Nourish Face Wash Cucumber & Watercress 8.5 oz. (255 ml)
Nourish Face Wash Organic Cumber & Watercress, produced by Sensibility Soaps, uses gentle, exotic plant oils to moisturize and soften skin. Cucumber refreshes & protects skin with antioxidants. Vitamin E and Zinc provide healing help for skin break-outs. Cucumber contains enzymes, which refine skin and help keep pores clear promoting skin health. Sweet Orange Oil contains alpha-hydroxy acid to smoothe & brighten skin. Chamomile heals. Nourish Face Wash is for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Nourish never tests on animals, and is honestly organic. Nourish Products are food for healthy skin.
Be Informed, Not Fooled!
Nourish is simply organic food-food for the skin. These products are created to support skin health and healthy lifestyles. Guided by centuries-old wisdom integrating many cultures and their experiences in discovering the benefits of herbs, fruits, vegetables, grains, and flowers, organically grown and processed---essentially food to nourish the skin.
What does USDA Certified Organic mean?
In order to display the USDA organic seal, foods must be grown, raised, harvested, & processed without the use of synthetics, irradiation, chemicals, preservatives, genetically modified organisms, & pesticides according to the USDA National Organic Standards. Only products, which are certified at either 100% organic or 95-100% organic can display the USDA seal. Both the grower and processor must be certified & inspected annually by an agency (certifier) accredited to the USDA. The USDA seal is your only assurance that products, which claim to be organic, meet these rigorous standards.
What about other standards and seals on packages?
Many companies create their own seals, which is misleading to consumers. Many companies also state a percentage of "organic ingredients", which is also misleading because the product typically also contains chemicals and may only contain a small portion of organic ingredients. And, "organic" may not mean certified organic ingredients but simply those, which are "natural". Confusing?? In the absence of governmental standards in some countries, there are voluntary personal care standards, which are much less stringent than the USDA National Organic Program standards such as Ecocert, Australian Certification, or Soil Association. Again, there are ingredients and processing allowed in all of these standards, which are not permitted under the stringent USDA standards. The USDA standards for personal care are the "gold standards" internationally.
Why buy products which are certified organic?
- Growing organically & using organic products supports a healthy lifestyle and healthy environment by preventing toxic and long-lasting chemicals from risking your health, your family's health, & the health of our environment.
- When you buy organic, you help keep our earth's air, water supply, and soil from contamination with chemical pollutants.
- Organic farming supports small family farms committed to investing in the health & needs of our present and future generations & planet.
- Reduce health risks: Chemicals are all around us. You are making a decision for you and your family to avoid the health consequences of chemicals in the products you use and protect yourself and your family.
What is USDA Certified Organic Personal Care?
In order to be certified, personal care products must meet the current food standards of the National Organic Program. There are only governmental food standards NOT personal care standards. Nourish supports the National Organic Program & believed they could produce personal care products from exclusively foods blended into simple, effective personal care products. Nourish believed that they could totally
avoid all of the chemicals and synthetics so prevalent in products today. Products are only minimally processed to retain the benefits of ingredients.
Because more and more consumers are buying organic products, other personal care companies claim their products are "organic". Unless products display the USDA seal or are certified by a certifier for a 70% organic claim, there is no way to assure these products are "organic". In fact, these products may contain some---generally a small percentage of organic ingredients, however, still contain mainly chemicals, synthetics, and preservatives. Another marketing strategy is to claim some chemicals are "derived from a natural source", however, they are still chemicals--the motive is to portray the product as more natural. It is a marketing ploy to make "organic claims", which, unless you are informed, confuses and misleads consumers.
What are the Benefits of Using Certified Organic Personal Care?
It is estimated that the average woman applies more than 200 hundred chemicals daily to her skin. Research indicates that approximately 60% of these chemicals are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. That means that chemicals in these products do not stay on your skin, they enter your body. Chemicals and synthetics not only harm the environment, but can be harmful to your skin by irritating & drying skin & causing sensitivities and allergies, as well. The chemicals in commercial skin care products have been found to aggravate allergies and various skin conditions.
Unknowingly, consumers use many products, which contain ingredients, which cause skin to be more sensitive and create skin problems. You make a choice for you and your family whether to use products made with chemicals or products with beneficial ingredients, which give you healthy, radiant skin and when absorbed into the body, will not have the potential health consequences of using products with chemicals. The risks are not worth it! Why buy personal care products, which are made with chemicals and synthetic ingredients, when you can buy
an alternative, which is healthy and beneficial for you and your family?
If chemicals in products are not safe, why are companies permitted to include them in products?
The FDA's website states, “The regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval.”
Yet the question remains, does the government take into consideration repetitive, long term, exposure to these chemicals on a recurring daily basis? Scientists are now finding that the human body stores many of these synthetic chemicals for life and cannot eliminate them. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and what you put on it is absorbed into the blood stream. Just as you carefully pick organic fruits and
vegetables in the produce section of your store, one should carefully consider the personal products you put on your skin and in your hair. If you don't want synthetic chemicals circulating in your blood stream, don't put them on your body or in your hair.
A study, reported in the January 2004 edition of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, found parabens- the most common cosmetic preservative -present in significant amounts in 18 out of 20 breast cancer tumors. Choose your personal products wisely and get to know the ingredients.
Why is it important to read the labels on personal care products?
It is equally important to pay as much attention to what you put on your body as you do what you put into your body. Most of us look at ingredients on the labels of foods we eat. However, we don't typically look at the ingredients labels of our personal care products. If we do, we may not understand what we are reading-most of the ingredients are chemicals.
