On our credentials

I love this comment, wanted to share, Jolene & I often have our backgrounds questioned. No, we are not chemists. We are label reading Mamas who have an addiction to research! From someone Jolene has done a review for in the past (Shepard’s Harvest): “I have found you to be a very reasonable source…and VERY conservative/cautious when it comes to ingredients. Thank you for that! And my background is in Electrical Engineering/Manufacturing with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education (sorry, no PhD, LOL!). You have been as thorough as possible, and I use your site as a reference. Greatly appreciated”

This was Jolene’s response when asked about her background as a qualifier to publish a safe make-up list: “I go to the source of the product (their website) to get official ingredient lists and I will individually research them online. I don’t typically go into EWG and just put the name of a product in because companies reformulate all the time and I want to know the risks of specific ingredients. In EWG they have several (sometimes hundreds) of published articles on findings for that ingredient…it’s safety, any negative reports/reactions, etc. Sometimes there is no or limited information and I have to scour the internet for other reports from people that ARE chemists and have ran tests (EWG is NOT perfect and I am NOT a chemist) and read their findings. I try to find as current as information as possible. When it’s all said and done, I am just a label reader and a researcher. Experience and time is my background I offer. If I am not sure about something from a company, I will email or call and ask. Most companies are forthcoming, some are not. I research this information to use for my family too…I would never want to put anything even questionable on my kiddo’s skin (mostly because I have one kid with a lot of allergies, and one that is chemically sensitive). Everyone has their level of comfort though. I am not the hard, fast makeup police or anything (lol) but I feel that I have done a lot of work finding good information on these products/ingredients and I am hoping that other people can benefit from my work to use in their life. I am human though, if anyone ever finds information to the contrary, I would love to see. I learn something new everyday. My official background as far as education goes is that I am about to graduate with a BS in Education.”

Me: I have a BA in Spanish Education. What does that have to do with this, nothing, but college got me in the habit of researching via multiple sources, and gave me so much fabulous background knowledge that I use daily. I’ve grown up in the greenhouse business, worked in a ton of different settings, and am just on a mission to provide the best products for my family. So, those are our credentials.


All this being said: I would love to share some info from guest bloggers. Do you have a topic you’re passionate & knowledgeable about that you think will interest our community here? Please let me know, I love hearing from a variety of sources on a variety of topics!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. goodfamiliesdo
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 16:35:05

    I hope you keep posting more on your blog!



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