• Pure Beauty – Avoiding Toxins in Personal Care Product


    You eat organic food and buy natural cleaning products all in the attempt to remove toxins from your life.  The one thing that you probably haven’t thought about is your personal care items.

    The Hidden Toxins

    Many personal care items contain one or more known toxins that can cause everything from cancer to all sorts of skin and health issues.  Your makeup, hair care products, even your lotions and sunscreens, all the products that you look for to protect you, may in fact be causing you more harm.

    The even worse news is that the majority of personal care products aren’t checked for safety and there is no “watchdog” to ensure your products are safe.  Personal care products aren’t required by law to list their ingredients nor do they have to test for safety or for side effects that the products may cause.  Even products listed as natural may contain some of these harmful chemicals.

    Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs about 60% of what is applied to it with areas that are tenderer such as the face, underarms and private areas absorbing up to 100% depending on the type of chemical.  After looking at those numbers and realizing the government or the manufacturers aren’t looking out for you, you’ll come to the quick realization that you are the only one who is looking out for your health.

    Education for Protection

    After all that bad news, you’re probably wondering how you can protect yourself, after all, you need to use personal care products.  The answer to that question is that you education yourself.  Learn to read the labels of the products; find out which ingredients are ones associated with causing health issues.

    Some of the most harmful ingredients are fragrance or parfum, lead, mercury, dyes, phthalates, parebens, nanoparticles, petroleum byproducts, formaldehyde, triclosan, BHT and sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.  In some ways, the rule is, if you can’t pronounce it then you probably shouldn’t use it, comes into play here.  These chemicals are known to cause all sorts of health issues.

    You might be a little surprised at some of the items on this list such as lead and mercury since they are banned from being used in paints and warned about ingesting too much through fish.  However, they are still legal to use in your skin care products because of the lack of regulation.

    Where to Find Help

    Stop using the products made with the harmful ingredients and switch to ones that are free of them.  If you want to check out a product you can do research on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database or the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics websites.  These sites not only will show you what is in your products but they can recommend products that have worked to remove harmful toxins from their personal care products.

    If you’re in the store already looking and forgot what you need to look for always avoid products containing fragrance.  You can also check the bottles to see if they are labeled EU Compliant, paraben free or phthalate free.  Natural and organic products are also generally a good way to go but don’t just trust it blindly, read the labels to make sure that some of these chemicals or metals aren’t being sneaked in.

    Often you can also consider products made for those with sensitive skin because they usually don’t have dyes, fragrances and other heavy toxins that cause skin flare ups and other problems.  Once again, make sure you check the product to make sure of its ingredients.

    By educating yourself and switching your products over to ones that are less harmful, you can protect your health while looking and feeling great about your personal care products.
    Patricia Bishop is an avid fan of mineral make-up, organic body soap and other natural products. As a wardrobe stylist, Patty feels she needs to keep herself pampered and always fresh for her clients. It may seem odd but she still dreams to become a lawyer someday.


    December 14, 2012 • Bath & Body, Beauty News, Makeup • Views: 825

  • Beauty News: Go Green with Sprout Skincare

    Green skincare sounds like something out of a science experiment gone wrong but in actuality it’s the best thing that will ever happen to your skin. There are loads of new companies “sprouting” up everyday that are free of parabens, artificial dyes and fragrances. The newest green skincare line that is making a buzz is called Sprout. Created by Adina Grigore, this natural line boasts top quality natural ingredients and high performance results without any of the skin damaging chemicals or toxins that we have been warned to stay away from. I love the fact that each product has five ingredients or less. Less is definitely more with this skincare company and from the looks of their line, I think there will be more and more people adding a little “sprout’ to their skincare routine.

    August 1, 2012 • Beauty News, Skincare • Views: 513

  • Product Review: FeedMySkin Strawberry Scrub in a Tub

    FeedMySkin, Strawberry Scrub in a Tub, $12,

    I have an obsession with body scrubs. I love how the granulated sugar feels as it gently removes dead skin. I love how soft and smooth my skin feels as I wash the scrub away with lukewarm water. I especially love the delicious scents most body scrubs leave behind. With the summer sun literally frying my skin, I have found that I am constantly in need of quality body scrubs in order to keep my skin soft, supple and smooth. One of my newest favorites is FeedMySkin Strawberry Scrub in a Tub. This delightful, organic scrub is made with granulated sugar, shea butter, coconut oil, real strawberries, cocoa powder and coffee. What I love about this line of skin care products is that they must be kept in the freezer to maintain the integrity of the ingredients and formulations.

    In order to use the scrub, I had to defrost it overnight in my refridgerator. After a grueling workout, I decided to treat myself to a nice total body scrub. I dipped my hands into the container and scooped out enough to do one arm. I immediately noticed the sweet fruity scent that was heavenly and delectable. I scrubbed one arm and could instantly feel the smoothness coming on. I proceeded to do my entire body excluding the face. This scrub is not for the face as it would be too abrasive and could cause irritation or other skin issues. I highly recommend this product for those with normal skin. Those with sensitive skin might fine the sugar granuales to be a little too harsh and those with oily skin will most likely not like the oil left on the skin after washing away the sugar granuales.

    Another key thing to remember is to not use this scrub or any other scrub on skin with open sores, lesions or abrasions. Scrubs will only exacerbate the problem and may lead to more harm and additional healing time. All in all, I love this scrub and will be using it all summer long to keep my skin swimsuit ready!

    For more information or to purchase this scrub please visit

    June 20, 2012 • Beauty News, Product Review, Skincare • Views: 1106

  • I’m Currently Obsessed With…Weleda Citrus Deodorant

    The idea of wearing a spray-on deodorant may seem foreign to some people but for me, it’s a concept that is truly got me scratching my head. For the past twenty-something years, I’ve always used gels or solids, so when I learned of this new aluminum-free organic alternative, I was intrigued. Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant is a new way to maintain a clean, fresh smell without introducing possibly toxic chemicals into your body. This non-aerosol spray with lemon peel oil refreshing the underarm area while eradicating odor. This is not an anti-perspirant so if you’re a sweater, you might want to opt for something else.

    March 28, 2012 • Bath & Body, Uncategorized • Views: 529

  • Product Review: CURLS Sublime Coconut Conditioner

    Curls, Sublime Coconut Conditioner, $16,

    I am in desperate need of some springtime in my life! As we endure another six long weeks of winter, I can feel myself craving that beautiful, balmy spring weather that makes everything beautiful, bright and breezy! Even though I cannot snap my fingers and make the seasons change, I can certainly add some spring cheer with beauty products. My current new fave is Curls Sublime Coconut Conditioner. I am in love with this conditioner as it softens and smooths my curls as well as hydrates my hair from the inside out but it also smells so delicious, it makes me think I’m down in Miami relaxing on the beach with a pina colada. What makes this conditioner so incredible are the formula and ingredients.

    • Cetyl & Cetearyl Alcohol - Fatty alcohols that acts as a gentle humectant (promotes the retention of moisture) and emulsifier and. Naturally derived from fatty acids from coconut oil.
    • Panthenol - Vitamin B complex that adds strength and body to hair by filling in cracks on the hair shaft.
    • Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Green tea – Soothes and moisturizes dry hair and scalp.
    • Certified Organic Coconut Oil - Natural oil rich in lauric acid and full of triglyerides (great moisturizing fatty oil).
    • Benxophenone-4 - Sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays

    I highly recommend this sweet little hair care treat for those days when the winter doldrums have got you down and you need a beauty boost!

    February 15, 2012 • Hair, Product Review • Views: 654