Natural enough to eat


Monique Munoz

In the last months left of the year, Janet Renteria, 11, brought up the idea to C-104’s weekly meetings to make all natural lotions, chap sticks, and body scrubs with the help of Eco Club adviser Mrs. Santacruz. “I’ve always like to make new creation with fruits and oils,” Renteria said, “so why not make products lots of people can wear.”

Vivian Buenrostro , Co-Editor-in-Cheif

Downey High School’s Eco Club is fundraising by selling one hundred percent organic body products such as: lip chaps, lip balm, lotion bars, body lotion, and face lotion made by health teacher and Eco Club Adviser, Ms. Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz has been making these products for her family for five years, but the club didn’t start to sell them until April 2013.

Each product is made with the following organic, raw, cold-pressed and unrefined ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, shea/cocoa butter, cosmetic beeswax and essential oils. The essential oils include: lavender, vanilla, orange, mint, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, ylang ylang, chamomile, clary sage, lemongrass, coffee and cinnamon. Any product can be customized with whichever sent is preferred.

“I bought the lotion and it smells good and has made my skin really soft,” senior Rosie Endow said.

The ecofriendly club has been active for eight years and performs different activities that benefit the environment, like the annual beach clean up at Bolsa Chica. Since the club was founded in 2005, learning different ways to give back to mother earth has remained their main priority. Once Santa Cruz shared her way of using natural products to replace the unknown substances stocked on the shelves at convenient stores, the club was stoked. “I hope these products sell well throughout the years because they have a better representation of what the club is about,” club member Ashley Clemens, 10, said

Eco Club has been selling Cup Noodles for the past two months. Although the noodles financially contributed to the club, they failed relate to what the club truly stands for.

“We [Eco Club] know that using foul toxins found in body products sold at every store is not good for us,” Santa Cruz said, “but now we just really want to get the word out to the student body and educate them.”

The health teacher admits that the earth gave life to humans and it is the public’s responsibility to “use less of the earth’s blood.” Whether it is the need for chap stick, body lotion or both, room C-104 is open for business.