Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking For A Liquid Soap Alternative

I have to admit when I first saw this product I hated it (see my first post about this product)! I first found Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim in 2012.  At the Expo, they had only the tangerine citrus version and that didn't work for me. The citrus essential oil odor invoked nausea and a headache.  At that time, to my knowledge, Alaffia did not produce an unscented alternative. I  stayed clear.  

Now after moving eastward, I hadn't located any African stores in my locale as readily as in Southern California.  I was forced to find something else for my go-to hand soap.  When I went to Whole Foods... look what I found, an unscented version. Yeah!

A New Go-To Product For Me!

The first bottle I purchased is lighter in color than the second.  The product label states that it is handcrafted and that may account for the difference.  What I like best, of course, is I do not detect any offensive odor.  I like to add distilled water to thin the soap, then fill my hand soap container.  Now that there is an unscented version it is a go-to product in my home.  I admit, my first choice would be to use raw African black soap, however, for me this is the next best alternative.  

Alaffia's label states that this product it is handcrafted, Fair Trade, unscented, gluten free, no parabens, non-GMO, no SLS, biodegradable and no animal testing.  This fits most of my criteria and so is an all around winner for me!  The label also states that it can be used as body wash, facial cleaner, shaving soap, shampoo and more. Besides hand soap I do use it on my face and sometimes as a body wash.  Is non-drying to my dry skin. Check it out, give it a try! No Whole Foods in your area, here it is on Amazon! This is another product to assist you to be savvy and scent free!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Do you Cross Contaminate?

Many food allergen survivors are used to the food warning labels that typically read "processed in plant or shared on the same equipment with wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, tree nuts, soy, gluten, etc."  If you do not have a food allergy, you may wonder why I call us survivors.  Depending on the severity of the allergy every day can be a battle.  Even if we ourselves prepare the meal we have to be careful of cross contamination.

I was first made aware of the severity of this warning as my friend's son was anaphylactic to shellfish and pistachios. At a young age, he was highly aware of cross contamination.  He had a few close calls and for him it is a life and death challenge.

I never gave much thought to it with my own purchases until I had a bad reaction to Folger's coffee. Although the label reads 100% Columbian coffee, I absolutely can not stay awake after drinking a cup. This led me to believe that the coffee was processed  in a facility that used soy. Since then, it was brought to my attention that many companies spray their coffee beans with some sort of soy derivative. Whether Folger's sprays or not, I simply won't purchase it.

Have you check the warnings?