Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Origins Product Evaluation

Soothing Lip Balm has an almost okay list of ingredients. The ingredient I take issue with is canola oil. It doesn't matter that it's organic. Any canola oil is not a healthy oil to use. It's not healthy to eat and it's not healthy to put on your skin. Being in lip balm, you are both putting it on your skin and eating it too!

This is the same issue with Burt's Bees. When they were taken over by Clorox, they changed the ingredients in their lip balm and added canola oil.

Here are some links for healthy lip balm:

Jaffa Lip Balm

Botanical Lip Protection. Use promotion code: DYTLG in your shopping cart before you complete your check out to get a 5% Discount on this product.

Lip Silk

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Origins Product Evaluation

Origins by Estee Lauder has recently launched a new certified organic deodorant, ORIGINS ORGANICS TOTALLY PURE DEODORANT Certified Organic.

I'm always suspicious when the mainstream companies who produce chemically laden products enter the natural market. I just had to check this product out.

Here's what I found...

It does contain a lot of herbs and essential oils. In fact, the majority of the ingredients look good. However, the ingredient that causes me to give it a thumbs down recommendation is benzyl benzoate.

Benzyl benzoate is a chemical used to kill head lice by destroying their nervous system. It is absorbed through the skin. It is hazardous in case of skin or eye contact. In case of skin contact, it is advised to immediately flush the skin with plenty of water.

Some side effects of benzyl benzoate are burning and itching of the skin, formation of blisters, reddening, crusting or scaling of the skin. It may also cause jerking movements, difficulty urinating or sudden loss of consciousness.

Now, since this product is a deodorant, it is going to be left on the skin to be absorbed into the body. And if you use it on a daily basis, it's going to be absorbed into your body every day.

I definitely DO NOT recommend this product.

Find out if there is danger lurking in your deodorant.

Check out these healthy natural deodorants that work.

Here's another effective healthy brand.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Organic and Natural

It's a fact that the cosmetics industry is highly unregulated in the U. S. The use of the terms natural and organic have been abused by the industry. Deceptive advertising and packaging have led the unsuspecting and uninformed consumer to purchase products that are less healthy than they are claimed to be.

In Europe, cosmetics are more regulated. There are ingredients banned from use there that are being used in the U.S. on a regular basis. However, what I found interesting is that in France, the home of Ecocert, the European Organic Certifying organization, their definitions for organic and natural are very lax. To be certified organic, a product just needs 10% of its ingredients to be organic. For the natural label, it requires only 5% organic ingredients.

So, no matter where you are in the world, the bottom line is: Read the ingredients list on the label and know which ingredients are safe and which are not.

Learn how to determine the safety of the ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

Friday, August 22, 2008

FDA Fails to Warn Consumers About Cancer-Causing Ingredients

The death rate from ovarian cancer has risen dramatically since 1975.

Talc, a common ingredient in powders used by women in the genital area, poses a major risk of ovarian cancer. That includes baby powder used on infants.

The FDA has been petitioned twice to put a cancer warning on talc products. It denied the first request and failed to act on the second.


Learn more about cancer-causing ingredients in your personal care products.

Click the link to shop for healthy products with healthy ingredients.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Skin Creams Found to Cause Cancer

An accidental discovery by researchers at Rutgers University is questioning the ability of skin creams to cause cancer. The suspected ingredients are mineral oil and sodium lauryl sulfate. The testing was done on mice and has not yet be done on humans. Read the article here.

Find out how to determine if the ingredients in your skin creams are healthy or not.

Shop for products that are known to have only healthy ingredients.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Have You Checked the Ingredients in Your Skin Care Products Lately?

I frequently get requests to give my opinion of the ingredients in certain product lines from people who think they have the greatest and healthiest products. This time it was from an Isagenix distributor.

I looked at one of their skin care products, Dermal Cleanse.

The ingredients are:

"Deionized Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbtian Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Glycerin, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Polysorbate-20, Lavandula Angusitifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citric Acid, Isalyte™ (Trace Mineral Citrate), Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone."

A recent study, commissioned by the Organic Consumer's Association, showed that products containing PEG ingredients and anything that ends in "-eth" may be contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane. This product has several of these ingredients.

Then there are Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone. These are strong chemical preservatives that cause allergic reactions and are not adequately tested.

This product is questionable at best and certainly not a product I would recommend.

Do your skin care products contain ingredients like the ones in Dermal Cleanse?

Find out how to choose products with healthy ingredients.

Shop for healthy products that have been prescreened and are known to contain only the safest and healthiest ingredients.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Update

The website has a new home page. It's easier to use and find what you're looking for. Browse articles, shop for healthy products or check out the Product of the Month.

Scroll about halfway down the page and explore the links.

Happy reading!