Every time I open the recipe book I inherited from my Great-Grandmother, it hits me that we’re constantly getting tricked by a business. (Yes, I’m using Macklemore’s line but what can I say? I have teenagers!) I don’t mean by simply one business, I mean by practically everything we buy. We’re getting tricked by businesses.
Just a few short years ago, we all made our own soap, hand cream, shampoo, cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, food, etc. – I could go on and on – but somewhere along the line (perhaps when infant formula was invented?), companies convinced us that what nature gave us or what we could make ourselves at home wasn’t good enough.
The corporations told us what they made in a laboratory was better for us. With lots of packaging and made complete with an advertising campaign, only they have what we need. That’s after they’ve added “ingredients” that are only available to companies and not people like us.
For example, my facial moisturizer costs $395 per pound and the first ingredient in it is water. The next ingredient is glycerin. Non-gmo glycerin costs about $10 for 16 ounces of it. My facial moisturizer comes in a small plastic container (that was inside another box, of course) that looks like there’s a lot more in the jar than there actually is! Guess what I’m making next? Yes, my own facial moisturizer.
From corporate food to cleaning supplies to lotions and soaps, we’re buying consumer products filled with chemicals that our bodies don’t need. Chemicals that are bad for bodies, brains, and likely cause diseases. (Of course, most of these come in plastic that’s bad for us also.) From triclosan to hydrolyzed this and that to preservatives. Oh, and don’t forget colors and fragrances.
Getting Tricked by a Business
Why do we do it? We don’t know how to make these products any longer. We think we have to buy hand soap that comes in pump bottle instead of making it ourselves. It’s become a lost art.
We also believe it takes too long and there’s no time. Have we traded convenience for our health? Have we traded buying products over and over to add more waste in the world? Clean our homes with chemicals that have been proven to cause disease?
Thanks to inspiration from a few recipes written down on old Christmas cards, I’ve come to realize it doesn’t take as much time as I once thought. Dinner doesn’t have to come from a corporation, hand soap doesn’t have to include chemicals, and cleaning supplies can come from the baking aisle.
Don’t get me wrong. We can’t and shouldn’t make everything but it definitely seems that we should stop and question some of the things that we’ve been trained to automatically think that we must buy, versus putting it together ourselves. I’ve been testing recipes for effectiveness (there’s no reason to make something if it doesn’t work!) and I can’t wait to share them.
What do you think? Are we getting tricked by businesses?
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