We have a wonderful boutique located about 1 hour from
Pittsburgh, PA; about 1 1/2 hours from Cleveland, Ohio. Customers enjoy
visiting us from across the country when they come near us. We love the idea
of pampering them and we can do the same for you. So come and visit us in
name is Jennifer Reed and I began the
vision of Natural Solutions - Holistic Beauty, Body & Bath. It was established
in the year 2000 after my personal experience from chemicals and
Now I've heard
it all: "How do you know what caused you to get sick?" "How can you avoid
everything?" "Don't you think you are just reading things into it?" "You used to
wear "this makeup" and now your telling me that its making you sick?!" I'm sure
many of you can relate to this. My mother says that from my very first bath in
the hospital, I was a rash. I had to have special laundry soap, personal
care and you name it. Even my clothes would irritate me. I grew up with constant
bronchial problems and she has always thought 'what did I do while I was
pregnant with her?" Now I'm not holding my mother responsible for anything. She
has always been a great mother to me. But I'm sure she thought that as I grew
up, my sensitivities would calm down. When I began wearing makeup however, I
noticed that my eyes burned a lot, and my skin would get scaly dry patches. At
that time, I also began having more chores at home, and one that I just hated
was the dishes. There was always a pile of them with two brothers in the house
that had to drink from a new cup every time they were thirsty! She tried all
types of dish soap, but they all made me itch and get terrible sores down my
forearm to my elbows. The smell nearly killed me. She loved those candles too
- as everybody did. We also had animals in the home, and that deodorizing powder
was like scratching the inside of my nose with a scouring pad! The weekend
cleaning wasn't as welcoming either. I know, what child would look forward to
that, but using those powerful cleaning agents made me sick to my stomach and
gave me bad headaches. I learned to deal with these things though with no
thought to chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, etc.
As an adult and
mother of two, you begin to settle into your life and dream those dreams every
woman dares to have! BAMM! I saw gray hair on my head. Gray hair was not
in my dream for a long time. At thirty years of age, I went into the salon and
did what so many millions do, and had my hair colored. This trip to the salon
was special because I had used a box color from my grocery store previously, and
it didn't turn out right. So now I was going to fix it and be beautiful!!!!
Wrong. Before I tell you what happened, I'll also add that I was given some
furniture that needed refinished, and so I had just refinished four pieces of
furniture in our open garage.
Now that my
hair was one shade again, I began noticing that I was itching and burning on my
scalp. It would happen in patches. From each patch, I'd lose hair and get these
awful sores/scabs. It was so apparent, that when I went back to get my hair
trimmed, the stylist had to mention the thinning. I was also very fatigued, as
it was keeping me from any restful sleep. Shampoos I had used for years suddenly
burned me. I had had a very busy business as well during that time, and my
memory and temperament noticeably changed, for the worse I might add. My cycles
were more irregular than ever before. I had pain that made me feel I was just
going to die - and my mother got used to coming over in the middle of the night
to wait it out! Finally, I went to my GYN, and he had the nerve to say to me
'What did you do?!" Most doctors I think wouldn't have actually asked such a
question. This doctor actually wanted to know what I had done differently in the
last months. So I told him what I did and he said that these activities could
have messed up my hormones - STOP doing them.
He didn't have
much more to add, so now I wanted to know what was in the products I've used
that could cause such a problem. My own research led me to conclude that we are
killing ourselves with chemicals. Our foods are no longer cooked from scratch.
Do you know how to make spaghetti sauce? What about breads? What about the basic
macaroni and cheese? Society has decided that engineered food is better than
home grown. "BUY IT IN A BOX OR JAR!" 10 minute or less meals - on wheels, your
wheels. We don't stay home enough to cook anything that has nutrition these
days. Our personal care can stay under your counter for 3 years!!! before going
bad. What have we thought was making that possible? Chemicals!!! So you think
your hair has to have suds to be clean? Who made that law? So we are a
generation that has to shellac our lipstick on now?
If allowed, man
could truly increase their lifespan by making us into PLASTIC! We are becoming
living lab experiments, just as preserved as those that we dissected in biology
class. I can still smell it!
that the preservatives that are commonly used in personal care products are
considered food grade. Companies boast of using only 2% or less in their
formulas so they can have piece of mind that you won't get dermatitis from their
product and you won't get to much of the preservative. These preservatives have
been registered as safe for consumers, non-toxic. A notable consumer advocate,
Linda Chae, once told the magazine, "NEW TEXAS" in May of 1998, "that safe and
non-toxic means that only 50% of the laboratory rats died. If over 50% died,
then it was considered toxic and they couldn't sell it." Now she felt that it
was her responsibility to learn and understand everything about every
ingredient. I share that zeal, and here at Natural Solutions, I try to learn and
understand everything about our products, and I'm still learning.
