soap,foam

soap,foam

I know. You have probably heard it before but we are surrounded by toxic chemicals and endocrine disrupters. From the chemicals used to make our furniture, carpets, clothing it seems like we will never win! The good news is that we are starting to win. Large companies are starting to take notice and changing the way they are making products. How did they take notice? It was us. We voted for a change with our dollar.

So what does soap have to do with this? Many of the large companies that make the popular soap used in millions of households have not changed. They are still up pumping the toxins into our hands, literally! So what do we need to watch for?

Here are a list from our friends at www.healthywomen.org of four common ingredients and why we don’t want them around:

“Fragrance.Bottom line: If the ingredient is vague, it’s probably hiding something. “Fragrance” could actually be a cocktail of chemicals and you’d never know it. The FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose the breakdown of a fragrance’s ingredients to consumers because the chemicals that produce fragrance are considered “trade secrets.” Most of the time, synthetic chemicals and cancer- causing toxins (like phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer) are hiding under that one sneaky term. Constant exposure to fragrances has been shown to negatively impact the central nervous system and can trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms.

Parabens. These ingredients are estrogen mimickers—meaning that once applied to the skin, they enter the bloodstream, and the body mistakes them for estrogen. When the body thinks there is an abnormally high amount of estrogen present in the bloodstream due to the presence of these hormone disrupters, it reacts in various ways: decreasing muscle mass, increasing fat deposits, causing early onset of puberty and spurring reproductive difficulties in both men and women.

Sulfates. These chemicals are used to produce lather and bubbles in soap. Some common sulfates are SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium laureth sulfate). Sulfates strip the skin of its natural oils and increase penetration of the skin’s surface. They are also irritants for people with sensitive skin or eczema.

Triclosan. This chemical is most often found in antibacterial soap. Recent studies have found that triclosan actually promotes the emergence and growth of bacteria resistant to antibiotic cleansers. It also creates dioxin, a carcinogen that has been found in high levels in human breast milk. Dioxins have disruptive effects on the endocrine system and negatively affect thyroid functions. And here’s a fun fact: dioxin is the primary toxic component of Agent Orange!
So know you know but how do you avoid them?”

 

So what do we do to avoid all these chemicals???

Be a label reader

You do it with food so continue that diligence with what you put on your skin as well. Memorize the harmful ingredients about and scan labels for them. If you see it, put it back. This includes your shampoo too! If you are using the product on your skin it has the potential to be absorbed into your body. This includes the scalp!

Ask around

Odds are you share the products you use. It’s a given, we share what we love! If it makes our hair extra soft, gets the smell out of workout clothes the chances are that you have mentioned it to someone. Talk with your friends and ask what type of soaps they use. Anything from laundry detergent to hand soap is fair game. Then you can do your own research about the ingredients and you won’t be wasting money on trying all kids of different products that don’t work!

Find your faves

Once you find a product you love keep it! I don’t know what it is about soaps but we are always trying new things. I mean, look at the loaded shampoo isle at any store. There are hundreds of choices! If you find a product you love, it fits the criteria then keep using it! Why cast your vote ($) elsewhere if you know it works. Share what you love too!

My faves

I have used Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (https://www.drbronner.com) since I first read about the harmful ingredients in soaps while in nursing school years ago. The best part is that they have a large list of products from liquid to bars. You can also use the liquid for almost anything from cleaning the kitchen counters to bathing in a creek. They work great! FYI… One of the cheapest places I have found to buy it is at Bed, Bath &Beyond with a coupon.

The one laundry detergent that I have found to get rid of the post workout smell from clothes that doesn’t contain chemicals is DoTerra On Guard laundry detergent (www.doterra.com ). It’s amazing that one little tablespoon can clean such large loads. Completely worth the money!

I am still shopping around for that perfect shampoo. I have found a few organic ones but they are not that easy to come by! If you have suggestions, I am open to them!

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