What’s in your products?


About a month ago I was getting a mani/pedi in the comfort of my own home.  The nail technician was telling me that all of her products are non-toxic. We started talking about toxins and she started listing all sorts of long and potentially dangerous ingredients in everything from mascara to nail polish. To be honest, the only time I’ve ever really thought about what’s in my products was when I was pregnant. Otherwise, it’s never been much of a concern. This is probably pretty normal but considering how concerned I am with toxins in our food and vaccines, I started to think that maybe I should give more weight to what I put on my body everyday. She told me about the website Safe Cosmetics where I learned that “more than 1 in 5 personal care products contain chemicals linked to cancer, (and) 80 percent contain ingredients that commonly contain hazardous impurities”. She also introduced me to The Environmental Working Group’s website: Skin Deep where you can search more than 64,000 products. I used this website to start looking up some of the products that I use daily. The first one I looked up is my favorite face wash: Murad Essential C Cleanser. It came up with a score of 6 which is the high-end of “moderate toxicity”. It also provided the following information:

Below this, the site lists each ingredient in the face wash and rates each ingredients’ toxicity. The first ingredient listed is:  Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A Acetate) which sounds harmless enough (Vitamin A is good for us so this sounds good for me too). Turns out this ingredient scores an 8 (10 being the worst) and comes with the following warning:

Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

Unfortunately my second favorite product, Kiehl’s Line Reducing Concentrate didn’t produce any results. Surprisingly my deodorant (I thought these were the worst offenders), Mitchum came with a low score of 1.

I could go on but I don’t think anyone is that interested in knowing each and every product that I use. I can’t even tell you how many different products that I put on my body each day. I do know that there are a lot. Although I haven’t yet given up my favorite face wash or thrown away any of my existing products, I have tried to replace the products that I run out of with better options. So far I have traded in my old body wash, shaving cream, and body lotion for more natural choices. I’ve done a bit of research for all-natural anti-aging products and I do plan on switching out some of these products as well. I can’t say that 100% of my products are going to be all-natural but I know that I am going to make an effort.

One thought on “What’s in your products?

  1. So far I am trying to go all natural with all my hair, body, and face products. My New Years resolution will be to go as close to 100% natural as possible with everything else.

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