How much formaldehyde is on you today?

“Common formaldehyde releasers include quaternium-15 and DMDM hydantoin. What cosmetics contain formaldehyde? Formaldehyde can be found in nail polishes, nail hardeners, eyelash glues, hair gels, soaps, makeup, shampoos, lotions, and deodorants, among other products.” (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/formaldehyde-in-cosmetics-whats-the-verdict)

How much Formaldehyde is safe? HOW IS THAT EVEN A QUESTION! 

Personally, if it’s unsafe at all…. ( have you seen its MSDS sheet??!) I want to steer clear! But did you know this is a common question in the cosmetics industry? Many toxic, carcinogenic, deadly chemicals are rubbed all over our bodies daily because it won’t kill us (at least not in a timely fashion..) if it’s under 2% of the concoction.

But these chemicals build up in our bodies over time, combined with a modern packet diet that leads to leaky gut and digestive disorders is it really surprising these compounds end up causing our bodies harm?

Rebecca Adams says in this Huffington Post article “Terms like “herbal”, “organic” and “natural” on beauty packaging aren’t regulated and have no actual meaning” – Out of 1,000 carcinogens the EU has banned, the US has banned 9 of them” – “Safe beauty products should have an expiration date, just like the food you ingest” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/makeup-harmful_n_3733000)

So why are they allowed to put these chemicals in our daily routine products? I can’t find a real answer…. I find a lot of “we regulate this, and we check that” but even the FDA admits asbestos and talc grow together. Who wants to risk breathing that in while they’re setting their foundation?? (https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/ingredients/ucm293184.htm)

These new keratin straightening treatments? – “For example, advocates, scientists and FDA officials themselves have warned consumer against hair straightening products, known as “Brazilian” or “keratin treatments.” In reality, they are based on formaldehyde, which the U.S. government and World Health Organization have categorised as a known human carcinogen. ” (http://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover/myths-and-facts#.WW21x4iGPD4)

It’s not just cosmetics that are in this group. The history of tampons reveals a very interesting change from a ‘cosmetic’ device to a ‘medical’ device, meaning they didn’t have to put the ingredients on the label… and the discovery of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) and now we’re discovering that they’ve been allowing women to use toxic chemicals for decades.

Where to go from here….? well I have made a few choices. I’ve been scanning my bathroom with the smart phone apps from EWG and Think Dirty – the give you an overall rating of the product. They’re a great start but they can be deceptive, as they can have 10 really safe ingredients and one super toxic one and get an ok stamp. Also as I’ve been buying from small companies I thought were more ‘safe’ for a while, a lot of my cabinet is not in there. But by using this app you learn

APPS: -I’ve been scanning my bathroom with the smart phone apps from EWG and Think Dirty – the give you an overall rating of the product. They’re a great start but they can be deceptive, as they can have 10 really safe ingredients and one super toxic one and get an ok stamp. But by using this app you learn your labels!

Education: – As soon as I’m able I’m going to go and learn what other options are out there. There’s a spectacular lady called Emmily  Banks with the beautiful business Depths of Beauty (http://www.depthsofbeauty.com.au/) she’s been researching all the great organic options for us! even better, she holds makeup classes where you can try all these amazing alternatives and learn the art of makeup application.

Life changes: – After following Emmily I saw she went to a book release with the handsome Reece Carter. A model and naturopath! I very quickly purchased his book “the Garden Apothecary” it’s full of life altering knowledge and I will be making my house more natural. His book not only treats a cold and flu, inflammation and other ailments. It also has delicious recipes for treats and you may have guessed… home made skin care. Its pages are full of scrubs, creams, toners, masks and other yummy goodies you can make in your own home. What could be more environmentally friendly and cost effective? (http://www.reececarter.com.au/)

After reading this would anyone be interested in a breakdown of the ingredients that are in some of my ‘natural’ beauty products? and see just how ‘natural’ they really are?

 

Kat xo

 

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