We are Campaigning on A Mission of Prevention


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I have been working tirelessly for over a month to bring this campaign to you.  I feel there is a need to get a stronger presence out to you and others about the dangers of toxic ingredients in your skin care products.  It isnt just enough to eat healthy for the inner you but you need to be just as aware on what goes on your outer you.

Please join me in the fight to get more information and bring more awareness to staying healthy on the outside to keep the risk of dangerous health issues to a minimum.  We have to stop waiting until we have an illness and take more preventative measures.  This starts with reading labels, researching ingredients and taking back your control of what you put on your body.  Stop leaving those big name companies that use inferior and synthetic ingredients in their products and where some slap a natural oil or butter name on the front to make you more at ease with using their products.  When in reality it is only a small amount wading through the toxic ingredients that bring about issues of skin allergies to more severe illnesses like skin cancer.

Dont be fooled by these companies, dont keep allowing them to dictate what you should put on your skin.  Please click the link below and see just what I am talking about:

After Affects Co is Campaigning for You

Click the link above to go to campaign site

Are Natural Products Good For Me and Do They Really Work?


It is truly amazing how After Affects has taken me to places where I have met some truly fascinating people and had some interesting conversations on the subject of natural skin care. Through the many vendor and farmer’s market events I found that the most common thing that I was asked by many customers of all races is “Are these products for my skin?”  I first thought people were pulling my leg, trying to be funny but as I further talked to many I found their thoughts were convoluted with alot of what they had been programmed to think by many of these big named companies.  Companies that had been around for many generations, teaching them that there was a divide in skin care products.  A separate but equal product so to speak.

This in turn, I think, had people of lighter tones including Caucasians believing because they didn’t see the dry skin that they needed a product that wasn’t full of alot of moisturizer ingredients. Now I know to many

IMG_0360they would probably just look at those two commercials and just think, “Oh well the company is trying to show that they are appealing to all races. Which is good marketing sense.  Ask yourself this, if you see a commercial with an actor/actress of same race as you using that product what pop’s into your mind, “Oh this product if for me”.  As if to say there are products specifically for of that particular race.  But in truth, WE ALL have dry skin and in truth there are some lighter toned people who need more moisturizer products than some darker toned people.

Take a look at the ingredients on the back of the bottles of lotion below. The top pic is an “Original” lotion then look at the one for “Extra Dry Skin and Ultra Healing”. You will notice the “Original” doesn’t have Petroleum or Mineral Oil as one of the main ingredients in its list of ingredients a its counterpart does.  Even those with Shea Butter, they may use that without adding the pore clogging Petroleum ingredient but it is still drowning in a sea of toxic ingredients.  What many fail to see is the only difference is our skin tones, our body’s skin craves the same moisture need as the next person.  And with the mineral oil/petroleum we get Original lotionsucked in to believe it must be for those with really dry skin, and seeing that stuff sitting on your skin gives you a sense that it is giving you extra moisture…not true.  I found that even there is Age-Defying lotion that uses Mineral Oil in it too I guess give more moisture too.  This having the opposite effect that you want, it is drying and clogging pores and actually speeding up the aging process. And I believe these manufactures bank on your ignorance of this to continue pumping ads to you with misinformation about extra dryyour skin care needs.

These companies bank on you using this logic with regards to products that are lab induced, only because some chemicals have different effects on different people of different races.  But seeing as many times when we purchase a product from these companies that we are driven by that commercial and what the actor sold us on and we don’t stop to think what else is in that bottl04ffa710e/jar etc. of lotion, shower gel, facial cream,shampoo,conditioner, or body scrub. We don’t read the ingredients on the back to see what other “wonderful” benefits this product will offer us.  We don’t question what Propylene Glycol is,or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Quaternium-15 and oh lest not we wonder what exactly is a Paraben and what do these do for my skin and my health.

