Everything You Put On Externally

When functioning in a holistic headspace - you're taking everything into account. You move beyond intellectual information and personal opinion into a larger arena of cause, effect, and common sense. You are no longer a numb and dumb consumer searching out convenience and comfort at the cheapest price. Neither are you conned into trusting the most expensive brand-name labels to fulfill needs of acceptance and security.

As a holistically minded person you are hyper-aware. This brings new challenges as a complete life-style shift must occur on every level. It's not a front, it's not an act...it's not done to impress others and gain approval. It's a commitment to cleanse ones soul and get right with everything. And....in this fucked up WorldTM that requires MAJOR amounts of energy, intent, self-discipline, and vigilance!!

You cannot simply choose healthier food while nurturing your addiction to soda or alcohol. You can't engage in more exercise and outdoor activities - decked out in high fashion, with gobs of makeup, exhaustive hair styles, and fake nails. And, you can't put energy and expense into an all organic, vegan diet - while dressing yourself in synthetic fabrics. You can...people do, but there's no real health benefit to it, and there's zero spiritual satisfaction or reward.

The only way to succeed in quieting ones conscience and attaining true peace of mind - is to function holistically on every front.


In this section we're taking a look at all the things we adorn ourselves with. We're merely glancing at the toxicity of it all, and then deciding if any of it is worth anything. Of course, none of it is!! It's all intentionally poisoned bullshit - and you should be OUTRAGED that any of this hazardous crap is on the shelves for purchase. Get angry that you're lied to about the risks - especially where these products are label as "healthy", "beneficial", and "all-natural"!! Be even more pissed, where these products are for your children!! And STOP giving these evil-doers your money!!

 

TOXIC TEXTILES

Taking a holistic approach - there's no way around the gross negatives of the fabric industry. First, the highly-toxic "processing" of the textile industry directly and severely impacts the environment in ways that are nothing good. The fact these industries created employment opportunities for third-world peoples is not enough - not when the factories are poisoning these people, and slowly contaminating the communities around the factories that rely heavily on fresh water sources and clean, fertile soil. Out of sight, out of mind for most folk - so lets bring it closer to home, and take a closer look at the tangled web we weave.

We've lost vast amounts of industry to outsourcing, and in that move we have the vanish middle-class and a growing lower-class still highly-conditioned to keep up appearances through the way they dress and present themselves. This is where the energy is invested. Still, doesn't matter if someone is paying $95 for a t-shirt or $5....when it comes to the toxic processing of the textiles, it's all the same! And....the toxins aren't left in the water supply of some far off country. The toxins are impregnated into the fabric - leeching into the largest organ of your body as you read this. But, don't they get washed out in the laundry? No, and worse - the detergents, boosters, and fabric softeners you're using - only add to the toxic load!


Today's textile and apparel industry ($7 trillion/yr) is manufactured using an astounding 8,000 synthetic chemicals! 

Polyester (Wrinkle-Free) fabric is derived from synthetic polymers made from esters of dihydric alcohol, terpthalic acid, xylene and ethylene.

Acrylic (Wash-n-Wear) fabrics are polycrylonitriles that cause cancer, according to the EPA.

Rayon, Acetate and Triacetate are made from recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulphuric acid.

Nylon is a petroleum product made from toluene that has a permanent chemical finish that is harmful to health.

Spandex (and Olefin) - the mainstay of sportswear, swimsuits, and thermal underwear is made by "cracking" petroleum molecules into propylene and ethylene gases.

All static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof, moth repellent, or fire-retardant fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, and brominated flame retardants, insecticides, Triclosan, and nano-technology. None are safe - causing health related issues like infertility, respiratory disease, contact dermatitis, and cancer.

THE CHEMICALS IN SYNTHETIC CLOTHING LEADS TO INFERTILITY IN MALES!!


Formaldehyde

 is linked to a 30% increase in lung cancer, plus skin/lung irritation and contact dermatitis. It is found in fabrics claiming to be:

  • Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-shrink
  • Waterproof
  • Perspiration-proof
  • Moth-proof and mildew resistant
  • Chlorine resistant

It's also used in dyes and printing to fix the design and prevent "running". Most governments restrict formaldehyde levels in clothing, but not the U.S. One of the worst offenders is China. Beware of "Made in China" labels. Use of formaldehyde in clothing is extremely widespread. There have even been lawsuits alleging high levels of it in Victoria's Secret bras. High temps and humidity make "poison clothes" even worse — they open your pores and increase chemical absorption. 

