Friday, October 21, 2011

What's in your Perfume?

Did you know that scented products are not regulated or tested for safety by the FDA? They're not! How scary is that?!? They don't believe that chemicals that are used to create fragrances are anything that need to be tested for safety. Shocking! It's true though, google it for yourself and you will find a lot of information that you really need to be aware of. There is a site I came across years ago that you can use to see how safe your personal care products are and will also show you what products are safe to use that can replace your favorite products by looking at the ratings that are safe in those categories. That site is called Skin Deep.
I am going to just put a few links to the site for a couple of popular products so you can see for yourself. Here is the data on Chanel No 5 Eau De Toilette.  It is very detailed in the findings and if you scroll further down the page it breaks it down even more showing each ingredient and what the possible dangers are of each one.

Here I decided to just pick a topic and lipstick is the subject on this page showing the worst offenders first: Lipstick and their safety scores  I was surprised that an Avon lipstick was the number one worst offender on the list. 

Everyone uses soap and this selection is of Soap Products.  As you can see, there are a lot of companies with a 0 safety score, so there are numerous safe choices out there for everyone to use instead of dangerous scores.  When looking at the page, look for the "Score" label at the far right of the table. If you click on the arrow, it will reverse the order to show you the worst scores first. As you will see, Vitabath and Garnier brands are right there at the top! Who'd have thought, with a name like Vitabath, that it would be at the top of the list?  Garnier with the product called Nutripure Detoxifying gel Detoxifying is what you'll need after coming into contact with this product! That was just a random search in a category too! Feel free to enter your own personal care products and see where they fall on the list. You might be pleasantly surprised or you might want to rethink what you are using on your body and how it might be affecting your health and those around you.

~ Just trying to live as normal a life as I can one day at a time

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