Thursday, September 18, 2008

Conscientious parents use organic skin care for their children.

It seems as if everywhere you are turning anymore, all you hear about is organic products which most people dismiss with the wave of a hand. It is hard to take any fad or trend seriously if you are use to watching them pass by within months. Therefore, if you have heard about organic skin care for children you may just brush it off as another unaffordable celebrity craze or something you need not concern yourself with. However, in the case of organic skin care for children, this is one trend that has deeper health implications for the development and overall health of your baby and children. With this in mind, you might seriously consider natural and organic skin care for baby products with a little more discretion.
One of the number one reasons why organic skin care for children has become a mainstream topic of discussion and a trend, is because new developments have shown that children actually develop better with the use of organic products over processed chemical skin care products? Why? The answer is simply a biological one that is medically proven to be true.
Children and babies skins are not yet fully developed until they reach adulthood. This means that their skin is much more open to absorbing all chemicals and elements that they come in contact with. Therefore, if there is a synthetic chemical inside of a skin care product, it will seep through their skin through absorption at a much higher concentrate then as adults. Think of it this way, if you knew that your makeup or skin care products contained toxins that are dangerous if ingested, you would never let your child drink or eat them correct?
Well, since children’s skin absorbs chemicals at a very high rate, when you apply products that have a synthetic chemical base, you are basically allowing their skin to ingest the toxins and pollute their bodies. Although it may be shocking, it is true. This is the reason why you make sure to purchase natural and organic skin care for baby and organic skin care for children products. As a parent you want to protect your children from harm’s way, and that includes using products that will not cause harm to them. Natural and organic skin care for baby product formulas do not include any non-natural chemicals or toxins, thus you have the satisfaction of knowing you are protecting your child each time you apply lotion to their skin.
The purpose of lotions and creams are to moisturize and hydrate, so make sure you are preserving their inward body functions as well by purchasing natural and organic skin care for baby products and that is what you will find at specialized stores such as is a wonderful place to shop since they have a wide array of natural and organic skin care for children at a price to meet your budget.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fun Things To Do!

Creative ideas to keep the little ones entertained on a rainy day, or any other day!

-- Paper Bag Vest
-- Drawing on the Walls
-- Hide and Seek
-- Napkin Rings

Paper Bag Vest

Large brown paper bagScissorsPaintMake a vest from a brown paper bag by cutting a head hole, arm holes, and fringe along the bottom. Your child can paint and decorate the vest. When the vest is dry, your child can wear it! Parents, it needs to be said, use age appropriate scissors for the little ones!
Drawing on the Walls

Butcher paperCrayons/MarkersThis project was one of my children’s favorite activities! I would line the hall with white butcher paper from the floor to just as high as their little arms could reach. Boxes of crayons were placed outside each of their rooms. Hours were spent drawing, writing and doodling on the make shift mural. This satisfied their desire to draw on the walls, and saved me a lot of scrubbing.

Hide and Seek
Kitchen timerWind up your kitchen timer and hide it somewhere in the house. Have your child search for it by listening for its ticking sound.

Napkin Rings
Empty paper towel or toilet paper rollsScissorsCrayons, paints, stickers, or glitterMake napkin rings for a special occasion or to give as a gift. Cut empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls into one-and-a-half-inch pieces. Have your child decorate them with crayons, paints, stickers, or glitter.

Carolyn Deal
Sum-Bo-Shine Naturals & Organics

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby your Baby

Baby Your Baby’s Skin with Organic Skin Care Products

Everybody is talking about organics these days, but more often than not they are referring to food. Did you know that organic products encompass skin care and clothing as well as a variety of other goods? It is possible to buy clothing made from organic cotton materials and you can feel assured that nothing harmful will be on your baby’s skin. If you choose cloth diapers rather than disposables, you can find 100% organic diapers to soothe your baby’s behind. Not only will organic cloth diapers save you money, they are much kinder to the environment than disposable.

Pure Ingredients are Best

What you put in your baby’s stomach is just as important as what you put on their skin. Read the label on any baby skin care product and you will be looking at a list that is not only long, but most of the words you can’t pronounce. That can’t be good; usually those ingredients are some sort of chemical and/or preservative and that is not what you want touching your baby’s skin. Using organic skin care products for baby ensures that only the most natural of ingredients are caressing your baby’s skin.

