Seven Chemicals to Avoid When Buying Baby Products

Baby products are marketed to make you think you need them, but the fact is they're full of toxic ingredients that do more harm than good.

There is a multi-million dollar industry out there promising to keep your baby’s skin as perfect as it was when he or she was first born. The unsurprising irony is that none of that is necessary. Your baby’s skin is far better off with minimal intervention. The fewer soaps, shampoos, and lotions that you apply to your little one’s incredible new skin, the healthier and more perfect it will be.

Mainstream baby products contain numerous toxic ingredients that will enter your baby’s body if used. The best option is to stick with natural, nourishing, and edible ingredients such straight oils (olive, sweet almond, coconut) and fragrance-free bar soap, although omitting soap and rinsing just with water is usually fine, too. (If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t use it.) Your baby may not have that stereotypical baby-powder smell, but he or she will be healthier in the long run, and that’s all that matters.

1. Talc

This powdered mineral is added to baby powder (and many other cosmetic powders). It’s used as a drying agent, but it’s a known lung irritant and may also be carcinogenic. As Gillian Deacon describes in her book There’s Lead In Your Lipstick:

“The mineral talc tends to occur in rock mass formations that are intermingle with other magnesium silicate minerals, including the highly dangerous asbestos. Since it is virtually impossible to extract the talc rock from the asbestos during the mining process, the carcinogenic contaminant is almost invariably going to be carried over into any consumer product containing talc.”

Ever since this news came out in the late 1990s, some companies have switched to talc-free baby powders, but there are still problems with many of the ingredients on their lists. Read on for more information!

2. Fragrance

Fragrance is added to countless products, either to create a particular fragrance or to mask the odour of the nasty chemicals used in production. The problem with fragrance is that it’s a catch-all term for whatever secret ingredients companies wish to add (they are not obligated to reveal what’s contained within ‘fragrance’), and are generally made of coal- and petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals.

The effects of fragrance are long lasting, lingering on the skin for hours, and can cause respiratory, neurological, skin, and eye damage. There is evidence that exposure to fragrance as a child may lead to asthma. (See this post for more information.)

Fragrance is added to disposable diapers (you know that strong baby powder-ish smell when you open a new package?), baby powder, baby wash and shampoo, lotions, and many other baby products. Check the labels carefully before you buy.

3. Proplyene glycol

This chemical is a penetration enhancer that is easily absorbed by the skin and may be carcinogenic. Its job is basically to open up all the pores and let the other chemicals in. Propylene glycol is used in wiper fluid and to de-ice airplanes, and yet it is often found in baby wipes, which is not safe. Look out for polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG) on labels, too.

 

4. 1,4-dioxane and ethylated surfactants

The Environmental Working Group found that 57 percent of baby soaps are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. Although it’s never listed as an ingredient, 1,4-dioxane is often present in beauty products because it is a contaminant or by-product that occurs when “ethylene oxide, a known breast carcinogen is added to other chemicals to make them less harsh” (There’s Lead In Your Lipstick).

If you see any ingredients that contain the letters eth, then that is an indicator of the presence of 1,4-dioxane. Stay away from polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, ceteareth, oleth, oxynol, -xynol, and PEG.

5. Mineral oil

Baby oil is essentially made of mineral oil mixed with fragrance, which is a nasty combination. Mineral oil is a cheap byproduct of petroleum processing and acts as a plastic wrap on the skin, inhibiting the skin’s ability to release toxins. Opt instead for natural and nourishing oils such as olive, coconut, or sweet almond to massage into your baby’s skin.

6. Parabens

Unfortunately parabens are everywhere. They can be found in all soaps, body washes, shampoos, and moisturizers, including those marketed toward babies. Parabens are neurotoxins and are linked to reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, and skin irritation. Stay away from anything with ‘paraben’ in its name, as well as benzoic acid and propyl ester.

