential allergies. Companies that create standard diapers with allergic chemicals that cause irritation will usually market them as 100% allergy-free and give you an extra 100% guaranteed no-irritation properties label.

Everybody wants the best for their children. However, the majority of people think best is 100% organic, 100% natural and so on. They will buy sub-standard products with a confidence that they bought the miracle diaper. Be smart and buy from companies with small marketing budgets and a hell of a product.

EOS Lip Balm – A Tale in Natural Reactions

One of the hottest products in skincare is EOS “Evolution of Smooth” lip balm. Very popular and trendy with spokespeople like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears the brand has used clever marketing and packaging to sell millions of lip balm containers in recent years. Being so popular the brand has recently been hit with some seriously bad publicity following a  lawsuit alleging the product caused severe skin irritation to users mouths.


 

As reported by TMZ the lip balm alleged caused reactions on users lips and surrounding skin.

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The lawsuit seeks class action status. Without delving into the case itself we at Go-Nayked.com believe this is a perfect example of the mantra we have been preaching for a while. Just because something is advertised as natural or organic does not necessarily mean it is good for you. CNBC, also reporting on this story, had the following:

“Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. Anthrax is natural but not safe,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Organic refers to food—not skin care products—and no agency regulates whether beauty products are organic, he said.”

Poison Ivy is the perfect example of a natural and organic product that you do not want rubbing on your skin! While EOS is not using Poison Ivy in its products it is using ingredients that could potentially be irritating to some; sell enough of it and someone somewhere will have issues.

How to Deal with Problems

It starts with the stuff inside… the ingredients. Read the label and understand what is on the inside. Surprisingly the push towards more natural and organic products is causing more reactions in people. Suddenly product manufacturers trying to get a leg up on the competition are including ingredients that until now have not been used in wide circulation.

Become the Guinea Pig

We hate to point it out but you are forced in some cases to become the tester of the products. In skin care, unlike food, the laws are a bit looser allowing companies to stretch the boundaries of what they included. For the vast majority this is not a big deal but in the off chance you are sensitive to the product you sure will find out soon enough.

How to Recognize Problems Early

At Go-Nayked.com we do a lot of research about every product we list in our store. If there is a history of reported problems we will research the problems further, see if it has been rectified, or make a note on the product description about the potential issue. Whenever you begin using a new product, whether natural or not, use care the first few times to apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area of your body. Just like an allergy test at the doctor the best spot for cosmetics is to apply a small dab to the inside of your fore-arm.

Go-Nayked.com has yet to add any EOS products to our products list. What do you think about that? We do have a number of approved lip balms listed and invite you to give those products a try. In the world of natural and organic you need to be careful, use common sense, and test any new products to make sure you do not react to them. Go-Nayked.com is your ace in the hole helping you find great products from great companies.

Have you had any negative side effects from natural or organic products? We want to hear from you in the comment section below.

Natural Sunscreen Options

Growing up as a kid in the late 80’s and early 90’s I remember the vivid depiction of what was inevitable with the thinning of the ozone layer.


 

Nightly news spent days and days describing how skin cancer would go through the roof and how our very lives were in peril. All we had to do to fix it was to stop using aerosol spray cans… poof problem solved. Step forward 20 years (has it been that long!?) and guess what? The ozone hole surged to near record size just last month!

Enter the sunscreen market. Since the mid-80’s sunscreen usage has boomed. Sunscreen application is a daily routine for millions of people and sunscreens can be found in multiple forms including topical creams and spray on applications. With the proliferation of sunscreen usage one would expect to see a corresponding drop in skin cancer rates… right? Well in reality not so much… cancer rates have continued to grow.

Burned if You Don’t Cancer’ed if You Do

It turns out that “normal” sunscreens are filled with a ton of hazardous chemicals including:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene

These five are listed as the potentially most hazardous according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) due to the absorptive nature and ability to disrupt hormones or imitate vital functions. So the choice to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays is one of choosing to apply chemicals directly to your largest body organ or get burned.

