I love the term "considered consumerism". Now that we all (well, most of us) have less to spend, we want our shopping to be a somewhat uplifting experience. It's kind of hard to get that "feelgood" fix when buying personal care products these days, even if you resist the big box drug stores and purchase from your local co-op. After Burts Bees was bought out by Clorox for $925 million and Tom's of Maine by Colgate-Palmolive for $100 million I started to get a tad cynical that I could ever trust those products again. I'm not going to go into the list of all the natural skin care/ hair care products I've tried - trust me, it's long. Some of them have been great and some I have found are not so safe after all. When I don't recognize an ingredient, or I want to know if a product line is safe I go to http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com and look it up. It's a great resource.
But even if a product is safe, it's never going to have the love and attention put into it at a factory that you get when you shop handmade. The ingredients are simple and few- and you know what they are. They say you are what you eat, and you might as well be eating what you are putting on your body too.
There is soul and delightful creativity in these products that give us a shopping experience that's satisfying on every level. We don't need to buy more if we just buy better.
And slathering all that good vibe from real people has gotta be a fabulous thing, right!
Below is the shave soap that started my journey into the land of Etsy personal care products. Purchased it for the hubby, and oh my goodness - I MEAN oh my goodness - it smells divine! Went out Saturday night and couldn't keep my nose out of his neck!
|Sentinel Shave Soap|
|Pocket Lotion Bar|
|Sipping Rum Lip Balm|
|Balance Body Lotion|
|Patchouli Citrus Natural Deodorant|
|Exhilarating Rosemary Body Scrub|
|Hemp Fortified Silkening Shampoo|
|Natural Skincare Sample Combination|
|Four dollar Cheese n' Crackers vegan soap|