7. Triclosan

Anything that’s labeled as ‘antibacterial’ likely contains triclosan, which is a carcinogenic endocrine disruptor that’s also harmful to the environment. Although it makes sense to want to keep your baby away from unnecessary bacteria, that’s the wrong approach to take. By raising our babies in sterile environments, we inhibit their ability to create natural resistance and immunity, increase the likelihood of allergies, and render antibacterial treatments less effective for when we truly need them to work. Stay away from all antibacterial soaps and body washes. 

published Sept. 25, 2014 in TREEHUGGER 

Katherine Martinko (@feistyredhair)

Posted in children, Environmental Working Group, healthy kids, Toxic chemicals

Summer Skin

Gardenia Daily Body Serum: Lazy summer days at the beach, by the pool or in the garden can lead to parched, dull skin. Apply Gardenia Daily Body Serum immediately after each shower or bath to help to keep skin smooth, hydrated and beautifully scented all summer long.This convenient spray on body oil dissolves into skin within mere seconds thanks to its fine mist spray applicator and lightweight, non-sticky/greasy formula. Bonus: the beautiful gardenia aroma is all natural, amazing and is simply not to be missed!

Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder: If there’s ever a time for shiny, vibrant, luscious hair, it’s summer. But precious locks may actually take a serious hit during the summer months. Sun, water, heat and chlorine can be damaging, leading to faded color, split ends and a brittle, dry texture. Hair color is such an investment; we recommend that you wet your hair before sunning or swimming and coat hair with a small amount of oil or balm to create an emollient barrier to help protect strands. Finally, we recommend washing as infrequently as possible during the summer months, using Healthy Locks Powder to freshen hair between shampoos. Our unique formula featuring silica rich bamboo extract leaves hair feeling soft, refreshed and beautifully scented and promotes hair and scalp health.

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist: 100% pure fruit water extracted from the heart of organic pink grapefruits, Pretty Pores Mist is purifying, naturally astringent and offers the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to energize skin for a healthy summer glow. This material was made fresh for One Love Organics and we cannot get another batch until next summer! The mist has a very faint aroma of fresh grapefruit and it infuses the skin with valuable plant nutrients such as bioavailable vitamins, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral salts found naturally in the fruit. With a natural pH of 4.9, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist is perfect for spritzing the skin post cleansing to help skin return to its natural acidic state and to infuse the skin with nutrients before moisture application.  It is best for oily, blemish-prone and combination skin.

Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser: Typically, hot summer weather means that the skin may produce excess oil that can leave the skin shiny and prone to breakouts. This cleanser is an in-house OLO favorite! It has a beautiful and all natural aroma of freshly cut green apples and a fluffy foaming lather. To help prevent excess oil and breakouts, we recommend a cleanser with a gentle blend of acids to help break down oil and impurities, leaving pores clean and unclogged. Using a cleanser with aggressive acids, particularly in the summer, can contribute to accelerated sun damage, so be sure and use a cleanser that has a low, not high, concentration of acids. Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser has a pH of 5.3 and contains a low percentage of malic, glycolic and lactic acids for a product that is effective over time but is not too harsh or drying.

Available now through September 15th or while supplies last-but we’re selling out much faster than our projections so get your products now!

Posted in Body Serum, Dry Shamppo, Facial Cleanser, One Love Organics, Summer Skin, Toner

Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin

Most of us consider the products we use on our skin to be the most important thing when it comes to a glowing complexion. And whilst this plays a fundamental role, it's actually much deeper than that. In fact what we eat really affects our skin health too and some nutrients found in specific foods actually directly benefit the skin whilst others have exactly the opposite effect. Good gut health is also intrinsic to this. Happy digestion = a happy face. So here's how to do it.

Eat…

Nuts & seeds    Vitamin E-rich foods such as almonds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are an intrinsic part of good skin health since vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, protecting our skin from cell damage and promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells. Brazil nuts are also an excellent source of selenium, important for skin health and just four of these bad boys per day will provide you with your daily recommended intake. And pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc which is intrinsic in regulating oil production.

Oily fish    The healthy oils found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and pilchards make up all of our cell membranes which keep them supple and flexible. They are also a great source of Omega-3 (also found in flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts) which have important anti-inflammatory effects. If you don’t want wrinkles, up the ante on oily fish!