Demand for Alternatives

As people have become aware of the dangers of the chemicals in sunscreens alternatives have started to pop up. Go-Nayked.com, as you are aware, spends all of our time finding natural and clean alternative products, testing them, making sure their ingredient list is good, and then making it easy for you to find them. We have 17 products with sunscreen/ sun protection related properties currently listed giving you some great choices.

Choosing a Natural Sunscreen

The problem with natural sunscreens is found in price and ingredients. It turns out that the synthetic and toxic chemicals are readily available and cheaply made. On the flip side the choice of natural ingredients is more limited and pricey. You get what you pay for… when it comes to cancer or sunburn isn’t it important?

A great example of a killer natural sunscreen are the products sold by Wotnot from Australia. The location of the company should be of some importance because Australia is regularly caught within the region where the bulk of the ozone layer loss occurs. People there are more exposed to the dangerous rays from the sun. Made with certified organic ingredients the Wotnot brand sunscreen is a perfect choice for everyday wear. Using naturally sourced zinc oxide the sunscreen also uses the following ingredients Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera, silica, naticide (all natural preservative).

With natural sunscreens it is important that you regularly re-apply throughout the day. If you are spending more than 4 hours at the beach reapply the sunscreen around that 4 hour mark to ensure continued protection. Apparently the ozone is going to continue to expand and contract despite our best efforts to control the changes. Take the natural route in protecting yourself from both cancer and sunburn with natural sunscreens found here at Go-Nayked.com.

Chronobiology – Your Skin Has a Daily Cycle

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.


The majority of life on earth is inherently affected by the sun. The rotation of the Earth gives us 24 hour days, it’s rotation around the sun gives us a year and day and night are the normal consequences of planetary revolution.

It is no wonder that our bodies are harmoniously in coherence with the endless cycles of days and nights. We usually refer to this phenomenon as our biorhythm and our metabolism, hormone production and brain function are all run by the ‘body clock’.

As can be expected our skin also has a biorhythm. Observing and making use of skin biorhythm is very important when it comes to skin care. One has to know when to use what kind of cosmetic product in order to enhance the processes the skin regularly goes through on a daily basis. If you can nail down your skin’s biorhythm, you can achieve outstanding skin treatment results using the same cosmetic products that you were using up till now. There are also some tricks to choose better cosmetics products based upon the skin phase.

Skin has a 24 hour recurring cycle. During this time, skin tissue naturally goes through several different phases. When the sun is up, our skin has evolved to deal with several threats, such as cold temperature or extreme sunlight. In modern times, skin defense takes into consideration air pollution as well. On the other hand, when the sun is down, skin doesn’t have to protect itself from the environmental elements and has time to recuperate and regenerate.

Research has found that the division of skin cells is most active at night (roughly between midnight and 1 AM) and it’s least active during the day (roughly between noon and 1 PM). In addition, the blood flow to skin was found to be highest between 11 PM and 4 AM. This is a clear indication that during night time the skin is being super fueled with rich nutrients in the blood. On the other hand, the increased blood flow also cleanses the skin of toxins that were created as bye products during the day.

The studies also suggested that the transition between day and night is governed by a process that enhances skin shedding. This process is most intense between 7 PM and 11 PM. This information is very useful; the face creams applied during this part of the day will have minimal effect because skin is in the process of shredding and everything on it (like your very expensive cream) will just fall down your face.

The findings have created a roadmap for skin care. With cosmetic skin products we want to enhance skin protection during the day and speed-up the regeneration processes during the night. This cycle will dictate how you should use various products. For example, all night creams are designed to help your skin recuperate faster. Applying them during the day will have little or no effect because that’s when skin needs protection, not regeneration.

Here at Go-Nayked.com we have a marketplace full of high quality skin products. Going through the products, try to think about what you will use the cream or lotion for. If you use it for skin protection, make sure you apply it during the day. If you want to use it for skin regeneration, apply it after 11 PM.

