A Toxic Life

If you follow Audra’s Picks on Facebook then you saw my post recently stating that “apparently the average woman leaves the house with about 30 different products on containing harmful parabens everyday! Deodorant, hair products, makeup, moisturizer, lotion…all potentially harmful to your body and unregulated by the FDA. Even the big brands you probably assume are “natural” or “organic” because they insinuate that they are…I am really trying to cut as many parabens as possible” and I am posting today to share some of my finds with you! I know I sound granola but we only have one body one life… This is a small start, and as I become more educated and find more great brands I will let you know. Also, I wanted to let you know that there is an app you can download called EWG’s Skin Deep, that lets you scan the barcode to any cosmetic product and they will give it a rating from 1-10 (1 being almost harmless and 10 being so bad you should probably toss it). This is currently the only form of regulation that exists that I have been able to find. Also, the ratings can be misleading due to a lack of information from certain companies, but so far it is all we have. Here is a link to a list of companies/brands (mostly very small and expensive) that are paraben free, paraben free brands. If you can afford them, that is great. I cannot, so here are some cheaper finds that I have discovered so far…

Safe Brands for an easy start
Boots Botanics- this is a line from Boots (think No 7) that is completely paraben free- you can even find it at Target. I have started with the eyeshadow and love it!

Jason- I use their paraben and aluminum free deodorant for now, but they have lots of paraben free products

Suave natural infusion- like Pureology, this entire line is paraben free without the expensive price tag, I use the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

Burt’s Bees- you will pay a little more for lotions, lip balm etc. but they are truly very good products

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear- this is a specialized organic line, they don’t have a ton of product yet but I hear the mascara is great!

Hope this helps for those interested!

For more links associated with this post please like my Facebook page facebook.com/audraspicks I have added new helpful links today with more info.
Here are two I have added so far
Faqs on safe cosmetics
And a quote by Dr. Soram Khalsa- famous eastern/western medicine guru
“A Toxin called Phthalates are found in personal care products. An average women puts on 9 personal care products a day. That’s shampoo, cream rinse, make up and creams. There are 14 chemicals found in each of these products. We walk out of our homes each day having applied 126 CHEMICALs to our bodies. Phthalates are increasing linked to breast cancer.

Also look up Parabens, Mineral Oil/ Petrolateum (no these are not minerals- they are oil drilling by products that are polluting our bodies with HydroCarbons), Sodium Laureth Sulfates and SO MANY more.”


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