Avocados    These are the king of beauty foods both internally and topically as they contain vitamin E but are also a great source of biotin which helps prevent dry skin and nourishes hair and nails. Avocados are also a source of vitamin A which has been linked to improving acne-related conditions and the glutamine content helps protect the skin from environmental factors. 

Greens    Kale, spinach, broccoli and rocket are nutrient powerhouses – they are super alkalising and bring the body into a more balanced PH. They are also a great source of antioxidant beta carotene helping to support radiant skin as well as promoting detoxification and minimising toxin build up. Brimming with folate and vitamin C, essential for cell regeneration and repair, you really just can’t get enough of these guys!

Hydration is key    Skin membranes need to be well hydrated to keep them supple, in fact 60-75% of our body is made up of water. Aim for 2 litres per day and make water more interesting by adding slices of fresh lemon, fresh mint or cucumber. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and age the skin so if you want to keep that youthful glow keep these to a minimum.

Avoid…

Sugar (aka the white stuff)    All sugar has an inflammatory reaction in the body and increases acid PH levels which affects cellular functioning. Also those peaks in blood sugars lead to a higher production of insulin, damaging collagen and increasing wrinkles.

Refined & Processed foods    This means those trans or hydrogenated fats. Anything white (except cauliflower) should be out. These nasty oils can deposit in the arteries affecting blood flow and circulation.

Dairy    Dairy foods can be one of the most common offenders for creating skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Just be wary of having too much in the diet and if you suspect you might have an intolerance try removing it and see if your symptoms improve. Swap with plant based milks such as almond, cashew or oat milk.

A note on beauty products…    Be cautious of the toxins that are hidden in your beauty products as these can not only affect the skin topically but also contain hormone disrupters which can in turn affect a healthy complexion. For more info visit ewg.org/skindeep for a range of beautiful (and effective!) organic and natural versions.

from Harper's BAZAAR by Eve Kalinik / February 2014 (edited)

Posted in Beautiful Skin

The Royals

We're pretty sure that this "Royals" singer who took home two Grammys at the 56th annual awards show on Sunday, Jan. 28, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance is wearing 100%PURE Lip Glaze ipomegranate.  This beautiful 17 year old from New Zealand exudes authenticity.

In 100% PURE Lip Glaze, the avocado and cocoa butters give your lips a sheer wash of fruit pigmented color while nourishing them with vitamins and antioxidants.

Posted in 100%PURE, Celebrity, Lip Glaze, Lorde

Chia Seeds in the Foaming Cleanser

Chia Whip soothes and nourishes the skin!   Dirt and makeup sit on your face all day, clogging up your pores.  For a solution that cleans and hydrates your skin at the same time, grab the Chia Whip Fragrance Free Foaming Cleanser!  Chia Whip soothes and nourishes - aloe vera and rosemary extract pamper the skin, and it's packed with antioxidants to protect skin from free radicals. A luxurious organic foaming cleaner that pampers your skin while removing dirt, oils and makeup. Perfect for all skin-types; moisturizing and fragrance-free. 

 As seen in US Weekly Feb. 2014

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Posted in cleanser, foaming cleanser, One Love Organics

Cleans Your Skin and Relax

I've tried a lot of different product but nothing makes my skin feel as clean and radiant as the Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin B Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover. Not to mention that it smells amazing!   It’s a “next level” oil cleanser in that it’s formulated to be used in either the traditional manner (see below) or it can be effortlessly rinsed off with water only. When water hits this cleansing oil, it turns into a creamy, milky cleanser. Rinsing with water alone is fine, but if you’re using it to remove makeup, I do recommend you follow the traditional cleansing method and use a cloth to help remove residue. The ED4OLO Cleansing Oil smells incredible and fruity, like fresh pineapple. The formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften skin, and a natural vitamin b complex to help detoxify and tone. I love the versatility of this cleanser. If I’m in a hurry, I can massage it in, rinse, and go. My skin is noticeably even-toned and happy. If I rinse off this cleanser with water, I do follow up with a facial oil.

