It’s shocking how complacent we’ve become about the dangerous ingredients that are common in most everything we put on our skin, hair and body.
The irresponsible manufacturers that risk our health to line their pockets, go on making big money because we don’t believe they would sell anything toxic, or because we’ve just given up trying to find an alternative.
Well, I am not part of either group, and you should not be either! Read labels, put the product back on the shelf if it contains any of he following, and look for organic, mineral/herbal based products.
1. The word “fragrance” on an ingredient label means that product can contain up to 4,000 different unknown ingredients, most of which are synthetic and hazardous.
2. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and its close relative Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a toxin commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to “foam up”. Both chemicals are very effective foaming agents, chemically known as surfactants.
Unfortunately, both sodium laureth sulfate and its cousin are also very dangerous, highly irritating chemicals.
Far from giving “healthy shining hair” and “beautiful skin”, soaps and shampoos containing sodium laureth sulfate can lead to direct damage to the hair follicle, skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity.
3. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products. Chemically, parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid.
The most common parabens used in cosmetic products are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Typically, more than one paraben is used in a product, and they are often used in combination with other types of preservatives to provide preservation against a broad range of microorganisms.
Did you know that parabens have been found alive and well in cancer cells?
And here’s an eye-opener:
Does the FDA regulate the use of preservatives in cosmetics?
“The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients, with the exception of color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may use any ingredient they choose, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.”
Well, yesterday, as I was browsing through job ads.. I stumbled on a job opening at a place in Berkeley called 100% Pure.
I worked just a few blocks away from them two years, and never heard about their products!
Imagine my excitement when I researched their products and ingredients and found that they are as close as any product I’ve seen or tried to being…100% pure!
Here is a product I can buy without thinking twice about what I’m absorbing into my body. There are no parabens no laureth-sulfates, and no ingredients with names I can’t pronounce or spell, and no animal testing!
I just ordered my first batch of cosmetics to try. Will let you know what I think!
If all goes well, I may add them to my preferred products and try to get a discount for you.