Perfume, Aftershave, Lotions, Deodorants, and Makeup

What Chemicals are You Wearing and Sending to Your Heart within 40 seconds of Application?
And how is this impacting your animals?
About the Cosmetics

If you are buying from mainstream stores, or purchasing mainstream product lines, you are most likely buying chemicals including heavy metals.  Chemicals in perfumes and lotions stay suspended in the air for hours, where you’ll keep breathing them in, and others around you too, where ever you go.

This is suspension is high toxicity.  We all heal through smell.  One knows when they encounter a beautiful smell, the body just goes “Ahhhh” and when we encounter a terrible, toxic smell out body tenses up and we have to leave.

This is our body processing the smell.  This is our safety guard.

When it comes to our animals, including birds, their sense of smell is  extraordinary.  So extraordinary, that all our toxic application will be causing immense harm at their cellular level.  Ours too, of course.

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.

Ingredients to Stay Away From

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

2. Phthalates, such as:  Dibutyl and Diethylhexyl
What They Are: Chemicals that give plastic its resilience and flexibility
Found In: Toys, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, detergents, food packaging, shampoos, labelled as “fragrance” not disclosed fully on labels
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; banned by European Nations

3. Parabens, such as:  Isobutyl and Isopropyl
What They Are: Synthetic preservative
Found in: Products like moisturizers and hair care and shaving products
Health Hazards: Causes hormone disruptions, damages the reproductive system, causes cancer in animals
What You Should Know: The FDA has deemed current levels in cosmetics safe, but paraben-free products are available; banned by European Nations

4. Oxybenzone
What It Is: A chemical used in cosmetics
Found In: Sunscreens, lip balm, moisturizers
Health Hazards: Linked to hormone disruption and low-birthweight babies, nanoparticle (“micronized”) version causes DNA damage and inflammation
What You Should Know: About 97% of Americans have the compound in their urine, but current exposure levels have been deemed safe

5. Heavy Metals
What Are They: Arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum and nickel
Found In: All cosmetics, sunscreen
Health Hazards: Damage to all the organs
What You Should Know: Look for Certified Organic products which are heavy metal free

6. Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives
What It Is
: A chemical, includes paraformaldehyde, methylene glycol, and quaternium 15, which release the formaldehyde
Found In: “Keratin” treatments for straightening hair, creams, lotions, shaving products, eye drops for contact solutions, household cleaners
Health Hazards: Hair loss, rashes, blisters, bleeding gums, loss of sense of smell
What You Should Know: A known carcinogen; banned by European Nations

7. PFAS
What It Is:  Synthetic Fluoropolymer Chemical, polyfluoroalkyls or perfluoroalkyls, also labelled as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
What It Is
: Found In: Saving Gels, cosmetics, non-stick pans
Health Hazards: Linked to cancer, developmental problems, liver damage, immune effects, thyroid problems, and birth defects
What You Should Know:  banned by European Nations

8. Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) C8
What It Is:  Man-made compound, used to process PTFE, used to give the cosmetic a silky feel
What It Is
: Found In: fire flighting foams, carpet spot removers, hydraulic fluids and cosmetics
Health Hazards: Linked to cancer, can remain in the body and environment for a long time
What You Should Know:  banned by European Nations

9. P-phenylenediamine,
What It Is:  Coal tar, labelled as C.I.xxxxx (5-digit number); in the US labelled as “FC&C” or “D&C”
What It Is
: Found In: Hair dyes
Health Hazards: Linked to cancer, tumors, blindness
What You Should Know:  banned by European Nations

And all the above assumes companies are indeed reporting on the packaging what is exactly in the product.
Be Careful in Organic and Health Food Stores

Please do not assume just because what the store is “promoting” that the products they are stocking are great. The marketing is sensational, but when you look at the ingredient list on most products, all of them contain something damaging.  Even I am shocked sometimes by what the package says on the front and then lists on the back.

General Descriptions = Danger

All general descriptions on any product means “we are not telling you what the real ingredient is”.  Such as the word, fragrance, natural, etc.  If it is an “all encompassing” word, then this is a dumping ground for toxic substances which the company would prefer not to inform the public of.  Really not cool.

This is, of course, happening in all the food products too where companies list “natural flavour”.

Impact on your Animals

Your animals are designed to be in contact with everything natural, not to be exposed to 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!

All chemicals are considered by the organic body to be toxic.  The body does not know what they are.  And when the toxic load becomes too much, what happens?  Dis-ease.  The body is forced into a cancerous state to protect itself.

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!

Protect you, protect your pet!

A Great Current Resource
http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chem-of-concern/

Books

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  by Gillian Deacon

Papers / Weblinks

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1976909_1976895_1976896,00.html
https://www.ewg.org/californiacosmetics/toxic12
https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals-avoid/
Meeker, J. D., Sathyanarayana, S., & Swan, S. H. (2009). Phthalates and other additives in plastics: human exposure and associated health outcomes. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 364(1526), 2097–2113. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2008.0268
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-perfluorooctanoic-acid-pfoa-in-drinking-water/document.html
https://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/polytetrafluoroethylene