Manufacturers goals and product basics

Do you know that the FDA doesn’t require ANY skin, hair, or clothing cleaner companies to abide buy ANY requirements or set definitions of ANY of these Marketing terms and phrases we ALWAYS see on there products? They don’t. The terms and phrases are below with there moral/ definition explanations in my own words. INCLUDING most IMPORTANTLY what they AREN’T stating but, want you to believe.

Sensitive Skin, what they want you to believe – if you have any, all, or any combo of the issues mentioned in my previous post titled or. Blank. This will work for you. Why? Because, it has one or often more then one hypoallergenic ing. In it. Or atleast 1 super ingredient that’s super mild and sometimes GREAT for Sensitive Skin. It also, sometimes means it will be atleast fragrance free OR unscented as well. Occasionally it may mean, it’s un scented and fragrance free.

What it means, read above-

What they omit, or don’t say, unless, u know how to read ing. labels. It may and sometimes has fragrance or scents. It may and usually does have irritants too. However, less then non- sensitive skin products most of the time. It may and 98% of the time does, have other dangerous ingredients in it. So who cares if there’s too anti – irritants in it.!? It has 4 other dangerous ones.

Fragrance free- it means it has no UNNATURAL added Fragrances. It very likely will have natural ones however, called scents. And that defiantly doesn’t stop them from adding any other unhealthyor toxic ing.

What they want you to believe- use me if you have any of the issues we discuss. This product is great FOR ALL!

Unscented- how many of you feel organic everything is best for you? Well, I’m hear to say, you absolutely, couldn’t be more wrong! Smelling citrus for example is lethal. Did u know that?

Scents are natural fragrances or smells that come from often but, not always, added ingredients that are natures smells from the plant, or oil. For ex; .

Just because nature made it, doesn’t mean everyone can respond to the smell normally or that it’s healthy. And just because something Is unscented, it defiantly doesn’t mean it’s FRAGRANCE free or that I’ll recommend it.

What marketers at best want you too think when you see a product claiming it’s unscented. – if you have sensitive skin but this, but, if you have roscia or are super sensitive, don’t. Typically however, they want you too think. The same way as what fragrance free is supposed to encourage you to think.

Hypoallergenic- this term wants you to believe the product with this is for the most sensitive people of them all. It’s tested often to be such. It claims it’s anti irritant(s) will solve any sensitivities you may have. And it will prevent any irritant reactions caused buy any unhealthy ingredients! Wow ! If they really did that I’d have not much to blog about. But, sadly, they don’t do all those things. And who wants a fix!? If you can prevent it from the get go. Follow?

What it doesn’t say- Just cause it says hypoallergenic. Doesn’t mean it’s unscented, healthy, or fragrance free!

So, with that said. Your probably saying, So, what SHOULD I look for? If all those terms are mostly marketing terms meant to fool me! That is a SUPERB question! And one, I will HAPPILY respond too in my next POST. So, please come back to check it out! For a healthier, happier, meltdown reduced life!

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Who am I ? & Why do I care ?

I’m 33 and have SPD among other diagnosis. However, as of this writing SPD isn’t a separate diagnosis yet. Some of my other issues are ASD ( although, I prefer to refer to it as Asperger’s), Dyslexia, hyperinsomnia, IBS, and ADD. I’m only sharing this with you so you could see part of what has driven me to become an expert in what I know. But, like I said, this was only part of it, and off course, this blog is about helping YOU all . And me secondary. That and societies desperately needed time to catch up more with dealing better with the challenges tackled within this site, is a big reason on why it’s taken so long to publish it.

And still with all that waiting, although, I’m proud of societies progress that we’ve made in creating sensory solutions. We still have a ways to go, unfortunately.

As for why else do I care? If you haven’t noticed, as a whole, Aspies are the kindest high functioning folks bare none. And therefore, my desire to help you grow and improve ( IF you take appropriate action) is at an all time high. And I REALLY want feedback and constructive criticism.

Thank you!

