I subscribe to many health-related e-newsletters and I wanted to compile some of the best ones regarding women’s products, namely health and beauty-related items, that you may not be aware of, containing harmful ingredients to our health (**our skin is the largest organ**). I am highly considering going chemical-free or rather, drastically reducing our household usage of these things (I have allergies to parabens and my young son’s general exposure to chemicals also concerns me). It is pretty scary that we just assume that these products are safe for the general public to use everyday (the FDA’s approval doesn’t really mean much), for years, without a second thought. It is up to each of us to become responsible for our own health and well-being. Hope that you find some of these articles to be useful, informative, and eye-opening.
This article discusses the most commonly found chemicals in our cosmetics:
This article addresses the cosmetic companies who test their products on animals (along with a list of cruelty-free companies and ***DIY recipes***—love that!):
I currently use Burt’s Bees, Pacifica, Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, raw shea butter from Africa (purchased on Amazon) and Lush products, just to name a few, of the responsible cosmetic brands. I think there is a real push or boost for these natural and/or organic beauty brands, as we are becoming more aware, nowadays.
This article discusses toxic hair color and the direct connection to cancer:
I have not colored my hair in a long while (these products were really rough on my hair), but when I do, I will use henna from Lush.
This article discusses feminine hygiene products:
There is an excellent documentary titled “Chemerical” featured on http://www.fmtv.com; features ***DIY recipes*** for finding solutions to reducing or eliminating chemicals in our daily lives. For more information, I provided the link below:
The site http://www.fmtv.com is a great resource for documentary lovers; there is so much information on the site, for paying members (subscription).
Aromatherapy uses essential oils as solutions for our care and well-being. Many of those available to us, however, are not all-natural; beware of synthetic products. This one is backed by the people behind “The Truth About Cancer.”
This one addresses Top 27 Essential Oils to Diffuse:
This one is specific to rosemary essential oil:
This one is specific to tea tree oil:
Disclaimer: With essential oils, it is important to point out that this is not a One Size Fits All kind of formula, so you must experiment to see what is best for you and your family members (it is an individual thing, every person is different). Dr. Z. has a website that very helpful and informative:
Here is another resource (same doctor) that I found online: