I am very, very proud of this entry as a result of the education and information it may bring to light, and due to the quality of the natural body and skincare products that I get to show you today.
Although I am not perfect in my organic journey and, I’ll admit it, sometimes I think, “Maybe I can risk cancer for this indulgence” from time to time, I try to live the cleanest life possible and protect my children, as well as the environment, from as much as I can.
Years ago, I read a book called Slow Death By Rubber Duck
(I own a signed copy now) and it awakened something in me that helped to alter my daily life, change me as a consumer, and even bring this blog to light.
It also helped me get in touch with Bonnie, the founder of Zero Xeno and learn a bit about her story.
Bonnie Penner, a home-schooling, active, young mother of four boys was suffering from multiple hormone related diseases, including fibrocystic breast disease, ganglion cysts, uterine fibroids, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, to name only a few. Sound familiar, anyone? She, like myself, ate primarily organic foods, baked the household bread, and cooked from scratch daily but could not be considered “healthy”, even with all of her efforts. As she networked with others in similar situations, she learned quite a bit about xenoestrogens and the havoc that the chemical additions to our daily personal care, laundry or household items wreak on our bodies and our environment.
All of Bonnie’s health issues, as well as many others including obesity, can be linked to these chemicals but we still include them in day-to-day products. I know so many mothers, suffering women, and so many family members who expose themselves to avoidable pollutants daily. There are dozens of offers a day that go up in my favourite Facebook group that include personal “care” items- and that term needs to be used loosely- ridden with xenoestrogens.
Zero Xeno includes none of those chemicals and this is what I am going to show you today;
I was sent this natural personal care bundle for review, which includes the Zero Xeno face wash, the face cream, a body wash, natural shampoo and conditioner. The additional bottles were a toner and the sugar scrub but I will save those for a later review, once they have been officially launched by the company. I got a preview!
First up, the chemical free shampoo and conditioner!
I have been pleasantly surprised by how soft my hair has become in the last couple of weeks, after only using the Zero Xeno combo. The shampoo smells of lemongrass and is far more bubbly than you would expect from a product comprised of organic and food grade ingredients. It rinses completely away, which I find fantastic because some shampoos leave me with a build-up, and my hair is left feeling light but nourished.
What I liked most was not so much the shampoo, as it was fairly standard, but their conditioner;
If you are anything like me, you are out of conditioner before the shampoo is gone, due to a runny consistency and having to use an exorbitant amount in order to cover your locks. I am unsure how I can demonstrate this adequately but, if it helps at all, you can see in this picture that my hand is tilted and the conditioner is still holding it’s shape.
It is thick, very rich and provides excellent coverage with only a small amount. My hair is half way down my back and I can use the amount in my palm to distribute it through my hair, cover the tips and wrap it up to wait for 5 mins or so while it works some follicle-friendly magic.
The conditioner itself has the added scent of sage, as well as the same lemongrass as the shampoo, and my hair smells fantastic after using the duo. The hubby has noted as much, when stealing my pillow the other morning, and it made me feel girly 😛
His personal favourite product out of the lot, however, was the liquid hand soap and the most note-worthy point about this comes from him. As I have mentioned in previous entries, he is a tool and die maker and does a very dirty job on a daily basis. My poor man is left with these mechanic-like hands that have a slick of grease, oil and grime that is incredibly sexy but not easily removed;
Now, although every lady would love hands like that on her body (don’t lie), they are not lovely in our homes. He regularly has fingerprints caked in dirt, like this, even after washing;
It is nearly impossible to get out of the tiny identifying crevices in his hands, no matter how frequently or hard he scrubs, leading to my household looking as if a slug made of newspaper trailed itself along some surfaces. He normally washes with a chemical laden soap that, more than likely, contains petroleum distillates and may very well end up giving him cancer. On top of that, it’s obscenely harsh on his skin and he suffers from severe eczema so we’ve already been dealing with work related skin issues since he took up the trade.
Anyway, I typically keep all of the products that I review separate from household items in order for me to be able to use them on my own and learn the products before they are used by the family members. With soaps, it’s harder to do that because they are not exactly moved from room to room with ease or purpose.
My husband, subsequently, used the above product and I heard, “What’s in this soap?!” from the bathroom a couple of days ago. I thought maybe he had some sort of reaction to it, as he has sensitive skin, or was wondering about the name (Kombucha). He asked me, “Is this a review soap?!” and I replied that it was, at which point he said, “You can add in there that it works really well. I can’t get that black crap out from my fingerprints and this stuff is getting it off! My hands haven’t been this clean in….well, I can’t even remember”. He then came and stuck his decidedly more peach palms in my face. Gotta love husbands.
I had him leave his hands dirty after work the other day and here are a couple of shots, just to show you how easily and effectively this natural hand soap cuts through the toughest of messes. You can see the contracts between his hands and wrists;
He has been thoroughly enjoying some of the soaps that I have been checking out lately, as he is used to using an orange, sand soap and it is awful on his skin. The Zero Xeno one smells just like the shampoo and is our new household favourite as a result of the lemony-clean fragrance and outstanding performance.
Here is the facial cleanser…
…and is what the facial moisturizer, the treatment to follow cleansing, looks like;
Now, what is with the funny name?
I have recently learned that Kombucha is an ancient, fermented tea, which can contain over 50 different kinds of probiotics, organic enzymes, amino acids and vitamins that help naturally balance your pH levels, as well as nourish and moisturize your skin. Regardless of the batch type that is used in these products, all would contain at least one beneficial yeast, advantageous bacteria, at least one pH neutralizer, anti-microbial acids, and several anti bacterial compounds. Talk about complex but, hey, if it cleans my face and leaves my skin glowing then I am happy to learn a bit about what it is! That is exactly what the face wash does and, although it is not the prettiest colour, coming out an icky brown, it feels wonderful and scrubs well! The additional benefits afforded from the Kombucha are a bonus where I am concerned, as it does the job and I enjoyed the process.
Now, I’ve never been the biggest fan of moisturizer for my face.
I have been blessed with pretty great skin. I have dark circles under my eyes, which is my main drawback, but I have a good complexion, my skin retains moisture quite well and I am not acne prone. (Knock on wood.)
As I am getting older, I have started to dabble in the world of nightcreams and preventative measures, to try to keep these sneaky crows’ feet at bay, so lately I have been trying them. More often than not, my experiment leads to clogged pores and a zit. I can not say that the Zero Xeno moisturizer feels as light as I would like it to, or that it absorbs quickly, but I can say that I have been using it for a straight week and my skin is still clear. It is not my all time favourite product but it is most definitely not the worst and I do prefer to take a chemical-free approach to my face. It’s the only one I’ve got, afterall. I would recommend it for those with dry skin and, if you have acne, it may be worth trying due to the anti bacterial properties in the Kombucha.
Last, but not least, is the body wash.
This is, again, scented like the shampoo and lathers just as well as any drugstore bodywash. Very little is required in order to get some great suds and I liked how easily it rinsed away, as well as the added benefits for my skin from the Kombucha. The smell is light and pleasant, coming from essential oils and ingredients that are not synthetic! I did find that, hours later, I could detect the faint scent of lemongrass after a workout and was all the more pleased with my experience.
Overall, I highly recommend the Zero Xeno line and you can find their products here. Even if you do not intend to purchase a single thing, you can also check out their Facebook site for the educational aspects alone. You will be surprised at what you learn!