Disperse Blue Dyes

Lovely to look at, but they put you at high risk for contact dermatitis… especially dark blue, brown, and black synthetic clothing. It's important to note — laundering does not reverse that risk. Worse… "Disperse Blue 1" is classified as a human carcinogen due to high malignant tumor levels in lab animals. Incidentally, you might be interested to know that this dye also shows up in cosmetics and semi-permanent hair dyes.

Flame Retardant

What do breast milk and polar bears have in common? In 1999, Swedish scientists found breast milk contained an endocrine-disrupting chemical found in fire retardants, and the levels had been doubling every five years since 1972! These incredibly persistent chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs, have since been found to contaminate the bodies of people and wildlife around the globe – even polar bears. These chemicals can imitate thyroid hormones in our bodies and disrupt our hormonal activity. It also causes lower IQ, among other significant health effects. While several kinds of PBDEs have now been phased out, this doesn’t mean that toxic fire retardants have gone away. PBDEs are incredibly persistent, so they’re going to be contaminating people and wildlife for decades to come.

Flame retardants have been in use since 1971, when governments required ALL children's sleepwear to be self-extinguishing. The solution was to add brominated Tris. Studies show urine samples from children contained this chemical that is readily absorbed by the skin! Brominated Tris is a mutagen, and causes cancer and sterility in animals. (Mutagens cause inheritable mutations by damaging DNA.) They also cause testicular atrophy and sterility in boys. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Burn Center, only 36 children a year suffer serious injuries from sleepwear catching fire. My heart goes out to these tragic victims and their families. But is the toxic contamination of millions of children worth protecting 36 children per year from burns? The Consumer Product Safety Commission exempts certain sleepwear from flammability standards. Two companies selling kids' sleepwear without flame retardants are L.L. Bean and Lands' End.

Tris was banned in children's clothing in 1977 (but lives on in upholstered furniture foam, baby carriers, and bassinets). Today most synthetic fabrics contain a new generation of flame retardants bonded into the fabric, which must survive 50+ washings. 

How to avoid it? Stricter testing on toxic chemical ingredients before they go on the market. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, which can cut down on toxic-laden house dust. Avoid reupholstering foam furniture. Remove foam and carpeting from your home. Take care when replacing old carpet (the padding underneath may contain PBDEs). Have you and your children sleep naked at night, or in a loose, organic cotton or linen. Find more tips at: www.ewg.org/pbdefree/

Permethin

is an insecticide now present in civilian outdoor wear and military uniforms even though no long-term studies have assessed its safety. 

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Used to make non-stick cookware. Perfluorochemicals are so widespread and extraordinarily persistent that 99 percent of Americans have these chemicals in their bodies. One particularly notorious compound called PFOA has been shown to be “completely resistant to biodegradation.” In other words, PFOA doesn’t break down in the environment – EVER. That means that even though the chemical was banned after decades of use, it will be showing up in people’s bodies for countless generations to come. This is worrisome, since PFOA exposure has been linked to decreased sperm quality, low birth weight, kidney disease, thyroid disease and high cholesterol, among other health issues. Scientists are still figuring out how PFOA affects the human body, but animal studies have found that it can affect thyroid and sex hormone levels.

How to avoid it? Throw out and avoid buying any NON-STICK cookware. Avoid all clothing that's marketed as stain or water-resistant! This includes coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets.

Silver Nanoparticles

now present in top brand-name sportswear that touts it's products as "anti-odor" (anti-wrinkle and stain).

"Nano" means "really tiny"… super-microscopic. Nano-particles in clothing can create easily absorbed toxins that due to their minuscule size, are transported into ALL your organs, including your brain… consequences unknown! Nano-silver is starting to show up in the water supply as well, and having a disastrous health impact on marine life - of course being kept under wraps.

Other scary toxins include sulfuric acid, urea resin, sulfonamides, halogens, and sodium hydroxide.


