Ever wonder why so many skin care products you buy – even at the health food store – have ingredients on their labels that you can't even read or pronounce?
In my view, if you can't read or pronounce the ingredient, there is a high likelihood it should not be in your lotion or other skin care product.
Obviously, you really want to avoid using anything potentially toxic on your skin!
Because this is such a common problem, I've developed a product that you could be confident was made of real, recognizable, natural and organic ingredients. So you could enhance your health from the 'outside in', as well as the 'inside out'.
And now it's even better than before – because it's been certified organic by Oregon Tilth to meet the USDA organic standards.
Why USDA Organic Certification?
To become "certified organic" means agricultural products are grown and processed per the USDA's national organic standards… then certified by USDA-accredited State and private certification organizations.
There is a specific process – and a price tag – to becoming certified.
Qualified inspectors conduct annual onsite inspections of organic operations, talking with operators and observing their production and processing practices to determine if they are in compliance with organic standards…
A fixed set of standards must be met. Extensive paperwork must verify that to be true. Certifying agents then review applications for certification eligibility.
Who can display an organic label, and what are the rules that apply?
- 100% organic. Per the USDA standard, products carrying a "100% organic" label may contain only organically produced ingredients.
- Organic. To be labeled "organic", 95% of the ingredients must be organically grown, and the remaining ones must come from non-organic ingredients that have been approved on the National List. These products can also display the USDA organic logo and/or the certifier's logo.
- Made With Organic Ingredients. Must be made with at least 70% organic ingredients, three of which must be listed on the package. The remaining 30% of non-organic ingredients must be approved on the National List. These products may display the certifier's logo but not the USDA organic logo.
Now here's the real kicker… The rules differ for body care products. But in general, where body care products are concerned, if you do not see the USDA Certified Organic seal, the word "organic" doesn't mean a thing! It must specify USDA to be meaningful.
The ingredients in the product are the important thing.
We use ingredients that the USDA permits in its certified organic food – using stricter standards for these items that are intended specifically for human consumption. And we proudly list every ingredient in our products so you can examine them for yourself.
All to give you perfect peace of mind. But back to the main purpose of this letter…
Skin Care and Your Health
Quality skin care is not a replacement for good internal health – it's a part of your entire package of well-being.
One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high-quality omega-3 fats. This is such a reliable indicator that I frequently am able to tell someone's omega-3 needs just by shaking their hand.
If their hand is not smooth as a baby's behind, it's usually a strong indication that they need some more high-quality animal-based omega-3 fats – like krill oil.
So if you struggle with dry skin, make sure you are taking enough of these omega-3 fats. In the colder dry winter months, you may even need to increase your dose.
Your skin grows from the inside out, so your overall nutritional levels really matter. That said however, caring for your skin is not just an inside job – it's an outside job too.
The 'Outside' Job of Skin Care
Your skin is much more than an outer surface for the world to see – it's the largest organ of your body!
Plus, it has a number of amazing responsibilities that you probably don't think about on a daily basis:
- Protects your internal organs from injury and infection.
- Helps detoxify wastes through perspiration.
- Provides an important line of immune defense against infections – your healthy skin creates a barrier to viruses and bacteria.
- Protects you against extreme changes in temperature, through its thermoregulatory effect of controlling heat flow between you and your environment.
- Produces and stores vitamin D, which is important to your immune system.
- Rich in receptors, it allows you to sense conditions around you – like hard/soft and hot/cold – and send information to your brain so you can react to it for self-preservation.
- Protects your body from sunburns.
- Protects you from dehydration.
The loss of any of these functions will compromise your best health – and can accelerate signs of normal aging.
Put simply, your skin plays a major role in your health.
It functions as an organ that can absorb and excrete both nutrients and toxins through its pores. The condition of your skin is a powerful reflection of just how healthy you are on the inside.
Because your skin has the ability to absorb whatever you put on it, careful choices are critical. You want to give your skin the same thoughtful care you give your internal organs. In a moment, I'll tell you about some things that help support the health of your skin.
But first, let's take a quick look at some of the ingredients in today's skin care products that can compromise the health of your skin (or even more of your body functions).
What if Looks Really Could Kill?
We believe containers when they show a "danger" warning, or a "skull and crossbones" to warn of toxins in a product. And we respond by not applying them to our skin or eating them!
Yet many skin care products use ingredients with unrecognizable and unpronounceable names.
Personally, I rarely put anything consciously on my skin that I wouldn't be willing to put in my mouth.
It is well-proven that when you apply these chemicals to your skin, they enter your bloodstream and become integrated into your body tissues, In fact, it is probably safer to eat these ingredients than to rub them on your skin (although I strongly recommend you don't do either!).
However, if you do happen to eat these chemicals, your digestive system can produce specific enzymes to break down these toxins and excrete them… something that doesn't readily occur when you absorb them through the skin.
Potentially harmful ingredients continue to be used. Why? Because they are cheap, readily available, and easily diluted.
Does Your Skin Care Product Contain These Chemicals?
Go grab the bottles of skin moisturizers you currently use. You might find that your personal care products contain one or probably more of many potentially dangerous ingredients.
Here are a few of the most common suspicious ingredients:
- Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum – Petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. Slows cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. Suspected cause of cancer. Disruptive of hormonal activity. By the way, when there's an oil spill in the ocean, don't they rush to clean it up – fast? Why put that stuff on your skin?
- Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body's endocrine system.
- Phenol carbolic acid– Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
- Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
- Acrylamide– Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.
- Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin's moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a "nitrosamine", a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling "comes from coconut" or "coconut-derived".
- Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
- Dioxane– Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin.
Dioxane's carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by "vacuum stripping". Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as "comes from coconut".
So, do you want to put these chemicals on your skin? Hopefully not…
You'd be better served by switching to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to).
Discover Five Awesome Ingredients for Ageless Skin –
Who Wouldn't Want to Embrace These?
You might be so used to products that contain these potential toxins that you've never even considered the alternatives.
Or perhaps you've been frustrated in your attempt to find better options. Many people wonder what ingredients they should look for in personal care products.
My team and I wanted to provide you with a world-class health-promoting option. We searched for ingredients that enhance, instead of compromise, your health.
I'm happy to tell you that we succeeded in our original search, with Organic Body Butter. But now it's even better! Organic Body Butter got a boost to USDA certified organic, because we want to increase your confidence in what you are applying to your skin.
These five extraordinary key ingredients can contribute to your healthy lifestyle while enhancing your beauty… because I know you are equally passionate about experiencing optimal overall health and looking young and vibrant.
You really can have it both ways, with Organic Body Butter's five extraordinary ingredients:
- Organic Shea Butter
Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream from West Central Africa, where skin care depends on nature. It grows in the wild without the use of pesticides.
For centuries, shea butter has been highly regarded as a superior skin moisturizer, creating moistness similar to what your skin's sebaceous glands produce. Its deep penetration gives your skin elasticity while revitalizing and softening it. What an excellent treatment for irritated, dry, chapped, or sun-damaged skin!
Unrefined and organic shea butter contains an abundance of health-promoting ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and a unique fatty acid profile. Well-known vitamins include A, E, and F.
Evidence also suggests that shea butter contains cinnamic-acid esters, which means it may provide some UVB protection along with its skin-smoothing benefits.
Unlike petroleum-based moisturizers, shea butter actually restores your skin's own natural elasticity. It enables your skin to absorb moisture from the air to become softer and stay moisturized for longer.
Shea butter contains 7-12% unsaponifiables (a type of fat). By way of comparison, avocado oil, a well-known skin conditioner, contains only 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is one property that makes shea butter so valuable as a skin conditioner.
But shea butter isn't the only special life-giving ingredient in Organic Body Butter. For example, are you interested in improving your skin's appearance, and at the same time your ability to relieve stress and boost your immune system? If so, want this…
- Organic Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer derived from the cocoa bean. Yes, it's the same one that brings us chocolate!
