Jan. 17th, 2012

bluejeans07: (Me- BARROWMAN! *shakes fist*)
Lately, I've been reading about chemical preservatives in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and other products, and everything I read either pisses me off or depresses me. It's like play Russian roulette with chemicals that can cause cancers, Alzheimer's, or just irritates my skin. That's the side that depresses me, what pisses me off is that in the end, these companies probably don't give that much of a shit of how these chemicals are affecting the bodies of their customers as long as we keep giving them money. Everything gives us cancer these days after all, how can they tell if their products are the ones directly related? Maybe they are, maybe they're not, there's no way of being able to prove it, but these are the products that I have been directly rubbing into my body for years and if I'm ever going to reach my goal of becoming a neon jogging suited granny that can dance to Soulja Boy in my 60's, then I better do something about it.

Long term, my goal is to find products ranging from skin care, hair care, and cosmetics that won't have harmful chemicals, is cruelty free, and is preferably small business. That's a tall order these days so that's my long term goal. For now, I'm just going to look to replacing my lotions and moisturizers with something more natural and excludes preservative chemicals such as parabens and sodium laurel sulfate. I want to cut down on products that have these chemicals because while all commercial chemicals do have low, FDA approved levels of preservative chemicals, these chemicals DO build up in your body from all the different products that people, especially women, use. The only things I use daily are my cleanser and lotions so if I can cut out the chemicals in those, then I've already cut out a lot chemicals for me. Also, I'm lucky to have fairly good skin so really the only things I'm looking for something that is anti-aging and moisturizing.

Luckily, Trader Joe's cleanser doesn't include these chemicals but they do have it in their lotion so that's now out, but I think I may have a potential solution. I've been reading about cleansing and moisturizing with cold pressed oils, first from great time wasting blog Honey Rock Dawn" and then from other places on the internets. I've already been using witch hazel as a make up remover and for cleaning the skin whenever I get the occasional pimple or blemish and it's been working great. I'm going to try out using jojoba oil as my main moisturizer and body lotion, and add a drop of frankincense essential oil in the bottle for my face for anti-aging. I still have some lotion from Bath and Body works left and most of a jar of Kiehl's ultra facial cream that I got from my aunt for X-mas so I'll be using those up along with the jojoba and frankincense, but once those are gone, it'll be all natural all the way baby!

I'll be sure to keep writing about what I find as I experiment. My plan so far is to rotate the products so that I'm using the chemical products every other week. I'm also going to exclude make up for now since I don't wear it that often but I am going to look for other hair care alternatives (Trader Joe's nourish spa products carry parabens). But like I said, my skin isn't bad at all, it just gets dry once in awhile (like now with the dry CA winter), I don't expect these products to change my life or make me look like a shining beauty or anything. I just want something with less harmful chemicals that'll do what I've come to expect the lotions and things I've been using to do.
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Based on Food Wishes' recipe.

Didn't have the exact ingredients the recipe called for so I swapped a few and it was just SO GOOD.

Ingredients:
2 center-cut salmon fillet
salt to taste
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 cup rice vinegar (swapped with apple vinegar)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp hot chili sauce to taste (swapped with Korean gochujjang)
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp chopped basil (family doesn't like basil so I added a few shakes of dried basil)

Combine all the ingredients except for the basil, salt, and the salmon into a bowl and mix thoroughly. THOROUGHLY. Brown sugar and gochujjang like to bunch together. Set the sauce aside and sprinkle salt on one side of the salmon. Heat up a fry pan with a little vegetable oil over medium heat and drop the salmon in, round side down. Sprinkle salt on the other side and watch the salmon cook. When the color changes halfway through, flip the salmon and cook the other side until the salmon is all the way cooked.

Pour in the sauce, sprinkle in some basil, and let it bubble, it should thicken after some cooking. Spoon the sauce over the salmon when the brown sugar caramelizes and serve!

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