Safer Cosmetics campaign doesn’t want ME!?

Do you remember my posts helping them recruit volunteers?  Well, when I volunteered and e-mailed them, I never got a reply. I followed up. And the same thing happened, NOTHING.! This I find interesting, perhaps. Or, am I shocked?! Or do I understand why? I may understand why. I guess perhaps, they don’t want someone sensitive to nearly every product. U think? It’s not like I can’t advocate AND generalize for them. I can, and was looking forward to proving it, ONCE I had the chance too. But, they don’t even REPLY.  REALLY!?


Is anyone else surprised buy this? I sent her my sensory solutions blog link, told her I was an aspie even too. Did this hurt me? I thought it would help. Am I missing anything? 


Thanks for any feedback. 

Safe Cosmetics Advocacy Recruitment Review

To be honest, this blog wouldn’t exist if most cosmetics and sunscreens were both toxic free, and sensory friendly. But, sadly most aren’t. Last Wednesday, I watched this great 32 minute live broadcast on UTUBE called,  “Safe Cosmetics Activism” .  If you want to do only what I previously mentioned in anouther post buy signing up for there newsletter. To help change the cosmetic and sunscreen industry. 


Please just go here to sign up! http://safecosmetics.org


  However, if your willing to help the safe cosmetics organization, and EVERYONE with a much bigger impact, please go to your utube account, and watch the video. And then sign up for the team or teams you will volunteer in. This organization only has 1 full time employee. This organization sometimes works with the Breast Cancer Fund, EWG, and others. 


As a volunteer you can spend as little or as much time as you want volunteering. And they have three teams. Team Build Up, Team Act Up, and Team Power Up. There literally is a job for every type of person. From a social butterfly, website designesr, researcher’s, online social media types, to politician types, and even letter writers. These are only some of the volunteer positions.  With the combination of my education here, and what they offer. I guarantee, you will have more then enough know how to make an impact. 


The contact info to get started immediately is here and in the broadcast. 


 Sarada@safecosmetics.org  (no capitals in the address) the speaker on the video.

info@safecosmetics.org. There general e-mail.


There website to review their previous campaigns –  http://safecosmetics.org


The first half of the video reviews a bit about chemicals and campaigns they have done or are working on/ towards. The last half Saranda tells you of their volunteer cosmetic advocate roles they have available prior to answering some brief questions. 


I’m going to be on the first two teams. Will you join us? 

Reminder, Safe Cosmetics Advocacy Training

Remember,  this post from last week? The “Free Safe Cosmetics Advocacy Training”? If not, check it out on page 2 of this blog! I hope there’s an overwhelming attendance. Then maybe it will get a repeat. Wouldn’t that be great?! The one about a free training tonight?  If so, and you haven’t signed up yet. Even if you can’t attend the whole thing (or maybe it at all.) You should seriously sign up.  It’s tonight at 6 pm EST. Will you join me? In trying to help the world get safer? I hope so! 


Thanks for reading! 


Alexandrea 

Safe Cosmetics Activism free Training

Did you know that 1/2 of the US men in the US have had or are expected to get cancer in their life? Or how about that 1 third of women are exposed to get it in there life as well.  Signing up to these will put you on a free Breast Cancer Fund mailing list you can unsubscribe to at any time.

Who knows about this? And is joining me? In making our products less toxic with few to no carcinogens in them.  I just received this today from the Campaign from the Safe Cosmetics newsletter, (Go to my resource post for the sign up link)  I recommend so highly. If you don’t get it, you really should.   Anyway, if you want to help be a super hero to so many, I recommend atleast checking this out!


Supporter, are you so passionate about cosmetics safety that you want to become an even more committed safe cosmetics activist? Then join us next Wednesday for a web chat to learn how to give the cosmetics industry a much-needed safety makeover!

What: Safe Cosmetics Activism, a fun, interactive web chat
When: Wednesday, May 21
3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern
Click here! Register today!

You’ve heard us say it a million times: We can’t shop our way out of this problem. It shouldn’t matter who you are, where you live, where you shop, or what you buy. Cosmetics and personal care products should be safe for everyone! Learn about toxic chemicals in cosmetics and the outrageous things companies say and do to justify their continued use of them! Whether you’re passionate about mobilizing your friends and neighbors, holding cosmetics companies accountable, or demanding elected officials overhaul cosmetics safety laws, this web chat will fire you up and inspire you to be an even more effective safe cosmetics superstar!

