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Consumer Safety Guide Updates!

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As all people do, when we purchase for the home (whether it is food, cleaning products, wellness items, etc.), we rely on the company and the government to bring to light any hazardous concerns we should be aware of. However, various findings and court proceedings show the opposite and that consumers themselves are the ones who are exposing the dangers of these products.

To help educate the public, Consumer Safety recently released an updated fact sheet of some commonly used products that are still on the market and not banned by the FDA or EDA.

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Image via ConsumerSafety.org

Talc in Baby Powder
Dangers​: Talcum powder has been linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer & lung disease. Additionally, it can contain asbestos fibers, which have been linked with mesothelioma lung cancer.
Findings: ​Industry leader Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of the talc issue. Already, four juries have found in favor of plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower Powder. Reparations of up to $110 million have been ordered on behalf of the victims. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny any danger, and their talc-containing products are still available across the nation.
Regulatory Status:​ While the FDA does regulate talc in food products, cosmetic products are not currently required to be reviewed by the FDA. There is no federal ban on the use of talcum powder in cosmetic products, despite bans on the use of the ingredient by the European Union.

Teflon on Nonstick Pans
Dangers​:
Increased risk of kidney and testicular cancers, as well as thyroid disease. Higher levels of exposure have been linked with miscarriage and fertility issues or birth defects.
Findings: ​Teflon (brand name) maker DuPont has been found guilty in several personal injury and wrongful death suits after the chemical was found to have tainted water surrounding the plants where they made their nonstick coating for cookware. A paper released in 2015 called the Madrid Statement was signed by over 200 scientists from 40 countries and presented evidence that Teflon, created in part by chemicals called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is carcinogenic. Additionally, these toxins were confirmed both by independent scientists and DuPont’s in-house team to be released by the nonstick pans after just 2-5 minutes of heat on the stove.
Regulatory Status:​ The EPA has ruled that a substance closely lined to PFAS, perfluorinated compounds, is a likely carcinogen. In 2005, the EPA fined DuPont for hiding information on the health hazards associated with PFAS. In 2010, the EPA launched a voluntary program to encourage manufacturers to reduce, and by 2015, eliminate these chemicals in their products. Though the Teflon brand name is no longer used, non-stick coated pans containing PFAS are still widely available in the cookware aisle.

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Image via ConsumerSafety.org

Glyphosate in Weed Killer
Dangers​:
Both the WHO and, more recently, the State of California, have listed glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate exposure has also been linked with kidney and liver issues. While more pressing danger has been associated with RoundUp Weed Killer, the use of the pesticide in farming has resulted in finds of trace amounts on popular foods, like Quaker Oats and Cheerios.
Findings:​ Current litigation against Monsanto’s RoundUp product is ongoing, with dozens of plaintiffs claiming their cancer was caused by RoundUp usage. However, Monsanto recently lost a battle with the State of California to keep the ingredient off a list of known carcinogens. Monsanto is now required to label their product with warnings accordingly.
Regulatory Status:​ After being called out last year for not including glyphosate in annual testing practices, the FDA began testing the herbicide; however, the testing was shut down soon after. A new testing period has begun recently, likely as a result of increased pressure stemming from these lawsuits. The EPA previously published reports saying that glyphosate was not a likely carcinogen, but with new studies to the contrary, and with California’s recent decision to list glyphosate as a carcinogen, perhaps it is time to take a deeper look into the issue. The EPA sets “tolerances” for residue from pesticides like glyphosate that remain on food products; American standards allow in some cases double the amount of residue than what the European Union considers safe. 

You can also view all of the safety guides here.

We, at LOVE GOODLY, do our part by being transparent when it comes to sharing what is in each product! Using resources and databases such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database and our list of banned ingredients, we thoroughly research each item before we include it inside our bi-monthly boxes or in our online shop.

 

Behind the Brand: Little Barn Apothecary

What’s non-toxic, uncomplicated and absolutely beautiful? Everything that Little Barn Apothecary makes!

