Why Artisan-Made Products Are Better
Have you found yourself at the store lately searching for products that aren't full of all the harmful chemicals and crap, and are just not having any luck? Yeah, me too! That being said, you DO see a lot of products labeled as ‘green friendly’ or even ‘organic’ – but sadly, a lot of that is just marketing tactics and not very honest. Sorry if that sounded so much like a commercial lol, but it's true!
So, what the heck is 'artisan' and what is all the hype about? It's defined as a person or company that makes a high-quality, distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand and uses traditional methods (without all the crazy harmful perseveres like the stuff you buy in the store now). I was finding myself at Target searching up and down the aisles for items made without all the crap chemicals that NOBODY can even pronounce, and I was struggling! I know the stores are now becoming more "conscious" of harmful preservatives and focusing more on the vegan lifestyle and non-GMO products, but some of it cannot be trusted.
A label that says ‘made with organic ingredients’ can be used when a product contains at least 70% organic ingredients but is not accompanied by the official USDA Organic seal. Because of this, I started to realize that big box stores (such as Target and Walmart) are slowly becoming full of products that claim to be organic but aren't 100%.
Recently, I started searching on Etsy and other websites for products that are handmade and TRULY organic/eco-friendly. I started coming across so many small artisan businesses that make AMAZING body & beauty products that it made me think... "Ugh, why can't I find more of this in the big box stores?!". That’s when it dawned on me and I started thinking of ways to get these businesses more exposure.
I have done quite a bit of research and have learned that most all homemade products sold by artisan businesses are preservative free. This is why getting products from them is beneficial because they do not require the preservatives since they are made fresh and are used within a short period of time. But, sometimes the use of preservatives is necessary to ensure quality products and to prevent bacterial growth and skin infections. If that’s the case, these businesses I've come across during my search use natural preservatives, such as grapefruit seed extract or antioxidants, because they want the same benefits as you – safe and healthy.
Anyways, check out the small businesses! They really offer amazing stuff. A few of my favorite brands are: