What’s In Your Products?

Collection of bottles of health and beauty products
Recently we’ve been hearing a lot about harmful ingredients in health and beauty products. Many of us listen but dismiss this. We shouldn’t be. Every day we expose ourselves to potential toxins, chemicals, and harmful ingredients. Many of the products sitting in your bathrooms right now have the potential to negatively impact your health and the health of your family.
In a recent study from the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University, 100 Latina girls between the ages of 14 to 18 stopped using their regular health and beauty products for three days. Instead they used products free of suspected endocrine disruptors such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and benzophenone-3 (BP-3).
Both pre and post intervetion urine was measured for the suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals. After 3 days, the girls urine was tested again for levels of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and benzophenone-3 (BP-3, all ingredients found in many health and beauty products.
The results showed decreases of these ingredients in their urine after only three days of replacing conventional products with products free of these ingredients:
 
  • 43.9 percent down in levels of methyl and propyl paraben. Parabens are preservatives widely used in many cosmetics, shampoo, and lotion.
  • 35.7 percent down in triclosan. This is an antibacterial chemical that is common in liquid antibacterial hand soap, dish-washing detergent, toothpaste, face wash and deodorant. Triclosan has been linked to the disruption of thyroid and reproductive hormones in animal studies and has been found in human breast milk, blood, and urine (Triclosan, 2010).
  • 27.4 percent down in mono-ethyl phthalates. Phthalates, common industrial plasticizers, are present in some nail polish and fragrances.

Source: Reducing Phthalate, Paraben, and Phenol Exposure, 2016

This is why I’m so passionate about educating others about what is in their products.
This does not only affect teenage girls, this affects all of us.
 Women on average use 10 to 12 different health and beauty products daily on our biggest organ, our skin. This means we are potentially exposing ourselves to 168 different chemicals each day.
Parabens have been shown to be oestrogenic, having an effect on female hormones, and have been detected in human breast tumor tissue (Endocrine, 2004). Phthalic acid esters (PAEs), used in a wide range of products, have been shown to adversely affect male reproduction and potentially affect fetal development (Potential Adverse Effects, 2007). Phthalates have been shown to possibly affect pregnancy outcome, puberty, respiratory health, and neuro-development (Exposure to Phthalates, 2011).
Each product we use has the potential to adversely affect our health since the U.S. does not have major regulations to ensure ingredient or product safety in the same ways other countries do. The United States has only banned 11 ingredients to date in personal care products, while the European Union has banned or restricted over 1,300 ingredients.
This concerns me. But it doesn’t mean I’m helpless to make changes for myself or my family. There are things you can do.
So what can we do?
Start replacing the products you use everyday with safer alternatives. This can be done in several ways. Using the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database you can search more than 60,000 products for their potential impact and get tips for what to look for in safer products.
You can also purchase products from companies that care about safer products and have taken it as their mission to carefully select products.

Some of my favorite safer companies for health and beauty products:


  • Beautycounter who has banned more than 1,500 ingredients in order to set a new standard for health and safety without sacrificing performance. Beautycounter has a full line of make-up in addition to offering skin care, bath and body products, sun protection, plus a kids and baby collection. Most Beautycounter products are nut and soy free, and they are all gluten free.
  • Fatco (formerly FatFace) uses pressed plant oils and tallow from grass fed-cows (full of nourishing vitamins A, D, E, and K) in their products. The use of tallow promotes head-to-tail use of the whole animal. FatCo has not only my favorite deodorant Stank Stop, they have body and baby butta, cleansing oil, toner and more.
  • Primal Life Organics carries chemical free skin care including my favorite toothpowder and a wide range of personal care and beauty products.
  • Primal Pit Paste for not only deodorant put PoPo Body Powder (you know for the ‘boys’).
  • The Dirt for other toothpaste replacements such as tooth powder and my kids favorite MCT Oil Toothpaste.
  • Uncle Harry’s has a wide range of products such as mouth care, skin care, and hair care.

