Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare, Uncategorized

10 Dirty Beauty Surprises

Beauty SurprisesDo these products look familiar?

They sure do to me!  And I bet they do to you too!  At some stage I’ve had each of these in my daily routine, even until very recently – thinking I was choosing the best, safest, least toxic products.  Some I even chose, in good faith, in the name of chemical free, safe, non-toxic, and even healthy… Boy, was I wrong!

You might be surprised to know that every single one of the above products rate either 9/10 or 10/10 for DIRTY!  According to the Think Dirty app (FREE in the app store) these products rate the highest in in 1) Carcinogenicity, 2) Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, and 3) Allergenicity & Immunotoxicity.  Scary huh?

Worse, have a look at the labels.  You’ll see all sorts of healthy, safe, ‘good for you’ claims.  This is why we must look at labels and educate ourselves on what’s inside our every day products, especially if we value our long term health, and the health of our families.

What to do?  

At the very least download the Think Dirty app, and the others mentioned in my previous post on 5 Apps to Help you Live Clean, and start reading labels.  Most of the apps are free so they’re costing you big fat nothing.  What’s better than that?

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.  

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Better Skincare Choices, Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare

5 Apps To Help You Live Clean

“Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products”, according to the Environmental Working Group.  Considering it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your skincare to enter your bloodstream it makes a plenty of sense to take a closer look at what you’re using on your skin and home every single day.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but lately there’s a real movement around educating ourselves about the ingredients inside of food, skincare, and house cleaning products.  Thankfully the digital age is conveniently supplying us with some fantastic tools to help decipher what’s safe and what’s not.  The toxic products on the market are too extensive to list individually (and their own individual ingredient lists are often even more extensive).  It’s a very confusing exercise trying to work out what’s safe and what’s not.

The good news is some clever people have developed apps that can help you field the differences between different products.  Many of the listed products apply to those stocked in the USA however I have found many product listings apply internationally.

Here are some of the top rated apps for discerning shoppers:

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What is Borax? Is Borax safe?

Borax    As you go about the business of detoxing your home you’ll come across a few questions about natural products like Borax.  I say ‘natural wonder’ as you may wonder if, as a natural product, it is completely safe or not.  If you research Borax you’ll find lots of conflicting opinions about it; some use it lots, others won’t, calling it toxic or unnecessary, while many use it for some purposes and not others.  Confusing, huh?

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Chemical Free Toothpastes

Toothpaste Alternatives

Topical in the news this week are the chemicals found in best selling Colgate Total toothpaste, in particular triclosan (used as a preservative, said to be a carcinogen, immune disruptor, to cause allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation and suspected skin, sense organ and immunotoxicity).

As you probably already know medicines can be quickly and readily absorbed under the tongue.  When your toothpaste contains chemicals you are essentially administering a nice little dose of chemicals to yourself while you’re innocently brushing your teeth.  Dentists recommend a full 2 minutes of brushing to get your pearly whites clean however ‘sublingual administration’ (ie. under the tongue), and also via your cheeks, can ensure chemicals/toxins (and medicines) are hitting your system within as little as 60 seconds!  Does this make you think twice about what’s in your toothpaste?  I do now, that’s for sure!

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Better Skincare Choices, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Skincare, Uncategorized

Flushable Bum Wipes

Bum Wipes

The concept of moist toilet wipes is a ripper.  Like they say about the ad, ‘there isn’t much you wouldn’t clean without water’, and it’s true.  I even heard one friend say they changed his life!  I am a devotee too however recent awareness around the chemicals used to make these products has called for me to look further afield for an alternate, safer solution.  The two most popular, readily available varieties are featured below.  Interestingly they both use less ingredients than most baby wipes out there however they both feature preservatives that can cause contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity.  All things being equal in the bum wiping world these are ingredients I prefer NOT to include in my daily cleaning routine.

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Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

Today’s spotlight is on baby wipes.  Wow!  There are a lot of different brands out there and whilst I set out on this discovery mission intending to cover them all I soon worked out that I’d be here till next week trying.  My criteria is strict and I say, ‘Rightly so!’  These wipes will be used all through the day and night on your baby’s bum (and precious skin too).

I have a problem with any skin product that contains toxins, and there are lots!

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Hand Sanitizer Horror!

Instant-Hand-Sanitiser

Dettol Healthy Touch

Kills 99.99% of germs WITHOUT WATER!  I suspect it kills 99.99% of anything if you have/apply/use enough of it.  In the fine print, ‘If swallowed contact Poisons Information Centre’ with phone numbers attached.  This Dettol hand sanitizer has anything but a ‘healthy touch’.

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Chemicals in Skincare, Uncategorized

Popular Sunscreens

There’s been a lot said lately about popular sunscreens and some of it is frightful.  It’s been found that it’s filled with chemicals that actually cause cancer.  You read that right, the chemicals found in popular sunscreens CAN CAUSE CANCER.  While we thought we were protecting ourselves from cancer we might have been actually causing it.  I don’t know about you but my head spins at the thought.

I just grabbed my old favourite, ‘innocent’ looking Nivea sunscreen and had a quick look at the ingredients.  According to Chemical Maze (and other sources) here is the breakdown:

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