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How Toxic are Your Bath & Body Products?

written by Head Health Nutter June 17, 2010

Did you know 1 in 8 ingredients found in bath & body products are industrial chemicals? These toxic ingredients can interfere with reproduction, proper hormone functioning and cause cancer!

If you missed our past posts on the subject, I invite you to check out this list of dangerous ingredients as well as this one on healthy alternatives so you can be better informed and choose more wisely next time you’re shopping.

When we use these products, everything in them is absorbed through our skin and into our bodies. Overtime, biological havoc ensues. But not only are we harming ourselves with these toxic chemicals, we inadvertently pollute the environment and harm wildlife when they’re washed down the drain.

As one of the biggest and strongest proponents of environmental and wildlife preservation, The David Suzuki Foundation is inviting Canadians to help demand the government pass laws to better regulate toxic cosmetic ingredients. To sign the petition, click here.

The Suzuki Foundation has also created a short survey for Canadians to take until the end of June. All you have to do is grab a couple of products from your bathroom and compare the ingredients with those listed in the online questionnaire. They plan to report the results in September.

Once you’ve finished the survey, they send you an email with a recipe for homemade lip balm!

The image in this post is a handy list of the most dangerous ingredients to be on the look out for when choosing cosmetics and bath & body products. Here’s a printable version of the Sustainable Shopper’s Guide generously produced by The David Suzuki Foundation.

How often do you check the list of ingredients before you buy a product? For those of you who do, what’s the one ingredient that seems to always appear, even in `organic’ and `natural’ products?

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microphonesstyle July 1, 2010 at 3:18 am

We should buy shower gel with plant extracts. Such components have smaller harmful effects.

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