Twitter users: Live tweet your questions and comments using #safecosmetics!

You won’t want to miss this video!

An interview with Bruce Lourie, co-author of the new book TOXIN TOXOUT: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World. Toxin Toxout gets in a lather over the use of toxic chemicals by the self-regulated $71 billion cosmetics industry, and takes a look at the companies and cosmetics makers working to fill the safe cosmetics void to satisfy a growing number of consumers who want greener personal care products.

It may be true that toxic chemicals are driving increased rates of serious disease such as breast and prostate cancer, but the solutions to the crisis are within our grasp. Our efforts have gotten major companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Avon and Walmart to eliminate toxic chemicals from their products and their inventories. Jurisdictions around the world are making progress to eliminate chemicals from different aspects of our lives, such as the FDA’s new study of the health effects of triclosan. And millions of consumers across the US are getting educated like never before.

Together, we’re cleaning up the beauty aisle!

Sincerely,
Sarada, Margie, Janet, Jamie, Cindy and all of us at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics works to protect our health by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. Make a donation to support our efforts today!

 


The Sickening Truth of Cosmetics

Some of what I’m going to say in this post is extremely disturbing. I feel uncomfortable even stating it. But, will be relieved once it’s out. So, if your having a bad day you MiGht want to come back to it. However, it’s all ( for better or for wOrSe) life changing info too. ¬†

Let’s cut to the chase. Their is less then 1 % of cosmetics that are not toxic and completely sensory friendly, that actually work in the way they claim too. Don’t worry I know them. ! ūüôā The bad news is there are 0 products sold in the US and that I’ve found sold elsewhere ( that means there could be a product avail for example in China that fits this, but, I have no knowledge of it- and I highly doubt it) that is completely sensory friendly and NON toxic completely in every ESSENTIAL cosmetic and household cleaner type. Yes, I’ve looked at cosmetics sold in other countries. Via the internet. And no, English is my ownly fluent language. ¬†The same might likely be true for laundry cleaners. I’ll remind myself of this soon and get back to you with the results if it is actually different in that product area.¬†


¬† ¬†To make things even worse, many cosmetics that aren’t known to be used to kill acne, prevent it, exfoliate (2 of the harshest cosmetic categories below), or keep you safe in the wilderness, have harsh household ingrediants in them at times, or main ingrediants that are used in any or any combo of those 4 other categories. ¬†Do you really want an ingrediant from your bug spray for example in your moisturizer!? I surely don’t! Need a hug yet!? I do!¬†


    What does this mean? 

That means, in some of the essential categories below.¬†What is possible, and I will do this in my book. (Among a lot of other things too) Will be recommending products that if they aren’t free of them completely. They will have at most, hopefully only a couple of them. ( I already know all the products, and have already studied all the ingrediant labels). They will all be the most current, healthiest, super sensitive, cosmetic products, ¬†sold in the US. ¬†This should go without saying but, it also means that I have used atleast once, everything I will recommend minus a couple at most. And that NONE ( except for 1/2 and there very mild reactions) of them give me any known sensory problems. And remember, I have numerous very serious sensory issues. I CAN guarantee to you, atleast that.


Essential Cosmetic/drugs types in my mind are the following


Soap/  body washes. 

Shampoo

Conditioner 

Deodorant 

Hair dryer 

Sunscreen/ sunblock 

Baby products diapers baby wipes pacifiers etc. 

moisturizer 

Outdoor Protection products like bug spray 

Acne killers and protection from it. 


