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  • AJ Flanagan posted an update 7 months ago ·

    Our personal care products are some of the worst toxic chemical offenders. When you consider that it takes just 26 seconds for the chemicals that come into contact with your skin to get into your bloodstream, you might become as motivated as I was to swap out my old products for safe alternatives containing essential oils. I was using at least six products containing hundreds of those harsh chemicals before breakfast every day!One really scary fact to know is that the FDA hasn’t even gotten around to thoroughly testing all of the chemicals that companies use in their products. The burden is placed on cosmetic companies to assure that the ingredients they use are safe. Wanna guess how many of them self-police? 🙄“Products intended to cleanse or beautify are generally regulated as cosmetics. Some examples are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants. These products and their ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval, except color additives (other than coal tar hair dyes). Cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products and ingredients.”(https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm136560.htm)The way the system is set up, we find out how dangerous the ingredients are only AFTER problems like allergies, illnesses, and even death occur. 🤬When a company considers their ingredients “proprietary information” that makes their product unique, they don’t even have to divulge what those ingredients are! A common example is “fragrance”. You can bet that if their fragrance was something pure and safe, they wouldn’t be hiding it behind a generic term that they don’t have to explain – they’d be putting that info in bold letters front and center of their containers!Here are a couple more links for you top learn even more about personal care product safety:https://theheartysoul.com/natural-makeup-lowers-toxinsAnd don’t forget to check out the free ThinkDirty and EWG apps!