50 Years of Earth Day (and why I don't make lotion in a bottle)
This is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - I participated in the first one at 5 years old and been participating every day ever since! Many changes since the first Earth Day, good and bad, but we'll keep working for the good... This year, as I have for the last 9 or 10 years, I'll be at the 27th annual Earth Fest at La Montanita Co-op at Nob Hill in Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, April 22, 10 am -4 pm.
I've been getting a lot of calls and emails asking if I make "regular" lotion instead of the lotion bars. And the reason I don't is simply toxicity. Lotions are a combination of oils and water, which need to be held together with a synthetic emulsifying wax, and also requires a preservative to prevent mold and fungus (even more necessary if you're adding goat milk to the lotion, which I, of course, would!). The most commonly used preservative is Germall, and one of the primary ingredients is propylene glycol - also found in antifreeze. Other preservatives on the market are known carcinogens and hormone disruptors, and for some reason ($?)many are approved for use in "certified organic" products. So I make lotion bars, with organic coconut oil, my calendula blossoms infused in grapeseed oil, rosehip seed oil and jojoba oil combined with beeswax from my hives and lavender essential oil because our skin is the biggest and very absorbent organ in our bodies -AND the bonus to the bars is no plastic bottle waste!
I'm also thrilled to announce the addition of a new store for my goat milk and honey soaps - Doodlet's at 120 Don Gaspar in downtown Santa Fe, NM - for you locals - yes, THAT Doodlet's- the fun and whimsical shop that has been in business for the past 63 years!
So, for this Earth Day, try a lavender lotion bar to nourish your skin and get a bar of chocolate honey rose soap for free - maybe for your mama on Mother's Day?