exhausting myself trying to find something to wash my hair with, I found
satisfaction in the thought that I wasn't going crazy because I was reading
things into it. I finally knew why I couldn't just wear any makeup, or just
suddenly developed an allergy to it. Now I knew why I couldn't handle fragrances
and dish soap. I knew that just telling others was not enough for me either, but
I had to be part of the solution - find and offer trusted brands. This site is
dedicated to all those who have walked in my shoes, and who are still overcoming
unbelievable odds to just enjoy life again. To all those who can smell what your
neighbor is cleaning their toilets with from their moving cars, to those who
have had to move from their homes because it was making them sick, and to those
who have passed away because they could no longer go on, this site is dedicated
to you! I hope that those who haven't seen personal injury from chemicals in
their life, can learn that there is value to do what you can personally, to
promote health for yourself and your family. Value the earth. Value makers that
promote healthy products, healthy ways. Value those who want health but who are
not healthy, their stories, their sufferings.
Lastly, I will
add this, an illustration of how I feel about our home, our earth. A wealthy
builder builds two homes. He puts all he has in them as he knows that a family
will stay in each. He chooses as wisely as he can to find the best occupants.
He leaves them with the request that they treat their home well as respect to
him and his work, and that he will return and show them kindness for doing it.
One family neglects that home and ruins it inside and out. They leave it
trashed, smelling and torn down. The necessities like heat, electric and water
not even working properly. In contrast, the other home is well maintained. It
is clean and orderly. It is loved. This family looks forward to the day its
owner comes back to check on it. They want him to see it just as it was left to
them. The day comes when the owner does return. To the family that respected his
words, he leaves the home for good to them. They are truly blessed. But for the
other, this owner has no remorse, for he kicks them out, evicting them. What
does this illustration mean to us you may ask? Now you may or may not believe
that an almighty God exists; I happen to believe so. And he is the wealthy
builder in my story. We are the tenants. Which tenant shall we be then?
know that some of his tenants are ruining their homes. From the waters, air and
land. If you can change something in your life that can make you a better
tenant, then I strongly urge you to do so.
May you all
have good health and prosper.
Our mission is quite simple...We want to provide our customers with honest and
true products that really are natural!
Our main criteria is to have a store full of
products made without
ingredients like methyl paraben, pthalate, FD&C
colors and color lakes, glycols, pvp, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils,
solvents, urea, and other synthetics. Simply, we are offering Natural
Beauty Solutions and health products that meet the demands of
eco-wise people! Our philosophy is that 'Only the Purest will do for YOU!'
Are we not right? We truly believe that we will become a leading source for
those looking for purity, and a haven for those suffering from illness brought
on from our chemical world.
Note: While our competitors are still offering
products filled with the synthetic ingredients, we have limited ourselves to
only 3 brands that contain synthetic chemicals. This does not mean all
their products contain chemicals, but specific products with a purpose.
They are: Bare Escentuals (only a select few out of hundreds of clean
products), Tints of Nature (considered a safer/healthier hair dye) and Sante
Kosmetics Nail Polish Enamels (considered a safer/healthier polish). We
feel it is our duty to make this known to you.
Started business in 2001 and
online in February 2001. We are located at 465 E. State Street, Salem, OH
September 2005, Natural
Solutions - Holistic Beauty, Body and Bath Boutique opened for the public. A
full scale boutique for locals to enjoy sampling and picking up their products
face to face with us!
2007, Cosmo Girl recognized our boutique one of the coolest holistic boutiques
to visit in the midwest.
We specialize in retailing
natural cosmetics and skincare products. We do wholesale a few choices. Some
of the companies we handle have numerous certifications and awards for
environmental practices and education. They are also against testing on
animals and regularly donate to the cause. NOTHING we offer is ever tested on
animals and we at Natural Solutions do not support that kind of behavior.
I, Jennifer Reed, owner of
this company, have a 15 year background in cosmetic application and now 11 years
in general skin treatment. With tools at my disposal, I have information on
various skin disorders and conventional treatments, as well as natural
alternatives. I have a good size library on chemicals and countless articles
regarding chemical hazards. I do not treat, give medical advice or promote
myself as a physician or naturopath. I am not a chemist. I work with each
company we promote to know the products inside and out, and if I can not
answer your question, then I'm not afraid to ask the ones who do. My function
in this company has changed over the years, and another part of my training is
webmaster. So if you see a problem on the web, please let me know kindly. I
will take a look and correct it. We are not a large corporation here, nor are
we looking for partners. This is a family business and we do our best to
provide speedy, cooperative and friendly service.
Solutions employees 8 currently. 2 are in customer service, 4 are
stylists, and the others provide other services to help us in various aspects.
If you are a
company seeking to have their products offered at Natural Solutions, we ask
that you call ahead before sending samples for criteria details.
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