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Most people think that this just means food. Well yes, but what about what we put ON our bodies? What are we putting on our kiddos? Lotion, suntan lotion, soap, toothpaste, etc. What is really in these? Take a look, there will be a lot of ingredients that you can’t make sense of. My Mama always said it hurts to be beautiful, but jeez ;)
- According to SafeCosmetics.org, some of the most harmful ingredients are “Mercury (often listed as thimerosal on ingredient labels), found in some eye drops, ointment and deodorants; lead acetate, found in some hair dyes and cleanser; formaldehyde and toluene, found in nail products; petrochemicals, found in some hair relaxers, shampoos, mascara, perfume, foundation, lipstick and lip balm; coal tar, found in dandruff shampoos, anti-itch creams and hair dyes; placenta, found in some hair relaxers, moisturizers and toners; and phthalates, found in some nail polish, fragrances and hair spray.” Who would have thought our morning routine could be dangerous?!
- The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database has thousands of products you can search to see if what you’re using is safe. I searched for my babe’s bath time products and will definitely be making some changes at the store next time. Crazy.
- The word “fragrance” can be a blanket term to disguise hundreds of chemicals. What are those chemicals? We’re not exactly sure, and I don’t think it’s worth the risk.
- When traveling consider packing everything you need while there to be sure you don’t have to buy anything you may not understand fully. The Plaid Suitcase has some great advice on how to pack easily for a lovely trip or a roughing-it-in-South-America kind of trip (I heart these kind).