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Common Categories of Irritating Ingredients

Did you know that fragrances aren’t the only thing people with SPD ( Sensory Processing Disorder)  are irritated by in skin hair and actually food products too? It’s true! And now I’m going to share with you some of the other types of ingredients/byproducts that can irritate people with sensory issues regardless of if they have rosacea,  ASD, or any other special need. 

Many of the ingrediants below can be toxic no matter how natural they are. Many will cause issues ( even if unknown at first or on the surface don’t)  to most people.  Not everyone with PSD will have sensory issues with all of the below ingrediants.   Just like having additives and preservatives in food aren’t ideal. Same idea with your skin and hair products too.   Not every ingrediant in each and every category is unhealthy. Certain categories however have a lot more irritants and problematic ingrediants then others. 

Just because 1 person with ASD/ SPD can eat something doesn’t mean they can tolerate it in all forms.  That’s part of what makes SPD so unique.  For example; I can eat organic olive oil just fine. If it’s the main ingrediant in my soap bar with no other ingrediant. The scent of it overwhelms me and gives me sensory issues. Now if I lessen the amount of olive oil in a bar of soap, I can be fine, if the other ingrediants are good for me.  ( Your welcome!  😉 ) 

Preservatives 

ex’s; hidden formaldehyde, 

even milder ones like the parabens,  

Borax,   DMDM Hydantoin,  and Kathon CG. 

 

Surfactants 

sodium-lauryl-sulfate, 

soap ( possibly NoT Always) and NoT the ones I recommend. Dove sensitive skin bar unfortunetly counts even if there is no fragrant or scent that will bother you. 

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate may be derived from coconut. Among other ingrediants and additives that are also derived from coconut. Did u know some are allergic or sensitive to coconut?  

 scrub agents,   This does mean that people with serious enough sensory issues or PSD issues should definitely avoid at all costs most forms of exfoliation.


Skin Repairing Ingrediants, 

example- Aspirin


Plant Extracts 

 Balm Mint Extract  

CALENDULA EXTRACT. 

 Bloodwort or Yarrow Extract

 BLACK LOCUST EXTRACT

BIRCH BARK EXTRACT

CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA or known as Lime oil or extract anything citrus is very bad for you. 

Benzoin extract 

 

Oils 

Essential oil

Corriander oil 

Fern oil 

Angelica-Archangelica-root-oil 

Bay Leaf Oil

 

 Emulsifiers 

Irritant examples of these are

  triceteareth-4-phosphate. 

dicetyl-phosphate an ing. With byproducts and cetyl alcohol a known irritant. 

 

Do you know two of the most absolute worst ingrediants sometimes formed into oils that are anti-irritants? 

Unfortunately, there two of the most popular smelling tempted ingredients in cleaners, hair products, and skin products combined. 

Lavender otherwise known as.  

Lavendar Extract and Oil 

Lemongrass Oil 



Here are some very bad additional ingredients I would stay away from, no matter who you are.

Denatured alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, Daisy Flower Extract, Ethanol, Camphor, cinnamon, citrus-aurantium or orange blossom,   Acetic acid, Ylang ylang, calamine ( remember, Calamine Lotion?) , anise (also a vegetable) can cause skin sun sensitivity too. 

Aloe Vera and Caprylyl Glycol,  (although very rare) some are allergic too. From my little research of it, it doesn’t seam to be people with “normal SPD issues”. If there is such a thing.! It seams to be NT’s with an allergy to it.  But, I’m not allergic or sensitive too it either. If your not allergic to it,  Aloe can be great . The 2nd ingrediant, I’m still researching. However, aloe is super moisturizing, so don’t use if your skin is a combo skin type or oily unless soothing a sun burn. 




How ludicrous the US cosmetic industry REALLY is.