The Health Hazards of Built-Up Electrical Charges…

Electrostatic charges accumulate in synthetic clothing. There are stories of shocking mini-explosions from mixing layers of synthetic clothing with synthetic carpeting, and in cold dry weather a static electrical charge can lead to spontaneous combustion at the gas pump! 

On top of that - I can't stress enough the infertility from synthetic clothing! A 24-month study of male dogs clothed in loose-fitting polyester showed a significant decrease in sperm count and degeneration of the testes. Scientists believe polyester traps body heat, encourages chemical absorption, and creates electrostatic build-up… which all affect sperm count.

Tight Fitting Clothes...

All tight-fitting clothing suppress the lymphatic system. If your body is restricted from moving toxins out of your body - you're asking for all sorts of problems!!

  • Limit bra use as much as possible!
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics in all underwear!
  • Avoid tight underwear - Go Commando!
  • Never wear nylons - PERIOD!!
  • Avoid tight-fitting sports wear where your body is really heating up and causing fabrics to off-gas more - this is compounded when exercising outside in the sun, as UVs breakdown chemicals in the clothing! Your pores are wide-open and having to breath in all those nasty, fucked up toxins!! And you thought you were just doing yoga!!*
  • 40% of women buy and wear uncomfortable shoes to make a fashion statement. GET OVER YOURSELF (and go barefoot as much as possible)!
  • Get naked whenever you can! 
  • Stop smashing yourself into restrictive clothing, bcuz you think it's more attractive! It's STUPID!!

*Medical studies show that synthetic fibers cause muscle fatigue. In a study of 24 to 27 year-old men, natural linen shirts were compared to polyester ones. Five hours of monitoring during exercise - with electrodes measuring skin temperature and velocity of muscle tissue. Synthetic shirts showed an increase in heat and drop in muscle function.


The Bottom Line…Same as always.

A tad of this or that chemical isn't going to kill you. You're body is wonderfully designed to eliminate all sorts of nasty and unnecessary shit. It's the CUMULATIVE effect of all the chemicals in each article of clothing you're wearing, then add in all the chemicals in your shoes, your outer wear, your mattress, sheets, blankets, and pillows, and your laundry ritual. Then add in all the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams, deodorants, oral hygiene products, perfumes, makeups, sprays, and gels. Then add in all the toxic cleaning products and fragrances you use in your home, and your car, and at work. Then add all the food chemicals and GMOs - and last but not least - add in electromagnetic bombardment in the form of the grid-smog ad tech-pollution with wifi, cell towers, bluetooth, microwaves, and the like. Might as well also toss in medications - even if you don't take medication yourself....KNOW that antidepressants, statins, male virility and birth control medications are all in your drinking water and can't easily be removed. 

Read how prozac in drinking water is causing shrimp to commit suicide.

Illegal drugs, jet fuel, and flavorings abound in the water supply.

Read more about Endocrine Disruption Chemicals...

 

GO ALL NATURAL

Natural and organic clothing is becoming more popular again, but with this popularity comes the lowering of standards - as industry rushes to supply the demand!! Many large scale clothing companies are in law suits over false labeling products as "organic" when they're not. What you really want to focus on avoiding is brand-name products!! All industry firmly believes that are consumers are ignorant, and only concerned about the affordability, convenience, and appearance of products....and how much social standing it grants them. Wherever they can - they are going to lie, cheat, cut corners, and contribute to the mess we have on our hands. And - when everyone gets sick from all the contamination of chemicals.......it supports the medical industry and big-pharma!

Everyone wins but the "little folk". That's NEVER going to change unless we change our lazy, ignorant ways. 


ONLY NATURAL FIBERS!

  • Cotton — preferably organic.
  • Flax — one of nature's strongest fibers.
  • Hemp — grows without any need for fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides because it's naturally insect-resistant. Its fibers are reported to be four times stronger than cotton. 
  • Silk — watch out for the use of synthetic dyes in silk.
  • Wool — most of today's wool is contaminated with chemicals, i.e., pesticides used to kill parasites. But organic wool is becoming more common.
  • Other — alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, ramie, aluyot.

