About Natural Solutions - Holistic Beauty, Body & Bath Limited
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My name is Jennifer Reed and I am the owner of Natural Solutions - Holistic Beauty, Body & Bath Limited. It was established in the year 2000 after my personal experience from chemicals and sensitivities.
Now I've heard it all: "How do you know what caused you to get sick?" "How can you avoid everything?" "Don't you think you are just reading things into it?" "You used to wear "this makeup" and now your telling me that its making you sick?!" I'm sure many of you can relate to this. My mother says that from my very first bath in the hospital, I was a rash. I had to have special laundry soap, personal care and you name it. Even my clothes would irritate me. I grew up with constant bronchial problems and she has always thought 'what did I do while I was pregnant with her?" Now I'm not holding my mother responsible for anything. She has always been a great mother to me. But I'm sure she thought that as I grew up, my sensitivities would calm down. When I began wearing makeup however, I noticed that my eyes burned a lot, and my skin would get scaly dry patches. At that time, I also began having more chores at home, and one that I just hated was the dishes. There was always a pile of them with two brothers in the house that had to drink from a new cup every time they were thirsty! She tried all types of dish soap, but they all made me itch and get terrible sores down my forearm to my elbows. The smell nearly killed me. She loved those candles too - as everybody did. We also had animals in the home, and that deodorizing powder was like scratching the inside of my nose with a scouring pad! The weekend cleaning wasn't as welcoming either. I know, what child would look forward to that, but using those powerful cleaning agents made me sick to my stomach and gave me bad headaches. I learned to deal with these things though with no thought to chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, etc.
As an adult and mother of two, you begin to settle into your life and dream those dreams every woman dares to have! BAMM! I saw gray hair on my head. Gray hair was not in my dream for a long time. At thirty years of age, I went into the salon and did what so many millions do, and had my hair colored. This trip to the salon was special because I had used a box color from my grocery store previously, and it didn't turn out right. So now I was going to fix it and be beautiful!!!! Wrong. Before I tell you what happened, I'll also add that I was given some furniture that needed refinished, and so I had just refinished four pieces of furniture in our open garage.
Now that my hair was one shade again, I began noticing that I was itching and burning on my scalp. It would happen in patches. From each patch, I'd lose hair and get these awful sores/scabs. It was so apparent, that when I went back to get my hair trimmed, the stylist had to mention the thinning. I was also very fatigued, as it was keeping me from any restful sleep. Shampoos I had used for years suddenly burned me. I had had a very busy business as well during that time, and my memory and temperament noticeably changed, for the worse I might add. My cycles were more irregular than ever before. I had pain that made me feel I was just going to die - and my mother got used to coming over in the middle of the night to wait it out! Finally, I went to my GYN, and he had the nerve to say to me 'What did you do?!" Most doctors I think wouldn't have actually asked such a question. This doctor actually wanted to know what I had done differently in the last months. So I told him what I did and he said that these activities could have messed up my hormones - STOP doing them.
He didn't have much more to add, so now I wanted to know what was in the products I've used that could cause such a problem. My own research led me to conclude that we are killing ourselves with chemicals. Our foods are no longer cooked from scratch. Do you know how to make spaghetti sauce? What about breads? What about the basic macaroni and cheese? Society has decided that engineered food is better than home grown. "BUY IT IN A BOX OR JAR!" 10 minute or less meals - on wheels, your wheels. We don't stay home enough to cook anything that has nutrition these days. Our personal care can stay under your counter for 3 years!!! before going bad. What have we thought was making that possible? Chemicals!!! So you think your hair has to have suds to be clean? Who made that law? So we are a generation that has to shellac our lipstick on now?
If allowed, man could truly increase their lifespan by making us into PLASTIC! We are becoming living lab experiments, just as preserved as those that we dissected in biology class. I can still smell it!
I've learned that the preservatives that are commonly used in personal care products are considered food grade. Companies boast of using only 2% or less in their formulas so they can have piece of mind that you won't get dermatitis from their product and you won't get to much of the preservative. These preservatives have been registered as safe for consumers, non-toxic. A notable consumer advocate, Linda Chae, once told the magazine, "NEW TEXAS" in May of 1998, "that safe and non-toxic means that only 50% of the laboratory rats died. If over 50% died, then it was considered toxic and they couldn't sell it." Now she felt that it was her responsibility to learn and understand everything about every ingredient. I share that zeal, and here at Natural Solutions, I try to learn and understand everything about our products, and I'm still learning.
