Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Natural Body Care on the Road in Europe and Spain

10 days until Earth Day - celebrate for a lifetime! 

If you are "traveling naturally" in Europe you will happily find a large variety of natural body care products in health food stores and pharmacies. High quality cosmetics and body care products  tend to have a special label on them - BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics. This is a branch of a German association dealing with health and body care. The guidelines for BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics cover raw materials, animal protection and preservatives, as well as ecological and social "compatibility."

There are over 100 Certified producers - mostly European companies - with a heavy emphasis on German firms including well known names such as Weleda, Dr. Hauschka, and Logona. If you are traveling in Spain and wanting to try some Spain-made natural body care products, you can look for Geoderm Ecological Cosmetics.

Geoderm is the first body care company in Spain to be BDIH certified. Based in Benitachell in the region of Alicante along the Mediterranean, the company offers a variety of products made from organic ingredients including lotions, shampoo, cleansers, creams and mint-free toothpaste for those taking homeopathic remedies.

Look for the Geoderm products in health food stores and drug stores around Spain. Other common Spain-made natural body care products include handmade bar-soaps and Agua de Azahar (orange blossom water). There are also regional artisans making natural products such as La Casa de la Luna Media a cooperative making herbal body care products and natural medicinals from organic herbs in the Castellon area of Spain about one hour north of Valencia city.

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