Toxic Beauty: Is Your Make-Up Bad For You?

Did you know the average woman wears 515 chemicals a day? Of the 82,000 ingredients found in myriad beauty products, one in eight is an industrial chemical, of which our skin absorbs 60 percent of any topical product we use....more
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Harmful Chemicals in Our Daily Personal Products

I recently spent some time on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and came away surprised and concerned over the worrisome chemicals found in many of the personal care products that we put on our bodies every day. Image: ☺ Lee J Haywood via Flickr   Here’s a short list of contaminants (and related health concerns) I have gleaned from the site: ...more
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Why personal care products may not be safe

Last week, I started Mystery Ingredient May by explaining a few ingredients found in cleaning products. This week, I’m tackling personal care products....more

More Greenwashing?

I recently decided to once again take a look at the products that I have in my house just to be sure that I had eliminated all of the ones with toxins....more

Cancer Feud

So there's a feud a brewin. One one side - The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has issued a report that says babies in the U.S. are being bathed in carcinogens including formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. They sent unopened bottles of 48 baby lotion, bubble bath, etc for laboratory analysis and 32 (67 percent) of them came back with chemicals that are known to cause cancer but are not listed on the label. ...more

Beauty and Personal Care Ingredients To Avoid

Well-researched ingredient lists are now available in the realm of personal and skin care products. If you’re looking for a clean cut list that matches the ingredient list on labels, I’ve included here a list of the best links on ingredients to avoid, as well as some relevant product lists. read more... ...more

A Guide to Natural Skin Care Preservatives, Part 1

Natural products based on plant-based ingredients attempt to circumvent the use of synthetic preservatives, but there is a limit to what they can accomplish effectively. In Part 1 of this guide, I provide an overview of “what you need to know” about preservatives in personal care products, as well as methods for “do-it-yourselfers”. Is there a such thing as a personal care preservative that is not bad for you? read more... ...more