Recently I took a Making Natural Toiletries workshop at Thyme Wisper's Herb Shop down in Perry County. That's Thyme in the pic to the left.
It was worth the drive just to meet her! Such a gentle and welcoming woman she is. Her shop sits on a hill and it's surrounded by wooded acres that are breathtakingly lovely.
This is a woman who knows her herbs, folks. She didn't just read an article on the internet and hang out a shingle. All of us in the workshop were tossing out questions about various herbs and essential oils, and Thyme generously shared her wisdom with us.
In the course of the afternoon, we made all-natural shampoos, conditioners, and deodorant. From scratch. To prove it, here's a pic of one of the workshop participants diligently grinding comfrey for an infusion. Yes, she really came all the way from Arkansas for the class.
Why did we go to all this trouble when we could have picked up toiletries at the local Dollar Store? Ah, I'm glad you asked.
Below is a post from 2009 that explains it. (Once you've gotten to the end, you may want to go over to the Thyme Wisper website to find out more about natural toiletries and healthier living.)
How Green Can I Be?
I play this game called How Difficult Can I Make My Life. It started with becoming a vegetarian.
Then I decided to oppose child slavery by giving up non-organic chocolate.
About a year ago it dawned on me that cosmetics are the most toxic things on earth, and so –with my usual plunge-into-deep-water approach– I switched to health and beauty items that don’t contain deadly chemicals.
It didn’t take me long to realize that products claiming to be ‘all natural’ are full of … well, full of something other than credibility. In order to be sure I’m not applying poison directly to my skin, I have to read the entire list of ingredients. I’ve also had to memorize certain suffixes (-mine, -glycol) and red flag words (petrolatum), because there are so many clever ways to say ‘this stuff will kill you’ and make it sound like a good thing.
I don’t want to sound like Chicken Little or anything, but … do you have any idea what’s getting into your body through your skin? I’m not just trying to engage you in my game; I really care. Check into this issue and consider cleaning up your shampoo…..