Monday, July 23, 2012


** I debated posted this post because I don't think one person will read it but its happening and its my last post about products and how they are bad and how you need to start buying Melaleuca. I promise, last post with so many words**

I said I was going to use the cosmetics, haircare and laundry products I had left before switching completely over to Melaleuca. However, Mason had an extra long nap today and it gave me time to clean out some cupboards and while doing that, reading labels.
I was taught at a Arbonne party not too long ago about a few ingredients you do not want to see on any labels in your home.
Parabens stuck out in my head but I couldn't remember the rest. So I went to a great website, MadeFromEarth
They list the following ingredients.
1. Paraben
2. Phthalates
3. Petrochemicals
4. Cosmetic Fragrance (Parfum)
5. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
6. Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

They explain on the website what these are and how they could be harmful.
I read in a book that companies putting their products on the shelves, don't have to get the product tested or approved before we as consumers buy it. AND if there is something harmful in it, the FDA cannot recall it. As long as the ingredients are on the label properly, it is up to the consumers to figure out what is good for them.

For those who do not want to read through the website above I will sum up the ingredients in my opinion.

Paraben: Low Cost preservative that is used in face products, body moisturizers, body wash, cleansers, sunscreen etc. Testing has shown that the parabens absorb into our skin 10 times the concentration of an oral dose and contain estrogenic activity which can lead to breast cancer.

Phthalates: This ingredient is very toxic and helps the product you apply, absorb into your skin. L'Oreal discontinued the use of this in their products in Europe only due to severe allergy complaints. L'Oreal and other companies still use it in North America

Petrochemicals: Petroleum is found in almost all skin care products. anemia, kidney degeneration, nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord and the rise in cancer rates are linked back to Petrochemicals. During testing the products with petrochemicals, most animals died before the study ended. The FDA cannot stop the product from hitting shelves is more then 50% of animals died while testing it. What's it doing to us?

Cosmetic Fragrance: Artificial fragrances are made from petroleum or coal which degrade in the environment and cause skin irritations. Companies use these rather than the real thing in nature because it is cheaper.  

Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate: (SLS or SLES) FDA requires companies to list all ingredients and in order of the highest concentrations first. Go find your shampoo or face cleaner and this ingredient will be listed at least second or third. It is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car wash detergents, and just about every soap and shampoo on the market.In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It can change genetic information found in a cell, impairs structure formation of eyes, damage the immune system, causes separation of the skin layers.

Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate: It is used also as a preservative. causes nasopharyngeal cancer in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The label on your skin care product may not list "formaldehyde". The following ingredients break down and release formaldehyde: diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea) 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or bronopol) DMDM hydantoin. The label on your skin care product may not list "formaldehyde". The following ingredients break down and release formaldehyde: diazolidinyl urea (or 3-diol diazolidinyl urea) 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 (or bronopol) DMDM hydantoin.
Just like Phthalates, it has been banned in Europe after studies concluded that effects can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.

In my opinion, you should read the website or go read a few labels.
I checked a few of mine and here they are...
LOreal Shampoo: SLS, Fragrance, Petrochemicals, Phthalates
Colgate&Crest Toothpaste: Petrochemicals, SLS
Aveeno Baby Cream: Petrochemicals, Parabens
Johnsons Baby wash and cream: Parabens, Fragrance, SLS
And that is just a hand full of products I grabbed. I actually went through all the creams, face wash, baby products, makeup and this is what happen.
A big garbage pile

Vaseline, Aloe, Johnsons, Proactiv -All products we had and they all had at least one ingredient listed above.

So much more organized in there.

We will be switching our products to Melaleuca a lot quicker than we expected. Go check at least one of your cosmetics, shampoos, cleaners.
Change to something that is all natural and that will not harm you as it enters your body.

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