I'll tell you! The power of PLANTS!! Many plants have powerful cleaning properties and they also happen to smell amazing too!
There are some very questionable ingredients in common cleaners (and personal care products too!) you find at your local department store or corner general store. Things that come with some hefty health warnings and possible cancer causing properties too! Here is a list of the worst (I call them the Dirty Dozen)
1.) BHT & BHA are Endocrine distruptors and carcinogens that are used mainly in cosmetics as preservatives.
2.) Coal tar dyes are carcinogenic and contain heavy metals. They are commonly found in processed foods, lipstick and hair dyes.
3.) DEA related ingredients are also carcinogens that are found in creamy, or foaming, products such as moisturizers and shampoos.
4.) Dibutyl phthalates are Endocrine disruptors and toxic to our reproductive system. They are commonly found in nail care products.
5.) Formaldehyde releasing preservatives are carcinogenic. They are often used in a variety of cosmetics.
6.) Parabens, used in cosmetics, are Endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproduction systems.
7.) Parfum/Fragrance are also carcinogenic. They are neurotoxic, allergenic and skin irritants. They are used in a variety of products to produce aroma and can contain many ingredients but companies do not have to disclose their formula because it is considered a "trade secret".
**To learn more about the history of cosmetics watch this video.
8.) PEG compound can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which is possibly carcinogenic and is used as a base for cosmetic creams.
9.) Petrolatum is a carcinogen used in hair products for shine and in lip balms/lip stick as a moisture barrier.
10.) Siloxanes, which are Endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxicants, they are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisturize.
11.) Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a carcinogen and is used in foaming cosmetics, shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath.
12.) Tricolsans are also Endocrine disruptors and cause antibiotic resistance. They are found in toothpaste, cleansers and antiperspirants.
What is an Endocrine Disruptor? That is a chemical that may interfere with the body's Endocrine System. This can cause adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) says: "There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others; Imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another, interfering with hormone signaling, telling cells to die prematurely, competing with essential nutrients, binding to essential hormones and accumulating in organs that produce hormones."
There are safe and effective alternatives to the chemical filled household products you find on the shelves of your favorite store. Products you can trust. Products you can have delivered.
I want healthy alternatives for my family, don't you? I want something safe, pure and free of harmful and harsh chemicals! I don't want to clean with, or use things on my body, that are harmful to me. One product might not be a big deal, but on average, we are using several products with lots of unnatural ingredients that are effecting our health --even if it's over the long term and not immediate. How long until it's too much?
If you'd like to know about something safe, effective and free of all the yuck.. contact me!