With the age of technology that we are in and we can get information just by pressing a few buttons on our phone, why not Google these ingredients to see exactly what these ingredients for which you can hardly pronounce let alone know what they could possibly be doing to your internal organs.

It seems there are more questions for those who create true natural products then those who don’t.  And that is ok, that means you are thinking and want answers to your questions regarding, “Is this product for me, is it safe, will it cause me to break out”.  I welcome all those questions and hope that the information I provide will cause you to think further and eager for answers from the larger companies that use synthetic toxic ingredients that can lead to many health issues.  Yes there are some people who are allergic to certain natural ingredients due to nut or floral allergies, there are some essential oils that people with certain health conditions shouldn’t use due to side effects.  But for the most part natural should be used by natural don’t you think?

Let me say this, true natural products are just that from nature.  Think about it, we are ALL from Nature; Black, White, Hispanic,Asian, Indian(India), etc.  We all have skin (just in different shades), we all have pores, we all get itchy dry skin from IMG_0358loss of moisture.  So if we are all from nature would it not be prudent to think that true natural products made with true natural ingredients would stand to be a perfect fit for our natural skin?

We must remember this, no matter what our skin tone our skin cells have 3 things in common, the need for moisture, the need for protection and the need for cell regeneration.

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 Let’s Make Natural Use More Than An Option But A Way Of Life

Goat’s Milk Soap and Acne

Yes I know we have all be taught at one time or another that acne is from eating too many greasy foods or not washing one’s face (myth) but when you do get clogged pores and have an unexpected outbreak of pimples your next thing is head to the nearest drug store to find the latest ‘greatest’ product that fights that dreaded acne. Whether you are a teen or a woman in the prime of her life you may at one time or another experience breakouts and I am sure many of us if we look in our medicine cabinets we can probably open a small store of our own to sell products geared toward fighting acne.

One thing I found that when fighting these unsightly blemishes we have to understand it is more hormonal than anything but there is also the issue of battling outside forces of bad bacteria and microbes that tend to find their way to our facial pores to live.  I found that a lot of this can be alleviated with the use of Goat’s Milk incorporated in natural soaps.

Goat’s Milk contains the ideal pH level of goat’s milk helps neutralize the effect of bacteria and contaminants, which usually cause these skin infections like acne.  The natural lactic acid in Goat’s Milk is one of the leading benefits of correcting lot of skin afflictions-bet your dermatologist didn’t tell you that-and removes the dead skin cells very gently leaving you with more radiant skin.

This is why I love this little wonder so much that I try to use it in as body care creations as I can to leave the skin smoother and softer.  I didn’t realize how great this additive was until my oldest was beginning to show signs of pimples.  Most of the time I have to remind him wash your face you have to wash it twice a day because of the elements and the bacteria that your face can come susceptible to.  I had done a test, first I told him to use one of my soaps that I hadn’t put milk into and wanted to see how it would do.  After about 2 weeks I noticed his face was very clear and looked moisturized and smooth in those places that the blemishes hadn’t gotten to but still wasn’t clearing his face as I would have liked.  Then I gave him the bar that had milk in it and within 3 days I noticed how much the acne had ‘calmed down’, they seemed to almost revert and after about a week and 1/2 the dark marks that were beginning to form were actually lightening up on his face. It was so amazing to me that I got rid of all the acne ointments and astringents that seemed to dry his skin out, even those that said they were for sensitive skin.

Now a days I don’t even need to ask if he has washed his face, I know if the acne starts to take hold with a vengeance, and just tell him get in there and wash that face.


Spearmint and Milk Soap

Here is one of my simpler recipes for 1 lb Milk Based Soap:

Distilled Water        6 oz

Sodium Hydroxide   2.2oz

Babassu Oil 4 oz

Palm Kernel Oil 3oz

Castor Oil      3 oz

Olive Oil        6oz

Avocado Butter   .05 oz

Powdered Goat’s Milk   1 oz

I added some Spearmint leaves to this batch you see pictured (1tbs)

I really cant say enough about the qualities and benefits of adding goat’s milk to your natural skincare products, especially your soaps   Babies will also benefit from it’s qualities simply because it has all of the nutrients as mother’s milk and to bathe with it just aids the skin in needed moisturizing even before you step out of the tub.