Having this rational approach to usage of cosmetics products will bring your skin care skills to a completely new level and you’ll experience the full benefits of every cosmetics product you buy. Much like the world that spins around the sub your skin care regime will follow a distinct cycle.

Primal Life Organics – Back to the Roots of Skin Care

The skin care industry has a lot of choices to offer us; products could be natural, non-toxic, chemical-free, vegan, or more recently, Paleo… hold on, Paleo (diet) sounds familiar but Paleo skin care? Yes, you read that right! The word Paleo means “ancient, early, prehistoric, and primitive”. Paleo skin care regimen is gaining popularity as it involves using natural ingredients in their raw and fresh state to nourish and heal skin, just as it was in primal methods. Go-nayked.com introduces you to Primal Life Organics, a company featured in our marketplace. It specializes in Paleo skin care products that are in pristine state and of impeccable quality.


Commercial Skin Care vs. Paleo Skin Care

Commercial skin care products typically include one or more of the following chemicals: Parabens as preservatives, Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Phthalates as solvents, FD&C pigments and colors, Benzoyl peroxide in acne products, and DEA, MEA, TEA as foam boosters. These chemicals are linked to cancer, skin allergies, birth defects, infertility and learning disabilities.
Mother Nature has endowed us with an abundance of fresh ingredients. Several ancient civilizations across the globe have used natural products to heal and nourish skin. Paleo skin care uses the healthiest food sources for the body that are real and natural. The Paleo logic is simple: If something is safe enough to eat, then it should be safe to use it on your skin too, and vice versa. It is fresh, organic, gluten-free, non-toxic, vegan, and, it works!

Primal Life Organics –The Fresh Concept

Most of the skin care products that are mass-manufactured are loaded with a profusion of artificial preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold in the product. The potent, healing powers claimed of such ‘natural’ products (fortified with toxic preservatives) bought off a store shelf are debatable indeed!

In contrast, the shelves are always empty of products at Primal Life Organics! Why so? It is because they only stock up the ingredients. All products are made fresh, on order. A product that is made has already been sold! So, there is no necessity to add preservatives. The products are veritable powerhouses of nutrition because their sources are fresh and real.

Hallmarks of Primal Life Organics

Fresh and real – these are the hallmarks of Paleo skin care, as advocated by Primal Life Organics. “Our skin is programmed to recognize and respond to natural ingredients that are healing and safe.” By using fresh and real Paleo products, you can eliminate the harmful chemicals in the other skin care products. This will give you the opportunity to realize the magic of Primal Life Organics on your skin and your long-term health! The products are suitable for all types of skin.

Primal Life Organics was created by Trina Felber, an experienced nurse who is passionate about her commitment to develop skincare products that use only fresh, natural ingredients that were used by our primal ancestors. Fully aware of the dangers posed by chemical cosmetics, Trina envisioned this pristine line of skin care products that can help you live non-toxic, naturally!

Take a look at the fresh and nutrient-dense range of Primal Life Organics products available now at our Go-Nayked.com Marketplace.

Natural Cleaner for Home and Body

It slices, it dices, it cleans, it sweeps, it shines, it polishes, it turns black to white and white to black, it is the amazing cure-all from the far reaches of Africa step right up and get your bottle now!


 

One of the things we have discovered over here at Go-Nayked.com is that there truly are all-natural products that are measures better than anything else on the market. These products harness the power of the ingredients found in nature to serve a purpose important to people. Why don’t we hear about them and see them on store shelves? Let’s dive into the problem.

Productification

Productification is a word I just created and it really sums up the problem with everything we buy and use. In a consumer based society companies are looking to sell products that “work” but cost next to nothing to work. By mixing cheap and readily available synthetic chemicals companies can produce products that get the job done, smell pretty, and store forever. These products can be packaged smartly and sold/ marketed even more smartly to generate billions in sales annually… but at what cost?

