"Green body care" is about more than just the ingredients. It should also consider processes, products and packages.Over-packaging has a huge impact on the environment. Boxes, extra shrink wrapping, decorative trimmings all clog our land fills. Look for minimal packaging. And by using natural ingredients, what little waste there is will biodegrade quickly and harmlessly. At Le FP green body care we do this by developing and employing environmentally sound business and shipping practices, and by creating all natural, earth-safe body care products in small batches. Basically we are trying to lower our impact on the earth and our carbon footprint.
Why use essential oils for fragrance?
Extracted from plants, essential oils are more or less the plant's immune system. Extraction techniques include distillation, steam, expression or solvent extraction resulting in potent, highly aromatic oils that can be applied topically in pure form or diluted in a carrier oil (olive oil, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, calendula oil, etc.) or inhaled. They will, in effect, act on physical, emotional and psychological processes. The most obvious characteristic of essential oils is their intense scent. Scents have been shown to alter mood and trigger memories, but essential oils also have a physical benefit. Oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oil give relief from many illnesses or symptoms of many illnesses when inhaled or applied to the skin. Essential oils are more concentrated than the herbs they were extracted from and they contain hormones, vitamins and antiseptics that work on our immune systems. They are up to 100 times more concentrated than dried herbs, so they must be used with caution. Most essential oils are antiseptic (combat infection) or bactericide (kill bacteria or inhibit the growth of bacteria). When applied to the skin, they generally promote cell rejuvenation and assist all kinds of skin problems. Essential oils may be inhaled, applied to the skin (usually with a carrier oil) or they may be taken internally under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. It is not safe for any individual to take essential oils internally without the assistance of a practitioner because the oils are extremely concentrated. We purchase high quality, pure, steam distilled essential oils that are sourced exclusively from small distilleries around the world. Our suppliers always buy directly from the distilleries to ensure the freshness, quality and purity of the oils. Organic essential oils are obtained from plants that have not been chemically treated, and the soil is usually certified to be chemical free for a certain number of years. With some oils, using conventional instead of organic oils may not pose any concern. With other oils, we make sure the oil is of organic quality, especially when the plant/fruit is known to be heavily sprayed with pesticides. Citrus fruit, for instance, is usually sprayed with pesticides that are readily absorbed into the rind. The rind is the part of citrus fruits that are pressed to obtain the oil.
Le FP invites you to make your body care part of your lifestyle. Daily cleansing, moisturizing and basic preventative maintenance are the best techniques to healthy living. Make wise decisions about what you apply to your skin and treat yourself well. Take a walk, breathe fresh air and visit your local farmers market.