Toxic Ingredients in your Body Care Products to avoid

How to avoid chemicals on a daily basis. It’s a start!

This is a quick share from David Suzuki’s site (Solutions are in our nature). This Foundation works mainly to protect the diversity of nature and that we can make enough people aware of protecting the future for our children. This is such an in depth piece of work especially when clicking on the links he provided.

You can avoid harmful chemicals and here is the list. You can also choose to download this little pdf file through the link below and stuff it into your purse.

Sustainable shopper’s guide: 12 ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics

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Dirty Dozen in your Cosmetics

There is so much work still to be done around the world but I know that there is a glimpse of hope because YOU are reading this page. So, Thank you! ~ Katrin

1. BHA and BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number

In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).

Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. Read more »

3. DEA-related ingredients

Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA. Read more »

4. Dibutyl phthalate

Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. Read more »

6. Parabens

Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. Read more »

7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

8. PEG compounds

Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol). Read more »

9. Petrolatum

Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. Read more »

10. Siloxanes

Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

11. Sodium laureth sulfate

Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). Read more »

12. Triclosan

Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Read more »

Source: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

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Essential Oils. Why consider an Aromatherapist?

I recently became a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a Student at the Aromahead Institute. Eye opening!

In the past couple of years I have been working with Essential Oils intensively. I use them for myself, in my family, I converted my entire house into a chemical-free zone by using only homemade cleaning products, I use the oils for cooking, in my body products, facial serums, sicknesses, muscle pain, menstrual cycle cramps & neausea, in my car and you name it. There is no halt for me anymore. I LOVE them. They are in every corner of my house and if every bag. I sometimes have them double and triple.

Essential Oil bag by Petal and Stem
Essential Oil Bag. Peppermint Print. This one and others are in every bag of mine. Holds 3 x 15ml bottles. $12.

I also contacted different Essential Oil companies to question statements and get more details. Some with success and others not so much. I have been reading studies about cure and danger of these potent friends. I have been getting questions like: “Are you promoting doTERRA oils because you keep on mentioning them”. I have to shuggle. Yes. doTERRA oils and many other companies. One of my latest favourites being Florihana a french distiller. My goal is to go all the way back to the distiller and cut all the middle men and MLM companies. Not completely as doTERRA has some great products (and I’m sure so does YL) but the prices are sometimes just way to high with YL or doTERRA to make them available for lower income folks.

As some of you know I started out with doTERRA Essential Oils as a friend introduced me to them but I never felt 100% comfortable introducing them to others before I haven’t tested them myself or did my “homework” especially when using them internally or with kids which often the MLM companies suggest.

I have gotten so sick and tired of all the pros and cons and reading negative and positive reviews while this world of Essential Oils is seemingly exploding into many directions. We have many companies popping up left and right. A single person would feel overhelmed and confused and one just doesn’t know what to believe and use anymore.

You really would like to believe your next door neighbor that YL or doTERRA are the best oils, you want to believe your best friend that you can make a lot of money with any of these MLM companies. “Yes it is hard work but so rewarding”.

But let’s face it; how many of the Wellness Advocates and Independent Product Consultants, especially when they start out after a short introduction from their neighbor, know that Peppermint and some varieties of Eucalyptus can be very dangerous for children and can cause seizures.

That YlangYlang could cause miscarriages.

That there is a pretty long list of oils which are phototoxic meaning when applied and exposed to sunlight imediatly after application it could cause “allergies” (severe redness-just like sunburn, swelling-edema, darkening of the skin and sometimes even blistering of the skin).

There is a big difference between steam distilled oils and cold pressed ones. Those oils should be bergaptene free in order to not be phototoxic….The list goes on.

So when you make your own potions and lotions stay away from phototoxic essential oils but if you are adding the oils into soap products, it will be fine. With products which you can shower/ wash off  you don’t pose a risk. Also if you have the right ratio you most likely will be fine. Be aware that the rations of those oils differ as well. Grapefruit: 24 dropz to 1 oz but Lemon only 12 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Please make sure you inform yourself. A good start is Robert Tisserand’s book: Essential Oil Safety

Here is a list of oils which are phototoxic.

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • Bergamot oil (if it is bergaptene-free oil it should/ will be called: Bergamot FCF. Bergaptene free bergamot oil is steam distilled. Stillpoint Aromatics offers this oil)
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena

 

Citrus oils that are not phototoxic:

  • distilled Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • distilled Lemon
  • Satsuma
  • Tangelo
  • Yuzu

ALWAYS ASK your supplier. You have the right to know.

So I could go on and on. All I want to really say is; that if you use high quality and potent oils, if you love them, if you can’t be without them (just like me) and if you don’t want any bad awakenings educate yourself. Really well. Maybe consult an Aromatherapist which has been certified by one of the many good schools. Here is a list of Aromatherapists in the US and Canada.

This post was not to scare you or bad mouth any companies as I’m using them myself but to bring some awareness. Essential Oils are medicine and should be treated as such. Just as you would not just take any Antibiotics if they were available over the counter.

Now I will get back to oiling, sniffing and creating!

Love & Hugs

Katrin

 

 

How many drops of Essential Oils in a 10ml Roll-On bottle?

It’s not a riddle once you know it. Let me help you a bit with my below chart. If you would like to find out more about doTERRA oils, feel free to fill in the contact form below please. There are many great oils out there. Below is a list of companies I buy my oils from as well.

Please do make sure you test your oil mixes on a patch of skin before applying it liberally.

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Where I buy my Essential Oils, Carrier Oils and Supplies:

Homemade Coconut Shampoo

The shampoo…I keep on trying new recipes and refine old ones. I added some Rosemary to this recipe. Smells beautiful in the combination with Wild Orange.

Depending on your hair length (mine is shoulder length) I take a good full tablespoon of my homemade shampoo and start at the ends massaging my way up to the scalp. I let it sit for 1-2 minutes before I rinse it all out. You can stop here or rinse it with Apple Cider Vinegar which adds some shine to your hair.

Please remember that every change (away from chemicals to 100% natural products) will take some time for your body and hair to “get used” to. I encourage you to give it a couple of weeks to have some beautiful results.

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I would keep mine regridgerated in warmer climates. I usually make a weekly batch. 

Essential Oils which will change your Life

These oils have been part of my life for some time now. I have tried them, liked them and now love them! You can send me an email if you like to know more about these PURE and THERAPEUTIC GRADE oils. Click here to send me a message.

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Myrrh-Essential-Oil-Spotlight

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doTERRA-Clary-Sage-Essential-Oil-Spotlight

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Thyme-Spotlight

doTERRA-Black-Pepper-Essential-Oil-Spotlight

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Spearmint-Essential-Oil-Spotlight

Ginger-spotlight

Wintergreen-spotlight

The info above and more details for each oil can be found here! Happy doTerra’ing 🙂