Yes, after exhausting myself trying to find something to wash my hair with, I found satisfaction in the thought that I wasn't going crazy because I was reading things into it. I finally knew why I couldn't just wear any makeup, or just suddenly developed an allergy to it. Now I knew why I couldn't handle fragrances and dish soap. I knew that just telling others was not enough for me either, but I had to be part of the solution - find and offer trusted brands. This site is dedicated to all those who have walked in my shoes, and who are still overcoming unbelievable odds to just enjoy life again. To all those who can smell what your neighbor is cleaning their toilets with from their moving cars, to those who have had to move from their homes because it was making them sick, and to those who have passed away because they could no longer go on, this site is dedicated to you! I hope that those who haven't seen personal injury from chemicals in their life, can learn that there is value to do what you can personally, to promote health for yourself and your family. Value the earth. Value makers that promote healthy products, healthy ways. Value those who want health but who are not healthy, their stories, their sufferings.
Lastly, I will add this, an illustration of how I feel about our home, our earth. A wealthy builder builds two homes. He puts all he has in them as he knows that a family will stay in each. He chooses as wisely as he can to find the best occupants. He leaves them with the request that they treat their home well as respect to him and his work, and that he will return and show them kindness for doing it. One family neglects that home and ruins it inside and out. They leave it trashed, smelling and torn down. The necessities like heat, electric and water not even working properly. In contrast, the other home is well maintained. It is clean and orderly. It is loved. This family looks forward to the day its owner comes back to check on it. They want him to see it just as it was left to them. The day comes when the owner does return. To the family that respected his words, he leaves the home for good to them. They are truly blessed. But for the other, this owner has no remorse, for he kicks them out, evicting them. What does this illustration mean to us you may ask? Now you may or may not believe that an almighty God exists; I happen to believe so. And he is the wealthy builder in my story. We are the tenants. Which tenant shall we be then?
Already, we know that some of his tenants are ruining their homes. From the waters, air and land. If you can change something in your life that can make you a better tenant, then I strongly urge you to do so.
May you all have good health and prosper.
Our mission is quite simple...We want to provide our customers with honest and true products that really are natural! While our competitors are still using ingredients like methyl paraben, pthalate, glycols, pvp and other synthetics, the products we promote are free of them. Simply, we are offering Natural Beauty Solutions and health products that meet the demands of eco-wise people! Our philosophy is that 'Only the Purest will do for YOU!' Are we not right? We truly believe that we will become a leading source for those looking for purity, and a haven for those suffering from illness brought on from our chemical world.
September 2005, Natural Solutions - Holistic Beauty, Body and Bath Boutique opened for the public. A full scale boutique for locals to enjoy sampling and picking up their products face to face with us! To learn more about our local boutique, click here.
Started business in 2001 and online in February 2001. We are located at 465 E. State Street, Salem, OH 44460. If you are in the location, please do drop in, for we are a pick up station for locals and for those traveling in from other states.
We specialize in retailing natural cosmetics and skincare products. We do wholesale a few choices. Some of the companies we handle have numerous certifications and awards for environmental practices and education. They are also against testing on animals and regularly donate to the cause. NOTHING we offer is ever tested on animals and we at Natural Solutions do not support that kind of behavior.
I, Jennifer Reed, owner of this company, have a 15 year background in cosmetic application and general skin treatment. With tools at my disposal, I have information on various skin disorders and conventional treatments, as well as natural alternatives. I have a good size library on chemicals and countless articles regarding chemical hazards. I do not treat, give medical advice or promote myself as a physician or naturopath. I am not a chemist. I work with each company we promote to know the products inside and out, and if I can not answer your question, then I'm not afraid to ask the ones who do. My function in this company has changed over the years, and another part of my training is webmaster. So if you see a problem on the web, please let me know kindly. I will take a look and correct it. We are not a large corporation here, nor are we looking for partners. This is a family business and we do our best to provide speedy, cooperative and friendly service.