Beauty, General, Lifestyle

Issue 5

I love the holiday season—all the way from fall until Valentine’s Day, really. I love the fun of Halloween and the warmth of Thanksgiving, but Christmas time will always be a favorite for me. I moved away from home a few years earlier than most kids, so the holidays used to be one of the only times I’d get to…read more
Beauty, General, Lifestyle

Toxic Tuesday: Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, & TEA)

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Today's toxic chemicals are ethanolamines, specifically DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) & TEA (triethanolamine). All of the products pictured below contain these chemicals. Ethanolamines are a chemical group comprised of amino acids and alcohols with links to cancer and other health problems. They are clear, colorless, have an ammonia-like smell and are used as solvents, ph-balancers, emulsifying agents and detergents. Ethanolamines are organic…read more
Beauty, General, Lifestyle

Toxic Tuesday: Butylated Compounds (BHA & BHT)

Hey guys! Today's toxic chemical(s) are the butylated compounds BHA and BHT. Butylated compounds are found in all of the products pictured below. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is a preservative, antioxidant and fragrance ingredient used in personal care products. The U.S. National Toxicology Program, a part of the National Institutes of Health, classifies BHA as "reasonably anticipated to be a human…read more
Beauty, General, Lifestyle

Toxic Tuesday: Benzophenone & Oxybenzone

Hey guys! Today's toxic chemical is Benzophenone, a fragrance ingredient and ultraviolet light absorber found in many personal care products including all of those pictured above. It can be absorbed by ingestion, inhalation, and through the skin (source). It has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and organ toxicity. It is also an environmental toxin that is harmful to fish if they are exposed…read more
Beauty, Lifestyle

Nontoxic Beauty

About 10 years ago, my mom declared that deodorant was poison and that the aluminum in it could cause Alzheimer's. She said she would never use it again and showed me some weird soap shaped like a rock crystal that she said she would use instead. Looking back, I thought she was crazy! Well Mom, I sincerely apologize and you were…read more

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