Sodium borate in personal care?! My thoughts…

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Poofy Organics is releasing a new CBD cream, and it’s oh so exciting!! One concern with this cream is that it contains sodium borate as an ingredient, yes, BORAX!! I’ve been very vocal in speaking out against this as an ingredient in homemade laundry soap, which it is often a main ingredient of, for many years now. Why have I taken this stance? Mainly because of EWG, the Environmental Working Group, and the bad score they give it & the concerns they raise. However, over the years I’ve learned to take their findings with “a grain of salt”. My mantra on EWG over the years has developed into: it’s a good starting point, it’s not the end all & be all on any given topic.  They do rate sodium borate a moderately high 5-6, but they also give a 5 to clove bud essential oil… Those of us who’ve done our due diligence on EO’s know it’s about proper dilution & usage, and my research on sodium borate has lead me to the same conclusion…. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705996/SODIUM_BORATE/#.W0_YTdVKjZ5

Ingredients in Poofy’s soon-to-be-released CBD cream: Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, MSM, Terpenes (Eucalyptol, Humulene, Nerolidol, Terpineol), CBD Isolate, Sodium Borate, Vitamin E (non-gmo)

ALL the concerns I can find for sodium borate are in regards to its  powder form, inhaling it, like in powder laundry detergent. But I cannot find concerns when using it topically…. Stephanie from Chemical of the Day is a very trusted source of mine, I’ve never disagreed with anything she’s shared, and she says topical is okay… http://chemicaloftheday.squarespace.com/todays-chemical/2010/9/13/borax-sodium-borate.html

 

Here’s a post by a skin care company using it in their cream as well, I feel they have good points: https://woodspriteorganicbody.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/the-great-borax-sodium-borate-debate-and-a-few-words-on-the-ewg-skin-deep-database/

 

I’ve searched & searched for legitimate concerns when it comes to using it topically via a cream, and cannot find anything other than a few bloggers referencing EWG & saying they don’t want to take a chance. I’ve searched PubMed & other sources as well & can’t find anything on the topic. After speaking with Kristina about this personally, I learned that she feels it’s absolutely necessary to making this the most effective product it can be. She can’t divulge proprietary info of course, but she shared with me that the amount used is teeny, tiny per jar, like teeny. And of course she researched the heck out of it too, she wouldn’t put anything in any of her products that she wasn’t 100% confident in. The CBD cream is not like a typical lotion where it’s just supposed to moisturize, it needs to deliver the beneficial ingredients where they need to go, and she’s spent months looking for the right ingredient to do that, the sodium borate is it… The typical emulsifying wax used in the other lotions isn’t effective enough. Wellness Mama has a decent read on the debate too. https://wellnessmama.com/26407/borax-safe/

Another good read: https://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-watch-list-sodium-borate-borax-is-it-safe/

We have a thread going in our Poofy Guides group on this topic currently, and there are a lot of good comments!

From Andrea: A lot of public concern comes from the chemical misunderstanding between boric acid and sodium borate. Sodium borate is a natural salt mineral, while boric acid is harmful and toxic.

From Anita: Sodium borate is in contact solution.

In conclusion: It’s essential to keep an open mind about all ingredients. Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Just because 1 source says it’s terrible doesn’t mean that’s the case in 100% of circumstances. With this new CBD line, you’re going to have to do some research. Is CBD right for you? I can’t tell you with 100% certainty. Is the Poofy Organics CBD cream among the absolute best possible choices for a topical cream should you decide it is a product you need? I can say with certainty YES.

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JUNE BUYING CLUB EXTRAS

–TO ORDER email: ecofriendlyusabuyingclub@gmail.com.

–I pull orders in the order emails are received. If the person before you claimed an item you want, I let you know. I pack up your order & send an invoice with exact shipping.

–Make sure you include your mailing address so I can determine if flat or regional is cheaper.

–You pay via PayPal FRIENDS/FAMILY so I don’t lose to fees, otherwise I’d have to charge a fee for the club, something I’ve avoided for the 4 years I’ve been doing this. Or you can pay off your QuickBooks invoice using your checking account OR send a check if you’re not comfortable with that. Just be aware if you send a check I likely will not receive it before I leave town late next week, so your items will sit in my office an additional 2 weeks.