Full disclosure: I am a consultant for Beautycounter and participate in the affiliate program for FatCo. So yes, I do get paid if you use my links to purchase products from their sites. However, I became a consultant and an affiliate because I used the products first and fell in love with not only how well they performed but the mission behind each company. They are at the top of my list because they are my personal favorites and the ones that I order from the most for myself and my family. This is why I recommend them to you and use their products to educate others on what was discussed in this post, the potential harm from using conventional products with questionable ingredients. I believe in safer products and education to help shift the health of everyone.

Beautycounter. You deserve better beauty.
Beautycounter. You deserve better beauty.

Resources

  • Banned in Europe, Safe in the US. (2014). Retrieved from http://ensia.com/features/banned-in-europe-safe-in-the-u-s/
  • Endocrine disrupters and human health: could oestrogenic chemicals in body care cosmetics adversely affect breast cancer incidence in women? (2004). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jat.978/abstract;jsessionid=5D238C0A8EACE76116477E348728C529.f02t03
  • Exposure to phthalates: Reproductive outcome and children health. A review of epidemiological studies. (2011). Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.2478/s13382-011-0022-2

  • International Laws, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/regulations/international-laws/
  • Potential adverse effects of phthalic acid esters on human health: A review of recent studies on reproduction. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230007001316

  • Reducing Phthalate, Paraben, and Phenol Exposure from Personal Care Products in Adolescent Girls: Findings from the HERMOSA Intervention Study. (2016). Retrieved from http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10514/

  • Triclosan exposure modulates estrogen-dependent responses in the female wistar rat. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20562219

Hair Diaries: The One!

Just Natural SkincareI tried no poo and it was a failure, for me. I tried a raw made from plant botanicals brand in an effort to get the strong shiny hair I seek. While the raw products are excellent products, that my family continues to use and I continue to recommend and support, it wasn’t right for my hair. So I moved on and lo and behold, just like in a relationship, the next one to come along in the hair diaries natural hair care saga was The One!

The one turned out to be from Just Natural Hair and Skincare. Just Natural products are sulfate, paraben, alcohol, chemical, and gluten free. Made from non GMO, vegan, natural and organic ingredients that are not tested on animals. Just Natural uses the “purest plant oils, butters, botanical extracts and essentials from the best that nature has to offer.”  Their products are effective and natural, just what I was looking for. Plus the bottles of shampoo and conditioner I purchased 21 weeks ago and have used ever since still haven’t run out!

Having color treated hair I went with the Color Care Natural Shampoo and the Color Care Natural Conditioner. The shampoo is sulfate-free, salt-free, paraben-free and silicone-free to protect and preserve your hair color longer while gently cleansing the hair with oils, that also result in shiny non-greasy hair. The conditioner helps to give softness to the hair with seed oils and butters but also nourishes the hair so it is stronger and manageable without build-up. The claims are all true. My hair is shiny and healthy while the color in my hair sticks around. Which isn’t an easy task as I have tough color to maintain with my purple streak and the red tones for the rest of my hair. My stylist, who often has pink hair herself, was amazed at how vibrant the color in my hair stays between colorings once I started using this product. The added bonus of only washing my hair 3 times a week now is an excellent time saver too.

I tried the Natural Shine Polish too that uses lots of natural oils such as Meadowfoam, Olive, Daikon, Jojoba, and Fennel Seed oils to tame frizz, repair damage, restore moisture, and add shine. A little shine polish goes a long way. And I mean a little teeny bit. Otherwise I find my hair is weighed down and looks a little greasy. But a little bit is magic on those days between washes when I need a little extra something.

I also grabbed the Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, because why not? I love this stuff! It cleanses my skin gently without leaving it dry. Plus it has a gentle fresh and clean scent from the Orange Blossom, Tangerine and Bergamot oils.

Just Natural also has chemical free products for kids hair and kids body washes. There are products for people with every hair type imaginable – dry, extremely dry, oily, itchy, thin, color treated, relaxed, pre-relaxed, hair loss, mens hair. etc.  They also carry skin products such as butters, creams, lotions, anti-aging potions, and so much more. The product line is massive but everything I’ve tried so far has been beyond great. I look forward to ordering something new each time I place an order because I want to try it all.

Hair diaries success at last!

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