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What’s in your bathroom? Chemicals and Poisons in Daily Life.

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The products we use on a daily basis could be doing more harm then good. Do you want to know what is in your personal care products, and how hazardous they are to your health? Well if you don’t you should.

Over 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. Women generally use 12 personal care products a day in which they can be exposed to as many as 175 unregulated chemicals and toxic ingredients.

These chemicals include phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, parabens, benzene and lead that have been linked to skin irritations, breast cancer, hormone problems, endometriosis, reproductive disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities in children. (Toxic overload- A Doctor’s Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets Paula Baillie-Hamilton may 19th, 2005)

A typical day for most people is as follows; take a shower, use shampoo/conditioner for your hair, use body soap to cleanse body, shave with shaving cream, brush teeth with toothpaste, apply deodorant to my underarms, cleanse and tone with facial products, moistuize body with cream, apply make-up to my face and lips (where it can be ingested), paint nails, may use hair products, and finish off with a spray of cologne/perfume.
Within a half hour of “cleansing” or cleaning your body parts, you are actually polluting your body with toxins. You could be using 5 potentially harmful products in such a short period of time, every day of your life!
Our skin is our largest organ and acts as a filter to protect us. It is the most important immune defense system, keeping bacteria out of our system. Now how can our skin do its job if all we do is pollute it with harsh chemicals and toxins on a daily basis?
Who is looking after our well-being and our health if we don’t take it upon ourselves to do so? By the looks of the products I’m using, you would think that some of these or I should say most of these companies are out to kill us with the ingredients they choose to put into these products.
We cannot rely on companies to keep us safe from chemicals and toxins. All they are interested in is making money and more of it, at the expense of our health.
Marketing really does matter, and this stuff sells. But parents wouldn’t know unless they read the label. People are trusting that it these products are natural, because it says that it’s natural. I can’t believe that even the health food stores can’t keep this garbage off their shelves.

What to do?

The best and only way to be 100% sure that you are using safe products is to be an informed organic customer. You should be able to identify toxins in our personal care products and replace them with non-toxic skin care or homemade remedies. Read the label of all products you purchase.
1. Try to avoid products that have ingredients ending in “paraben”, DMDM hydantoin Imidsazolidinyl urea, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Triethanolamine (or “TEA”).
2. Next, you should check the beginning of the ingredients list. Here you will find the soap, surfactant, or lubricant that has been added to make the product work. Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).

3. Finally you should read the middle ingredients. Here you’ll look for some common – but not essential – additives that may bring excess hazard: fragrance and dyes. When reading the label look for “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”
There are many homemade recipes that you can use at home that are natural, healthful alternatives to commercial products. I have included some examples:
Body & Foot Powders: Mix cornstarch and aluminum-free baking soda, with your favorite essential oil. Baking soda acts as a deodorizer and soothes the skin. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, germicide, antibacterial, and fungicide.
Deodorants: Please keep in mind that deodorants or antiperspirants that contain any form of aluminum are very dangerous and a cause of cancer. Perspiration is one way the body expels toxins and its best not to inhibit that. The below natural substances will stop bacteria from growing, thus reducing / eliminating smell.
Baking Soda: Only use aluminum-free baking soda. Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp wash cloth and apply it on your underarms; it should neutralize the smell and keep you cool throughout the day.

Vinegar: If possible recycle an old roll on deodorant with a removable ball. . Just refill the container with vinegar, pop the ball back on and use after your shower. Do allow to dry before dressing. You don’t want to smell like a walking salad!
A Fragrant Herbal Deodorant: Mix: 4 oz Aloe gel, 4 oz Cornstarch, 1 oz Primrose oil, 5 drops Sage essential oil and 5 drops Brier Rose essential oil. Blend together aloe gel, primrose oil and essential oils, then mix in corn or potato starch, and store.
There are also deodorant stones that are sold as deodorants as well. These can be found at health food stores, some naturopathic clinics and natural health centers .You can even purchase them online. I have posted a link with a description of a similar product from the website. The deodorant stone actually inhibits bacterial growth on your body. This bacterial growth is what causes body odor. So by eliminating these odor-causing bacteria, we have eliminated body odor. The stone attacks the problem not the results of the problem. The stone does not have perfume that only covers one odor with another artificial odor like some sprays or powders.The deodorant stone leaves an invisible layer of protection that prevents odor-causing bacteria from forming and leaves you feeling fresh and clean all through the day.

Shampoo / Conditioner:
Don’t Wash Often. You really don’t need to shampoo your hair every day. In fact, that is not really good for your hair. Your scalp will produce natural oil that gives your hair a unique sheen and softness.
Mix 2 Cups Water with 2 tsp dried, powdered Soapwort (roots, leaves and stems), 1 tsp Primrose oil, 4 drops Barley Grass extract, 4 drops Horsetail extract, 4 drops Mullein extract, 4 drops Lavender essential oil, 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil. Bring water to a boil; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, mix in soapwort; let cool, then mix in remaining ingredients. Bottle and store.
Tip for Shiny Hair:Hair Shine- coconut oil scalp massage once a week is rumored to be the secret of the luxurious hair. Heat coconut oil in a pan on the stove, massage scalp, distribute oil throughout hair, place a clean towel over your pillow and leave oil on overnight, rinse out in the morning, enjoy your lustrous look.
Another very effective hair treatment: Mix vinegar with filtered water, rinse your hair with it AFTER washing your hair and see the difference!

Beer works too! So don’t toss that left-over beer! You will be amazed with the results!
Tip for thicker hair: In a spray bottle combine equal parts of champagne and water, then spritz onto wet roots after shampooing. Doing this before blow-drying ensures hair doesn’t get sticky or stiff.)
Hair Spray: make hairspray at home that gives hold without the sticky, coarse feel of commercial hairsprays, while the oil from the orange peel adds sheen. Recipe: Cut three oranges into quarters and place them in a pot. Add enough water to cover and let simmer for an hour, adding water as needed. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and store in the fridge. It should keep for a week or more.

If you don’t want to make your own products at home, there are many websites that sell natural products. Here a couple you can check out:
http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/natural-shampoo.htmlAt this website you can find: (here’s an example of one product they carry…

Salt Crystal Deodorant and Body Treatment Stone
Himalayan Salt crystal is a natural deodorant and a natural skin care treatment. With its disinfecting and neutralizing effects it prevents the forming of germs and bacteria that cause unpleasant body odor. Take the Himalayan salt stone, lightly moisten it with water and apply as you would any under-arm deodorant, foot deodorant, skin treatment bar. Great for travel. Ingredients: 100% fair trade Himalayan salt crystal.

Another site..
http://www.hairykids.ca/ I found products on this website that are 100% safe for my daughter. This is a great website for kids and adults too. All their products are :*dye free *fragrance free *paraben free *gmo free*sodium lauryl sulfate free *essential oil scented *all natural preservatives *biodegradable *recyclable bottles *ph balanced *fair trade *not tested on animals *made in Canada*an unscented product line anyone can use*certified highest quality ingredients*
Bottom line:  use fewer chemical products and replace them when possible with 100% natural products. Don’t trust any ‘natural’ claims. Always check ingredients on all products you buy. Be informed and get educated on the products that you use. Buy fragrance-free products. Find a product that is safe and effective but you still have confidence when using it. Or another alternative is to make homemade products.
In a nutshell “Don’t put anything on your skin that isn’t safe to eat”. Your skin is a sponge that will effectively absorb anything that you put on it, including any chemicals. I advise you to throw all the chemical products you use in the trash. They are so atrocious that I wouldn’t even donate them to the poor.

With Love and Gratitude,

Laura