I randomly approached women on the street to save them from themselves if they were packing poisons in their purses. Most were a little taken aback when I asked if I could see inside their purses – specifically their makeup bags — but after hearing about all my allergic reactions to products as of late they obliged.
Watch this 12-minute video clip below to see the reactions. What I found was that most women are buying makeup based on price, color, and how long its stays on their lips or face rather than what toxic ingredients they are exposing themselves to as repeat toxic offenders.
Please take five minutes to read this post because I want you to be safe and cancer free forever. Did you know that 100 years ago only one in 800 people got cancer and today one in three women will get cancer?
The rise of cancer has been tied to our poor diets, lack of exercise, toxic world, and the 200 products we apply to our bodies daily that are loaded with chemicals. Physicians say our breast of like sponges soaking in chemical hormone disrupters in our personal hygiene products and that breast biopsies reveal parabens in the breasts of cancer patients.
In fact more than one-third of personal hygiene products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer. We absorb 5 lbs. of chemicals in our bodies from the make-up and products we apply every year.
Mona Lisas beware. Let’s take a closer look at your lipsticks and shampoo for starters.
Get the Lead Out of Your Lipstick
Ladies tell me how much you love lipstick? Women in the U.S. spend nearly $200 million a year on lipstick so we pay dearly for pout power. But at what health cost. Here’s a list of 10 lipstick brands that contain the most lead according to the FDA. Here is the FDA’s full list of the entire 400 lipsticks you should toss.
1. Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal. (Lead content: 7.19 ppm)
2. L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic. (Lead content: 7.00 ppm)
3. NARS Semi-Matte in Red Lizard. (Lead content: 4.93 ppm)
4. Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color in Ruby Remix (Lead content: 4.92 ppm)
5. NARS Semi-Matte in Funny Face. (Lead content: 4.89)
6. L’Oreal Colour Rich in Tickled Pink. (Lead content: 4.45)
7. L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor in Heroic. (Lead content: 4.41)
8. Cover Girl Continuous Color in Warm Brick. (Lead content: 4.28)
9. Maybelline Color Sensational in Mauve Me. (Lead content: 4.23)
10. Stargazer lipstick in shade “c.” (Lead content: 4.12)
So what tube do you turn to if you want lip color that won’t poison you over time?
I love Aveda lipsticks, which are free of petrochemicals, waxes and lead. Here’s a few more alternatives. Forget checking the labels because most lipsticks don’t have one. Instead go to the Skin Deep Database to run a check before you shop. My advice is to pick up your drugs at the drugstore and bypass the makeup and shampoo section altogether.
Jane Iredale’s PureMoist LipColours
Gabriel Cosmetics’ ZuZu Luxe Lipstick
L’Bri Pure n’ Natural Lipsticks
Shampoos Free of Parabens, Sulfates, Presevatives and SLS
I’m using up my expensive bottle Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and switching to L’Bri. Why though Pureology works well and is sulfate free it still contains more than 30 ingredients, including Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLS)*, methylparaben, and a dozen other things a can’t pronounce or need in my body.
I’m going to L’Bri because it is aloe based so it has no chemical preservatives, sulfates, parabens or sudsing ingredients like SLS or no artificial scents added. It also will cut my shampoo cost from $25 a bottle to $11. Even the Glamour Ninja recommends it.
Get your magnifying glass out because I highly doubt you’ll find a shampoo at the drug store, Target, Wal-mart or even your salon that comes with free of parabens, sulfates, sudsing agents and chemical preservatives. Instead look for manufacturers or distributors that have begun using alternatives for extending the shelve life of products…namely:
- Vitamin E
- Germall Plus
- Sorbic Acid
- Grapefruit seed extract
You may have to start shopping for you low-suds shampoos at health food stores or online. Sfree comes highly recommended for women like me who want to being doing yoga and travel adventures into our high 90s. You can find Sfree at any Ulta store or on Amazon for around $32 for 16 oz.
Ladies, we need to think about keeping our bodies AND our hair healthy by switching to any chemical free shampoo. I bet the Breck Girl is dead (maybe from toxic overload).
Loreal EverPure NOT so Pure of a Shampoo
Ingredients in Loreal Shampoo Shows EverPure Isn’t So Pure After All because it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLS)* and these other ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycereth 26, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum/Fragrance, Polyquaternium 7, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 10, Methylparaben, PEG 55 Propylene Glycol Oceate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, C11 15 Pareth 7, Benzophenone 3, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexylcinnamal, Glycerin Trideceth 12, Laureth 9, C12 13 Pareth 23, Linalool, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), C12 13 Pareth 3, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil (Rosemary), Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid
*Sodium sulfates are surfactants. Surfactants are used in a variety of cleaning products, such as dog shampoo, carpet cleaners, detergents, and industrial cleansers.
Depending on their use, they may be combined with de-greasing agents, emulsifiers, bleach and coloring agents.
For hair products, SLS came into common use in the 60′s as an opportunity for less expensive shampoos to compete price-wise with the increasing penetration of professional salon products in the market. Due to the lower cost to produce such products, Sodium Laurel (Lauryl) Sulfate continued to gain popularity in formulations.
Consider Going Shampoo Free
Finally go completely shampoo free. No not with Wen Hair Products, which contain SLS too, but with a combination of vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil. Here’s a great site, Our Little Apartment, that tells you have to make it and rid yourself of costly, chemical ridden shampoos.
What’s in your cosmetic bag? Learn what’s in your favorite cosmetics and they may no longer be your favorite cosmetics.
After posting this piece, some readers for my sources (rightfully so). Regarding my mention that the body can absorb up to 5 pounds of toxins from the personal care products and makeup we apply to our skin over the course of a year, the statement originally came from Dr. Mariano Spiezia. The Organic Consumers Association also list this fact on its website. And it’s mentioned and sourced in this EZineartcile about skincare facts.
The two other books I referenced in my research were Is This Your Child’s World by Dr. Doris Rapp and Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty, and Style by Kim Barnouin.
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