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Why You Need To Know About GMOs

In this day and age, you’ve almost certainly heard the word “GMO” but are perhaps a little confused as to what a GMO actually is.

When people talk about GMOs, they are often referred to in relation to food, and how “these days many foods contain GMOS.” Even if you don’t know what in the world GMOs really are, chances are you try to avoid them, because you’ve heard they’re bad for your health.

So now to confuse you even more…

Did you know that GMOs are not only in foods, but in your skin care products too? Mind blown yet? Well, before you get too frazzled, keep on reading so you can finally figure out why you should avoid GMOs (as well as what it stands for!)

What Are GMOs?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOS are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially altered in a laboratory via genetic engineering (GE). All you need to do is compare an organic fruit to a genetically modified one to see the difference for yourself!

I recall a very vivid memory from the past, one day I decided to buy USDA Organic Certified bananas instead of regular ones (a lot of conventional produce is genetically modified), and the difference in taste truly left me speechless. The USDA Organic bananas tasted SO MUCH better, I was really surprised (note this was before my realization that USDA Organic produce is more savory and is better for you). This is how my journey began, one banana one moment in the past that is now such a big part of my present.

To jump back to the GMOs, if you’re wondering why the need for GMOS, it’s simply to allow for bigger yielding and pest resistant crops. Think this only refers to food? Keep on reading…

Why are GMOS in my Skin Care Products?

You may be confused by the link between GMO crops and your skin care products, but because so many ingredients in skin care comes from plant sources, it’s inevitable that GMOs will find their way into your beauty products.

A few common examples are canola oil, soy and corn oil, which you’ll find in many moisturizers. Remember, lotions are a combination of water and oil, and the oil must come from somewhere. Many big name commercial companies, that produce products in large quantities, rely on GMO crops as they produce larger yields and protect the crop against pests and bugs.

How Can GMOs Affect My Health?

Because up to 70% of everything you apply to your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, GMOs will eventually find their way into yours if you always purchase conventional products. GMOs can result in a whole array of health problems, ranging from mild skin sensitivities to more serious hormonal disruptions, accelerated aging, and even infertility. Remember, even if an ingredient doesn’t manifest physically, it doesn’t mean it’s not doing harm inside your body.

What to Look Out For

The best way to avoid GMOs is to always read labels, and never be afraid to ask questions! Look for organic, antioxidant rich ingredients, as well as “GMO free” on the label. However, just because a product is GMO free, doesn’t mean that product doesn’t contain other nasty ingredients so always read your labels, and choose organic wherever possible.


Here at Olga’s Organics you can be sure you are receiving top-notch organic ingredients that feed your skin with love, rather than chemicals, and all our products are 100% GMO free!

 

 

 

 

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5 Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics

Hands up if you’ve purchased makeup or any other beauty product without checking the label. Perhaps it’s because you aren’t aware that harmful chemicals lurk in your cosmetics, or maybe you’d prefer not to know simply because you have gotten used to a brand and love how it makes your skin look and feel.

We aren’t going to judge. We know how hard it can be to make the switch to natural products when you aren’t sure where to start, or when you fall in love with a specific product.

However, hopefully after reading this article you’ll be more motivated to ditch the chemicals and treat your skin to real, nutrient rich ingredients instead! Not only will your skin benefit in the long-term, but your health will thank you too.

Here are 5 of the worst ingredients to look out for:

BHA and BHT

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytulene) and BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) are synthetic chemical preservatives, added to products to prevent bacteria from forming. While it’s obviously important to ensure a product does not develop bacteria, there are natural and safer alternatives available. These two nasty preservatives can create a whole heap of problems from chronic fatigue syndrome to possibly increasing your risk of cancer. Best to avoid completely!

 

Parabens

Most of us have heard of this one, simply because parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. We have a blog that goes in more depth about Parabens you can check it out here. The problem with parabens is that they are easily absorbed into the body, where they can mimic estrogen, a female hormone. This can then disrupt the hormonal system and even increase the risk of estrogen related cancers such as breast cancer. No thanks!

Formaldehyde

If you’ve ever applied nail polish, then chances are you’ve exposed yourself to this next toxic ingredient. It’s also found in shampoos, and even some baby liquid soaps, which is very scary, considering now that I am a mom and have my own little bundle that I need to protect. Formaldehyde may cause cancer if used in the long-term so be sure to check your labels before you buy, as well as throw out any current products you have that may contain it.

