Toxic Ingredients - Part One
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could go to the store, and someone would stop us from grabbing products that aren’t safe for our families? Or if labels were TRULY honest and transparent??? That probably won't happen anytime soon, so it's up to us, as consumers, to be informed and act as the gatekeepers of our homes.
A 2020 study found that 15% of talc-based cosmetics tested contained asbestos - a known carcinogen to humans. In the year 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these, 120,434 exposures involved children under six, who can swallow or spill cleaners stored or left open inside the home.
With no federal regulations on ingredients in household products, the only way we can protect our families is to learn how to read labels ourselves.
Let’s take a look at my top 7 offending ingredients (although there are literally thousands of ingredients we should avoid). If you can eliminate all or most of these ingredients, your family’s health & wellness will be WAY ahead of the curve! We saw a dramatic shift in so many areas of our health as we cut these ingredients from our home & replaced them with clean, plant-based products.
If I could just pick ONE toxic ingredient to share about, it’s this one. 9 times out of 10, the products you want to eliminate from your home have “fragrance” or “parfum.” It can even be called “essential oil blend” (over 90% of essential oils are produced by the fragrance industry & are a far cry from pure essential oils). The scary thing about the term “fragrance” or “parfum” is that there’s literally no way to know what a manufacturer puts into the fragrance. Companies are known to hide various toxic ingredients in the label under the guise of “fragrance.” One of the most common ingredients in fragrance is formaldehyde - a known carcinogen! (more on formaldehyde below). The Fragrance Association has identified 3,059 ingredients in various fragrances - yikes!
Eliminating artificial fragrance from the home is what gives most families the most obvious benefit. Most people have no idea that artificial fragrance causes indoor allergies, headaches, skin issues (think laundry soap!), & hormone imbalances.
Next time you’re shopping, be sure to look on the back of these products for the word fragrance, parfum, essential oil blend, and put those products back on the shelf!
**(There is a difference in essential oils in terms of quality, purity and safety. Which is why IN only purchase and use those sold by Young Living Essential Oils. If you want more information about them, just ask!)**
One of the easiest swaps you can make is to ditch antiperspirants that contain aluminum chloride. Your underarms are one of the most sensitive areas of your body -- not to mention a close proximity to your breast tissue. So doesn’t it make sense to keep harsh chemicals away from these areas?
Aluminum chloride has a common ingredient in personal care products as well as foods & over the counter drugs. It’s risks include neurotoxicity that leads to neurological diseases like Alzheimers, ADD/ADHD, & Parkinsons. Aluminum has also been found in breast tissue of breast cancer patients.
Aluminum Chloride is often found in these products (although it’s often not included on the label):
It’s very common now to see commercials & product ads that tout “no parabens'' for personal care & cleaning products. Yay! We’ve made a difference over the last few years! The natural product movement has influenced manufacturers to listen to the masses who have stopped buying their toxin laden products. Unfortunately, many of those products without parabens still include artificial fragrance & colors & other concerning ingredients. But it’s a step in the right direction!
Parabens are what keeps your bottle of shampoo/conditioner from getting all moldy after a month. It’s a preservative, but… aaghhh it also mimics estrogen & is a hormone disruptor. Parabens have been found in breast tumors, and parabens are also linked to decreased sperm count.
Parabens may be found in:
We’ll continue this list tomorrow with a few more ingredients to avoid. Did any of these ingredients jump out at you? Are you surprised to learn about any of these?
Always feel free to ask your questions in the comments! I'm happy to help!