Non-toxic Personal Care
Buyer Beware! A newly released study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA)—a nationwide network of more than 500,000 organic consumers, and overseen by environmental health consumer advocate David Steinman (author of The Safe Shopper’s Bible, revealed the presence of the undisclosed carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane in leading shampoos, body washes, lotions and other personal care and household cleaning products claiming to be “natural” or “organic”. Laboratory tests showed that products certified under the USDA National Organic Program did not contain this toxin. All leading self-proclaimed “organic” brands have at least a few individual “certified organic” ingredients, but for most of these top-selling brands, the product, as a whole, is not USDA organic certified, thereby allowing the presence of synthetic toxins.
Some of the Leading Brands Found to Contain 1,4-Dioxane (carcinogenic)
- JASON Pure Natural & Organic ... Giovanni Organic Cosmetics ... Kiss My Face ... Nature’s Gate Organics ... Everyday Value, Alba, Aura, Circle of Friends, No Tearski, Earth Friendly Products, Earth Therapeutics, Ecco Bella, Ecover, Emerald Forest, Grandpa’s, Healthy Times Baby Care Products, Baby’s Herbal Garden, Seventh Generation, Rainbow, Obsessively Organic, Life Tree, Shikai. These are just a few of the problematic brands. Please go to www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/ for a full list.
Brands Found not to Contain 1,4-Dioxane All USDA Certified brands tested in this study were 1,4-Dioxane-free, including:
- Dr. Bronner’s: Their products are certified under the USDA National Organic Program; they include a range of high-quality organic products, from hair rinses to shaving gels. (Note: I use and love the Lavender Castille Soap for my daily showers.)
- Aubrey Organics (available products listed below): Produces 100% Natural Hair Care, Skin Care and Body Care products. They use all natural ingredients for their shampoos, lotions, moisturizers, soaps and make-up. Many of the products are vegan-friendly. (Note: I like their creams)
- Sensibility Soaps (Nourish brand) ... Terressentials ... Head Organics ... Clorox Green Works
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Holistic Health: Organic Oils to Lower Cholesterol, lower blood-pressure and overall good health ... Herbal Anti-Inflammatories (addresses skin problems, bacterial / viral diseases, joint problems and arthritis ... Risks Associates with Commercially Available Personal Care Products
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