Organic Cosmetics and Body Products

organic cosmetics and body products
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Organic Cosmetics and Body Products

I used to think I didn’t need organic cosmetics and body products, in fact the less expensive they were, the better.

But after my breast cancer diagnosis, I did so much research it would make your head spin.  What I became aware of is that most commercial body products and cosmetics found in grocery stores and drug stores are absolutely full of toxic chemicals that are causing us harm every day we use them.

The Problem with Parabens

For example, Dr Philippa Darbre of Reading University in the UK, together with Mr Lester Barr, University Hospital of South Manchester, analyzed the breast tissue samples from 40 women undergoing mastectomies between 2005 and 2008 for first primary breast cancer.  In total, 160 samples were collected, four from each woman, covering locations from nearest the armpit to the sternum (breast bone).  The results showed that 99% of the tissue samples contained a class of chemicals found in nearly all commercial body products and cosmetics called “parabens” and 60% of the samples had five parabens.

If you look at the list of ingredients on many commercial body products and cosmetics purchased from the grocery store, you will find “methylparaben”, “butylparaben” or “propylparaben” toward the bottom of the list.  They are used as preservatives so the product has a long shelf life.

What this research means is that our bodies are under bombardment every single day by the toxic chemicals we encounter in our body products and cosmetics. The big companies that produce these products don’t give a darn about whether they are safe or not.  People are buying them, so what do they care?  The problem is that if these chemicals are not passing through our bodies and being eliminated, they are accumulating in our tissues and can often cause health problems.

Check Your Labels

Look at how many toothpastes have a chemical called sodium laurel sulphate in them. It’s a known skin irritant and xenoestrogen.  Why would you want this in your mouth?  Or your 2-year-old’s mouth?

Observe how many lotions have propylene glycol in them: it is better known as anti-freeze! You want to put this on your body, why???  It’s causing problems with our hormones!

I’ve only discussed a very few of the toxic ingredients that are included in commercial body products.  Did you know that the FDA is the “watchdog” of the American cosmetics industry, yet it’s one of the least regulated industries here in the USA?  The FDA knows about these toxic chemicals, but their hands are tied, they can only “suggest” the ingredients be removed, not force companies to do that.

So it’s up to us.  My advice is be a label reader. If you aren’t prepared to eat it, don’t put it in or on your body because you are still absorbing it.

Good Resource for Safe Products

To discover exactly which ingredients are causing problems, go to the website where I buy my organic cosmetics and body products (and I think they’re wonderful!) – click HERE for that list of toxic chemicals.  Grab one of your body products and go down the list, click on the chemical name when you find it and the website will tell you the problem with that chemical.  Enlightening!

The organic cosmetics and body products I have chosen for myself is an Australian-based company, they are all about using the very best, most healing ingredients that can be produced and they are available in many countries, including the USA.  You can access their very informative website by clicking HERE.  I have used them for years and I highly recommend these beautiful products.  They smell divine, they work beautifully and I have the peace of mind knowing they are 100% safe.

I would challenge you to go through your bathroom and throw away any commercial body products and cosmetics that have toxic chemicals in them.  Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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4 thoughts on “Organic Cosmetics and Body Products

  1. Thank you Marnie, really appreciate your article. Very informative. I feel like cleaning my washroom’s shelves. Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Mina, thanks for your comment. Yes, cleaning your house out from top to bottom and tossing out the old nasties and replacing them with healthy products is something I did years ago. Expensive initially but so worth it in terms of peace of mind. If I can help you find healthier alternatives, I’m happy to do that!

  2. I had estrogen fed breast cancer. Organic cosmetics have some essential oils in them that are said to be avoided like clary sage and lemongrass, my question is this; is a little lemongrass better than using a product with parabens? Thank you.

    1. Carol,
      Great question! Lemongrass is DEFINITELY better than using a product with parabens. But also I’d like you to beware of the bad press some essential oils are getting. When you say they are to be avoided, is that because you have read somewhere that clary sage has estrogenic properties? Because phytoestrogens are highly misunderstood. One of the world’s leading experts on essential oils, Robert Tisserand, has an excellent article on his website about the supposed estrogenic properties of clary sage: Read through that and see for yourself that not only is clary sage NOT a problem for ER+ breast cancer, it actually has research showing it has anti-cancer properties. We live in exciting times when all of this research is so readily to hand. Lemongrass is also a highly anti-cancer essential oil. So don’t worry about those two oils, their inclusion in organic body products is a very good thing. I hope this info helps!
      Warmest regards,

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