 

Sulfates

Ever wondered what’s responsible for creating that foamy lather when you shampoo your hair or brush your teeth? Sulfates are synthetic ingredients used as foaming agents in cosmetics. You may enjoy that foaminess of your shampoo or body wash, but you won’t like what it can do to your health! Sulfates are the most common ingredient to cause allergic or sensitive reactions in certain individuals. So, prevent the potential rash and itchy skin, and always choose sulfate-free!

Talc

Talc is found in baby powders, and in face powders thanks to it’s drying and mattifying effects. However, talc has been getting some negative press lately, as it’s been linked to cancer, and this alone should completely put you off this last toxic ingredient. You will never find Talc in our USDA Organic Loose Face Powders, which have a nice mattifying without causing any dryness or harm.

We hope this list helps you to take more notice of the products you apply to your skin. It’s simply not worth it, in our opinion, to expose yourself to potential cancer-causing ingredients when there are natural alternatives like our USDA Organic Certified products.

Our products are always made with at least 95% USDA Organic Certified plant based ingredients, and the other 5% are always natural ingredients, never synthetic or artificial.

Today is my mother’s birthday, happy birthday mom, I love you so very much and am so grateful for all you do. With that, what better way to celebrate the upcoming Mother’s Day, then with a quick two days’ sale, now through 12pm Mountain Time on Thursday May 4th. Go ahead enjoy this sale and most importantly treat your mother to a great gift!

 

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With much love and gratitude,

Olga

 


 

 

 

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Our Favorite Ingredients And How They Can Benefit Your Skin!

All you need to do is take a look at the label on a conventional skin care product to see that there's not much in it in the way of nutrient rich ingredients.

This is why we do what we do here at Olga's Organics. We provide our customers with antioxidant and nutrient rich ingredients to feed your skin rather than just provide a temporary solution.

Keep reading for a few of our key ingredients and how they can transform your skin!

Raw Unrefined Shea Butter

It doesn't get much better than Shea butter if you're looking for a product that provides serious hydration to parched skin. Apart from its powerful moisturizing properties, Shea butter is rich in antioxidants that are known to heal and repair inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema.

You may be used to seeing water listed as the first ingredient in lotions and body butters, however Shea butter forms the base of all our body butters. Additionally, our butters do not contain any water whatsoever, therefore, we do no water down the effectiveness of our rich plant-based ingredients!

Coconut Oil

The combination of coconut oil and Shea butter is pure magic and a real treat for your skin. Coconut oil is brimming with fatty acids that will hydrate your skin, as well as fight bacteria and keep it looking clear and healthy.

Jojoba Oil

This oil is a cult favorite, thanks to its ability to sink deep into the pores while providing rich moisture. Additionally, thanks to its fast absorbing properties, it prevents your skin from feeling greasy. Jojoba oil is rich in antioxidant vitamins A and E, which fight off free radicals and repair skin cells for skin that simply glows with youthful radiance!

Sunflower Oil

This powerful oil is especially rich in linoleic acid, which is known to fight inflammation in the skin. We love this oil, because it's perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

Arrowroot Flour

The addition of arrowroot powder is simply a natural way to assist in the absorption of all the oils into your skin. Unlike other body butters on the market that are not fast absorbing leaving a greasy feeling, our butters absorb within minutes due to the addition of the arrowroot. Arrowroot powder will ensure our butters glide onto your skin and leave it feeling silky soft and smooth.

 

We also rely on USDA Organic Certified pure essential oils to scent our body butters, and never artificial fragrance. Here's the essential oils we use to scent our butters:

Lavender

The scent of lavender helps to soothe and calm the mind. Its antiseptic and antifungal properties treat a range of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Grapefruit

The fruity invigorating scent of grapefruit can help to amp up your energy levels. It is rich in skin lovin' antioxidants and is also excellent to disinfect the skin.

Sweet Orange

The sweet and lovely scent of orange is an instant mood booster. This oil has wonderful anti inflammatory and anti aging properties for your skin.

Ylang Ylang and Peppermint

We will be discontinuing these two scents and replacing them with the rosemary and rose absolute oils, however they are still available on our site at the moment, so go get them quick before we run out:

Ylang Ylang

This oil has a lovely floral scent to ease the mind, and is a wonderful skin refresher.

