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Understanding the difference between true natural and organic products vs. false labeling.

There are so many products out there on the market today, many of which contain harmful chemicals. Also, many of which engage in false labeling practices which can deceive the buyer into thinking they have just purchased an all-natural product. To make matters worse, there is little to no enforcement by the USDA for false labeling.  

A brand can even have the word "organic" in its trademark without containing ANY organic ingredients.

Research Ingredients

Don't trust the marketing, know what ingredients are good and which are harmful. The first step is to read the label. Understand that terms like "natural" and "all natural" have no legal definitions and therefore are unreliable indicators of a product's content. The term "organic" is regulated but can be misleading and open to interpretation.

A product bearing the USDA Organic Seal must contain at least 95 percent certified organic ingredients (excluding water and salt).

Ingredients to Stay Away From!

1. Parabens

New scientific evidence has indicated that chemical agents, also known as parabens, found in underarm antiperspirants and thousands of other everyday products, can be detected in breast cancer tumours.

Parabens are used in face wash, shampoos and make-up, as well as, processed meats and pastries and even in the contraceptive Pill. 

To read more:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/12/paraben-chemical-linked-to-breast-cancer_n_1202144.html

Related Articles:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo

2. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and propylene glycol

3. Lauryl/laureth sulfates

4. Petrochemicals (petrolatum, light liquid paraffin, petroleum distillate, mineral jelly, petroleum jelly)

5. Synthetic fragrance

6. Synthetic dyes

7. Triehtanolamine (TEA)

8. Triclosan

9. Phthalates

10. 1,4-Dioxane

For more specific information on product ingredients, visit the Environmental Working Group website at: www.ewg.org.

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Why all natural is the only way to go.

Skin is our largest organ and also a gateway to the blood stream. Chemicals rubbed into the skin enter our blood stream quickly -- sometimes faster even than if we were to eat them. The average woman applies up to 200 chemicals to her skin every day through cosmetics, 

lotions and hair-care products. By using natural health and beauty products, you can eliminate many of these harmful chemicals and replace them with natural ingredients that not only protect you from harm, but can even be beneficial to your body.

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How to choose skin care products that are right for your skin type.

Start with Your Skin Type
The skin you're in is unique. The products you choose are critical to maintaining a beautiful complexion whether your skin is perfect or has certain special needs. 

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How to choose hair care products that are right for your hair.

Finding the perfect formulas for your hair type can be daunting. When choosing hair care do you find yourself confused about your true hair type? Normal? Oily? Dry? Damaged or color treated? We recommend your first steps being identifying your hair type. Here's how:

We like to start with the three main classifications and build from there. First, identify if you hair is:

  • Dry
    Hair/scalp does not require washing for several days to a week, you likely have dry hair.
  • Normal
    Hair needs washing every other day
  • Oily
    Hair gets oily quickly and you need to wash it every day
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