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Banned: European Cosmetics vs. American Cosmetics

Many of the products commonly used in American cosmetics have been banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union. These are JUST FIVE of the over 1,110 ingredients that have been banned in Europe over concerns of cancer, birth defects, or ill effects on reproductive health but remain on the shelves here in the US.   Selenium sulfide, a substance used in anti-dandruff shampoos, has been found in a study by the United States’ Toxicology Program to be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Remember formaldehyde from high school? It’s often used in nail polish although it’s a known carcinogen that could also potentially cause respiratory problems. Another chemical, quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde--but is used anyway in many beauty products...

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Fragrance/Perfumes Stink!

Today in America we are constantly bombarded by dozens of artificial smells in our toiletries, cleaning supplies, and even products for our homes. But--did you know that a loophole in federal law doesn’t require companies to declare any of the toxic chemicals in a product’s fragrance mixture? The laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, candles, etc that you use on a daily basis could be filled with dangerous chemicals, yet the companies that manufacture them are not required to disclose this information to you. Artificial fragrances frequently contain phthalates, which can trigger allergic reactions and other health problems. Fragrance-free products are an easy way to ensure that you escape the hidden dangers of “fragrance” and “parfum” and keep yourself and your skin...

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Good Things Come in Good Packages!

Packaging is very important when buying anything these days. With the state of the environment, it’s our responsibility to make sure we choose responsibly by choosing nontoxic and recyclable packaging. Glass is (in my opinion) the best option as it is easily recycled and has no toxins that may leak out of the glass into the product within. Plastics are a bit more complicated... The safest plastics are polyethylene terephthalate (PET, or #1) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE, or #2). These two plastics are accepted by most municipal curbside recycling programs. A middle-ground plastic is polypropylene (#5)--it is food-safe, but is less easily recycled than #1 or #2. The first “Big Bad” of plastics is polycarbonate, also known by its recycling...

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Hooray for Wedding Season!

Something that strikes fear in the heart of many people my age is coming: wedding season! I personally love weddings, and of course wedding season. I find something beautiful in friends and family coming together to celebrate the love of a happy couple and dance the night away. I am also a big softie and a lover of the “first look”--when the bride and groom see each other for the first time all gussied up for their big day. A great way to get that bridal glow without the hassle of wedding planning is by using all natural skincare! All-natural ingredients enhance the natural beauty of your skin and give you a look of effortless radiance. Write a love story between...

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Mother’s Day Ideas

Can you believe April is almost over already? Time flies. Now that we’re moving into May, that means Mother’s Day is just around the corner! What better way to spoil the woman who birthed you, raised you, and taught you to eat your vegetables than to give her some great skincare? I spent many Mother’s Days as a kid trying to pamper my mom and giving her at home “spa days”. Why bother with artificially scented products and lotions full of unnatural substances when you can give your mom something as naturally good as she is? All natural products are great for maturing skin of all types, and we offer vegan products for cruelty-free moms as well. Because our products...

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