What Type of Organic Skin Care?

Natural markets, the organic or natural food aisle of your local grocery store as well as the internet have a myriad of organic skin care products. You may want to use organic soap as well on baby. There is organic baby bath so baby can splash away in the bubbles without the fear of chemical residue, baby oil, baby lotion and even powder to dust on baby’s bottom. There is even baby shampoo and/or conditioner available that is organic.

When you use organic skin care products on your baby, you can rest assured that only the finest ingredients will come in contact with baby’s skin. Giving them a head start in life without chemicals and chemical build up is a gift to your child that will keep on giving. Using organic skin care products will ensure that there are no rashes and usually no negative reactions you might find with conventional baby care products. Why not give them a try; doesn’t your baby deserve the best?

Not only does baby deserve the best, but so does the environment. When you buy organic products you are supporting those farmers and manufacturers that choose to do business in a much greener manner than before. This is important to your baby’s future and should be kept in mind when shopping for baby supplies.

For a large selection of natural and organic skin care products visit

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Health Benefits of Organic Baby Products: Green vs. the Alternative

by Carolyn Deal, founder and President of Sum-Bo-Shine Naturals and Organics

In the early 1970s I walked into a grocery store in a large metropolitan city and asked for organic eggs. To my dismay, I was literally laughed out of the store. My, how times have changed! In today's market, being green is more than accepted--it's recommended. It's an age of awakening and a new way of life. Educated consumers are demanding a more eco-conscious lifestyle--from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear and now even the products we use on our skin. The latest market to emerge from this lifestyle into the mainstream is that of baby care products.

Unfortunately, as green living becomes more of a part of daily life, so do the businesses that want to jump on the bandwagon of the budding industry. These companies package and sell products to green consumers without truly being green. New consumers to the movement who are uninformed buy these products thinking they are healthy, when in reality they are no different than the harmful ones that have been on the market for years.

Speaking with one storeowner regarding a natural and organic line of baby products, I was disappointed to learn that sales of the product were less than stellar. Upon reading the label, I noticed the products contained parabens and fragrance. To the informed green consumer, these ingredients are both allergens and potentially harmful. The storeowner admittedly purchased the products based on the wholesale price and not the ingredient list.

Rightfully so, parents are becoming increasingly more concerned when it comes to protecting their children from these harmful chemicals. During the first years of a child's life, it is extremely important to lower a baby's exposure to chemicals and products that may include harmful insecticides, pesticides and herbicides that are not only harmful in the long run, but unnecessary ingredients. By using organic baby products, parents can help lower their child's exposure to these hazards.

Green consumers may often be touted as overly conscientious but the negative health effects these unnecessary chemicals have are very real. The proof is in the science. In a recent article published by the Pediatrics - Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PEDIATRICS Vol. 121 No. 2 February 2008, pp. e260-e268) the authors concluded that reported use of infant lotion, infant powder, and infant shampoo were associated with increased infant urine concentrations of MEP, MMP, and MiBP (monoethyl phthalate, monomethyl phthalate, and monoisobutyl phthalate) and this association is strongest in younger infants. These findings suggest that dermal exposures may contribute significantly to phthalate body burden in this population. Young infants are more vulnerable to the potential adverse effects of phthalates given their increased dosage per unit body surface area, metabolic capabilities, and developing endocrine and reproductive systems.

Many consumers do not realize that it can take up to 200 different chemicals to formulate what is listed in the ingredients as a fragrance. The FDA does not require companies to list each of those individual chemicals on their labels. If a child has an allergic reaction to a product, it is most likely in response to one of those chemicals.

In contrast, many natural and organic personal care products carry "The Truth in Labeling" logo. With this label consumers are assured there are no hidden ingredients. What you read is what you get. Essential oils replace synthetic and chemically infused fragrances. These green products are often more expensive than the alternative simply because it costs more to produce natural ingredients than to mass-produce synthetic ones.

It's true that green consumers are spending billions each year to ensure their little ones are protected from a bombardment of chemicals--from organic cotton diapers and clothing to organic baby food and personal care products. Green parents realize the bigger picture in all of this is sustainability. Not only are we protecting our children, but we are protecting their future and planet as well.

It's safe to say that my eco-conscious 1960s generation is no longer the only one propelling this movement. It is our children and grandchildren who are carrying it into the future. Going green is no longer a trend; it's a way of life.