Need to find a non-toxic blush to dress up your cheeks? How about a non-toxic shampoo and conditioner that won't give you cancer as it sinks into your scalp?
A couple of years ago I found this great website called EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database where I could research any product from make-up, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and more to determine its toxicity level and what exactly makes it toxic. It's also a great tool to find companies who produce safe, non-toxic products.
One of my favorite lotions that I had been using was Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion – so I typed it into the database and found that it had a toxicity level of 5. The highest level of toxicity is 10. Included in the wealth of information is that it's not tested on animals – a plus- and all of the ingredients and its contribution towards the overall toxicity level of 5, and how the toxins will affect your body.
In this case, Fragrance, is the ingredient with the highest toxicity of 8 towards the overall toxicity of 5. Concerns for fragrance – which is synthetic – is Neurotoxicity and Allergies/immunotoxicity.
The next toxic ingredient was Magnesium Aluminum Silicate with a toxic level of 4 – concerns being Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).
Though there are many other ingredients, all with its own toxic levels and concerns, you get the idea of how useful this information can be. I decided based on my research that I would no longer use this particular product and would opt for one that was less toxic and definitely fragrance-free. Just a bit of advice – find products with essential oils as the means by which to scent the product – anything labeled “fragrance” is toxic.
You can use the database to make better choices for yourself and what you will put on your body. Remember – what you put on your skin is leaked into your bloodstream. Imagine toxic chemicals sinking into your bloodstream from your favorite, perfectly fragranced lotion. Yuck – is it really worth it?
Last year I decided that I would find a non-toxic mineral foundation make-up so I set out to the database and found that Rejuva Minerals Make-up had a toxicity level of ZERO compared to my other mineral make-up (Bare Minerals Foundation) of 2. Though Bare Minerals was an acceptable 2 toxicity level, why not go for the foundation with no toxicity? Most of Bare Minerals contribution towards toxicity is the oxides it uses to provide the color of the mineral powder.
Try for yourself – look up your current skin care and beauty products and to find out what you're putting on your skin every day. What did you find?
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