We got together with our friends, the founders of Little Barn Apothecary, Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins, for a LOVE GOODLY exclusive interview, and learn more about them. Find out how they took the complicated out of your beauty routine!

What inspired you to start Little Barn Apothecary

We both have a passion for all things natural and organic, and we enjoy the simple things in life. Prior to founding Little Barn Apothecary, Joshua worked as an executive for 16 years in the luxury beauty and spa industry in New York and Chicago. Born to two entrepreneur parents in a Southern farming community, Brad has always been passionate about the healing power of nature. He previously worked in marketing, hospitality, and brand management. Our interest in a holistic lifestyle led us to create a line of products that were uncomplicated, simple, and beautiful that people could enjoy without any fillers or toxic chemicals.

How does social good factor into your company’s mission? 

Chemical-laden skincare is everywhere today, and we wanted to create simple, organic formulas that were 100% safe, while leveraging the benefits and healing properties of herbs and botanicals. We also make each product label from TerraSkin – a tree-free, water-free material of rock and non-toxic resins that will eventually biodegrade under normal temperature, UV light and moisture conditions.

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?

When you start your own company, it becomes your whole life, especially during those first years. Look for a need in the marketplace, and focus on something you truly love. You’ll be better at your job and more excited about putting in the long hours.

Why did you choose to partner with LOVE GOODLY? 

We appreciate that LOVE GOODLY is thoughtful about who they partner with and the products they curate. We’re excited to partner with a like-minded company committed to featuring items that are nontoxic and cruelty-free.

What one word best describes your company?

Simple.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Sometimes an idea doesn’t translate as seamlessly to an actual finished product. For example, certain fragrance profiles might work in oil form, but the fragrance changes when we use it in candle form, because of the chemistry that happens during the burning process. That’s why we spend lots of time exploring and testing!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hurraw!

We here at LOVE GOODLY have a problem – a lip balm problem. This is all thanks to to our friends at Hurraw! We’re just going to start out by saying if you haven’t tried one of these balms you are seriously missing out (hint hint).

Follow the jump to learn more about Hurraw! and find out how they’re able to – in their own words – “keep it real”!

What was the inspiration behind Hurraw!?
It sounds expected… but our intention was only ever to make super high qual vegan lip balm. We’re still working on that.
Why did you choose to create an eco-conscious brand?

What other way is there?

What does it mean to live life at the helm of such an authentic brand?
All encompassing. manufacturing consumes every minute of every day! but fulfilling and grateful
How has Hurraw! changed your life?
It’s confirming that we can make incremental positive change.
What advice would you give to someone reading this, who is inspired by your story and wanting to start his/her own eco-friendly company?
If you want to make/do/be something, do it with the best intentions and it will be successful. Don’t rush. Focus. Be patient. Never compromise quality. Always respect your customer.  If it ever becomes about profits, stop. If you’re making lots of money, you’re doing it wrong.
How important is it for a company to give back to the community?
If you can’t use your influence, skills and knowledge to try and make positive change then why are you even getting up in the morning?
What is your daily routine (or maybe first thing you do in the morning)?
cuddle dogs. feed dogs. feed chickens. feed squirrel. feed birds. water and harvest garden (or shovel snow). make tea. ride bike. make balm. repeat.

What can you always find in your purse / wallet?
I carry a beat up Reisenthel collapsable market basket which will have to be pried from my hands one day 😉  In it is the latest batch(es) of Hurraw for obsessive quality checks, a “what remains is future” pin from Patti Smith and sometimes my cell phone, if i can find it.
Who is your lifestyle icon? 
Anyone looking up instead of down 😉 …anyonewith a kick ass attitude that is actively helping animals or other beings.
Three words to describe yourself or company?
keeping. it. real.

LOVE GOODLY collaborated with Hurraw! to bring you guys an exclusive flavor! Our Choco Mint balm will be in our August/September box – get yours here!

 

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