What's in your body care products?

Posted by on 9/20/2014
For most of us, daily rituals include hand washing, bathing, applying lotions or other moisturizers, brushing our teeth, maybe even bathing a baby or changing diapers. Throughout the day we can be exposed to hundreds of man made chemicals, of which most are not tested for safety (and certainly not tested when compounded with all the other ingredients in products we use). 

For instance many body care products have Ethylene glycol as an ingredient. According to MEDLINEplus (NIH), Ethylene glycol can damage liver, brain, lungs, kidneys if taken internally. Only 4 ounces could kill an average size man. Of course the amounts in body care products is much less and it is being applied to skin. But constant exposure, day after day, year after year can add up. Remember what goes on the skin will be absorbed into the body. And besides children have been known to drink shampoos, hand sanitizers, etc. 

Or what about Polyethylene microbeads…. While not toxic per se. They are used in body washes as an exfoliant and are now added to toothpaste. Dental Hygienists have been finding them embedded into patients gums. They are plastic, meaning they will not biodegrade and thus are washing down the drain only to pollute our rivers, lakes, and oceans. 

Artificial fragrances, artificial fragrances, artificial fragrances!!! According to the Environmental Working Group fragrances are "Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)". Our hair and body (not to mention laundry) is not meant to smell like a morning dew drop on a breezy summer day in the deep South after a spectacular electrical storm…. And as someone who has removed all artificial fragrances from my home I can assure you that if you were to remove them yourself, you would notice: how prevalent they are in your environment, and notice perhaps your chronic sneezing, sinus irritation and headaches may go away and realize how much they really stink!!!! Plus you might even realize a newborn baby smells so much better than the fragrance coming out of the pink or yellow bottle.

Speaking of those baby shampoos, they contain an ingredient named Quanterium-15. This is an ingredient that is a great example of one ingredient influences another, causing very unsafe results. According to the EWG it can increase risk of "Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions". Formaldehyde is an undisputed carcinogenic. 

How about the main active ingredient in sunscreen? Oxybenzone not only is a health concern it also affects the environment whenever it sweats or washes off of you. Oxybenzone absorbs UV rays into your body and thus breaks them down to prevent cell damage. Ironically the ingredient itself has been shown to damage cells all on its own. It is absorbed into the skin and then is mostly excreted through your urine. It, thus, gets into your blood and has to be filtered by your kidneys.  

This is just a small list of ingredients that people need to be aware of. It is especially important to be aware of the ingredients in the products you use daily, those used around the mouth, eyes, and  reproductive area. As well as products used on babies and children. 
Look for ingredients that are safe for you and your family. We offer a variety of products that are safe as you can get and are always looking to add more products that are safe. 

Some great brands to look into are Badger, Oregon Soap Company, 100% Pure, Wai Lana, Aubrey, EO, Kiss My Face, Peacekeepers, Honeybee Gardens, Eccobella, Gabriel Cosmetics…..