My Journey to Find Safe Personal Care Products

What Do You Put On Your Skin?

Is it Safe?

Today I saw the report below and even though it is extreme, it did not shock me as much as it would have some years ago. Hopefully you will never face anything so serious.

Have you ever thought about what is in your skincare products? What do you put on your skin? Have you checked the labels and perhaps pondered if your skin care products are safe?

U.S. News, NBC reports:

“California woman in semi-comatose state due to mercury poisoning from Mexican skin cream.”

Safer Skincare
My Journey to Find Safer Personal Care Products

What do you put on your face? Is it safe?

About a year ago, during my research into the newest findings on nutrition and food safety, I came across some disturbing reports about the safety of personal care products. 

At first, I was shocked that the findings were extremely negative. I am not a person who would immediately read a negative report and believe it, but it made me curious. I dug deeper and searched reports and articles from many different sources. 

What I came up with was sorely disappointing. Before this research, I had high regards and trust that our government would keep us safe. But do they? And to what degree?

Let’s find out. 

The safety net to protect consumers in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the agency who monitors food and medicine etc. for safety. Sadly, I was surprised to find out that we are not protected to the degree I always took for granted. For example, of 13,000 chemicals used in the US, only 10% are tested for safety. So over 11,000 chemicals used in the US are NEVER even tested for safety!

Furthermore, the FDA doesn’t just test every personal care item that is sold to the consumer across the board. The FDA ONLY gets involved when there is a problem, when there is a claim that a product caused harm, when someone has been hurt by a product. THEN they investigate. Personal care products and cosmetics are not carefully monitored.

They come from the assumption that a product on the market is safe until it is proven unsafe. Is that wise?

When it comes to cosmetics, the European Union has banned 1,328 chemicals that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm, birth defects and/or other diseases and health problems. *

You might wonder how many chemicals are banned or restricted in the US by the FDA. Curious? 

11 chemicals! Unbelievable, right? 

So, does it make you wonder why there are 1,317 chemicals in OUR personal care products that have been found to be dangerous?

But baby products at least would be safe, right? I couldn’t imagine that anyone would allow baby care products to be sold that contain unsafe chemicals, right? 

Wrong!!!

It shocked me to find out that even children’s products, like well-known baby shampoos, bubble baths, baby lotions, are just as bad. Even baby products on the shelves are filled with chemicals that are banned in other countries because they were not deemed safe. 

THIS IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE:

  • In the United States a product has to be proven unsafe before it is banned or restricted.
  • What we need: a product should be proven safe before it can be marketed. 

What did I do?

My first reaction was shock and perhaps a sense of panic. I started doubting everything in my shower, on my vanity, in my bathroom cabinets and under my sink. I started reading labels and looked up the ingredients listed on the back. I was shocked. 

Next I threw out everything I couldn’t prove was safe.

And I learned how to make my own products and replaced personal care and household items.

I made soap and lotion, serum for face and nails, bath soaks, and cleaning products, all from natural products. It was my way to do a complete reset. By making things myself, I KNEW the ingredients were pure, natural and safe. 

You can probably imagine that I was busy, busy, busy. So busy as a matter of fact that I didn’t have time to blog, nor do much of anything else. 

But that is not where it stopped. 

This year things just fell into place.  

I feel like I’ve come full circle.

My niece introduced me to a company that restored my trust. After all the researching, shocking revelations, worries and then soap making etc., I found a company that takes the safety of consumers serious. I found Arbonne. 

I absolutely fell in love with Arbonne’s products and especially their safety pledge

As I mentioned above:

The US FDA bans/restricts 11 chemicals.

The European Union bans 1,328 chemicals.

Arbonne bans OVER 2000 chemicals, and they continue their VOLUNTARY testing. Anything that isn’t proven safe will not be put on the market. 

For 35 years Arbonne’s goal has been to produce botanically based, pure, safe, and beneficial products. The vision to create products with such high standards was there long before most of us became aware of the dangerous chemicals in the things we use daily. 

IF IT CAN’T BE PROVEN SAFE, ARBONNE WILL NOT SELL IT. 

People need to know and understand the dangers that are lurking in products we put in and on our body. 

I became an Arbonne customer last spring and absolutely fell in love with their products.  As a matter of fact, I have gained such trust in these products that I want to spread the message that we CAN use safer products. I became a consultant with Arbonne last month because I feel Arbonne is the way to reduce damaging chemicals in our life. Arbonne is the way to a healthier you!

For your safety and the safety of your family, don’t take my word for granted, please look at the products you are using, and I hope you take what you see seriously and choose safe personal care products

If you are interested in clean, pure, beneficial Arbonne products, here is a link to my page

We need to get rid of damaging chemicals in our foods, personal care products, household products, and in our environment.

I wish you a healthier and happier life. 

My recommendation:

Please take the time to watch the documentary “Stink” on Netflix. It was eye-opening to me. I highly recommend it.

 Stay informed, stay safe!

*Sources:

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

The Guardian

FDA

CNBC

Pretty Hurts

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