For regular readers of our blog the horrible effects of the various chemicals found in “normal” products are mind boggling but the productification has generated a consistent demand that no one questions. When was the last time you actually stopped to look at the ingredient list on your shampoo, body soap, or laundry detergent? Some of these chemicals are toxic to living beings!

Old is New

The first step in living clean is to stop assuming that what you are doing now and buying regularly is right. Question the products, question the labels, and question the marketing. On our end we have discovered Dr. Woods Shea Vision Castile Soap with Organic Shea Butter and Pure Almond. This is the perfect cleaning product you may have never heard of. The key ingredients are in the name but deserve repeating: Almond, Castile Soap, and Shea Butter.

Castile Soap, or vegetable oil based soap, has been used for millennia and is derived from combining olive oil and sodium hydroxide. The main vegetable base may change but the underlying makeup does not… it is natural. Almond oil, like Castile Soap, has enjoyed a renascence of respect for all its great qualities on the human body. The natural character of the oil provides nourishment and cleansing in one package. Finally Shea Butter is derived from a plant found in the African Sahara that can be boiled down to key ingredients. The Shea Butter is the perfect moisturizer for skin.

By combining all these ingredients together Dr. Woods Shea Vision Castile Soap with Organic Shea Butter and Pure Almond provides a quality package of cleanser for your face, body, and hair that also can be used as a generic cleaner in laundry and for counters. As you can see this really is a product that does all the snake oil promises without the snake oil scam.

Go-nayked.com has identified several other natural quality cleansers and they can all be found and further research in our marketplace here.

Pamper Your Skin This Winter

I’m not going to lie; I am not a fan of winter. Salt and ice are meant for margaritas – not my driveway!


 

But this year I’ve taken the Go-Nayked.com pledge to embrace winter, so I’ll be doing my best to put on my big girl pants (or snow pants) and get out in the cold. Getting our daily dose of vitamin D by spending time outside can help us to beat the winter blues, and there’s nothing as cozy as coming inside and warming up those rosy cheeks by a fire or under a nice warm blanket. No matter how hard we try to embrace winter though, there’s no denying the havoc that it wreaks on our skin. To save face (and money), here’s a simple DIY skin care routine that will keep your skin clear, soft, and healthy all winter long:

Step 1: Wash your face – If your skin is oily and prone to acne (like mine is) dab a small amount of honey (about 1 tsp) into your hands. Use warm water to gently massage the honey onto your face and rinse. Honey is a natural moisturizer and it has antibacterial properties; it fights against acne and flaky skin at the same time. If your skin is dry instead of oily, use the same process but replace honey with coconut oil. Coconut oil has similar properties to honey and a stronger hydrating effect.

Step 2: Steam your face – I know it sounds weird but herbal facial steams are my new favorite thing; they work as an alternative to harsh exfoliants. Pour a few cups of boiling water into a metal pot or bowl and add chamomile and green tea. The chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, and green tea has antioxidant properties that provide a protective effect. Hold your face eight inches above the steam for five to ten minutes and rinse with refreshing cool water.

Step 3: Moisturize – Banish flaky skin for good by blending 6 cups of whole fat milk, half an avocado, and 2 tablespoons of honey and applying it as a face cream. Combined, these ingredients contain a powerful blend of essential fatty acids that moisturize, rejuvenate, and fight against aging. This homemade face cream will sooth your skin after a day of exposure to wind and artificial heat, while protecting it from further damage.

By following this skincare routine and keeping your pledge to get outside, turn inward, and eat healthy, your skin will stay soft and vibrant all winter long (to take the pledge check out the Go Nayked winter pledge post and sign your name in the comments section). Of course, everyone’s skin is different and if this routine isn’t for you then you can find lots of non-toxic beauty products at our marketplace. You can use these products to create your own beauty routine. If you already have a non-toxic skin care routine or if you choose to create your own, you can help others by sharing it in the comments section below.