 Now, for the best part! Once I've cleansed my skin, I wet a washcloth with hot (not scalding) water, wring it out, and press it over my face until the cloth cools off. Take your time and inhale deeply, because the scent of lavender or pineapple is going to enhance your ability to relax. When the cloth cools, I repeat and let the day melt away. After you've had a few moments to chill, wipe off the oil with a cloth....one of my favourite ways to end the day!

If like me, you want to know 'how things work', here's a bit more of an explanation of how the addition of tropical fruit makes this product so amazing. 

Besides being tasty, papaya fruit has the enzyme Papain, a natural proteolytic enzyme. This type of enzyme has the unique ability to exfoliate dead cells without damaging or irritating even the most sensitive skin. Papain also helps brighten dull or sallow complexions and can help to reduce the appearance of sun-damage and mild breakouts. Papaya has naturally high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E and is a rich source of alpha‐linolenic acid and caryophyllene, two phytochemicals with strong anti‐inflammatory properties. So enamored with papaya, we couldn’t pass up the chance to also use bothpapain and papaya seed oil. The oil from papaya seeds is full of rich nutrients, fatty acids and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects for clean, nourished skin.

Everyone is familiar with pumpkins, right? Even if we have a few months still before they make their ubiquitous appearance all over America. As a natural source of salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and improve your skin texture, pumpkin seed oil became an almost obvious choice. Pumpkin seeds are a wonderful source of zinc and Omegas 3 & 6, helping to improve skin elasticity.  Remember to thank those pumpkins this October when you’re wiping off all of that costume makeup (with your Elizabeth Dehn Cleanser of course). Pumpkin Seed Oil can also act as an accelerator, helping the skin to absorb nutrients quickly. It is used in many anti‐aging formulas and initiates skin recovery from various types of damage, including photo-damage.

Using organic phospholipids and the latest encapsulation technologies, the pumpkin and papain ingredients is perfect for dry, nutrient deficient skin. The ingredient we use boasts a novel delivery system that enhances the penetration of active extracts and the natural plant material. This delivery system, when applied to the skin, can help to inhibit trans‐epidermal water loss (TEWL) to increase moisturization. And remember, the key to anti-aging is keeping skin properly moisturized and well fed. Speaking of which, both pumpkin and papaya are rich and natural sources of the Vitamin B Complex. The term B-complex is a less complicated way of refering to vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenate), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyancobalamine), and folic acid. These vitamins help detoxify and tone your skin, while also helping to regulate oil production and calm inflammation.

Posted in Cleanser, Cleansing Oil, Elizabether Dehn, Makeup Remover, One Love Organics

Canadian Brands admired by 'No More Dirty Looks'

will streamline your makeup routine

We're thrilled to see the much admired Canadian Brands mentioned in the No More Dirty Looks blog.    Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt are the two superstars who run the organic beauty and lifestyle site NoMoreDirtyLooks.com and are the co-authors of No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics. They are clean beauty experts who know that making safe, natural and responsible choices can be not only easy but also luxurious and—the part that matters most—effective. 

Hydrextreme, is an extreme hydration booster.  I love to use it straight from the bottle (using the dropper) or adding it to our regular moisturizer for the added bonus of extra hydration.  I've used this award-winning serum on chapped lips and -presto- no more dry, chapped lips.  A favourite from Consonant Skincare.

Revolution Organics's Freedom Glow Beauty Balm  is a creamy all-natural balm that will streamline your beauty routine. It works as a cream blush, a lip tint, an eye shadow, and a highlighter (what more could you want?)... and it doubles as a moisturizing treatment by infusing skin with a blend of organic plant oils. Three amazing colours: Bronzed is a golden caramel; Blushed is a bright pink that goes on surprisingly sheer; and Sunkissed is a peachy coral. 

Posted in beauty balm, Canadian Brands, Hydrextreme, No More Dirty Looks, REVOLUTION Organics

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