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Research has been done on the effects of chemical ingredients found in most 'everyday' products in your home. Although we don’t condemn the companies who include these ingredients, we strongly recommend that you know what you are putting on your skin and using in your home. Below is a quick reference guide of common ingredients you’ll see in most household products. We've researched the research and want to share some of the things being discovered about the effects of these typical, chemical-based ingredients.
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Remember, this is just a brief review of things we've discovered along the way. Don't just take our word for it, though, dive in yourself and do some searching of your own!
Sodium Laureth Sulfates
SLS is found in most soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, laundry and cleaning products. It is a cheap soap ingredient that dries out and irritates your skin and eyes.
It has also been called a hormone disruptor and causes canker sores... among a list of other, similar side affects...
SLSs also mimic the role of hormone estrogen. Research shows that this may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to decreasing male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where estrogen levels are known to be involved. Did you know that over 100 years ago, PMS and Menopausal symptoms were minimal, if at all. Many women are suffering greatly as a result of hormone imbalance, which can lead to obesity, dlabetes, and depression.
Unfortunately, most "green-label" products contain SLS, including the more expensive brands of baby products labeled, “gentle and soft” or "sensitive skin”.
Phlalates are added to plastics to increase flexibility. They are in so many products because they help hold color and scent. For that reason, they are found in nearly everything labeled 'fragrance', or having any kind of scent or color. Not only that, but many products have lessened their amount of phlalates, so they are not required to list it as one of the main ingredients.
Also, fragrance blends are considered a trade secret, so they are not requìred to list ingredients; even harmful ones, such as phlalates. When you see the word, "fragrance' listed on a label, it most likely contains phlalates or other chemicals.
Research indicates Phlatates have been linked to breast cancer, infertility, and sex hormone imbalance, resulting in interference with development and function of sex organs.
Certain classes of phlalates, including DEP and DEHP, although banned in Europe, are found in many popular brands of perfumes today.
Parabens are used to preserve products and give them a longer shelf-life.
Parabens are absorbed into your skin, blood and digestive system, disrupting hormones. As parabens are absorbed or washed down drains into our sewage systems, aquatic life is at risk as well as humans who are enjoying water recreation. Sadly, many beauty or cleaning products that claim to be natural or organic still contain parabens.
The most common AB ingredient is Triclosan, which is a registered pesticide. Antibacterials have been marketed as the only way to combat germs, when in all actuality, a good hand-washing is just as effective - and without the harmful skin-absorbing chemicals. These chemicals destroy the good, germ-fighting bacteria found on your skin naturally.
Others to watch for
Formaldehyde, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylisothiazolinone, Propylene Glycol, Paraffin, Isopropyl Alcohal, MEA, DEA, TEA, Petroleum
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