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