Ugly Ingredients In Beauty Products

Killing Me Softly?

Fab & Fru Fact: buying cheap beauty products full of harmful chemicals is not a bargain!

According to the Environmental Working Group, “The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily. Many cosmetic chemicals are designed to penetrate into the skin’s inner layers, and…they do!”  Makes you think twice about slathering that fake “mountain breeze” scented crap you bought for “only” $1.99 all over your body, doesn’t it?

So, before you spend another dime of your hard earned money on a so-called “beauty” product, make sure the ingredients aren’t ugly and harmful!

Watch Your Wallet

Buyer beware: just because something is labeled as “natural” – doesn’t mean it really is! Our favorite resource for finding non-toxic beauty products is the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” Database  - plus, they have a handy wallet guide you can print out so you always have it with you.

Sleeping With The Enemy

Just look in your own bathroom and see how many of these common offenders are currently co-habitating with you – chances are you have: Parabens and PEGs in your lotions, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in your shampoo, Triclosan in your soap, synthetic “Fragrance” in …just about everything?

EWG warns the above ingredients have been linked to everything from allergies to toxic contamination to hormonal effects to thyroid disturbances.  We’re guessing that is NOT what you thought you were paying for!

Whole Foods…Affordable?!

Whole Foods’ “Premium Body Care” labeling has made shopping for affordable, non-toxic products easy.  I know, I know – affordable and Whole Foods…what?! But it’s true.

The easiest thing to do if you live near a Whole foods is to look first for their green “Premium Body Care” flags on the shelves – this will narrow now your search from the start.  Then start comparing prices. The Premium products are the purest and least toxic AND there are plenty of lower price range brands in the top tier that offer the best of both worlds!

Paying The Price

The next time you are tempted by a “two for one” sale of vats of scented shower gel at the drugstore – take a minute, and pull out your wallet guide!  The price tags aren’t the only labels you should be reading. Ingredients tell you the whole story about what the real costs are to the products you are buying!

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2 Responses to “Ugly Ingredients In Beauty Products”

  1. Karen says:

    Great article!! Thanks.

  2. Simone says:

    The EWG is not a reliable source for what’s okay. Earlier
    this summer when I looking for safe sunscreens I went
    to their site and they had a list of ingredients they thought
    were harmful. Then when I looked at their recommended
    list, most of the brands recommended contained the
    ingredients they said were dangerous.
    An email to them asking for an explanation to
    the mixed message got me an email stating that
    their recommended list had nothing to do with the list
    if dangerous ingredients. Huh? 2

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