Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Use this NOT that!

First- sorry about the lines- they bug me too but I am not sure what to do about it- they randomly show up!

OK I could talk about this forever but what it comes down to is that there is ALOT of junk in your shampoos, conditioner, lotions, makeup soap etc.. That you don't know is in there- well it says on the label but you need to be a rocket scientist to know what it means- SO take some time look up all those long words you can't even say- you are in for a surprise- and a big enough one that might help you change. We all know about Sodium laurel sulfate- that is minor compared to what else is in there and the damage that can be done. So here is what my family is currently using- Yes it takes sometime to get used to the feel- they don't lather the same and honestly I didn't feel like I was cleaning my hair very good because I was so used to the lather but I was so wrong!!! My hair is cleaner, softer, shinier than ever- because all those other shampoos ( yes, even most the high end salon ones- check them) leave crap in your hair...

Burt's Bees Super Shiny Shampoo and Conditioner with Grapefruit and Sugar Beet
Essential citrus oils and sugar beet extract combine with penetrating coconut and other natural oils to replenish, soften and improve manageability without weighing down hair.

Avalon Organics revitalizing Peppermint Conditioner

Enriched with Babassu Oil Plus Vitamin E, Panthenol & Arginine. Revitalizes and moisturizes as Peppermint invigorates scalp circulation and Babassu Oil restores elasticity and strength.

Check out these ingredients.......

Ingredients: Certified organic mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf, gingko biloba and rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extracts (aqeous), certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid, soyamidopropalkonium chloride, cetrimonium chloride, cyclopentasiloxane, emulsifying wax, certified organic orbignya oleifera (babassu) seed oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), bisabolol (chamomile), arginine (amino acid), babassuamadopropalkonium chloride, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), and certified organic mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf oil.

Here is but a smidgen of info I have found. I was pretty ticked actually- I USED to use Pantene all the time- but look what they have to say...

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a correlation between an ingredient found in shampoos and nervous system damage. The experiments were conducted with the brain cells of rats and they show that contact with this ingredient called methylisothiazoline, or MIT, causes neurological damage.

Scientists at The University of Pittsburgh have indicated that some unborn babies could be at risk from shampoos and hand lotions containing Methylisothiazoline if their mothers use them during pregnancy. Which products contain this chemical compound MIT? Head and Shoulders, Suave, Clairol and Pantene Hair Conditioner contain this ingredient along with many other brand, body washes and lotions, Researchers are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their fetus at risk for abnormal braindevelopment. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease and other nervous system disorders.

The chemical causes these effects by preventing communication between neurons. Essentially, it slows the networking of neurons, and since the nervous system and brain function on a system of neural networks, the slowing of this network will suppress and impair the normal function of the brain and nervous system.

These finding were presented December 5th at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.

AHH_ WHAT!!! I switched immediately- being great with child and all :)- I was so mad- why did I have to do my own research to find this out!!!! And when I did I found SEVERAL other studies done saying the same thing- not crazy biased studies ( you do have to be careful of those) but legit medical Journal studies...

So take the time- you can plug any chemical into and it will tell you what is in it and the exposure risk.they have to be spelled EXACTLY correct so if you are having a problem pulling it up Google it and enter the specific chemical name along with "MSDS" in the search field will return MSDS results for the specific chemicals searched for. Another resource for researching specific ingredients is
There are hundreds of other chemicals in beauty products that are really bad for you so take the time.. It would take me days to list :)

Here is a little more to fuel the fire in case you need a little nudge to check it out-

A study done by Bionsen found that the average woman applies 515 chemicals to her face a day. Makeup, perfumes, lotions, mascara, and other beauty products all contribute to the toxic brew that is causing health problems for many women.

The study revealed that the typical woman uses about 13 different beauty products a day. Most of these products contain at least 20 ingredients and additives, many of which can have a detrimental effect on the body and skin.

You need to know not only what you put in your body but what you put on it! Anything you put on your body gets into your bloodstream...


  1. Hmmm..this is interesting. I am going to look at all my products now! Is mineral make-up better than normal makeup then??

  2. To tell you the truth I am not a good source on makeup since all I have is Madara foundation
    (amazing and all natural) and mascarra and bronzer since I am albino!:) look up the ingredients- I would think it is though

  3. Thanks for posting on the shampoo! I will have to order some of this!

  4. Where did you get the shampoo and conditioner? I am now a little more paranoid then I was yesterday. (is that possible?) :) Thanks for the info, I've got research to do~

  5. I get our shampoo and soap etc at Whole foods
    But I am sure any health food store would carry some- just be sure to check them- just because it is from a health food store does not mean it wont have all that crap in it- unfortunately!