How do you define natural cosmetics? Is it enough to put the word "natural" on the label? In today's world, where there are many products claiming to be "organic," the name alone is not enough. "Natural" and "organic" products can still incorporate a wide variety of chemicals which are harsh on your body, and the environment. The foundations of Bodhi's products are essential oils and pure plant extracts – the most generous gifts of nature. When crafting our products, we use natural extracts from these plants: Passionflower, Gotu Kola, Aloe, Green Tea, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root, Gingko Biloba, Silk, Lotus, Lime, Lemon, Lemongrass, Coconut, Vanilla, Bamboo, Jasmine, & Lilies. We use essential oils from: Grapefruit, Mint, Rosemary, Lime, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Ylang-ylang, Sweet and Bitter orange, Tangerine, Mandarine and Rose. We've also included: Himalayan salt, cane sugar, sweet almonds, palm oil, jojoba oil, walnuts, and coffee beans in the formulation of our products. Some of these ingredients have a soothing effect, and others are for rejuvenation. Bodhi products dissolve negative feelings and emotions, and the stress that we face every day. The exotic aromas transport your spirit and imagination, allowing you to totally unwind. The overall effect of these natural components is a soft, balanced experience for your body and spirit. You can use Bodhi products every day and be completely sure that you're not harming your body or the environment.
In harmony with nature
The earth is green and fertile. It provides us with everything we need for complete health and sustenance. We know to avoid artificial, processed foods, and to instead reach for organic fruits and vegetables, and grain-fed meats. But… when it comes to cosmetics and skincare, we're often not as careful as we should be. Our skin absorbs everything that we bombard it with on a daily basis, so we should take care to use natural products when possible.
Why are ingredients in hair care often found in industrial-strength floor cleaning products? Does our skincare really need preservatives derived from petroleum? Absolutely not. In Bodhi products, parabens, sulphates, and many other unnecessary chemicals are not present – these chemicals deplete our bodies. Take a look at what is inside up your everyday make-up and skincare products – if they are full of synthetic chemicals, how can they help you find harmony?
Contrary to standards that are often accepted by the industry, we do not allow any harmful components in our cosmetic products.
Below, we've included a list of some of the most common chemicals in cosmetics which are good to avoid. We've also included the effects they can often have on the human body. Usually their presence in the product is indicated on the package, but it is not mandatory.
Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulphate
These substances often referred to as SLS and SLES, are present in 90% of cleaning cosmetics because they are powerful foaming agents. Lauryl or Laureth – are almost indispensable components of shower gels, bath foams, shampoos, hand soaps and toothpastes. The most depressing fact is that that these compounds are also very common in the manufacturing of children's cosmetics. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is one of the most powerful degreasing agents, and because of this property, it is widely used in the automotive industry for degreasing engines, for washing floors in garages and factories as well as for washing machines – not something you want to put on your face!
It has been proven that 60% of the substances that are applied topically, enter the skin and penetrate the body. As you use shampoos, shower gels and toothpaste, all daily-use products, SLS quickly gets into the human body. It builds up progressively because it is very slowly excreted. The impact of SLS is extremely unfavorable. Superficial skin effects include the destruction of the lipid mantle of the skin, the destruction of hair follicles and hair growth retardation, marked itching, allergies, dermatitis and dryness of the skin. In the research centers, SLS is used to cause skin irritation in experimental animals and volunteers for further treatment by new un-tested drugs. SLS also causes eye irritation, and the accumulation can cause eye diseases as well as cataracts. Penetrating into the body, sodium lauryl sulfate accumulates in the tissues of the brain and the liver, impairing its barrier function. Also, the safety of this carcinogenic substance has not yet been proven scientifically.
The chemical compounds of para-hydroxybenzoic acid are obtained synthetically. There are also other groups of parabens, but in the cosmetic industry the most common are butyl, ethyl, methyl and propyl parabens. Parabens are used as preservatives, blocking the growth of bacterial flora in cosmetic products. They are found in about 85% of cosmetic products. First it was thought that these substances were inert and harmless, but a British study in 2004 suggested possible connections between parabens and breast cancer. Since the tumor tissues revealed high concentrations of parabens, investigations are still going on. Also, parabens have adverse effects on male sex hormones.
Propylene Glycol is also derived from petroleum, and often found in high concentrations in cosmetics. Propylene Glycol helps to create a feeling of smoothness of the skin by binding water, but it also violates the normal skin metabolism. In the automotive industry, propylene glycol is the main ingredient in antifreeze and brake fluids. Propylene glycol is a well-known neurotoxin, and is known to cause contact dermatitis, skin rashes and dryness of the skin.
Petroleum jelly and mineral oils
This is a refined petroleum product – a liquid mixture of carbohydrates that are separate from gasoline. In the trade industry, it is often used as a lubricant and a solvent liquid. Petroleum is widely used in the cosmetic industry as an ingredient, which adds softness and relieving dry skin. However, mineral oils, while not organic compounds, have very harmful effects. They create a water- repellent layer on the skin by forming an oily, plastic film on the surface. The moisture is locked inside, but with this, the dermis loses opportunities to breathe properly, making it difficult for the oxygen supply to get to the skin. This disturbs the natural process of toxin removal and other metabolic processes, so it can cause acne. It also slows down the migration of young cells to the skin surface considerably, making the skin age much faster.