     Have you heard about how the Canadian and European government has stricter cosmetic laws? It’s true, many toxins/ irritants (Over 100) are banned in any cosmetic or personal hygiene product minus possibly bar soaps.  In Canada and Europe but, not America  This does not mean, obviously that people with SPD have nothing to worry about in those countries. Because that would be the farthest from the truth. However, it does mean if you live in either of those countries you have a lot less too worry about. And for that, I thank who ever made those laws in those countries.  Don’t you?! 

   It maybe true that some of those ingrediants aren’t in the US products. But, honestly, do you even want 1 of them in any of your products? Do you really want any manufacturer to have that kind of freedom? 


     This site explains in detail what the “Canadians hotlist is” the short version is this. It’s two tables of all of the ingredients that are forbidden. And another table for all the ingrediants and by products that are restricted. (so meaning ingrediants and by products only allowed in certain types of products/ in small concentrations.) 


http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/cosmet-person/hot-list-critique/how-comment-eng.php

 

Although the Canadians are banned from putting many toxins and irritants in there products. There labeling requirements are not nearly as strict as the US or European Labeling criteria.  


Ingredients and buy product basics

Did you know that any product that says fragrances in the ingredient list can have up to 4,000 hidden by products in them, most of which are carcinogenic (Meaning cancer causing), or toxic? And when I say toxic or carcinogenic I mean for EvErYoNE!  It’s true! That’s not the only place that manufacturers hide some of there ingredients either. Some are called buy products or contaminants so there not ingredients and therefore not listed. More about that in a bit. 


   First off, if you have sensory issues especially, or PSD (Diagnosed or not) more ingredients and buy products are toxic/ unhealthy for you then the norm. I cover ingredients and buy products, etc both here (And will in my book too) that are problems for both everyone and just problematic ingredients for those with sensory issues.  Don’t believe PSD people don’t have real and unique issues ? Want to see my research proving there have been sensory episodes that have resulted in hospital visits/ stays? I didn’t think so! If so, tell me and if there’s enough interest ( or maybe even if there isn’t) I’d be happy to include it in my sensory book. 


Just because a cosmetic, mouth care line, hair care line or skin care line says the following it defiantly doesn’t mean it will be sensory friendly. The same for any individual product that claims this. Remember, the FDA and cosmetic industry has very little rules or laws to abide buy. The only one I can think of is listing all ingredients (NOT Contaminants, fragrant by products, etc) on there bottles/ boxes of them.  Hypoallergenic,  for babies, unscented, sensitive skin, organic, alcohol free, parabens free, all natural, preservative free, toxin free, and fragrance free.  There are others but, those are the major ones. 


Until fairly recently many ingredients that have been found in skin and hair products have not had any research backing up their safety or sensory issues. To this day, we still need, more research on the effects of ingredients. Due to the shear number unfortunately,  of really bad ingredients, I have only covered some of the major ones on this blog.  In an upcoming post. However, if you go to my resources page you can access the links to sites that I have found that will give you much more ingredients and their info. These are some of the links that I found exactly this information on. For a more complete list wait for my book. 

your mouth AND your partners

Does tasting someone else’s spice, sugar, salt, dairy, gum, toothpaste, or alcohol matter? You betcha! Off course, common courtesy when dating says too brush then kiss. But, what if that’s not possible? Or what if your beyond just dating? You really need someone who won’t resent you for their extra or different efforts needed to be with you. The last thing you need is some guilt trip for something you can’t help. And toothpaste sharing isn’t the only thing you need to share if you live tog.

Listernine and the type matters, and so does the type of whitening products, floss flavor, mints, type of toothbrush, tongue cleaner, and having a brush head sanitizer. ! Who would have thunk ?

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Formatting- Reading is Optional

Lol!   I mean isn’t this whole blog optional !?   :/   I hope not. But, this is. 


Okay, I seriously don’t think you need to read this but, since part of this blogs mission is to be aspie honest, here we go. 


When in creation or edit mode this blog is not formatted in the way that you see it entirely. The lines are longer for the most part. 

Also, highlighting, coloring, styling, and font type is far from easy to set. And I can never set any of it to automatically to be that way. Because of that it takes a long time to get it to look how you see it. So I recognize that sometimes the words are on two lines. 

