Okay. That might be the corniest blog post title ever in the history of blogging. I was trying to be clever and it simply didn’t work. But like I discussed the other day, sometimes you need to just a take a chance and see what happens. So there it is…my chance for today. My attempt at forcing two unlike things into one blog post. So if you haven’t already clicked away from my page shaking your head in dismay and silently saying, “This woman is odd. I’m outta here,” then keep reading and I will get to my point as quickly as I can.
*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Getting to my point…Does your skin suffer tremendously during the cold winter months? My issue lies mostly with my hands when it starts getting cold. My knuckles crack and bleed and my cuticles turn into a complete nightmare. When I try to use lotion to soothe the damage, my hands turn the color of these pants and the burning becomes so intolerable that I have to wash off the lotion…creating a vicious cycle of unbearably and irreparably dry hands all winter long. But I figured that we live in a civilized world with a multitude of products at our fingertips so there had to be a way to keep the damage from occurring in the first place. And frankly, I prefer to wear bright red pants not bright red hands (there’s my corny but effective segue from fashion to soap).
If you remember back in August, I wrote a post about transitioning to a healthier lifestyle for my entire family. While my goals included some major changes in diet (I am still working on that…slow and unsteady progress at best), it also included a transition to more natural and organic cleaning products in my home. I mentioned that my 4 year old suffers from severe eczema and for two years the products recommended by the pediatrician have made zero improvements to my son’s skin. Since writing that post, I have switched our laundry detergent to the Shaklee Fresh Laundry Concentrate. Granted, this will take some time until all of our things have been washed with the new detergent. So in an attempt to find a more immediate remedy for my son’s eczema, I tried an olive oil based soap from Catalina’s Creations.
Catalina’s Creations is a locally woman-owned small business in my community which specializes in “handcrafted soaps made in small batches to assure quality.” They use only natural ingredients to color and scent their soaps staying true to the organic quality of the soaps they produce. I spoke with the owner, Amy, looking for suggestions to assist with the eczema issue at hand. Amy recommended any of her fragrance-free soaps with an olive oil base. Having tried so many different products (many which included ingredients that I couldn’t even pronounce) from doctors and friends with no positive results, I was all on board to give this new natural soap a chance.
Changing nothing other than our detergent, I began using the soap on my son during his baths which occur every other night. I threw away all commercially produced bubble baths and baby washes and used only this soap on his hair and body. Within 2 weeks, he was completely eczema-free! And has been for months now. I quite literally couldn’t believe it. But the evidence is not lying. For years, I struggled to get his eczema outbreaks under control and nothing worked. Who would have known that the perfect remedy was right in the tiny soap making kitchen of one amazingly knowledgeable and very dedicated local woman?
Once I saw the incredible result with my son, I switched all of my soap to products from Catalina’s Creations. I noticed that when I use her oil infused soaps on my hands, my skin stays mostly moisturized without the need for lotions. Granted it has been bitter cold this winter, so if I stupidly go outside without gloves or mittens, my hands will inevitably become chapped. But a quick warm wash with a bar of organic soap usually moisturizes enough to soothe the damage. I also have transitioned my shower soap and have noticed my skin is much less dry than it has ever been in winters past. I don’t think that I will ever return to commercially produced soaps.
So if you suffer from eczema or any sort of dry broken skin and you are using regular commercial soaps, it might be time to consider a change to a more natural or organic option. And if the backs of your hands are the color of my pants, check out some of the amazing soap formulas from Catalina’s Creations. You won’t regret it.
Below is a short photo gallery of my own personal soap stash! So many lovely aromatic scents (for me, not for eczema-boy) and whimsical molds to cheer up your kitchen or bathroom. Both of my boys get a kick out of the adorable molds that Amy often uses. So not only does Catalina’s Creations provide a natural, organic, healthy substitute for chemically-infused commercial soaps, but her products also make bath time lots of fun!
Have you made any lifestyle changes recently that have completely surprised you with the outcome? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
And now your favorite posts from last week.
Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust shared her post Velvet Duster & OTK Boots: It’s All A Matter Of Perspective. Not only am I completely dying over her fabulous velvet duster, but I can relate so very well to her matter of perspective!
And Elsie of Polished Whimsy shared her post Current Obsession: Bodysuit Outfits. I have to say, Elsie looks so amazing in every one of the outfits she styled, making me wonder: Could I pull off a bodysuit?
Keeping it on the edge,
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