Let’s talk about products today. Most of our personal products are made of chemicals. No wonder everyone gets cancer. It’s not like just maybe there is poison in our products, it’s a definite. You’ve got chemicals, hormone disruptors, toxic substances and questionable substances mixed in with some real, nameable things. Even when you try to do the right thing and steer clear of nasty substances you can end up getting deceived by clever packaging or vague terms like “natural,” which don’t mean anything ( I’ve been duped plenty of times).
You may hear words like endocrine disruptors tossed around and get scared. Well you should be scared. Chemicals are disrupting how our bodies should naturally act and they are being sold to us without a second thought. One thing that jump-started this blog for me, after tossing around the idea for a while, was a documentary called The Human Experiment, which I saw on Netflix. You can watch a preview here and find out more about products they recommend. The gist of it is that companies don’t care about us at all as long as they make money. This attitude is widespread throughout all industries that make everything we encounter on a daily basis. It’s a great film and if it doesn’t make you at least a little angry then this blog probably isn’t for you.
Before you get depressed, let me direct you to 2 fabulous resources for learning about what’s in your product. First up, the Environmental Working Group’s database Skin Deep http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ has a pretty extensive inventory of cosmetic and skin products and specific toxins. They score products based on their safety and have some recommendations. While they don’t have everything, you can usually look up your product’s ingredients to find out if they’re a problem. I use it all the time and I’ll cover some specific products in my next post. Because I hardly ever use makeup I’m more concerned with lotions, bug spray and household products, but cosmetics are a hugely toxic industry.
The second resource is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. They’re a good place to start when learning about the different chemical used in our products. They cite resources and provide basic information on a variety of different products. Even better, they are taking action and fighting companies to stop using cancer causing chemicals. Be sure to check them out here.
I realize it’s not practical for everyone to make everything, especially in the modern world, but that doesn’t mean that our other options should be chemical filled crap. For now we just have to do the best we can with what we have and try share as much information as possible.