So, here’s what I’ve got:

POOFY ORGANICS: TAKE 20% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW

Deo @$11ea:   wood/citrus, jasmine joy

1x spf 15 lip balm @$4

Samples @$3ea: BB cream in light, medium, dark. Powder foundation in:  serenity, love, hope, truth, Harmony, Focus. Blush in: blush, blushful, blushing, blushingly. Concealer in: Purple, green, 4x demystify, 1x reveal

 

GLASS DHARMA:

1X Decorative Dots 9.5×9 ice tea size, set of 4 w/ cleaning brush @$43.95

1x Hemp Family pack straw carrier (holds 4 straws) @$29.00

3x Hemp Sleeve for single straw (fits all 8 & 9″) @$16

 

ONYX (Tickle Trunk):

4x extra pop lids for paddle style @$2 ea

4x round silicone piece only for pop lid @$1 ea

 

COLD BEE GONE:

5x $9.95 ea ($13.95 via Amazon!)

 

REDMOND: NOW 20% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW

1x 8.25oz onion salt @$9.95

Earthpaste tubes @$6.50 ea: 2x  Cinnamon

1x 10 oz bentonite clay powder @$12.35

 

THE WASHCLOTH SHOP:

2 washcloth sets, 2 EO pouches all listed here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2362621587086801.1073741891.397517646930548&type=1&l=781abfc16b

 

SIMPLY GUM now 30% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW:

$3/pack: 4x boost (new!), 4x revive( new!), 1x coffee, 1x mint

Mints @$3.50/tin: 3x peppermint, 5x ginger

 

PRESERVE:

3 X 3 blade razor (comes with 2 3 blade cartridges) @$8.50

8 @ 5 blade razors, reduced from $12.99 to $10.99

 

LUSA ORGANICS:

Boxed Bar Soap @$6.15ea: 1x lemongrass, 2x lavender goat milk

1x Garden shampoo, naked (no packaging)@ $5.65

 

SALONSOLIDS NOW 20% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW:

Shampoo: 1x lemongrass @18

 

ISLAND PICNIC:

Organic cotton sandwich & snack bags with ZERO  plastic! Click on album for descriptions, patterns & availability is listed in the comments below. 1 left in orange chevron: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2374469602568666.1073741897.397517646930548&type=1&l=ce87bc3034

 

PARTY IN MY PANTS (reusable cloth menstrual pads) NOW 20% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW:

1x cotton double gauze overnight in Ebb & Flow @$13.99

1x cotton size M in Morel support @$12.99

 

PURRFECT PLAY NOW 20% OFF PRICES LISTED BELOW: cat & dog toys! https://purrfectplay.com/

1X 6pk wool dust bunnies @$14.95

1x small organic cotton tug toy @$10.95

1x silly sea cucumber @$12.95

1x Hemp Catnip Carrot @$9.95

 

BAREFOOT BOOKS: I have almost all of the following in my personal collection at home & cannot speak highly enough about them, I treasure every Barefoot Book, puzzle & game we own. Yes, they are printed in China but they have a very strong sustainability mission. You will not be disappointed!

My travel journal @$12.99

100 piece Princess puzzle @$10.49 (on sale, normally $14.99)

64 piece Growing a Garden Puzzle @$10.99

1x mindful kids deck @$14.99

1x kids kitchen recipes deck @$19.99

I took the Moon for a Walk (large format board book) $14.99 (reduced to $12.99)

Animal stories set of 4 books @$32.99

2x Barefoot Book of Earth Tales @$16.99ea

1x Barefoot Book of Pirates @$16.99

1x animal tales from around the world @$16.99ea

1x Portside Pirates @ $9.99

1x Out of the Blue (hardcover)@$16.99 50% off @8.50

 

NATULO:

1x angel ice teether @$12 https://www.facebook.com/397517646930548/photos/a.2211643002184661.1073741888.397517646930548/2211643375517957/?type=3&theater

 

 

Jess Toothpaste & Deo @ $8/jar

Toothpaste options here: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/buying-clubdeomy-poofy-organics/eco-friendly-usa-homemade-toothpaste/

Deo options here: https://ecofriendlymamausa.com/buying-clubdeomy-poofy-organics/homemade-deodorant-body-scrub-info/

 

Misc items Jess has for sale, here’s an album with random items: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1489593477722954.1073741870.397517646930548&type=1&l=6c0fc69261

My toothpaste already made, 50% OFF so only $4/4oz jar:  1 no calcium strawberry. 1 deo unscented, extra strength (could add a scent if you prefer)

Wild Animals Fun Kit from Pure Play Kids, on sale for $10.95 so I’ll honor that even though I paid full price: http://www.pureplaykids.com/wild-animals-fun-kit/

Pirate Artisands kit from Pure Play, also on sale for $11.95, would make a great gift with the Barefoot Book of Pirates listed above if you have a pirate-lover having a B-day soon! http://www.pureplaykids.com/sand-art-kit-pirate-shapes/

 

 

Nashville, oh how I loved thee…..

I had a chance to go to Nashville for a weekend, here’s what I loved about it…. Mainly: I love how they honor their long, vibrant history, while making way for their new history. The absolute best way to see the city- a trolley tour. I ended up buying the 2 day pass, it was $34 for one day, $44 for 2 days. You can get on/off at any of the 15 stops & spend as much time as you’d like there. So long as you’re back by the last pick-up of the day around 5pm you’re good to go. I felt like the trolley took the place for any need for a taxi/uber to get around the city as well. I feel like this photo shows the juxtaposition I’m trying to get at: old meets new…. I like it though! They say ~100 people/day  move to the city! Between the need for housing for them, and the need for hotels for the millions of visitors each year, there is a lot of construction!

Below, the iconic Broadway Avenue, you see a crane on the horizon just about any which way you look.

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above, the war memorial

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New hotel or apartments going up directly across from Ryman

 

Below: coffee dripping all day in the lobby of our hotel. They guarantee to deliver to your room within 10 min of your request, and they did!

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Room service coffee below:

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The city is so full of random gorgeousness:

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Above sculptures are in a round-about in the city center. The same artist sculpted Athena at the Parthenon. This display was the center of many protests for many months. Our trolley tour guide said he say church groups here daily for a long time, covering certain parts up with sheets, making large diapers. Finally it died down.

Random fact: Nashville is a MAJOR bachelorette/bachelor party destination. They estimate that income is twice that of all sporting events combined in any given year! You’ll see a lot of this:

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And some of this….

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They need to pedal to keep the alternator in the thing going, trolley dude said they often stall out & annoy all around….

Below: the only 1:1 scale replica of THE Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Nashville is known as Music City, USA. But also as Athens of the South. Why? Their #1 industry is health care. #2: music. #3: education. They shadow the same values Athens, Greece held near & dear centuries ago. The Parthenon was built during their centennial celebration, which you can read about here:

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Larger than life!

 

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40 foot, gold-gilded statue of Athena?! Yes, why not?

 

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Casts of what is left of the original statues in Athens, Greece.

My Hubby: well, I guess you can cross Greece off your bucket list now…. Lol 🙂

Below, trying to take in some authentic cuisine. I had lobster bisque, crayfish tail risotto, and duck empanadas (not sure where those are authentic to, but they sounded good & were). These were off the appetizer menu, I couldn’t eat even 1/2 of it, they don’t skimp on their portions!

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Below is an iconic Nashville spot. It was pointed out to us from a few blocks away on our trolley tour. The next day we went to have breakfast at Biscuit Love, a must-eat destination we were told. Well, the line snaked out the door way too far for my liking so we went to a juice bar instead, I had a green smoothie. But a block away we found this spot, glad we stopped for a quick pic!

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The State Capitol building sits atop a gorgeous, green, rolling hill.

 

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50 bell towers representing the 50 states, with 95 bells inside, representing the 95 counties in TN. On the hour the bells ring out an iconic song, and then the bell outside the Governor’s window up the hill responds with 1 ding.

 

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Again, just love the ‘old meets new’ feel the city has.

 

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Contemplating life atop a rooftop bar, my 1st ever Moonshine drink. My pal Dana volunteered to go fetch us a drink. I told her what i wanted & she came back with this bucket! I almost finished it, not quite 🙂

All in all, I had a great weekend. I’m a huge fan of slow travel, and believe you can’t really experience much in a few short days, but really feel the trolley tour gave us a great overview of the city’s rich history, as well as the opportunity to do some quick exploring. Within days of returning I bought concert tickets for my Hubby & I to go see our favorite band there for 3 nights over Labor Day. So yes, you can say the city made an impression on me, and I will be back!!!!