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September 2014
I believe that we, as a society, are finally realizing that in order to be healthy, we need to become label readers. As consumers, for a long time, we believed that we were protected by our government, from toxins in our food, personal care products, and even our earth, air and water.

Unfortunately, that is not at all the case. Because many industries are self-regulated, unless we are well educated, it is hard to tell what is safe and what is not.

Up until recently, manufacturers were permitted to tout the "Natural" label even if their products contained synthetic ingredients. Why? Because there was no legal definition for the word, "natural." And, if a product contained at least some "natural" ingredients, they were allowed to refer to it as "containing natural ingredients"... because, well... it did.

Once synthetics are introduced, the product is contaminated, which renders it either less effective, or totally ineffective.

When we consume or absorb synthetics, our body does not know how to process them. So, it stores them up in fat tissue, breast tissue, and organs, until our bodies have stored enough of the toxins that we finally start feeling the repercussions.

When you use organically based products, your skin absorbs it and your body processes it for your benefit and wellbeing. You will be more healthy and your skin will become more beautiful because you are giving your body what it needs to heal and be well.

Please, know what is in your products and how it can affect you. Your life depends on it. 
Living a healthy green life
Healthy Choices
On the bright side, this is the age of information. There are several books I look to for reliable information, and there is an endless supply of accurate information on the Internet. But, sometimes, it is difficult to weed out the misinformation.
If you are interested in developing a healthy skin care regimen, the following books are a good place to start:

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, by Stacy Malkan

The green beauty guide: The effects synthetic products have on you; Organic makeup, moisturizers, and hair care; Shortcuts to going green without going broke; How to spot organic frauds and gimmicks, by Julie Gabriel

Look Great, Live Green: Choosing Beauty Solutions That are Planet-Safe and Budget Smart, by Deborah Burnes

Best Internet resources:
Ingredients to Avoid... Just the tip of the iceberg
"Compelling scientific evidence points to some of the 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use today as contributing to the development of breast cancer, either by altering hormone function or gene expression," according to State of Evidence 2006: What Is the Connection between the Environment and Breast Cancer report, published by the Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action. 
The following is a list of ingredients to avoid from The Care and Keeping of Sensitive Skin: A Practical Guide to Holistic Skin Care, by Me... Ha! That is so cool!
Rarely listed on labels, this carcinogen (cancer causing agent), is a contaminant produced during manufacturing, and is therefore not required to be listed as an ingredient. It is most commonly found in shampoo, liquid soap, and bubble bath. A common ingredient contaminated by 1,4-dioxane is PEG or Polyethylene glycol.
Commonly found in deodorants, aluminum draws ions into the cells. When water flows in, the cells begin to swell, which prevents the secretion of sweat. Aluminum is a strong neurotoxin and contributes to both breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
One of the strongest lung and skin toxicants, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, can contribute to the formation of cancer causing nitrosamines, according to the FDA. It can also break down to produce formaldehyde. It is an endocrine disrupter and skin irritant.
Contains formaldehyde.
Most often found in skin lighteners. It can also be found in facial cleansers, facial moisturizers, and hair conditioners, most commonly listed as tocopheral acetate, or any ingredient with the root word "toco."
These chemicals decrease the production of melatonin pigments in the skin. By reducing melatonin, it increases exposure to UVA and UVB rays deep in the skin. The combination of UV exposure and carcinogens greatly increases the risk of developing cancer.
EWG has identified hydroquinone as a carcinogen, immunotoxicant, and developmental and reproductive toxicant.
Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea
Also known as Germal 115 and Germall 11, are a mixture of allantoin, urea, and formaldehyde, which are known skin irritants.
Idopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC)
A common wood preservative used in cosmetics, because of the iodine content, which may be absorbed into the bloodstream and affect the function of the thyroid gland because it contains Diethanolamine. It is also a gastrointestinal and liver toxicant and causes allergic contact dermatitis.
Possible human carcinogen and neurotoxin; skin and eye irritant.
A known contaminant found in nearly every kind of personal care product including mascara, concealer, conditioner, baby shampoo, pain relief salve, and sunless tanning lotion.
Prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetic products. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood, and digestive system, and have been found in biopsies from breast tumors at concentrations similar to those found in consumer products.
They are found in nearly all urine samples, on all socioeconomic levels, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds throughout the United States.
They are usually listed as ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.
Methylparaben and Propylparaben can be found in more than ten thousand of the twenty-five thousand products in the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database.
Parabens have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and skin irritation.
They adversely affect the hypothalamus, the ovaries, and the thyroid. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. They also increase the expression of genes usually regulated by estradiol.
Parabens have only been tested on short-term effects and can still be used in cosmetic products at levels of up to 25% of the finished product.
They are disguised on product labels as benzoic acid, isobutyl p-hydroxybenzoate, or p-methoxycarbonylphenol.
Often show up on labels as dialkyl, or alkyl aryl esters of 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid in products such as shower curtains, rubber ducks, PVC furniture, clothes, sex toys, MP3 players, perfumes, and nail polishes.
Phthalates are linked to reproductive birth defects and other illnesses. The smell of a new car is nothing more than the smell of toxins emitting from a hot plastic car interior.
Constant exposure to phthalates increases the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, allergies, and infertility.
Pregnant women should not ride in a new car during the first trimester of pregnancy.
All synthetically scented products, including perfumes, contain phthalates in the form of di-n-butyl phthalate or DBP, commonly found in nail polish, di 2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), commonly found in perfumes, but most of the time they are hiding under the word "fragrance."
Phthalates have been linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, and breast cancer. They can also cause damage to developing testes in males, which could result in low sperm count, sexual dysfunction, and hormonal imbalance.
They are directly linked to abdominal obesity, breast cancer, and uterine cancer in men.
Propylene Glycol
Although it was banned from being used in cat food in 2001, it can still be found in baby washes.
Ethylene Glycol
Commonly found in high doses in children's shampoos and baby washes, it is also used in antifreeze, deicing fluids, photographic developing solution, hydraulic brake fluid, and ink.
Diethylene Glycol
Is a known toxin and can be found in polyethylene glycol in very low doses.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Frequently used in "natural cosmetics, laxatives, and syrupy medications. It is also used as a food preservative. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor; skin and eye irritant.
It should not be used on damaged skin. The most common reaction is contact dermatitis.
It aggravates acne and eczema, provokes skin irritation and sensitization.
Releases formaldehyde. Can cause skin and eye irritation. Linked to cancer.
Living Green
In my personal quest to live a healthier life I have amassed quite a library of natural beauty, healing, and living books. One of my favorites is Homemade: how to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh, and more naturally, a Reader's Digest publication. It's big and thick and contains recipes for everything from pantry staples to personal care products. It is both a healthy and economical way of life. Plus, it makes you feel great, both physically and emotionally. Take the time for yourself. You deserve the best of everything that life has to offer.
If you absolutely do not have time to make everything for yourself, but want the benefits of a more healthy life style, then seek out locals who are already making what you need and pay them to provide you with what you need. This is sustainable living at its best!