Organic textiles account for less than 1% of worldwide production. 


 ORGANIC FIBER CROPS

Organic farmers have a very limited number of materials in their toolbox to manage pests such as insects and weeds. These include natural (or “non-synthetic”) materials that are derived from mineral, plant, or animal matter and do not undergo a synthetic process. Examples include garlic, hydrogen peroxide, neem oil, and vinegar. Organic farmers do have "restricted access" to 25 synthetic active pest control products, but organic growers prefer using mechanical tillage and hand weeding - and creating resilient crops by building healthy soils and using inputs such as neem oil only as a last resort.

  • 70% less acidification potential
  • 26% reduced eutrophication (soil erosion) potential
  • 91% reduced blue water consumption
  • 62% reduced primary energy demand.

In addition, organic cotton is non-genetically modified (non-GMO). The use of genetic engineering is prohibited in organic agriculture.

PROCESSING ORGANIC TEXTILES

During the conversion of conventionally grown cotton into apparel and textiles, many hazardous materials are used during processing and screen-printing, including dyes, silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame retardants, ammonia, formaldehyde, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC in screen printing) —to just name a few. Many processing stages result in large amounts of untreated toxic wastewater being carried into drinking water sources - not to mention contaminating the finished product.

Safeguarding the integrity of organic practices in the finished product, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) prohibits the use of toxic inputs in the processing of finished organic apparel and textiles. The number of facilities worldwide certified to GOTS grew to 3,814 facilities in 68 countries in 2015, and GOTS certified facilities around the world. The Top 15 countries in terms of the total number of GOTS certified facilities are India (1,441), Turkey (489), Germany (306), Bangladesh (210), China (201) Pakistan (142), Italy (141), Portugal (89), South Korea (80), Japan (65), USA (60), France (56), UK (49), Austria (49), and Denmark (41). 

GMO COTTON

Approximately 22.7 million metric tons (MT) of cotton (104.2 million bales) were grown globally in 2016/17 on approximately 30 (29.8) million hectares of land. This is equivalent to roughly 2.6% of global arable land in 61 countries.

OVERALL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • In the U.S., cotton ranks in third place in terms of pesticide use after only corn and soybeans. More than 38 million pounds of pesticides were used on (GMO) cotton in 2014. The same year, cotton ranked fourth in terms of fertilizer use on crops – almost 973 million pounds of pesticides – behind only corn, soybeans, and wheat.
  • It takes more than 2,700 liters of water to make one conventional cotton t-shirt, and almost 11,000 to make a pair of jeans.
  • In India, home to more cotton farmers than any other country, pesticides applied to cotton production account for over half of the total amount applied annually despite cotton acreage representing just 5% of all agricultural land there.

In the U.S., approximately 38.3 million pounds of pesticides were used on approximately 8.6 million acres of cotton planted in 11 states in 2014 (the most recent year for which data are available), amounting to an approximate average of 4.4 pounds of pesticides per acre of cotton grown. This included 26.3 million pounds of herbicides, 2.4 million pounds of insecticides, 26,000 pounds of fungicides, and 9.5 million pounds of “other” pesticides (including defoliants).

The Top 10 pesticides used in the U.S. on cotton in 2015 were glyphosate, ethephon, trifluralin, acetochlor, tribufos, sodium chlorate, acephate, s-metolachlor, diuron, and paraquat.

  • Glyphosate, diuron, and tribufos – are considered known human carcinogens.
  • Acephate, s-metolachlor, and trifluralin - are considered possible human carcinogens.
  • Acephate, paraquat, sodium chlorate – are considered level II moderately acutely toxic pesticides.
  • Acetochlor (Group 1), diuron (Group 2), and acephate, glyphosate, paraquat, and trifluralin (Group 3)—are considered known or possible endocrine disruptors.

Glyphosate, the top-ranked pesticide used on cotton in the U.S. which represents 35% of all pesticides used on cotton by poundage (also the active ingredient in Round Up® and the herbicide associated with Roundup Ready® genetically engineered cotton), was recently determined to be a carcinogen. It can also cause birth defects, as well as genetic damage, endocrine disruption, and other serious health effects. Many of these effects are found at very low, physiologically relevant doses. In addition, scientists have found significant levels of the herbicide in air and water (both rain and river) samples in the agricultural areas in the Mississippi River watershed. According to scientists, the consistent occurrence of glyphosate in streams and air indicates its transport from its point of use into the broader environment. It has also been found in food – most recently in Cheerios and Ritz Crackers, among other popular snack foods, as well as honey.

