I’m always in search of non-toxic, vegan and natural products especially skincare. Last year I came across Srida Herbals in my small town’s Farmers Market – Apex, North Carolina – where I like to shop locally and discover small businesses.
On cold a Saturday morning, I met a talented entrepreneur who offered me to try her new product: Srida Herbals Moisturizing Cream. Hesitant at first, I quickly flipped it over and there it was, no toxic ingredients whatsoever and it smelled heavenly.
She emphasized, natural ingredients, all herbal and vegan – I was ecstatic and I wanted to give it a try and I did along with my husband and we both thought we have to let everyone know about this so I decided to write a review.
But first, let me talk to you about what skincare products you shouldn’t be using and why.
When beauty products become a household name it’s not automatically natural and non-toxic. It has to do with a huge amount of advertising and an awesome marketing team. Flipping through my Parenting Magazine, I saw more than 10 popular brand skincare products targeted towards women.
Well, I did check them all online and most all of them contained fragrance which can have up to 3,000 ingredients in just ONE word.
Srida Herbals v.s. Bath & Body Works
My old favorite brand used to be Bath & Body Works and conveniently located in my local mall. I use to buy the moisturizing body lotions on clearance for less than $5 but it always gave me headaches, irritated my skin, and caused my asthma flareups and I didn’t know any better.
Here is a snapshot of the ingredients from the Think Dirty app:
Here is their scoring guide that tells you what the numbers mean. So any score between 4 and 10 has moderate to strong evidence that shows they have an impact on our health.
I simply want to share with you what each ingredient is and what kind of health impact it has on our bodies in the long-term.
Fragrance: An umbrella term for thousands of chemicals that are untested and potentially unsafe. Widely used even in some products marketed as unscented. Fragrance manufacturers claim that the specific chemicals used to create their scents are trade secrets; a concept originally codified in the 1966 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). It triggers allergic reactions, respiratory issues such as asthma, headaches and hormonal disruption. Some are also linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.
BHT: This chemical works as antioxidant properties and once the body absorbs BHT, it can accelerate the breakdown of vital nutrients in our body such as Vitamin D and can cause Vitamin D deficiency. This chemical is linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity.
Petrolatum: It is often used in personal care products as a moisturizing agent. When properly refined, petrolatum has no known health concerns. However, petrolatum is often not fully refined in the US, which means it can be contaminated with toxic chemicals called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). It coats the skin like a plastic film, clogging pores and preventing the skin from eliminating toxins, which can lead to acne and other skin disorders. It may increase cancer risk as well.
Parabens: These are preservatives used in a wide variety of personal care products and foods to prevent the growth of microbes. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, blood and the digestive system. Know the pseudonyms and common names for Paraben which are:
- Propyl Paraben (or propyl 4-hydroxylbenzoate)
- Heptyl Paraben (or heptyl 4-hydroxylbenzoate)
- Methyl Paraben (or methyl 4-hydroxybenzoate)
- Butyl Paraben (or butyl 4-hydroxylbenzoate)
- Ethyl Paraben (or ethyl 4-hydroxylbenzoate)
Bath & Body Works is very popular among teens and preteens and I firmly believe that reading the ingredients label is very important regardless of how popular the brand is. I always ask myself, would I rather use ingredients that might hurt my well-being or pay a little more and know that I am using a safe product not just for myself but for my family as well.
Srida Herbals’ main ingredients are Shea Butter, Chickweed Infused Olive Oil, Borage Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E and any fragrance used are essential oils and flower extracts. See the full ingredients list here
The color of their skincare products comes from the natural ingredients that are used and there are no color additives in the ingredients whatsoever.
Srida Herbals v.s. Clinique
Another brand I was obsessed with was Clinique because why not trust employees in a white lab coat?
I think it was the best marketing idea ever created so a Clinique salesperson in a lab coat is an automatic expert they must know what products are best! They might also use words like “dermatologist tested and approved” which simply means that the product was reviewed by a dermatologist. It does not mean anything more than that!
In the personal care industry, companies can use marketing terms that legally have no definition. There is no regulation that defines what the term means. There is no law that says that a product must pass the test and it just has to be tested by a dermatologist – that’s it!
That’s why I always say it’s so important to do your research, find a brand you trust because of their safe and non-toxic ingredients, their values, their commitment to your health AND stick with them.
Small natural skincare brands are dedicated to changing beauty industry standards for products that are not only good for us but also good for our planet.
Srida Herbals is one of those remarkable brands.
The first thing that I loved about this heavenly smelling moisturizing cream was that it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It feels like silk and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. I do no wear a lot of makeup but when I do this is a great base moisturizer to use under your foundation.
I also have dry patchy skin so any foundation I use on my face highlights the dry patches and makes it obvious! When I use this moisturizer, my skin feels hydrated and fresh all day – no dry skin patches in sight!
I also use this moisturizing cream before I go to sleep and I’ve never woken up in the morning with my skin feeling so clean and non-greasy.
It has also helped heal my dry and cracked hands because I use so much hand sanitizer and wash my hands more often in the wake of the Coronavirus. I can also use it both on my face and body so it’s a 2-in-1 product and it comes in both 0.5 oz if you want to give them a try and in 8 oz which can last you a long time.
Application Area: Face & Body
Ideal For These Skin Types: Dry, Normal & Sensitive
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter*, Chickweed Infused Olive Oil*, Borage Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Vitamin E, German Chamomile Flower, Calendula Flower Extract*, Bergamot Essential Oil*, Geranium Essential Oil & Lavender Essential Oil*.
See the full ingredients list here
* Indicates Certified Organic
If you have sensitive skin you have to pay extra attention to choosing non-toxic moisturizing creams because harsh chemicals can aggravate existing symptoms. You might also have the extra challenge of finding skincare products that don’t cause redness, inflammation, itchiness and burning. You may also have eczema, psoriasis, or another skincare condition that makes you extra sensitive.
In order to find out if Srida Herbals Moisturizing Cream works for sensitive skin, I decided to use it on my daughter’s skin – she is 3 years old – and has had severe eczema which she has mostly recovered from. She now has contact dermatitis so once in contact with harsh chemicals her skin will then react to them.
I was so happy to see that she didn’t have any reaction whatsoever when I applied the moisturizing cream multiple times. I now use it on her skin worry-free and it has some soothing effects and calms her skin mostly on her elbow crease and behind her knees.
“Srida” means the giver or radiance in Sanskrit (‘sri’ means radiance and ‘da’ means giver and bestower) and their name truly reflects their natural skincare products.
Srida Herbals is a small-batch and handcrafted beauty company that has tried their products on their family first. With that in mind, I feel confident that their products are safe for my family as well as yours!
Most independent businesses are run by people and not by stockholders. They focus on the details and being the best they can be. So basically you get a different kind of quality in their products because their business is a reflection of themselves.
Remember, happiness is a habit and so is skincare.
Know your ingredients
AND stay safe!