In many ways, cocoa butter is the ultimate moisturizer – helping to increase hydration, decrease skin roughness and scaling, and support UV damage control from overexposure to the sun. German scientists believe its benefits stem from cocoa flavanols, compounds prevalent in cocoa that have been shown to improve blood flow and vessel function.
What's more, cocoa butter is somewhat unique because it's semi-occlusive. That means it forms a micro-thin barrier that seals in moisture while still allowing your skin to easily breathe.
What's more, it melts at body temperature so it is easily absorbed into your skin.
Significantly, cocoa butter is believed to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being and is frequently used in aromatherapy massages. Recent research suggests that massaging your skin with cocoa butter can help relieve stress and boost your immune system.
With all these benefits from shea and cocoa butter, you may think that we couldn't possibly improve them.
But I wanted you to be able to have the synergistic benefit of five of the best and most potent natural ingredients available. So shea and cocoa butter weren't the only things offered in our Body Butter skin care product.
You've heard me talk about the importance of coconut oil a number of times.
So coconut oil had to be one of the key ingredients of our Organic Body Butter product. Just in case you're new to my site, allow me to recap the great value of coconut oil – because it really is something that can enhance your life and health.
- Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is an ideal way to rejuvenate your skin.
It protects against formation of damaging free radicals, and is also used to protect skin from blemishes, signs of aging or overexposure to sunlight. Coconut oil also keeps your skin's connective tissues strong and supple.
Coconut oil offers a youthful appearance to your skin by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother.
It can even penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin and strengthen the underlying tissues. Plus, it can be a factor in healing and repairing age-damaged skin – unlike most lotions.
Naturally, you want to choose a high-quality organic coconut oil free of chemicals, and without bleach or hydrogenation (which can irritate your skin), to experience its maximum benefits.
As great as coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter are, I didn't stop with them, to offer you the best skin care product possible. Jojoba oil has some spectacular benefits, so I had to be sure you could benefit from it, too.
- Organic Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is one of nature's most useful products.
Jojoba oil technically isn't oil, but is a pure and luxurious liquid wax ester from cold-pressed seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis and S. Californica desert shrubs native to the Sonora Desert in the southwestern U.S. Native Americans applied ground seeds of jojoba to scratches to speed healing and minimize scarring.
Jojoba oil is a long-chain wax ester, not a triglyceride – making it very similar to the sebum your skin produces (via the sebaceous oil gland).
Sebum's job is to retain moisture and keep skin smooth and elastic.
Unfortunately, from about the age of twenty, your skin's production of sebum decreases significantly. Remarkably, jojoba's naturally silky, odorless, non-allergic liquid mixes completely and rapidly with your natural sebum and follows its pathways deep into your skin.
The liquid wax esters in jojoba assist the sebum by maintaining skin moisture and elasticity. Jojoba oil forms a thin non-greasy lipid layer that holds water in your skin – contrary to common 'oil in water' formulations, which evaporate once they're on your skin's surface.
Meanwhile, it penetrates and stabilizes your intercellular skin structure, leaving your skin soft and supple. On oily skin, it penetrates deep and fast to merge with skin sebum, tricking your skin to regulate the production of sebum.
Since it penetrates so deeply, it helps protect, while allowing your skin's natural maintenance and healing system to do its job – without having to battle dryness.
Further, jojoba contains nutrients that get absorbed into the body, such as vitamin E, B-complex, and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc. It also contains a lot of iodine. Its antioxidant properties prevent rancidity and give it a very long shelf life.
For these reasons, jojoba oil is becoming recognized as the 'cosmetic oil of the century', and 'nature's wrinkle fighter'.
But wait! There's even more. Read on for more great health benefits found in Organic Body Butter, this new combination of wholesome ingredients for amazing skin care.
- Organic Murumuru Butter
Among the 2,650 species of palm is a prickly fellow that produces a rich butter. In fact, this plant has sharp black spines that require special care during harvest. Notably, it's prickled everywhere – even its seeds and flowers.