Companies must disclose ingredients on labels. And, ingredients listed first are the ingredients, which are in the product in greater proportions. Ingredients are listed in descending order. Chemicals are usually easy to identify because the name looks like a chemical. For example, Sodium Lauryl (Laureth) Sulfate is an ingredient often used in shampoos to increase lather & it can cause irritation. It is easy to recognize that it is a chemical from its name. It is easy with USDA certified personal care products because when you see the organic seal on the label, it is the assurance that all ingredients are either certified organic or on the USDA National List of ingredients allowable in products
Unless you look at ingredients, you will not know if a product contains chemicals or not. Compare ingredients from another Body Wash with the ingredients on a Nourish Body Wash to see the difference. Marketing messages on products are powerful-be informed and not fooled.
What is the difference between "natural", "organic", and USDA Certified Organic personal care?
There are no requirements for the use of the term "natural". So, companies can define it as they choose. It is up to the consumer to be informed and not fooled. Read the ingredients on labels not the marketing messages. "Natural" typically describes products with chemicals and some natural ingredients. There are strict requirements when the USDA organic seal is used which supports truth in labeling. The USDA disallows the term "organic" to be used except in products, which are certified, however, the abuse is rampant on products and currently not enforced. Companies even incorporate "organic" into their company's name or brand name, which implies the products are "organic", when they indeed are not.
Do Nourish products perform the same as other products?
Nourish knows that consumers want these products to perform but are willing to make some sacrifices for purer, safer products. Lotions and butters moisturize very well and are comparable to premium, conventional ones in performance. Body Washes cleanse, moisturize, and lather well but will not lather as much as those products containing chemical foamers or surfactants. But the skin won't feel tight or dry after bathing due to the chemicals in a product. Deodorants work effectively but may have to be applied two times daily rather than once. These products will help remedy dry and irritated skin and nourish the body with all of the benefits of the nutrition foods offer. Nourish products make skin and hair feel softer, smoother, moisturized, healthier. You will not only appreciate but also LOVE the difference!
If organic products are so beneficial, why don't other companies produce truly certified organic personal care products?
Meeting the standards of USDA certification is difficult and costly. Making products using only foods is more challenging than using chemicals in products; organic ingredients are more costly than chemicals. Many chemists believe these products cannot be made without chemicals; they are used to creating products with chemicals. There is no incentive for personal care companies to produce healthy personal care
products when consumers buy what they are making and selling.
What about preservatives? Don't they have to protect the product from spoilage and bacteria? What is the shelf-life?
Nourish products are self-preserved, which means that the products contain ingredients, which preserve the product. Also, in cleansers, the pH of the products prohibit bacteria from growing. Shelf-life is generally two years unless the product is exposed to extreme temperatures or other unusual conditions.
Is it worth paying a bit more for these products?
- A little goes a long way; use only small amounts of products for effective use. So, products last a long time.
- What is it worth to you for skin, which is not tight, dry or itchy after a shower?
- Avoiding chemicals and their consequences will contribute to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
- The main ingredient in most personal care products is water-not so in Nourish products--would you rather pay for water and chemicals or beneficial, organic ingredients, which Nourish your skin?
The Story of Nourish—food for your healthy skin
All products tout the “good stuff” in them--botanicals and organic ingredients. Marketing messages can be misleading. If the organic or botanical ingredients are at the end of an ingredient list on a label, the proportion in the product is generally so small that there is no real benefit in use. Educate yourself about the products you buy for your family and don’t be fooled by marketing hype. Are there chemicals listed on the ingredients list? Chemicals can dry and irritate skin, can be absorbed into the body through the skin, and contaminate our earth. Products may claim organic ingredient percentages, but are there chemicals also? The answer is YES!
Nourish is the first personal care line of products certified to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) at 95-100%. The original line was launched in Fall, 2004. The line was revised and re-launched in June, 2008. Some new products, some improved--even better than before!
Nourish is guided by centuries-old wisdom integrating many cultures, and their experiences regarding the benefits of herbs, fruits, flowers, vegetables, and grains----organic foods, which nourish the skin. Formulas promote radiant, healthy skin and support healthy lifestyles. Simply, products are foods for your skin.
Nourish products proudly display the USDA organic seal and contain NO CHEMICALS---ABSOLUTELY NONE! The USDA seal is your only assurance that products which claim to be organic, really are according to the strict standards of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP).
You care about the food you eat. Nourish believes you should care as much about what you put on your skin. Their ingredients and products are certified organic to assure that they are the purest, healthiest Nourish can offer. What that means is that the products’ ingredients are grown and processed according to National Organic Standards and certified by an agency accredited to the USDA. Nourish's certifier is Oregon Tilth. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food. This USDA seal is your assurance that Nourish products meet these rigorous standards.
There are currently only food standards under the NOP; Nourish products meet food standards--what can be more pure or healthy for the outside of you? Are products you buy honestly organic? Read the labels. Look for the USDA seal and LOOK OUT FOR CHEMICALS. Avoid them & the risks to health and our environment. Don’t be fooled.
Imagine products without chemicals... Who says that body washes have to be clear or pastel-colored or have to smell like real botanicals don‘t? Nourish does not use any artificial colors, fragrances, or preservatives. These products are the “real deal”. Try finding personal care without chemicals; “they” say it can’t be done. Nourish said that they could make products without chemicals and did; it was not easy but they did it! Sure, Nourish products are not like other personal care products with chemicals but who wants them to be anyway? It is the chemicals which dry or irritate skin, making skin even more sensitive than it is. Your skin is no more cleansed by using a clear shower gel versus one naturally colored. The products perform and do what the labels say they will. Honestly organic, these products do not need chemicals to be effective. Expect them to be the purest personal care products you could ever use. Organic is really about connection: nature, personal health and the environment. Just be sure if you want organic, that it really, truly is.
Nourish: Food For Healthy Skin