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We’re Subjected to 515 Toxic Chemicals Daily in Our Body Care Products

Posted on January 24, 2017 By In Detoxing With 1 comment

I have just two words… ‘Shocking’ and ‘speechless’…The average woman is subjecting themselves to 515 toxic chemicals. A day.  Just from their body care products alone.  And if you think that ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ on the label means it’s ‘safe’, think again…

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‘I Only Buy Organic…’

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but labelling in the cosmetic and body care industry is so incredibly and shockingly unregulated.  And it’s pretty much impossible to trust manufacturer’s claims regarding their products. Marketing is king when it comes to this stuff!

Words such as ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ can be used for anything – by anyone.

Although organic labels are only ‘supposed’ to be used if all ingredients are organically certified, companies can also state that their products are ‘made with organic ingredients’ if there is a minimum 70% of the ingredients being certied as organic.

The last time I did maths, 100 minus 70= 30. In other words, that leaves 30% room in the product’s ingredients to be filled with toxic chemicals.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty…

And then…there is the whole ‘innocent until proven guilty’ approach that manufacturers are taking.  Slapping an ‘organic’ label on products when the product is no such thing, has been going on for a long time now. It increases sales and allows the manufacturer to hike up the price. Large multi-national companies have been found to be stating all sorts of misleading labels on their products.

Here is a great blog with more information in regards to the 10 Most Misleading Cosmetic Claims.  #EyeOpening

Beauty is Going a Lot Further Than Being Skin Deep…

In fact, some of the chemicals found in personal care products aren’t that pretty – in fact, they are highly toxic!

U.S. researchers identified 10,500 industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, including:

-carcinogens (cancer causing)

-reproductive toxins

-endocrine disruptors (causing breast cancer, causing reproductive health issues, early puberty)

-industrial strength degreasers

-plasticisers

-pesticides

-surfactants

Be Label Savvy

Labels of products that ‘look healthy’ (ie. ‘11,328 mint leaves went into this bottle of shower gel’) and ‘made with essential oils’….watch out for these claims that lead you to think that the product is ‘safe’ and even ‘healthy’.

In fact, try looking on the back of the label to see the ingredients. (For those of you who know what product I am referring to regarding the mint leaves, you actually need a magnifying glass to read the label it’s that small…wonder why? Perhaps they are trying to hide the toxic chemical ingredients?)

Why not take ourHow Toxic Are You’ Quiz and get your personalised toxic body burden score?

According to a study done by the David Suzuki Foundation, they found over 80% of 12,500 personal care products (soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, deodorant, perfume…) studied have 12 of the ‘dirty dozen’ top toxins.

Who Do You BELIEVE?

Here’s a great (read, ‘scary’) example…

One of the top chemicals used is siloxanes – and it’s counterparts cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane — also known as D4 and D5, which are  found in many body care products and is one of the top dirty dozen top toxins.

Environment Canada assessments concluded that ‘cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane are toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms.’

Have a look at this link in regards to the ingredients in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Lotion. Parabens? Check. Siloxanes? Check. And that’s just 2 in the top 12 toxins…many of the ingredients in this ‘harmless and safe for babies’ product, (so obviously safe for humans…) are toxic.

The BS…

Ready for the BS now?

This is what Johnson & Johnson (a trusted household name for decades) have to say about ‘Siloxane’, one of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ toxic chemicals used in body care products :

Siloxane is  a ‘…a fluid mixture of siloxane polymers which are clear, un-reactive, non-toxic and non-flammable. It is used in Johnson’s Baby Lotion as a skin conditioning agent, as well as for its unique flow properties, helping in the smooth application of the lotion on skin.’

However, funnily enough, this is what the David Suzuki Foundation has provided as documented research:

‘In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of D5 has been shown to cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system.’

Also, the European Union classifies D4 as a endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function, and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility. 

(So would ‘exposure to high doses’ mean being used every day on a baby and toddler for several years, is our question..?!).

Hmmm…Think we trust what the impartial researchers have found vs a multi-national multi-billion dollar conglomerate….how about you?

Remember – just because something is for sale, or prescribed by your doctor is no guarantee that it is SAFE

And yet, products with these extremely concerning chemicals (thousands of extremely concerning toxic chemicals), are still on our shelves, without any consumer warnings…

Top Tips for Reducing Your Toxic Exposure in Personal Body Care Products

  1. Be Label Savvy – Know what chemical ingredients to look out for.  Go on to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database to find out the toxicity level and research regarding health concerns on thousands of products.
  2. Make Your Own Body Care Products – Just like with preparing your own meals and food, it’s truly the only way to know exactly what’s in your body care products – plus it’s generally easy, fun & money saving, too!
  3. Be Cynical – On top of just being label savvy, don’t trust marketing ploys to lure you into thinking a product is ‘pure’, ‘organic’ and ‘natural’.  These words are selling you toxic soup for your skin and body (and life)!
  4. Educate Yourself & Research! – by educating yourself about toxicity and toxic overload and doing research, you are putting yourself in a much better position to make informed and educated choices regarding what you buy – and your overall health
  5. Just Say ‘No’ – It’s really that simple.  Perhaps not as convenient or as cheap as using the toxic options…but it really does boil down to just that! NO!

Why not take our ‘How Toxic Are You’ Quiz and get your personalised toxic body burden score?

Lastly…

It is up to each of us to make informed, educated decisions on the products we choose to have in our lives – whether it is body care products, food, plastic (and toxic) food storage containers…it’s endless. Seriously.

We are never going to get away from all the toxicity that we are being hammered with. With over 80,000 toxic (and unregulated, unsafety checked) chemicals in our every day lives, we are under attack!

All we can do is to make choices, say ‘no’, cleanse on a regular basis to reduce our toxic body burden and load, and help to spread the word about the onslaught of toxins in our lives with others.  So on that note, please share!  Help to inform others!

It is up to you to keep yourself and your family safe.  Your skin is your largest organ.  And what you put on it gets absorbed faster and goes into your blood than even eating these chemicals.

Educate Yourself. Be Label Savvy. Be Smart. Say No!

One comment
  1. February 8, 2017 at 10:00 pm

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