A handy primer on how to choose really worthy bath & body products
Shower gels, body scrubs, body polishes, body butters, body lotions, bath salts - there is something about luxurious bath & body products encased in lavish packaging that draws people enormously. In the rushed, harried and tense lifestyles of today where stress and pollution damage health and peace of mind every second, luxuriously fragrant bath & body products can help create pampering oases of tranquility right there in one’s own bathroom. Plus of course, there’s the promise of healthier, smoother skin that’s also totally irresistible.
However, do you know that just great packaging and nice fragrance do not make a good bath & body product! After all, pretty looking bottles may look fabulous on your bathroom vanity but your skin needs real nurturance, real nourishment. Most commercial bath & body products are nothing but chemical cocktails full of synthetic ingredients that can cause long term damage to your wellness.
That’s why; it is a good idea to learn how to choose the right kind of bath & body products for yourself. We have some tips to help you out.
Read the label closely and check the following
Every bath & body product being sold in the market has a label and on that label is all the information you need to make the right choice. It is mandatory for every seller to provide a list of all ingredients right on the label.
Take a look at the label:
- Does this product have sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate?
Also called SLS or sulphate in short, sodium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate are surfactants i.e. lathering agents used to create suds in body washes and shampoos. Well, SLS/sulphate irritates and dries up your skin by washing away skin’s own healthy protective oils. In case, you are wondering what’s the big deal here, after all it’s just a little oil off your body, let us tell you this process makes your skin age faster. Plus, it also irritates sensitive skins.
The superior, healthier option to sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate is sodium lauroyl sarcosinate. This is a mild and effective lather creator that’s derived from natural plant amino acids. Very safe for your skin!
- Does this bath & body product have paraben in it?
Paraben is a class of preservatives added to bath & body products to prolong their shelf life. But the problem is that parabens can penetrate skin, reach blood stream and cause hormonal upsets. There are even reports that these can even cause cancer (parabens are found in breast tumours). Check the label, if it mentions paraben (ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben etc), steer clear of the product totally.
- Does this bath & body product have mineral oil in it?
Mineral oil (also called baby oil, liquid paraffin, paraffinum or petrolatum) is derived from distillation of petroleum. It is used in skincare formulations like lotions, creams and shampoos because it is a cheap, colourless and odourless liquid that can be used to increase quantities of most bath & body products. However, mineral oil has three negatives that make it a total no-no in anything you apply on your skin:
- It can be contaminated with toxins.
- It clogs pores 9and suffocates skin) to increase acne & breakout risk.
- It has no beneficial effect on your skin – mineral oil has no vitamins, essential fatty acids or antioxidants at all.
Check the label closely, if it mentions mineral oil (or baby oil/ liquid paraffin/ paraffinum/ petrolatum), it means that the product is not worth your money. Remember, a quality bath & body product will have cold pressed plant oils and butters only.
So far we have talked mostly of what your bath & body product shouldn’t have? Now let’s move on to what it should have to give you the best experience and skincare.
Well, any bath & body product you buy should have pure plant essential oils, natural plant extracts and only pure cold pressed plant oils and butters. These don’t suffocate your skin, clog your pores, make skin age faster or compromise your total wellness. Instead, these are packed with healthy antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids to nourish your skin, keep it firm and youthful, and fight free radicals from damaging your skin.
If you are looking for best quality bath & body products that will give you the most luxurious and fragrant experience and also nurture your skin and overall wellness, look no further than the Body Cupid range of bath & body products. You can take your pick from a vast array of shower gels, body lotions, body scrubs, body polishes, bath salts and body butters. Each and every Body Cupid product is 100% vegetarian and guaranteed free of sulphates, parabens and mineral oils. Each and every product has also been enriched with exotic plant oils and butters, essential oils, botanical extracts and plat sourced vitamins to ensure totally healthy skincare and wellness.