Sun Burned by The Honest Co?

Last summer was the last time I used your typical average sunscreen from the store. This summer I chose the Honest Company’s sunscreen lotion. I’m usually super cautious when using a new sun prevention lotion so I followed the package directions and a few other added measures. I had such a terrific experience using it that not only did we continue to use it, I went back to Costco to buy more in case they sold out. Then this week I find critical reviews of Jessica Alba’s product splattered all over the Internet. Are the customers getting burned because of a bad product or are they burning the Honest Company?

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Even though I’ve had a great experience with it, I felt the need to double check the package directions. After seeing a few pictures of red flesh on testimonials, I wanted to be sure I was clear on what I was reading. I’ve been badly burned before and my heart goes out to every single person who gets a sunburn. It’s no fun at all.

Click on image to read up close…

honest directionsThe text for “Uses” says,

“Helps prevent sunburn- if used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions).”

Under Directions it says,

  • “Shake Well”
  • “Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure”
  • “Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours”

For those who have difficulty with directions, let me break it down in a simpler format.

Reapply…

1- after 80 minutes of sweating or swimming

Reapply…

2- IMMEDIATELY AFTER towel drying (because you just wiped it off)

Reapply…

3- at least every two hours

I’d like to share some wisdom I’ve learned from raising 4 kids in 23 years. When you reapply sunscreen, follow the beginning instructions every time you reapply.

1. Shake well.

2. Apply liberally.

3. Apply 15 minutes before going into the sun’s exposure.

The product goes even further in explaining the extra sun protection measures we all need to be taking.

  • “Limit time in the sun”
  • “especially from 10am-2pm”
  • “wear long sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses”

Does this mean we might as well not use sunscreen?

Of course not.

The package of all sunscreen products are supposed to give these instructions to us. We *can* spend time in the sun, but we need to do so safely.

Here are some skin protecting tips I keep in mind:

-Enjoy the beach or pool before 10 am or after 2pm. I actually prefer to wait until after 4pm to go to the pool. I prefer the beach prior to 11am or after 5pm.

-Enjoy the beach with beach umbrellas or a canopy so you can take a break from the sun.

-Take a break from the sun each hour by sitting under an umbrella or canopy for 30 minutes or more.

-Help further protect your skin from the sun by using lightweight beach clothing and hats with UV protecting fibers.

-Let skin dry completely (with protective clothing on) before reapplying. Then wait 15 minutes before re-entering the sunlight.

-Use sunglasses with large lenses.

Additional FAQs to keep in mind:

-The closer you are to the equator, the more sensitive your skin will be to the sun’s rays

-When at the beach or the pool, the sun reflects onto your skin. This maximizes your skin’s exposure to the sun.

-Don’t mix other products with your sunscreen. Some products can cause your skin to be MORE sensitive, especially if they contain citrus oils. Some medications can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

My article isn’t so much a defense for The Honest Co. as it is a mom of 4 kids sharing valuable information to help you keep your family safe from sunburns.

Sometimes we’re just having so much fun at the beach or at the pool that we lose track of time and forget to reapply as directed. Try using a timer with a loud ring to remind you.

And if you do happen to get a sunburn, use some after-sun soothing spray and avoid further exposure to the sun until your skin heals.

*Disclaimer: As an advocate for health and wellness, I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils.  None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

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Is Pinterest Removing Your Favorite Essential Oil Pins?

A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a slew of emails from Pinterest informing me they removed several of my favorite and most beloved pins about essential oils. Some companies have updated their terms about how their images and company names (and trademark words) can be represented online. Their quest to comply with FDA guidelines about what can and can’t be said has struck a chord in many who feel it’s more censorship and restrictions on free speech. That’s not the case at all and I’d like to share a few points for us all to keep in mind.

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Representation– A company does have the legal right to govern how their companies and products are represented. When you take their images and trademark (and copyrighted) terms and use them out of accordance with the terms on their websites then you are violating their terms. If it were your company wouldn’t you hope your fans would abide by your terms? It’s to protect the company and all those who invest in it. This is excellent business practice.

Compliance– Being in compliance with their terms is not limited to just them. The FDA and FTC have terms about how supplements (in this case, essential oils) can be marketed. As a rep of any of those companies you should *want* people to abide by those terms to protect your investment. If you have questions about what can be said you can join our group Essential Oil Collaborative over on Facebook.

We’re discussing

  • Product Claims vs Educational Claims
  • Censorship
  • Blogging Guidelines
  • and much more.

Censorship– You may feel like it’s censorship, but it’s more about how to professionally represent the products with the utmost integrity and good old fashioned honesty. Essential oils are a wonderful part of any home’s natural apothecary with a lot of wellness benefits. We don’t need people making exaggerated and non-compliant claims in order to promote them.

Protection– It’s crucial that we work together to protect this industry. By doing so, we are advocating for consumers everywhere. There are bound to be snakes selling false promises, but we can do our part by professionally representing companies and products with compliant language. Compliant language is truthful and we can find the compliant language on the FDA website.

Please join us at the group so we can assist you in creating a legal, compliant, and truthful online presence for your wellness business. Even consumers need to be equipped with these updated terms. Feel free to invite your friends.