Non- essential cosmetics are the following 

Most, possibly all Nail care         

Serums                 Sprays                        Hair coloring products 

Toners.           Uncomfortable headbands     Taning lotion 

Gels          Some hair dryers            Perfumes             Cologne         

Scented clothing, particularly spa socks         Scented beauty masks   

           

Marketing Terms VS Reality

I hope your paying attention cause this post is incredibly important. These definitions as stated before are not regulated. However, after spending literally atleast 45 mins on several store visits to various grocery’s, pharmacy’s, and beauty stores (Only in there cosmetic isles), and other stores that sell beauty items. ¬†And spending numerous hours online researching cosmetics, and ingrediants, along with trying several different supposively top of the line (sometimes) cosmetics and hair care over the last about 10 years. Hear is what these terms morally mean in the hair care and cosmetics industry. ¬†Hear is also, what they DON’T mean just as importantly. ¬† I can say that most manufacturers or marketing firms label these products with this moral code. ¬†I can also say although I only purchased products sold in the US and not imported. That from my own online research it seams this is fairly universal. ¬†However, the US seams to sell more variety then most if not any other country. So, it’s the easiest to see this hear.


Hypo-Allergenic¬†-there are one or more ingrediants that tries to reverse any allergic response and is mild. If labeled this way without like I said, sensitive skin also labeled on it, and certain other things. It likely has irritants/ toxins. Hello! I’m buying a product that will give me issues yet then that will try to hide them/ fix them poorly? How does that make sense!? Just get the products without the irratants, etc. And you won’t need any hypo-allergic ingrediants. ¬†Promise! ¬†And like all the other definitions below . The product may have anything or everything else you don’t want in it. ¬† And I guarantee you if it’s made in the US and likely, anywhere else they will have some if not many of these ingrediants/ byproducts types. Like,¬†drying and burning, stinging alcohol,¬†scents, preservatives, toxins, fragrances, unknown additives, ¬†harsh cleaners, ¬†exfoliating ingrediants, etc.¬†

 

Sensitive Skin- if a product says this along with unscented, fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, and preservative free you’ll be GOLDEN 99% of the time if it isn’t all natural or organic. ¬†But, nearly nothing does in the US. Off course, including some preservatives occasionally, and a couple toxins max, the products I’ll recommend in my book will be in that 1% .¬†

But, back to what it means. People who only have sensitive skin sometimes aren’t as sensitive as those with Roscia, Dyspraxia, and PSD in a combination. Or just compared to Roscia. Basically, there are certain ingrediants. That are super mild. That aren’t necessarily anti-allergenic reversal ingrediants. It means that product has atleast a couple of those mild ingrediants in it. It also may mean that they try to keep the harsher ingrediants out. ¬†Also if a product says it’s great for sensitive skin but, it doesn’t clarify for people with Roscia too, and it doesn’t say atleast, free of preservatives, alcohols, unscented, and maybe hypoallergenic. It sometimes isn’t friendly for the most sensitive skin like roscia individuals or guaranteed to be sensory friendly.¬†

Again, it doesn’t mean the ingrediants are hypo-allergenic, alcohol free, unscented, preservative free, non toxic, fragrance free (although some occasionally are), non exfoliating, etc.

Organic or All Natural-¬†It means no added or synthetic fragrances. It also means it’s likely to have a lot less if any by products hidden in it. It doesn’t mean it’s toxic free, unscented, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, or sensitive skin friendly, It’s at best, a product without 1 or 2 of those . ¬†


   Although not helpful, in the PSD sensitivity learning process. Organic or All Natural also means.  That the majority of the ingrediants or the concentration of the main ingrediants. Is great enough to have the product made organically or with all natural ingrediants.  It is VERY rare for any product to be trully all natural. 


Alcohol free-¬†Aren’t always however, if they have it- it is usually the milder types of alcohol that is known to be less irritating and problematic. And those alcohol types are often disguised. ¬†Interested still?!¬†


Unscented- ¬†provided there’s no buy products hidden in the product. And I guarantee you there 99.9 % of the time are. It will be unscented. Which means there won’t be any NATURAL fragrances or scents. ¬† So, yes, this means it won’t be organic.¬†


Fragrance Free- It means there’s no added synthetic fragrance. Or there nasty carcinogens or by products that come with it. Yea!¬†

The bad news, 

It 99.9 % of the time guarantees there will be scents/ buy products. And very possibly a butch of other unhealthy undesired ingrediants. There maybe by products but, there won’t be tons, if there are.¬†


Now, if you like these moral codes, you might want to stop reading this blog. ¬†Because, I certainly don’t.¬†



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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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! ¬†ūüėČ )¬†

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.