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6/17/11 2:02 PM Comments

Shopping for beauty products and cosmetics can be a daunting task. The vast number of brand names and specialty products lining store shelves scream out what incredible bonuses and purposes they serve for every shopper and why you should pick them. But what’s really inside that bottle of ultra moisturizing, shampoo for fine hair, scented with cucumber and melon? I’m sure at some point you may have grabbed a bottle, flipped it over and read through a rather lengthy list of ingredients that you can barely pronounce: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hydroquinone, Methylparaben, Triclosan, and the list can go on. What on earth do those words really mean? Unfortunately they’re not words you want to be reading for the simple fact that many of those chemicals are harmful and toxic substances. These ingredients, along with a long list of others, aren’t only restricted to shampoos – they’re in almost every beauty and cosmetic product out on the market. Our skin, being the largest organ on our body and the great big sponge that it is, absorbs a large percentage of what we put on it, with other areas being more permeable such as our underarms. This includes the toxins just mentioned. These toxins have been researched and proven to produce reactions ranging from minor skin irritation up to increased toxicity levels in our bodies.

 

Realizing the potentially harmful effects of many toxic, chemical laden beauty and cosmetic products on the market, we’ve selected some of the finest most natural, clean products for our stores that will help you on your path to wellness, and hopefully narrow the task of searching for the right beauty product for you.

 Here are some great brands that I recommend checking out: Acure, Himalaya Organique, Alaffia and Dr. Bronner's

 

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has created a comprehensive database of all cosmetics where you’re able to search for a specific product, see it’s entire list of ingredients and understand what you’re really putting on your skin. Visit their site.

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Joe B

posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 10:13:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
Hi Harold! Yes, the EWG is a non-profit organization. You can read more about them here: www.ewg.org/about . Thanks for reading!

Harold McCollum

posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 6:38:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
Good information. Is the EWG a not for profit organization?

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