The following recipes are from Homemade:
Skin Care Recipes
Tired Eye Remedy
8 oz. boiing water
2-3 rose petals
Pour the boiling water over the petals into a bowl. Srain.
Soak two large cotton balls in the rose tea.
Rest with cotton balls on eyelids for 10 or 15 minutes

Basic Skin Toner
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1/3 cup boiling water
2 drops essential oil
Place a chamomile in cup and cover with boiling water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a sterile 1 oz. bottle. Allow to cool. Add essential oil. Cap tightly. Shake well. Allow to stand for 48 hours. Shake well.

Yogurt and Oatmeal Deep-Cleaning Facial
1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon yogurt
1/2 teaspoon honey
Combine yogurt and oatmeal and mix to spreadable consistency. Warm the honey in a small bowl placed in a bowl of hot water. Blend warmed honey with the oatmeal mixture. Apply mask to clean skin, avoiding eyes. Let it stay on for 10-15 minutes. Was it of with warm water. Pat skin dry. Apply toner and moisturizer.

Youthful Skin Face Mask
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 medium banana
1 vitamin E capsule, 400 IU
In a small bowl, mash together the cream and banana. Pierce vitamin E capsule with a pin and squeeze contents into mixture. Mix well.
Apply to freshly cleansed skin on face and neck area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse clean with warm water. Pat skin dry.

Oral Hygiene



1/2 cup baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

3 teaspoons vegetable glycerin

10 drops peppermint essential oil

warm water

In a small bowl, mix the baking soda and salt. Add the glycerin and essential oil. Add warm water, one drop at a time, until it becomes a paste. Spoon mixture into a clean container. This will keep indefinitely in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.


Hair Care


Dandruff Treatment

2 teaspoons dried rosemary

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2/3 cup boiling water

2/3 cup apple cider vinegar

Place herbs in a heatproof ceramic bowl. Pour boiling water over top. Cover and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes.

Strain the liquid into a clean, 10 oz. bottle with a tight fitting lid. Add the vinegar and shake. Store in a cool, dark place.

After shampooing, rinse thoroughly, and then massage a small amount of the herbal liquid into the scalp. Between shampoos, massage a small amount of the liquid into the scalp before bed.


Thick Hair Conditioner for Everyone

1/2 ripe avocado

1/4 cup coconut milk

In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a spoon. Mix in the coconut milk to form a thick gel-like substance.

Apply the entire recipe to clean hair for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.


Body Treatments


Simple Sugar Scrub for Dry Skin

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup olive or grapeseed oil

2 drops vanilla or almond extract

In a medium bowl, combine sugar and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until well blended.

Add extract. Mix well.

Transfer to clean, glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

In the shower, massage mixture over dampened skin. Do not use on broken or irritated skin. Avoid the face.

Store mixture in the refrigerator for 6 months to 1 year.


Gentle Milk Bath

1/3 cup powdered milk

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1-2 drops of essential oil

Pour the powdered milk and cornstarch into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well. Add essential oils. Shake again to blend.

Pour the mixture into the tub under running water.



Healing Oil Bath

6-8 drops cypress, geranium, or lavender essential oil.

Add under running bath water.


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