Recently, I have been paying more attention to what is in the products I use. I have been looking into information about the self-care industry and what sort of regulations are in place. I was disappointed to find out that it is a virtually unregulated industry.
I want to share some information that I have gathered about the nasty chemicals and harmful ingredients found in the everyday products we buy. I started using essential oils about a year and a half ago and since then I have been looking at the products I buy more critically. I used to think that if a product was in a grocery store or department store that it was safe, tested and the manufacturer had my best interest at hear. Sadly, I now know that is not true.
Since finding out more and more about chemicals and toxins that are found in many personal care and cleaning products, I wanted to share that information with you so that you could use the information to make more informed purchases.
What’s the issue?
The problem with the personal-care product industry is that there is little to no regulations on what goes into the products. The manufacturers don’t even have to list all of the ingredients. The reason this is a bad thing is that there are hormone distruptor chemicals in many products that have links to breast cancer and other issues like hormone changes, lower sperm count, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes, and thyroid irregularities. I could go on. There are more regulations on food and cigarettes than on shampoo or lipstick. Even terms like “all-natural” or “organic” aren’t regulated for correct usage.
The manufacturers may say that the toxins in their products are minimal and that they aren’t dangerous at that level. The problem is we use them every day, in combination with other products, and that makes the toxins add up faster.
A normal beauty routine can have a woman applying over 300 chemicals to their face and body. These chemicals can include talc, bismuth, parabens, lead, mercury, mineral oil and phthalates. These chemicals are found in skin care and makeup products on the grocery store isles or at department store counters.
That sounds pretty nasty, doesn’t it?
Do yourself a favor and watch this 8-minute video. It does a really good job explaining what is going on with the personal-care product industry.
Become a detective
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. Many beauty and personal care products even contain plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants.
You can become a detective in your own home and look at the products you already have. The top 12 harmful chemicals to avoid are:
- BHA and BHT
- Coal tar dyes
- DEA-related ingredients
- Dibutyl phthalate
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
- Parfum (aka, fragrance)
- PEG compounds
- Sodium laureth sulfate
If you have any products with those ingredients, I recommend you ditch them and switch for something better.
While you are shopping, you need to be alert to the nasty chemicals. A super handy tool to have on your phone is the Think Dirty app. It’s free. Instead of looking at the labels for the 12 ingredients I listed above, you can use the app to scan the product and you’ll get the product information and how “dirty” it is right away.
Know better, do better
So, now that you know better, you can make better choices. Every time you buy something you are voting with your dollars. By purchasing products with harmful chemicals, you are helping fund companies in their lobbying efforts to keep regulations on personal-care products at a minimum.
Be aware of products that look like they are natural and pure but aren’t. Read all labels. Look for terms like “fragrance”. This is a way for companies to put a blend of chemicals together as a proprietary mixture and they don’t have to say what’s in it. Know what you are buying. Your skin, body and health will thank you.
So, now what? I’ve told you what not to buy. It sounds like the dangerous ingredients are prevalent in products from skin care, to shampoo, to makeup to household cleaning products.and that’s true. I bet you’re wondering if there are products out there that are actually work and are good for you.
The answer is: Yes! Absolutely. Choose Young Living. I use Young Living’s vast array of products because I know whatever product I pick it will be good for my body and won’t have any harmful chemicals.
Young Living’s products are good for your body. They are backed by their Seed to Seal guarantee. This means that they are involved in the product every step of the way. Quality is the number one priority.
The Seed to Seal guarantee is important to me because I know that the products I am using are what they say they are. There isn’t creative marketing or hiding behind words like “fragrance”.
When you think of Young Living you may automatically think of essential oils. Those aren’t the only products they have. You might be surprised to know they have the following:
- Supplements – without any junk or filler
- An antioxidant-rich energy drink that you can substitute for our daily Diet Coke or Red Bull energy boost
- A full household cleaning line that you can use for all your chores from laundry to cleaning the bathroom and kitchen to washing dishes
- A complete personal care line with skin care, hair care, soap and oral hygiene
- And, recently released in 2017, they have MAKEUP! Chemical- and toxin-free makeup!
I am really excited to share the makeup with you. Now that you know what you need to avoid in your makeup, you will see why Young Living’s Savvy Minerals is an excellent choice.
The makeup contains…
- NO talc
- NO bismuth
- NO parabens
- NO phthalates
- NO petrochemicals
- NO synthetic fragrances
Additionally, it is gluten-free, cruelty-free, and vegan (aside from the beeswax in the lip products). It is also lead-free and doesn’t use any fake dyes.
Also, the eye shadows and blushes contain a cosmetic-grade titanium dioxide, which means it won’t go into your bloodstream like traditional eye shadows. I didn’t even know that was a thing!
And BONUS! The foundation minimizes pore appearance and brightens complexion. It also absorbs excess oils and is ideal for sensitive skin. It is vegan-friendly and is not tested on animals. It lasts all day long!
So, you can see why I made it my mission to pick up a bunch of the makeup as soon as it was available.
You don’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty. Let me know if I can answer any questions you have about the makeup or essential oils. I want to help as many people as I can remove toxins from their homes and I know this is a great way to do so.