There has been quite a lot of media coverage around the use of chemicals in our every day household and personal products. I’m super happy that this IS finally getting the media coverage it deserves so hopefully consumers will STOP buying this toxic substances to clean themselves and their homes.
The fact is, there is no requirement for these companies to list the ingredients they put in cosmetics or personal products. Try finding out what is in a perfume? Or in the huge companies facial cleansers? Often they will emphasize an ingredient if it is popular such as shea butter or argan oil or lavender touting the natural solution of their product. Alas....that is not the whole story. Some companies even are proud to say that their product will cover up the smell of the worst garbage or even 12 weeks later your laundry will still smell like the product. WHAT????? What is in it? And how dirty is your house, clothes, self that you need to cover it up with these chemicals??
I’m not a chemist, nor have I had the time to research all the harmful ingredients put in our products. But I know common sense. And common sense tells me; Keep it simple, Less is more, Know what you are using. I recently met a gentleman at a farmers market and he was looking at my natural shampoo bar. He told me he stopped using shampoo because of dandruff. He tried Head and Shoulders and it made it worst. He just rinses his hair with water while in the shower. His hair was as clean as can be. Just water!!! Amazing. I have heard about that with hair. I’ve yet to try it myself though. I’m happy using my bar soap and my homemade conditioner. Soap is essential in cleaning our bodies from the days dirt and sweat. Just be sure to use a good bar that isn’t packed with fragrance, dyes or chemicals it’s unnecessary and harmful to you and your family.
I list my ingredients on my soap label - ALL of them. Be sure when you’re purchasing anything - food, cleaning and personal products etc. to read the label. Know what you are buying.
For cleaning supplies, there are some new ones on the market that seem to be good. Seventh Generation has a solid reputation and does use safe plastic bottles and lists ingredients. I use a lot of vinegar and baking soda at my house. I am working on a toothpaste, deodorant, laundry/cleaning bar and laundry powder. However, I think I’ll leave the cleaning solutions to the big companies like Seventh Generation... For now :)
Some good reads on the topic
Slow Death by Rubber Duck, by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith
Not Just a Pretty Face, by Stacy Malkan
Naturally Clean, by Jeffrey Hollander and Geoff David - Seventh Generation
“Unacceptable Levels”, documentary by Ed Brown
Thanks for listening, Stay clean!! Karen