Synthetic fertilizers, almost 973 million pounds of which were used on U.S. upland cotton in 2015, are considered detrimental to the environment, causing leaching and runoff affecting freshwater habitats and wells. Nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers, which made up more than half (52%) of all U.S. cotton fertilizer use, are also considered a major contributor to increased nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, which are 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) as a greenhouse gas. For the 2015 crop year, U.S. farmers applied nitrogen fertilizer to 78 percent of planted (cotton) acres, at an average rate of 79 pounds per planted acre, for a total of 503.7 million pounds applied to the 8.6 million acres planted to cotton.

Commercial GMO cotton products first were introduced in 1996. By 2015, approximately 78 percent of the world’s cotton acreage was planted with genetically modified seeds.

GMO cotton has been widely adopted in important organic cotton-producing countries including China, India, and the U.S.  Approximately 94 percent (3.4 million hectares/8.5 million acres) of all cotton grown in the U.S. in 2015 was GMO. In 2014, India planted approximately 93 percent of its cotton as GMO (11.6 million hectares/28,664,224 acres), as did China (93 percent or 4 million hectares/9,884,215 acres).

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SLATHERING ON THE SHIT!

To round off this page - we need to take into consideration what else we put on our body for the sake of appearing "clean, fresh and beautiful"!! I'm not going to get into the full details, cuz that could be a website of its own! Hopefully - you get the idea, and all that's left is to make a commitment to your real health, internal cleanliness, and deep beauty. No one is asking you to give up nice clothes, hygiene, pleasant scents, or even make-up. You can have all that and more - in truly natural products. 

Consider...

  • The average North American woman uses 12 personal care products DAILY, containing 168 different chemicals.
  • While most men use fewer products, they’re still exposed to about 85 such chemicals daily.*
  • Teens who use an average of 17 personal care products a day, are exposed to the most chemicals, and babies aren't even free of these toxins.
  • Women with higher levels of personal-care chemicals in their bodies experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels.

It's also necessary to into account ones profession. There's no such thing as a safe job, but gone are the canaries in the coal-mines. We are the guinea pigs here - and you'd do well to take a long look at what you're buried in...day-in-and-day-out. 

Almost 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics and body products, and only about 10 percent have been evaluated for safety.

Groups of teens were tested and showed the presence of 16 different hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates from personal care products. Another study showed 37 nail polishes from 22 companies contained dibutyl phthalate (DBP). DBP is known to cause lifelong reproductive impairments in male rats, and has been shown to damage the testes, prostate gland, epididymus, penis, and seminal vesicles in animals. It's used in nail polish because it increases flexibility and shine, but research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that all 289 people tested had DBP in their bodies. Worse still, this chemical, which is linked to birth defects in animals, was found at the highest levels in women of childbearing age.

A recent report titled "Heavy Metal Hazards: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup," by Environmental Defense tested 49 different makeup items, including foundations, concealers, powders, blushes, mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows, lipsticks, and lip glosses. Their testing revealed serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of the products:

  • 96 percent contained lead
  • 90 percent contained beryllium
  • 61 percent contained thallium
  • 51 percent contained cadmium
  • 20 percent contained arsenic

Fifteen chemicals in particular (including nine PCBs, three pesticides, two phthalates, and a furan) were significantly associated with early menopause, which suggests an early decline in ovarian function. In addition to leading to early menopause, an early decline in ovarian function may lead to early development of heart disease and osteoporosis. Many of the chemicals mentioned in the study have already been linked to health risks, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, and early puberty.

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The Most Toxic Chemicals?

This is just a handful of some of the most hazardous chemicals found in many personal care products and cosmetics..

Parabens

A chemical found in deodorants, lotion, hair products, and cosmetics, has been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors. A study published in 2012 suggested that parabens from antiperspirants and other cosmetics indeed appear to increase your risk of breast cancer. The research looked at where breast tumors were appearing and determined that higher concentrations of parabens were found in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied.

