Perfume, Aftershave, Lotions, Deodorants, and Makeup
If you are buying from mainstream stores, or purchasing mainstream product lines, you are most likely buying chemicals. These chemicals stay suspended in the air, where you’ll keep breathing them in for hours. Also, when you put them all over yourself and your animal comes in contact with you—especially if you let them lick you—this is an enormous amount of toxicity for their systems. These products are chemical soups, and are not designed to be ingested nor have they been designed with the organic body in mind.
Do your cosmetics / products contain any of these substances?
1. Butylated Hydroxy Anisole (BHA)
What It Is:An additive that preserves fats and oils in food and cosmetics
Found In:Chewing gum, snack foods, diaper creams
Health hazard:May promote cancer in lab animals
What You Should Know:BHA is hard to avoid in foods, but the government limits its levels
What They Are:Chemicals that give plastic its resilience and flexibility
Found In:Toys, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, detergents, food packaging, shampoos
Health Hazards:Animal studies show reduced sperm counts and reproductive abnormalities; evidence of a link to liver cancer in humans
What You Should Know:Congress passed legislation in 2008 to ban six phthalates from toys and cosmetics
What They Are:Synthetic preservative
Found in:Products like moisturizers and hair care and shaving products
Health Hazards:Causes hormone disruptions and cancer in animals
What You Should Know:The FDA has deemed current levels in cosmetics safe, but paraben-free products are available
What It Is:A chemical used in cosmetics
Found in:Sunscreens, lip balm, moisturizers
Health Hazards:Linked to hormone disruption and low-birthweight babies
What You Should Know:About 97% of Americans have the compound in their urine, but current exposure levels have been deemed safe
Your animals are designed to be in contact with everything natural, not all the chemical-based products we are dousing ourselves in. This is wreaking havoc on our livers, hearts, hormones, etcetera. It is aging us, make no mistake, as anything your put on your skin reaches your heart in 40 seconds!
So, my advice is to please watch what you put on your body, and stay as chemical-free as possible for you and for your animals. They will be so pleased and so will your body’s cells!
Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It by Samuel S. Epstein with Randall Fitzgerald
There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins In Our Everyday Body Care And How To Avoid Them Paperback by Gillian Deacon