The spacing is awkward,  the font looks bold when it shouldn’t be,  or too much of it looks bold,  and the font just suddenly changes. 

Although the app, which this is created in (due to being on the iPad)  is a steal and I do kinda recommend it,  (It is the only way I can afford to make the font a decent size, and the color options there,)  there are some incredibly annoying, and difficult features of it. And doing things often like font changing and color altering is nearly impossible to alter. 

My computer savyness level. If an advanced computer tech with an American bachelors degree would be rated at a 10. I would say my skills are at best a 7.  

 So, please know I’m aware of all of this. And am working on it as much as I can. But, I felt sharing the content, etc, was far more important then perfecting the blogs format and weirdness.  Now don’t you agree;) ? That takes priority to some degree. 

  As for the color choices please see my post on post color. If you didn’t see my initial speal for my guest blog entry on Facebook or via email. 



Who gets these issues?

Today I’m going to mention who else gets SPD issues and also generally what kinds of folks despite diagnosis’s get them.

I like to think of folks with certain disabilities and the norm in a layered system kinda. In the sense of who’s effected the most buy issues making them the farthest from normal. To those only slightly quirky at times. And everyone in between. And I think at the moment this could help you too to understand some things. So, let’s break this down, shall we? Also, see the image below.

The disabilities mentioned within each layer that weren’t previously mentioned are diagnosis’s others may sometimes have who would especially possibly benefit from some sensory solutions/ knowledge. For a review, they are ADHD, Dyslexic, hyperlexia, hyper insomnia, insomnia, Hypotomia, GI obviously, and I’m sure there are others. People with these issues are far more likely to have or get other problems in life. Same, if it’s in there genes and not detectable.

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Help US All be Healthier! updated

Do you feel the need for any of the following? 

A less toxic world 

More Sensory friendly products with eventually cheaper costs

More ingredient knowledge 

The power to change companies and products

To be part of an intelligent buyer community. 

To no longer feel lied too from marketing sugar coating products. 

Less sensory overload or other SPD issues to occur. 

If the answer is YES to any of the above check out these links and please join me in being part of ALL of the above.  It’s free! And will take very little of your time. Once on the links, sign up for there e-mail updates. Periodically,  you will be asked to help buy signing petitions and things of that nature. I really hope you do. And recruit others for it too! 

http://safecosmetics.org

 http://www.ewg.org.  

http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/healthy-homes-gardens-1/factsheets/cleaningproducts

Why Join my Newsletter?

         1. I’m working on a book that’s topic is Sensory Solutions. The book will have some of  the blog info. plus, much more! You’ll be the first to hear about when it’s published and the general free details I’ll share with you about it. I’m very excited for that to complete. 


    2. If you have a writing, or an editing background, and am farmiliar enough with SPD topics and are willing to assist me with it as an editor. You”ll be able to contact me directly, and privately. And I’ll consider your service. 


3. I attend conferences, webcasts, and summits regularly. Some live, some aren’t. I mean ones not in person that I need to travel too. Most are recorded and saved to listen to later if there live. Most are free, but only for a limited time.  I’ll hook you up to join me. I will no longer be sharing the links to these via Facebook support groups,  or other ASD or disability groups that are online. These blogs/ websites are partly created to make sharing things like this much less time consuming. 


4. Sometimes,  I find some great info,  article, or group that is sensory related. Sometimes I may share it on this blog. I ALWAYS will share it with my subscribers. 


5. You’ll be part of a community with atleast some of the same issues as you or your loved one. 


6. You’ll learn more about me! 


7. You’ll hear about any in person conferences that I attend that have speakers or workshops on Sensory Topics.  And what I thought about them after words.   I live right outside of NYC in NJ so there are several. I don’t attend them all. 

8.  You can contact me, and possibly help me mold, or perfect,  the newsletter content,  blog, or my upcoming book! 

9. More will defiantly come out in my e-mails as situations and things come up.