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Fragrance...Artificial vs. Essential Oils

Artificial Fragrances, fragrances can contain a wide variety of harmful ingredients. These ingredients may include phthalates, petrochemicals, benzene, toluene, xylene, methanol, and others. Chief among these are; phthalates. Phthalates have been proved to be endocrine disruptors and are also highly suspected of being carcinogenic. The additional danger of the chemicals used in artificial fragrances is that they are absorbed through the skin AND are inhaled. Items which are inhaled reach the bloodstream much more rapidly than those which are absorbed through the skin.

But is it safe...

Why is it important to be concerned about the ingredients in hair and skin care products? 

Because your skin is basically a huge bidirectional sponge that absorbs anything placed on it. According to a study conducted by Chemical Safe Skincare Research in 2006, the average woman absorbs more than five pounds of toxins from her bath, body and skin care products every single year. Yes …FIVE POUNDS! The effect that five pounds of toxic material has on your body is hard to estimate, but many of the toxic chemicals used in body care products are known to be, endocrine disruptors, reproductive hormonal disruptor, allergens, gene modifiers, and more.

Ingredients Detective

Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names. This can make label reading a bit of an adventure, as it requires the most natural ingredients, such as Shea Butter, to be listed using a combination of Latin and chemical identifiers. You should never see “Shea Butter” listed on a label, but will instead see it listed as “Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter).” The INCI name for processed table salt, sea salt, Celtic salt and Himalayan salt are all “Sodium Chloride” with no indicator of the salt’s origin or mineral content. Most cosmetic and body care manufacturers expand the INCI names to identify the type of salt used and to identify which ingredients are organic. I always figure the amount of detail provided on a label is a good indicator of a manufacturer’s commitment to quality and to only using natural ingredients

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