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Milk It For All It’s Worth!

Milk Really Does a Body GREAT!


I know you are probably wondering why Goat’s Milk is being used in some natural soaps, really is this just another gimmick to get you to buy a product?  No this is no gimmick and why commercial companies dont want you to be knowledgeable about the positive effects Goat’s Milk soaps have on our skin. Even some commercial soaps that use moisturizing cream cannot compete with the invaluable assets Goat’s milk can offer your skin.

For  one Goat’s Milk PH is that much closer to human’s PH balance and makes it easier to protect skin from bacteria and and other daily chemical contact. I use goat’s milk in my natural beauty bars because goat’s milk has more beneficial properties than cow’s milk and you really can feel the difference it makes in all skin types. Aside from the fabulous skin loving benefits it gives you I just love how wonderfully I can incorporate it into just about any product I am creating.  And I so notice the difference in my baths when I use it and when I dont in my soaks just how much of a benefit it is in softening my skin as well as added moisturizing, yes even before I step our of the tub.

The benefits of Goat’s Milk in soap can be felt by people suffering from various skin conditions or those just wanting to maintain youthful, rejuvenated skin.  Other benefits like combating acne by killing the acne causing bacteria.  Eczema, because of its natural state and even in the natural soaps Goat’s Milk Soap uses natural ingredients unlike many commercial brands that use a lot of detergents and dyes that trigger these skin irritations. Natural exfoliation when using Goat’s milk soap is also a wonderful reason to switch from commercial brands to natural soaps that contain Goat’s milk.  Goat’s milk has caprylic acid that removes dead skin cells and natural alpha hydroxy that naturally rejuvenates the skin to reveal fresh new skin cells leaving you with hydrated clean and refreshed and protected skin from the inside out.
This is so why I advocate for when buying natural soaps you get those with milk it, whether it be goat’s milk (my favorite), coconut milk, buttermilk,or whole milk, trust me when I say your skin if it could would kiss you for doing it.
Contrary to what we have been fed these many years that body washes and antibacterial soaps are better for you than bar soap because of bacteria that can spread from them, well it isnt true.  Antibacterial soaps dont make you any more protected against bacteria  than any other soap it just removes not only the bad bacteria but the good bacteria and your skin is left moisture less and more vulnerable to other bacteria than it was before you washed your hands.   Some commercial hand soaps have the glycerin removed from them and not much moisture is put into them between all the sulfates and synthetic alcohols that do nothing but dry our skin out.  Even some commercial brands that claim to be “natural” soaps use alot of drying agents.  So between the shea butter and the oatmeal or almond oil that is added how can your skin really receive the nutrients and skin protection it needs if those few natural  ingredients are swallowed by the many synthetic ingredients? Do we really want to continue to use these falsely advertised products at the risk of our skin’s integrity?  banana-Mango
Goat’s milk is very gentle for even the most sensitive skin and offering the same moisturizing and nourishing benefits as it would for a person with normal to oily skin.  Dont be fooled by these claims that body washes are the best way to go and if it doesnt lather like the body washes that means we arent getting the same clean.  So not true.  The lather is for aesthetic purposes, it is a window dressing to cover up the fact that your skin is being stripped away of its natural moisture and instead of adding to it with more moisture and vitamins and minerals needed to sustain healthy radiant skin these products are like sponges soaking up the natural moisture our skin creates under the guise of using petroleum oil and calling that your moisturizing savior.

I leave you with this thought, if what you are using is currently not doing what it said it would do then what harm would it be to try something new?

Please would love to know if in a week’s time if you notice the difference in your skin.