Murumuru is the Portuguese name for Astrocaryum Murumuru. It grows in the Amazon Basins, especially in northern Brazil.
As a member of the palm family, Murumuru has large, abundant seeds. The locals have cherished Murumuru nuts for their numerous health and wellness benefits for ages, evidenced by the folklore of the region.
Murumuru's large fruits are edible. Plus the seed kernel is a source of oil that's both edible and used for skin care.
So, why bother harvesting this prickly plant when there are so many easier sources of natural oils for skin care use?
First, Murumuru's lipids intensely hydrate and moisturize your skin by supporting the integrity of the cutaneous barrier. It helps your skin retain water by creating a protective film. And it supports repair of your skin's lipid barrier.
Secondly, it nurtures your skin with vitamins and minerals. Its botanicals are rich in health-enhancing oleic acid, which aid moisture retention.
What's more, our Murumuru source is wildcrafted, meaning that no pesticides and other sprays are used on it. In other words, it's an organic emollient source.
As an added benefit, using products containing Amazonian Murumuru helps remote communities gain income opportunities and build economic independence. Botanical ingredients purchased through fair-trade programs support the locals and their rich cultural heritage.
It also slows down the economic drive for cutting down trees, allowing the eco-system to function naturally as it has for many years.
Organic Body Butter no longer contains denatured alcohol. Despite that, it still has a long shelf life of 24-36 months. Better yet - no refrigeration is required, so you can keep it close to where you'll use it.
I wanted you to be able to have the synergistic benefit of these five potent natural ingredients listed above for your skin's maximum health and beauty. Your skin will only reach its pinnacle of well-being and beauty by switching to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to).
And to be sure your ingredients remain pure, we chose the packaging carefully.
Just How Safe Are Plastic Containers?
Certain plastics are the subject of debate in consumer advocate circles. You, too, should be asking questions about potential health risks… because there's growing scientific evidence to justify your concerns.
Polycarbonates and phthalates are creating considerable controversy. Polycarbonates contain Bisphenol A (BPA) which mimics estrogen and is linked to breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, birth defects, and hyperactivity. Phthalates can harm the endocrine system, especially during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and childhood, and can cause birth defects.
Both BPA and phthalates can migrate into whatever is close at hand. Containers with BPA-free polyethylene or polypropylene marked with recycling numbers 2, 4, or 5 are considered safe. That's why we use polypropylene-2, with NO Bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalates, for our Organic Body Butter.
Achieving Beautiful Skin That's More than Skin Deep
So, five extraordinary ingredients with manifold health benefits!
They contribute individually to more soft and smooth, moist skin – and your ageless beauty. Without loading up your personal skin care product with potential toxins…
Just think what the synergistic effect of these five moisturizers together is for your beauty – and your optimal health!
Organic Body Butter is a rich, buttery moisturizing cream. Pamper yourself – pamper your skin. You will look great – and feel great. And have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're softening your skin with luscious antioxidants and other healthful nutrients.
Here's what one 'tester' had to say about our new Organic Body Butter:
"I have the driest skin on the planet. I've tried about a dozen products per year for the past ten years, trying to find something that really works (and won't kill me). Organic Body Butter is the first product I've found that meets those criteria! It's like having NEW skin. Thank you Dr. Mercola."
— Carol P., MI
There's one small caveat in the use of Organic Body Butter (or any other skin care product). A great product will function best if you apply it in a way that maximizes its benefits.
Half Your Success is in HOW You Apply Your Organic Body Butter!
Your skin is a dynamic organ whose condition and properties depend on temperature, hydration, environment, internal health and other factors.
Different people can get very different results with the same product. Quite often, the real truth is that different people get different results because they apply skin care products differently.
So, to maximize your benefits from Organic Body Butter, I want to give you seven helpful hints for its most effective use.
- Clean your skin before applying skin care products (particularly if you have applied anything to your skin since your last skin washing). The best time to apply skin care products is when you are fresh out of a warm shower or bath. Not only is your skin clean, but it is also thoroughly moist and will better absorb anything you apply to it.
