Enough Already

Every day I work with someone wanting to make honest changes in their health and are continually lead down the rabbit hole of mass media marketing and stupid loop holes. 

What blows my mind is that companies are allowed to brand and market a product like the following:

"Leaves your baby’s hair smelling fresh and looking shiny NO MORE TEARS® formula is gentle for newborns Soap-free and clinically proven hypoallergenic Dermatologist-tested Paraben-free"

"Leaves your baby’s hair smelling fresh and looking shiny
NO MORE TEARS® formula is gentle for newborns
Soap-free and clinically proven hypoallergenic
Dermatologist-tested
Paraben-free"


Sounds so good right?..... Well here is the ugly truth:
The ingredient list:
Water (eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Acrylates Copolymer, Yellow 6, Yellow 10, Parfum

Just to break down some of these "gentle" "hypoallergenic" ingredients:
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine. - Skindeep

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate: Human skin toxicant or allergen. Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Surfactant - Cleansing Agent; Surfactant - Solubilizing Agent; EMULSIFYING- linked to cancer 

Phenoxyethanol: preservative, known irritant 

Sodium Benzoate: preservative, needs better manufacturing restrictions, linked toxic or harmful side effects.

POLYQUATERNIUM-10:  synthetic polymeric - literally FILM FORMING

Sodium Hydroxide is a highly caustic and reactive inorganic base

FD&C YELLOW 6- synthetic dye produced from petroleum

"Parfum: Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics. Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife." - David Suzuki

 

SO what is an alternative?! 

Here is just one an example of a safer option: 100% Pure baby shampoo.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Seaweed (Carrageenan) Extract, Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Hydrosol) Flower Water, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Essential Oil), Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citral*, Limonene* and Linalool** Component of Natural Essential Oil


Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Seaweed (Carrageenan) Extract, Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Hydrosol) Flower Water, Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Essential Oil), Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citral*, Limonene* and Linalool** Component of Natural Essential Oil

 

For some people there still might be ingredients they aren't sure of, but for the most part these makes sense. They use all natural, food grade ingredients with as many certified organics as possible, skipping the cheaper toxic chemicals. This wash has only 11 simple ingredients from organic aloe juice to chamomile with a touch or essential orange and vanilla oils.

And honestly, who knows?! One day some of these ingredients might turn out to be worse than we thought, after all, we are the guinea pigs.
For me personally, I would rather risk the side effects of these ingredients than the ones from my last post. 
But again it's my personal opinion.

 

 

 

Resources: 

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/what-you-need-to-know-about-toxics-in-your-cosmetic-products/?gclid=Cj0KEQiA6bq2BRC6ppf0_83Z1YIBEiQAgPYNvQ10_4_rH15O-T84PlqOFsK7b89MSd1054SyKq86tj0aAuwR8P8HAQ

 

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/