Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I've been so focused on my diet and eating "clean" foods that I've been neglecting another crucial part of living a clean lifestyle, using eco-friendly, not-tested on animal products.
I recently was given a book for my birthday that's been a real eye opener. I often listen to the CBC radio on my ride to and from work and one of the shows was talking about a new book by author Adria Vasil "Eco-holic Body". I was already focused on using products that aren't tested on animals but now my focus has widened to using organic products that steer clear of the "Mean 15 Ingredients".
#1 BHA and BHT
#2 DEA/MEA/TEA: Diethanolamine
#3 Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (DMDM Hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidiny urea, methenamine, quarternium-15 and Bronopol
#4 Oxybenzone (BP-3/Benzophenone) and octinoxate (oxtylmethoxycinnamate)
#5 Palm Oil
*8 PEG's (Polyethylene glycol compounds)
#9 Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates
#10 PPD (in all permanent hair dyes
#12 Retinyl Palmitate
#14 Sodium Laureth Sulphate
I realize that this focus will take more effort and perhaps more money but its worth it. Anytime I commit to something its 100%.
I've already replaced my shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soap, deodorant, face cleanser, toner and mascara. I'm using water and vinegar for cleaning as well as baking soda.
I feel proud for making these changes in my life. It's amazing how we think we are making the right choices based on misleading information in the media and packaging. It's scary to see harsh chemicals in products that are supposed to be natural and meant to heal and repair. These products have mimic estrogen, can cause cancer, thyroid issues and other health concerns...
The best things in life are simple and pure. I already feel my skin is cleaner and less dry, my hair has more volume and my skin isn't as irritated by the excema that I developed a few years ago.
This new development in my life has also enhanced my desire to go to school for holistic wellness.
Health = Wealth