- Clean your skin gently! Avoid strong soaps and irritating additives. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing.
- Don't wash your skin with hot water. Excessive heat accelerates skin aging. Your water should be comfortably warm, but not hot.
- Don't spend too much time in the shower or soaking in the tub, to avoid excessive exposure to chlorine in the water. Or, alternatively, have a filter installed to your shower head or bathtub faucet to decrease your chlorine exposure.
- Apply Organic Body Butter when your skin is moist, because active ingredients penetrate best when they are dissolved. Don't wipe your skin completely dry (just pat it) after you clean or wash it, when you intend to apply Organic Body Butter.
- Warm, moist skin absorbs ingredients better. Before applying Organic Body Butter, warm your skin. Use a warm moist towel if needed.
- Use short strokes with gentle pressure to apply Organic Body Butter, and avoid overly stretching your skin.
Another Important Hint to Keep Your Skin Soft in the Winter
Avoid the use of drying soaps as this can really dry your skin in the winter. Also, if possible – it's helpful to wash your hands less in the winter as any exposure to water, even with the gentlest soap, will tend to dry your skin.
This is Your Moment to Become Even More Beautiful
If you do these seven things – plus diligently use Organic Body Butter daily – you should notice your skin becoming moist, soft, and more youthful looking.
Organic Body Butter not only works well as a body cream, but can also be used as a moisturizer under makeup on your face and neck – and as a hand cream, too.
In all cases, it softens and provides nutrition to your skin without a greasy feeling.
You can get Organic Body Butter in your choice of 2 scents or unscented:
So you can choose the option that best meets your needs and desires…
But if you're looking for a lotion instead…
NEW! Lighter Thinner Body Lotion Now Available…
You now have options!
When you want a lighter skin cream option – either seasonally or permanently – you now have a choice between Body Butter and Organic Body Lotion.
Organic Body Lotion contains five awesome botanicals in a lighter water-based solution. Two of them – Shea Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil – are in our popular Body Butter…
Organic Body Lotion also contains organic botanicals of Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile), Aloe Vera and Green Tea Leaf Extract.
Chamomile rejuvenates and soothes your skin cells
Green Tea Leaf Extract fights signs of aging, reduces UV damage and improves skin elasticity.
Quality care of your skin is important, just as you are also passionate about quality care of your hidden organs.
Begin today to achieve a new level of skin beauty that contributes to – instead of compromises – your overall health and well-being. It really is possible to both look and feel well.
You might think that bringing in these fine oils from tropical regions throughout the world would make the price of Organic Body Butter prohibitive. This product does use ingredients that I believe to provide best for your ageless beautiful and healthy skin. So their value is understandably quite high. And a correspondingly high price would be reasonable.
Spas charge as much as $78 for 8 ounces of moisturizer that – along with some quality ingredients – still contains numerous potentially harmful petroleum-based ingredients that your body absorbs.
But don't worry!
You won't pay anything near that much to pamper yourself with the wholesome ingredients and tropical oils of Organic Body Butter! I wanted to keep it very affordable so you could easily enjoy all its benefits (without having to take out a loan to enjoy it).
So today, USDA Certified Organic Body Butter can be yours for only $19.97 per 4-oz. jar. Act now to discover for yourself the secret synergy that these five awesome ingredients can offer.
Discover your most youthful appearance and your best overall health. Now you can keep people guessing about your age for the rest of your life!
Or order a 3-Pack for only $52.97 and give one to someone you love. Makes a great hostess gift for summer visits or stocking-stuffer for the holidays!
And, it gets even better. If you invest in a 3-Pack of Organic Body Butter, you'll also receive a special bonus of a FREE Natural Lip Balm ($2.97 value), filled with organic shea butter and other healthful ingredients.
Why wait to keep up your youthful appearance? Order your Organic Body Butter today. Cross the threshold to your new healthful choice in skin care.