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What we put on our bodies is so important.

by Suzanne - July 22nd, 2010.
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If you have been living under a rock or the last 10ish years, you may not have heard that there are cancer causing chemicals in some of our make up and body products, but this video explains it so well, watch it and then I will comment.

Doesn’t it feel like every time we turn around we are being told that something else causes cancer or a myriad of other horrible diseases or illnesses we don’t want. My mom used to say, just tell me what doesn’t cause cancer the list would be shorter.

What have I done about this?

I use Pureology shampoo and conditioner

Dr. Bronners soap

Coconut oil as a lotion

Honey as a facial cleanser

homemade deodorant (actually works better than any of the other natural stuff I tried)

Toms of Maine toothpaste with no flouride (although I am still using up the crest I have)

Make up is still a work in progress but I do use mineral powder as a base and a blush.

the rest I use is minimal, but just regular when these run out I will replace them with a more natural item, I have yet to find though, eyeliner, and lipstick.

So what do you think about the video, what natural products do you use that you would like to tell me about.

13 Responses to What we put on our bodies is so important.

  1. I looove the pureology shampoo and conditioner, but it can be soo expensive! I also use Moroccan oil on my hair as a smoothing serum for when I take the flat iron to it. I also have a couple friends to swear by the bare essentials make-up line. And Burts Bees products are nice too. :)

  2. You know I used to use Burts bees, but a bunch of there products still contain fragrance, they got bought out I think, still a lot better than most products.

  3. I bought natural toiletries, eye liner and stuff through Shaklee. I guess the natural make up wasn’t popular enough because they are discontinuing it. The baby soap smells like lemon and it’s wonderful!

  4. Very interesting. How about Trader Joe’s soaps?

  5. I just love Annie Leonard’s work… she’s amazing.

    But the horror doesn’t stop at cosmetics. There are toxic chemicals in EVERYTHING these days! I recently read the book “Slow Death By Rubber Duck” which was a real eye opener. Here’s a link to my review in case you’re curious: http://www.greeniacdigest.com/book-review-slow-death-by-rubber-by-rick-smith-bruce-lourie/2010/07/05/

    Anyhow, I stopped using shampoo 2 years ago… it’s baking soda and vinegar for me. I use a crystal rock deodorant which, once I figured out the trick, works perfectly. I have never worn makeup because… well, it just doesn’t come in the right colors for people like me so I never fell into that trap. I stopped using soap for everything but hands and a few obvious body parts and my chronic dry skin went away. Now my one and only skin care product is jojoba oil.

    I think the “personal care” industry has done a really good job blurring the distinction between “clean” and “toxic”!

  6. I assume you are talking about the Castille soap, or the organic kind they carry, I know the castille soap is good and the organic does not have triclosan in it.

  7. I’ve really struggled with sulfate-free shampoos. I know I need them, especially with the way my scalp acts up, but they always leave my hair so gunky…Pureology included. I’ve tried the baking soda too – it works well as an occasional clarifier (and exfoliant for my scalp), but it completely strips my hair of moisture and leaves it feeling like straw if I use it more than once a week. Apple cider vinegar works great for those purposes as well. I splurged on some Phyto products a couple of years ago and LOVE them, just can’t afford them. There are several Trader Joe’s products that I swear by – the tea tree soap, the shaving cream, and the facial moisturizer. And they’re cheap to boot. Almay had a good natural mascara, but it looks like they discontinued it. I get a pure Vitamin E stick as a lip balm – Burt’s Bees doesn’t cut it.

    It’s a constantly evolving process, finding good natural products, isn’t it?

  8. This is a great list, thanks. :)

  9. I really need to start doing this. I guess in some ways I’m doing alright, because I’ve never used soap, unless I’m really dirty for some reason.
    Now that I live in such a hot climate I’ve given up on makeup, it just melts off my face. So that’s a bonus I never thought of. I actually really like the sulfate free shampoo from loreal, it smells like rosemary and mint and I love it.

    I’d love to hear more about homemade deodorant? Does it really work?

  10. The deodorant works for me, even my husband loves it and I feel great about not using gross aluminum on my pits. and no plastic non recyclable container every month or so.

  11. I use Arbonne for makeup. They claim to make their products from fruits. Great post!

  12. Can you please tell me more about the homemade deodorant?

  13. I emailed you.

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