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09Sep08

This blog is now at www.greenandchic.com/blog

I also updated the site and made a few changes.  Feel free to sign up for my mailing list (on the home page) for updates on the launch and promotions.


Think antibacterial soap is good for you? 

A recent article in commondreams.org lists recent studies about the toxicity of the active ingredient, Triclosan which is used in antibacterial soaps.  

“Antibacterial Agent no Better Than Soap & Water and its Toxic” 

“Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in many everyday products including liquid hand soap, dishwashing detergent, mattresses, shower curtains, bathtubs, and cutting boards.  Federal agencies continue to allow its use despite the fact it may be toxic to the developing fetus and child, and pollutes mothers breast milk.”

“Triclosan has been linked to cancer in lab animals, has been targeted for removal from some stores in Europe for its health and environmental risks and the American Medical Association recommends against its use in the home…”

 Read more about it here:

So what should you use when you wash your hands?  Plain soap and water is best. 

Pesticides Found in Soap, Toothpaste and Toys


Another chemical in personal care products (and food!) to avoid are artificial colors. Artificial colors such as D&C Red 33, Blue 1, Green 3, FD&C Yellow 5, and FD&C yellow 6 are carcinogeniceven when applied to skin. Many contain coal tar that has heavy metals such as arsenic and lead. Others are derived from petroleum, Copper Sulphate, Chromium Iodide, Mercury Sulphate and possibly more.

As always, read labels!


Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, Linoleamide DEA and Oleamide DEA are all fatty acids derivatives that are used in the formulation of shampoos, shower gels and other soaps, hair color, lotions, skin creams and other personal care and cosmetic products. 

DEAs are used to create, increase, and stabilize foam (for soaps, shampoos, etc) and its also used as an emulsifier in other products. 

One of the concerns with DEA is that they can be mild to moderate skin and eye irritants.  Though its not classified as a carcinogen by the Environmental Production Agency (EPA), it has been reported by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) an increase liver and kidney tumors in mice from dermal exposure to DEA.

This common ingredient is banned in Europe.

More info on DEA:

Chemical Exposures: Will DEA Findings Wash?
Cynthia Washam
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1665417 Mentions potential fetal neural abnormalities in humans and also controversy on the matter on whether DEA is indeed harmful or safe.

Food and Chemical Toxicology – Abstract
ScienceDiet.com

 

 

 

 


Companies are taking heed to the call for assessable, healthy and safer personal care products.  Even large retailers such as Wal*Mart has stepped up to the plate. 

Cosmetics firms heed calls for organics

Consumers who are vigilant about what they put into their bodies have proved they also care about what they put on them, making naturals and organics the fastest-growing segment of the cosmetics industry.

Players like Target and Wal-mart launching their own natural and organic lines, but even small local companies are reaping the rewards.
According to Organic Monitor, a London consulting company, sales of natural and organic cosmetics are soaring, with revenues projected to approach $7 billion this year in the United States, up $1 billion from last year.

For the full paper:
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2008/05/26/cosmetics_firms_heed_calls_for_organics/

Still, even products labeled “natural” can still have some of the same harmful chemicals that it’s best to avoid.  Always read labels before purchasing. 

 

 


One of my biggest pet peeves with personal care products, especially ones that claim to be “natural” is the use of artificial fragrances and perfumes. 

Besides the fact that they do not smell very good, they can cause and contribute to chemical sensitivities in many individuals. Migraines, asthma attacks and skin reactions (breakouts, rashes, itching, etc) are on the rise due to the fact the many products contains more synthetic chemicals than they have previously.

 At Harvard Medical School, experts such as Dr. Michael Segal, an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, state “Perfumes can be very potent in triggering asthma.  A typical perfume contains tens to hundreds of volatile organic compounds.  Such compounds were originally discovered in natural products such as flowers or fruits, but now most perfumes are manufactured from synthetic chemicals.  Both naturally-produced and synthetically-produced perfumes release many volatile organic compounds, some of which can trigger asthma.”

Fortunately there are many alternatives currently available.  Unscented products (great for the workplace) and products scented with essential oils are a wonderful alternative to artificial fragrances.  I will offer alternatives for adults and children at greenandchic.com.  In the meantime, let me know if you need product recommendations.


I am currently in the process of installing a content management system to greenandchic.com. This will enable me to make some much needed changes and updates in preparation of an official store launch. I will post an update in a few days.