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What’s In Your Deodorant?

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Aluminum Compounds

According to Organics.org, “aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compunds can be absorbed by your skin and can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.”

Parabens
[Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Benzyl and Butyl]
Not only have parabens been linked to breast cancer, but they are also known to disrupt hormonal balance.

Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver-damage.

Silica

Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen. Silica is known to cause cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity.

Ready to make the change? Check out our non-toxic deodorants at LOVE GOODLY!



1. Crystal Essence Pomegranate Roll-On Deodorant
We are obsessed! Enjoy the natural antioxidant powers of this proven “super fruit” to help protect and regenerate your skin.

2. Blissoma Deodorant
This formula from Blissoma will keep odor at bay for anyone. Like many natural deodorants it includes baking soda which absorbs and eliminates odor extremely reliably. 

Credit: Organics.Org

 

Why You Need A Natural Beauty Makeover

The beauty spread from our Eco Beauty Brunch at our Los Angeles Headquarters! Featuring Lippy Girl Makeup, RMS Beauty, and Kindri Beauty Oil

With all the conversation about parabens and petrochemicals, you may wonder what, exactly, the United States regulates, when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products? Not much. That’s how we get formaldehyde in hair straighteners, lead in lipstick and mercury in mascara. LOVE GOODLY’s subscription boxes and online shop can help you discover new brands by doing the difficult curation work for you, but when you’re in a pinch, read on for our tips about going green this new year. 

Currently, the FDA restricts less than a dozen ingredients from product manufacturing, compared to the European Union, which has outright banned more than a thousand. Which means that if you’re making a cosmetic for the proverbial American woman, you can put pretty much anything you want into it: The FDA doesn’t require companies to test products or ingredients for safety, nor does it review products or ingredients before they go on sale.

 

According to the Environmental Working Group, which produces the Skin Deep Database, “More than 500 products sold in the United States contain ingredients that are banned in Japan, Canada or the European Union.”

 

The cosmetics industry argues that small amounts of toxic ingredients can’t hurt you. But the industry isn’t required to study how the 168 ingredients in the average woman’s 12 daily beauty product applications—or 85 ingredients for men, and 61 for children—interact with each other. You breathe them, you eat them when they’re put on your lips, and they’re absorbed by your skin. What happens when they’re inside your body? Nobody really knows, for sure. The problem gets even bigger when you realize that beauty products don’t just stop at our skin: They wash down the drain, into the water system and up the food chain.

 

Natural beauty brands have also been criticized as hard to find or expensive. But today, you don’t have to spend a fortune or drive for miles—you can buy natural beauty at supermarkets, drug stores, and online (like at LOVE GOODLY). Given that these natural beauty products typically perform as well as, or better than, their conventional counterparts, maybe it’s time you greened your beauty routine.

 

But before you overhaul your makeup bag, remember that just because it says “natural” on the label, that doesn’t mean it’s chemical free. Until natural beauty gets better regulated, you still need to do a little bit of homework to make sure your products are safe—by your standards.

 

For a quick fix, look for USDA Certified Organic and/or EcoCert on labels, which means the product is government certified as containing at least 95 percent food-grade organic ingredients—zero chemicals or synthetics in its manufacturing or ingredients—in America and Europe, respectively. That’s truly natural beauty.

Five Steps to Natural Beauty

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

FIVE STEPS TO NATURAL BEAUTY

 

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

 

1. Read your labels. This is the most important thing you can do for your health. If you can’t understand a complicated ingredients list, chances are it includes toxic chemical ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your body.

 

2. Know the red flags. Avoid products that list the word “paraben” on the label—those are the aforementioned endocrine disruptors. As are phthalates, which usually appear under the friendlier names of “perfume” and “fragrance.” (If the “fragrance is naturally derived from essential oils,” you’re usually okay.) Where these ingredients live, more toxic chemicals usually follow.

 

3. Do your research. This is the caveat to step one—because the dirty little secret of the beauty industry is that they can put toxic chemical ingredients in their products and not list them on labels. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database—you can even get it as an app on your phone. You can search product names as well as ingredients, and even scan a bar code to find out just what’s inside!

 

4. When in doubt, choose organic.USDA Certified Organic beauty products contain no pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, bio-engineered or irradiated ingredients, synthetic growth hormones or GMOs. Never. Ever.

 

5. Vegan doesn’t always mean natural. Many of us confuse the terms “vegan” and “natural” but they’re definitely not interchangeable. Vegan simply means a product is made without animal ingredients—but it says nothing about toxic chemicals. You may still have to do a little research to avoid those.