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Monday, August 17, 2009

If You Wouldn't Eat It, Don't Bathe In It

I was at Target this afternoon getting lotion, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant.  I was walking through the isles looking for the natural products.  As I picked up my usual bottle of Weleda rose moisturizing creme and the sulfate free carrot shampoo, I noted the apparent price difference between the products I was purchasing (for my bodies benefit) and those that contained ingredients I could not even begin to comprehend.  Why should we have to wash our hair or moisturize our skin at such high prices to guarantee we are not lathering poisons all over ourselves?
Who decided that it was important to put sodium lauryl ethel sulfate, an ingredient used to clean the greasy floors of car repair shops, in our shampoo?  I cannot imagine that a human beings hair could possibly ever become that greasy.  The reasoning, it is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.  It is also put in toothpaste... and apparently can cause canker sores.  Gee, thanks Mr. whoever you are that decided that was a good idea.
As for lotions, why glycerine?  I avoid any label that says extra moisturizing, or enriches dry skin.  It is for sure going to be loaded with glycerine, the syrupy liquid that is chemically produced by combining water and fat, used as a solvent and plasticiser.  It clogs pores and draws moisture out of the skin, rather than "moisturizing."
So obviously I want to avoid those ingredients, but not have to spend so much money.  Maybe I will have to start my own natural products.

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