If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin either!

At Olive Retreat we don’t only teach you what to eat, we also teach you what to put on your skin and not. To be healthy you can’t put harmful substances on your skin. It’s even worse than eating sometimes as they go directly to the bloodstream. Many consumers gladly put cancerogenic and endocrine disruptors (and even pay huge prices for it) on the skin, believing all the rejuvenating promises by the producer. But when you scrutinize what these creams do exactly, the fake rose scent is not so nice anymore. It smells cancer!

chemicals in creams

We all know it, authorities and producers, claiming it’s not dangerous in small doses, (but as a ‘precaution’ they put very small amounts of many preservatives instead of a lot of one) some clients do too, claiming there is no option. If they knew that they find most of these substances in cancer tumors, meaning they have not been cleaned away by the liver or kidneys, but left to do harm for years in the body, would they still want them on their skin? Their kids skin? Their dogs and cats skin? Like with food I don’t see much change taking place until many more clients stop buying it.


If you want to put a moisturizing on your skin but you don’t want to become a chemist and learn what the ingredients with funny names do to you, we recommend that you only use natural clean food, like olive, coconut, almond, or avocado oil, mixed with clean water. If you don’t want aluminum (found in Alzheimer patients brains) don’t use sun creams but use a T-shirt and sit in the shade. As a main rule we teach that what you can’t eat you shouldn’t put on your skin. Tomorrow we give you a facial recipe we use at Olive Retreat that I learned from working with a famous model group where the models would never use the creams they made publicity for.

Looking good is important in our society! Hopefully looking natural, healthy and happy is getting back into fashion. If you think of it from a historic perspective there has always been some form of mutilation of the (female) body. As my 17 year old daughter said; ‘What is the difference in between the Japanese women’s binding of their feet and todays breast enlargements or putting deadly substances on our skin?’

I think our grandkids are going to say; ‘Did you really put parabens and propylene alcohol on your skin?’ and we are going to say; ‘Yes, but we didn’t know better, we thought it made us look good and smell good!’ It happened before, things we thought were harmless became dangerous, so hopefully the awareness comes like it did with DDT and smoking.


The worst and most common substances to stay away from are Parabens, BHA, BHT (preservative), Phthalates (fragrances and perfumes), Sodium Laureth Sulfate or other ending in “-eth” (for foaming). I could make the list much longer but I rather want you to start googling and making a habit of checking or if you prefer to not spend time on it, just don’t buy any funny names. Here are two pages, one from a cancer fund, and the other from an environmental activist and scientist from Canada, David Suzuki, whom have taught me a lot in this area.

The best detox is the daily one!

Cancer Fund – Chemicals to Avoid

Chemicals in Cosmetics to Avoid

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