The path that led me to founding Laughing Tree Organics began a little later in life. In my early forties I was a full-time working mom with a hectic schedule that meant mealtime was often whatever was easy, quick, and included a vegetable. Our “Brady Bunch” blended family comprised of five growing children, so I bought in bulk; from laundry detergent to bodywash. I rarely read ingredient labels apart from the callouts on the front. If the packaging of common name brands boasted “healthy” or “essential nutrients,” it was good enough for me.
My Health Scare Leads to Worry for the Health of our Kids
Then one day during a routine checkup, my nurse practitioner discovered a lump on my neck. How could I have missed it, and how long had it been there? I was petrified. Eventually I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, a disease, which causes one’s immune system to attack the thyroid gland. The thyroid regulates metabolism, and as part of the endocrine system, controls the production of hormones and their release. Everything from our growth and development to our moods, sleep, reproduction and tissue function — our very fabric — is impacted by our endocrine system. My doctor informed me that Hashimoto’s is the result of genetics and environment. I left her office thinking, “Environment? I live in an unpolluted, somewhat-rural area, surrounded by forest!” That night, I began researching the disease and environmental impacts. It was the first step to completely changing my life, and my family's.
The more I read about pesticides, plastics, and the harmful chemicals that go into all of the products that we use — especially beauty and personal care products, the more horrified I became. Toxic substances like parabens, phthalate, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES), and heavy metals are common ingredients in our shampoos, soaps, creams, hair products, deodorants, make-up, and sunscreens. Products with hidden toxins, that I have been lathering on my body every single day my entire life! I read as many research studies as I could find and became increasingly alarmed for myself and my children. Everyone’s children! Some of these nasty ingredients were linked to cancers, early-puberty triggers, an increased risk of diabetes, behavioral issues, just to name a few. I felt incredibly guilty. Was I poisoning my children? And I was angry. How could our government allow this? Isn’t our FDA supposed to protect us?
Healthy, Happy...and Stressed Out!
Flash forward a few years and we had become organic, expert label readers! But with five active tweens I was left feeling guilty buying the kind of products that women in their forties need. Our skin loses elasticity, the production of collagen slows while the wrinkles really start to show! My personal care budget was through the roof, and I was skimping out on some essentials. The natural moisturizer I was using cost nearly $100. The eye-serum I wanted was priced way out of reach. And, perimenopause was causing night sweats, so I was losing sleep and it was showing. One morning, groggy at breakfast, my daughter asked what was wrong? Why were my under-eyes so puffy? I snapped, “Because the amount of food my kids eat means that I can’t afford my eye-cream!” She laughed and said,
If Healthy Skin Products are so Expensive, Why Don’t you Make Them? And, Make Them Affordable for Others!
And, so The Laughing Tree Organics was born more than seven years ago. Today, we are a small team and committed to the belief that truly clean personal care products should be accessible to everyone. None of our products contain harsh synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, toxic preservatives, parabens or sulfates.
We currently manufacture in small-batches, source only the highest quality organic and natural botanical ingredients, and complete cruelty-free testing on all our botanical formulas. We seek out recyclable jars, bottles, tubes, and packaging and are currently looking into biodegradable labels for our packaging, to complement our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint.
So, from us to you, heartfelt thanks for choosing The Laughing Tree Organics 100% pure products. And, for caring about the ingredients that you offer your family and the impact they have on our planet.
With gratitude & love,
Bonnie Giangrande, Founder
You can drop me a line here: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!