Peppermint oil

A sniff of this oil can instantly help you to feel more alert and focused. It has antimicrobial properties, as well as oil controlling properties to leave your skin clear and fresh.

And here is the introduction of our new oils, how exciting!

Rose Absolute Oil

The scent of Rose has been revered for centuries. The aroma is truly relaxing and it serves as an aphrodisiac, if you need to spice up your love life (wink, wink).

Rosemary

This oil has an impressive list of skin benefits, from fighting free radicals and protecting skin cells, to hydrating the skin to providing potent disinfectant properties.

In addition to the two new scents listed above, we will release a limited time scent available for a short time, Jasmine Absolute, oh yeah!

Jasmine Absolute

The scent of Jasmine can help ease anxiety and depression, while it rejuvenates your skin.

There you have it! Try one our USDA Organic Certified Whipped Body Butters and we guarantee you won't be disappointed. Because a little body butter goes a long way, and one of our 3oz jars will last you for at least a few months!

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With much love and gratitude,

Olga

 

 

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STOP Using Harmful Chemicals!!!

Hi friend, thank you for stopping by and checking out our new blog post. Today I want to talk about my journey of discovering the fact that so many chemicals surround us on daily basis. This voyage of discovery started about three years ago, when it dawned on me that the makeup and body care I was using was filled with sketchy ingredients, that truly should not be applied on my body.

After reading various articles about our food epidemic and the obesity that is growing at an alarming rate within the world, I decided to truly research my food, and read all of the ingredient labels for everything I ate. And one day I realized that I should be doing the same with the products I applied on my skin like; shampoos, conditioners, lotions, body moisturizers, face creams, foundation, blush, eye-shadow, etc. 

The reason why this became a focus point for me was due to the fact that I learned that up to 70% of everything we put on our skin, get absorbed by our internal organs. And nowadays, we have a new epidemic that is on the rise, of young adults getting various cancers, that where not even in existence a few decades ago. So when you pick up a conventional brand’s Loose Face Powder that has their first ingredient as Talc, do you truly know what this ingredient means?

Based on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) research, Talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Additionally, studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic (1). Carcinogenic ingredients have been demonstrated to cause cancer, is that truly an ingredient you can trust on your skin? I don’t think so! In addition, if Talc is the first ingredient listed on the label, it means that it has the most concentration in said product. So all you would be doing is slathering your face with a carcinogenic concoction, that bear in mind, you most likely had to pay good money for!

As my daily makeup routine included the first step of adding Loose Face Powder to my face, I wanted to buy a USDA Organic Certified Loose Face Powder, and guess what, I could not find a single one that was USDA Organic Certified. So I decided to dig deeper, and do some research, and figure out a way to create my own Loose Face Powder that would be made out of plant based ingredients, and would qualify to become USDA Organic Certified.

I succeeded in creating an amazing Loose Face Powder around three years ago, and started using it since with great results. My face started to have a glow about it, and I no longer had a heavy foundation on my skin that was blocking my pores and did not let my skin breathe. I decided to share my powder with friends and family, that were also elated about the quality and ingredients I used. So this year, we finally took a leap of faith and got our USDA Organic Certification. After countless hours of filling various forms and an outstanding amount of paperwork, coming up with our own processes and procedures, and five months of back and forth, we finally received out USDA Organic Certificate for our Loose Face Powders on May 3, 2016! And on May 24, 2016, we launched our website and started selling the 1st USDA Organic Certified Loose Face Powder to you our dear customers.

To our knowledge we are the first USDA Organic Certified Loose Face Powder in the USA, and we feel so very proud of this accomplishment. What USDA Organic Certified means, you may ask yourself? It means our powder has to contain at a minimum 95% plant based ingredients such as Cinnamon and Nutmeg, etc, and the rest 5% of the ingredients have to be part of an approved list of ingredients that USDA allows, ingredients that could not be found in organic form in the nature. One said ingredient would be considered Bentonite Clay, that is a mineral found in the ground. Since minerals cannot be grown by a farmer, they could not be USDA Organic Certified. Hope this clarifies some of your questions regarding what USDA Organic Certified means.

Pick up our Loose Face Powder for yourself, and tell a friend about it too. You can eliminate the use of carcinogenic ingredients you use on your skin, but also contribute to the cause of helping others learn about this! We depend on your word of mouth! Customer Satisfaction is our top priority and as you can see in our Product Reviews page, our customers are happy and excited about our Powder, and we can guarantee it, you will be too. For only $32 and FREE Shipping you can put your hands on the BEST Face Powder in the country, and we have it here waiting to be shipped to YOU ;)

Please share this blog along for others to learn about Olga’s Organics, and our journey!