Sodium lauryl sulfate

A surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It's present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Phthalates 

Did you know that a specific signal programs cells in our bodies to die? It’s totally normal and healthy for 50 billion cells in your body to die every day! But studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates can trigger what’s known as “death-inducing signaling” in testicular cells, making them die earlier than they should. Yep, that’s cell death – in your man parts. If that’s not enough, studies have linked phthalates to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities.

How to avoid? A good place to start is to avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys (some phthalates are already banned in kid’s products), and plastic wrap made from PVC, which has the recycling label #3. Some personal care products also contain phthalates, so read the labels and avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates. 

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)

Found in antibacterial products, shampoos, and cosmetics (to keep bacteria from forming and creating a stable self-life). This chemical is a skin irritant that is linked to nerve damage (with exposure of less than 10 min)! Low concentrations during neural development, increasing the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities.

MIT belongs to a group of similar compounds called “isothiazolinones,” which also include the following chemicals:

  • Chloromethylisothiazolinone (CMIT)
  • Benzisothiazolinone (BIT)
  • Octylisothiazolinone (OIT)
  • Dichlorooctylisothiazolinone (DCOIT)

You’ll find MIT and chemicals like it at low concentrations in “rinse-off” products like shampoos, conditioners, hair colors, body washes, laundry detergents, liquid hand soaps, bubble bath, hand dishwashing soaps, and shampoo/conditioner combinations.

How to Avoid? Stop using/buying all ANTIBACTERIAL products and hand-sanitizer (especially on children)! Make your own products!!

Toluene

Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances and nail polishes, and hair dyes. Exposure to toluene can result in temporary effects such as headaches, dizziness and cracked skin, as well as more serious effects such as reproductive damage, respiratory complications, anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. 

How to avoid? Stop using nail polish, and getting gel and artificial nails. Use henna as a safe, natural alternative to hair dye. Avoid everything with ingredient labeled as "fragrance"! If you work at a nail salon or are a color specialist at a hair salon.....QUIT!

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a colour + number (FD&C Red No. 6).

Glycol Ethers

Shrunken testicles! This is one thing that can happen to rats exposed to chemicals called glycol ethers, which are common solvents in paints, cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics. Worried? You should be. Studies show that Glycol Ethers “may damage fertility or the unborn child.” Studies of painters have linked exposure to certain glycol ethers to blood abnormalities and lower sperm counts. And children who were exposed to glycol ethers from paint in their bedrooms had substantially more asthma and allergies.

How to avoid it? Avoid products with ingredients such as 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).

If you're not into making your own products. Check out the EWG website for verified "safe" product list. Start looking for this stamp of approval when shopping.

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DEA/TEA/MEA - Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Hydroquinone - Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead - Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury - Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Oxybenzone - Active ingredient in sunscreens. Accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Silicone-derived emollients - Used to make a product feel soft and silky. Non-biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Talc - Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Triclosan - Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.


Do We Need More Regulation?

Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate harmful ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products, they don't often exercise it. Further, cosmetics can come on the market without any type of approval necessary. Only after a product is deemed to be harmful, adulterated, or misbranded can the FDA take regulatory action. According to the FDA.

"FDA's legal authority over cosmetics is different from our authority over other products we regulate, such as drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Under the law, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives.

And, "the law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA." So, while cosmetics companies are responsible for substantiating the safety of their own cosmetics, there are no required tests to do so and they don't have to share safety data about their products… the FDA isn't even authorized to order recalls of hazardous chemicals from the market.

Basically - that means no matter how wonderful, natural, and beneficial these products claim to be....no one is regulating them. BUT....be aware - we don't really want the regulation of the government, which is already taking steps to change the system in the place. If the FDA starts cracking down on things - small, cottage-crafted products won't be able to afford the stringent regulations, testing, and approval!! Fine if the government chooses to outlaw the hazardous ingredients, but that's not in line with the history of the FDA to begin with. More regulation does not mean safer products.

The best thing you can do is throw out all brand-name personal care and cosmetic products. Just throw them out!!