*Disclaimer: As an advocate for health and wellness, I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils.  None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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The Fundamentals of Why Evangelicals Fear Speaking Up

This past week has been quite triggering with stories about the Duggar’s failure to obey God’s divine plan as well as the abusive nature of The Village Church against Karen Hinkley. I’ve been writing about church abuses for several years since leaving the Independent Fundamental Baptist cult movement and these stories make me shake with righteous indignation. Just over a year ago, I ceased from chronicling my experiences to take a much needed hiatus from the topic and find a path of peace. Seeing these stories engulf the Twitter and Facebook feeds has been an eerie reminder to what I experienced and why it’s crucial that we take a long hard look at why this keeps happening.

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Our media (including social media) has given this topic a much needed spotlight and we have this prodigious fortuity to take this by the reigns instead of allowing it to be misguided by pop culture and cult enthusiasts with a thirst for control over the Church and the political landscape.

I know it gets old hearing “not my kind of Christianity” and scarcely do we see a powerful example of what Christianity really is supposed to look like. It’s all too common, among many Christians, that they remain silent while injustice infiltrates the Church.

Why do evangelicals and fundamentalists fear speaking up?

The answer lies dormant while they bury their hands in the sand; unwilling and unable to make a difference.

Elizabeth Esther grabbed the opportunity by the horns and wrestled it down for the Church to see up close and personal.

For centuries, the Church has allowed a tyrannical form of doctrine to permeate its pulpits and hypnotize the members of the pews in American Christianity.

1. They believe in an inerrant doctrine.

In my research of spiritual abuse and church history it became apparent to me that this type of abusive mentality has been in “biblical” practices for so long that people genuinely believe it to be God’s truth to mankind. They are taught that this interpretation of the Bible is inerrant and to be adhered to until the return of Jesus.

2. They are mandated not to question.

For them to question it is akin to a betrayal of the Lord Jesus himself and the consequences vary from eternity in hell to excommunication (or shunning) by their congregations and families. Their dogma cites Peter’s betrayal and Thomas’ doubting, yet omit the fact that Jesus was merciful, gentle, and understanding to both of them.

3. They love celebrity fame.

I was never a fan of the Duggar reality show, because I disagree with pursuing celebrity status in Christ’s name. But since they did submit to TLC’s contract of televising their lives in such a public manner it has brought this substantial spotlight to Christianity and we now have the cue to step up to the mic.

4. They’re blind as a bat; sheep being led to the slaughter.

Millions of Christians will emphatically shout, “That’s not my Christianity”, then struggle to explain why and falter in showing it by example.

They’re deeply immersed in a sludge, like a pelican after an oil spill. They don’t know which way is up and can barely swim to shore for help. Once a rescue worker begins washing the oil with Dawn® dish washing soap, an eye peeks out and wants to shout “caution” to its feathered friends and stutters as its beak is sticky with black tar.

When tyrannical leaders control the flow of information for centuries, we have to start over. We can’t keep picking up the same manuals for church doctrines and practices and think we’re doing it better because the former cult leaders are out of the picture.

We have to STOP using their instructions altogether!

Why in the world would the Duggars, or any other Christian, think using Bill Gothard’s teachings are safe or useful when his abusive mind created those materials to begin with? Should we use Hitler’s journals for our lives too?

The actions of these “leaders” came to fruition due to their thinking. They had muddy vision to begin with and penned all their sordid philosophies into their books and spoke them in sermons that we pass along to one another as truth?!?

We don’t need a reformation of what already exists. We need to burn that damnable thinking down to the ground.

This isn’t “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. I’m so sick to tears of hearing that cliche thrown around. It’s part of the problem!

Lets start over with WHO the baby really is, shall we?

Jesus is that babe, given to us from above. A cherished gift that reconciled us to God.

Luke 2:10-11  “10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ESV

Jesus is NOT in that bathwater you are tossing out. Whatever “baby” is in that stinky water is not Christ. You won’t find him sitting in that filth.

Jesus stoops over us in our bathwater and gently washes over us with Living water.

When you pour fresh water into a glass of muddy water, the water becomes more clear with each drop.

WE are in the bathwater. Jesus is the one bathing us.

While this is a clearer image of the bathwater analogy, even better if we jump out of the tub and into his arms. Peter did!

I’m done with the old fashioned bathtub, give me a natural waterfall to shower in! I don’t want to sit in bathwater that a billion other people have sat in, I don’t even want to be in that tub. Can you just imagine the filth sticking to the sides of the porcelain?

It’s going to take a whole lot more than using essential oils to clean this mess up.

Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are afraid of speaking up. These two camps are just one step shy of becoming ISIS.

  1.  They fear the group leaders and thus the group.
  2.  Their fear has them frozen and gagged.
  3.  This fear is perpetuated by their interpretation of the Bible.
  4.  They fear God instead of trusting Him.
  5.  They fear vulnerability.

Do you see the pattern here? F-E-A-R

Religion entangles us.

  • When people live in fear, they’re easily controlled. (Galatians 5)
  • When you can control the people, you can make a lot of money! (Matthew 21)

Jesus is the Great Liberator.

  • Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
  • We walk by faith, not by sight or by fear. (2 Corinthians 5)

All of this man generated dogma is like a GMO, poisoning us with every bite.

Aren’t you sick to death of GMO Christianity? Give me a certified organic walk with Christ!

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