REFERENCES:

  1. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706427/TALC/#

 

 

 

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What are PARABENS???

 Have you ever asked yourself what are Parabens? I know I did a few times until I decided to do some digging and research what these things are myself. Here is a blog for you to check out that covers this subject matter. Parabens come in various different names such as: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, to name a few. You will personally find parabens listed on thousands of body care products such as lotions, shampoos, body washes, deodorants, face powders, foundations, mascaras, and you may even find them in some foods. Do not be surprised if you discover these ingredients in many of the personal care items you use on daily basis, however, be aware of the following findings below.

In the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. And in 2004 British cancer researcher Philippa Darbre, Ph.D., found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products. What’s more, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, over time they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk (Gage).

Parabens are known as Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals (EDCs). Once inside the body, EDCs can affect the endocrine system through a multitude of specific mechanisms that can target different levels of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad, thyroid, and adrenal axes, ranging from effects on hormone receptors to effects on hormone synthesis, secretion, or metabolism; therefore, they can have far-reaching health implications throughout the life course (Meeker, 2012).

One recent Danish study, however, raised concerns. It showed that parabens could be detected in the blood and urine of healthy young male volunteers a few hours after paraben-containing lotions were applied to their skin. The authors concluded that since the chemicals could be absorbed, metabolized and excreted, they ‘could potentially contribute to adverse health effects’. As preservatives, use oregano, thyme, rosemary, goldenseal root, grapefruit seed extract or lavender oil in various combinations (Best Health Mag, 2008).

You may ask yourself, well why do so many companies use parabens in their products, the answer is simple they are cheap ingredients that do not cost very much to produce, and they preserve products. We at Olga’s Organics of course DO NOT use parabens in our formulations, and are completely Paraben Free. Instead as listed above in the article by Best Health Mag, we at Olga’s Organics utilize only natural (costlier) remedies for preserving our products such as; lavender oil, Vitamin E, grapefruit extract, etc.

Scientists continue to study the effects of these endocrine disruptors and have investigated possible links to miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects, deficient sperm, obesity, metabolic disease, bone density and breast cancer. But how much exposure might lead to these health risks simply isn’t known, and scientists cannot ethically conduct tests to directly show such effects (Adams, 2014). European Union (EU) has taken a precautionary approach when it comes to parabens, and completely banned 5 of them from personal care and cosmetics. Unfortunately, United States (US) is not as far advanced as EU when it comes to these chemicals. We sure hope with time, US will have stricter regulations when it comes to parabens that resemble more closely to the EU guidelines.

So how do you avoid parabens from your routine? If a product’s label says paraben-free, that provides clarity, otherwise, it could be found in said product under vague names like ‘fragrances’ (Adams, 2014). Additionally, there has been evidence found from various studies that showed the more toiletries you use, the higher the likelihood of finding parabens in your body. A good rule would be to reduce your items you use in your body care routine, and only use USDA Organic products that are plant based and completely natural for you and your skin. In conclusion, our advice is to gradually remove parabens from your body and skin care routine, with a goal of complete elimination. Our prerogative is “Better safe than sorry”.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and learning something new regarding some of these common ingredients in the conventional makeup and body care industry. If you liked this blog, please share it along with your friends. The more awareness there is about this topic, the better! Please comment below for topics you would like us to cover in the future.

 

References:

Adams, J. U. (2014, September 1). Are makeup and lotions harmful? If you're worried, avoid fragrant products. Retrieved June 06, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/are-parabens-and-phthalates-harmful-in-makeup-and-lotions/2014/08/29/aa7f9d34-2c6f-11e4-994d-202962a9150c_story.html

Parabens: What are they, and are they really that bad? (2008). Retrieved June 05, 2016, from http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-looks/beauty/parabens-what-are-they-and-are-they-really-that-bad/  

Gage, E. N. (n.d.). What Are Parabens; and Do I Need to Worry About Them? Retrieved June 5, 2016, from http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/worry-about-parabens

Meeker, J. D. (2012, June 12). Exposure to Environmental Endocrine Disruptors and Child Development. Retrieved June 06, 2016, from http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1171946#ENDOCRINEDISRUPTINGCHEMICALS

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