“The human body is the best work of Art’
– Jess C. Scott
I was perplexed to learn several years ago that our cosmetics, creams deodorants often contain carcinogens and hormone disruptors. I was alerted to this by a sign that said You Care About What You Put In Your Body but Not About what You Put on Your skin…. It’s been a few years of trying different products, especially since we moved from Europe. I’ve even got a recipe for home-made deodorant I’m waiting to try.
I recently met Sarah McCoy, creator of Salon Solids http://salonsolids.com/?page_id=22, at a Yes event for Washington’s 522 event. She is concerned about GMOs and Labelling issues. Our topic of conversation centred about hair care (she has lovely rich auburn locks) and she asked me what brand I used. “Oh,” I my chest puffing with pride said, I use Cancer Free Shampoo” I meant carcinogen free as advertised on the bottle – because it is DEA free. “I also use organic shampoos,” I added proudly, “you know ones with organic ingredients”.
The lovely Sarah McCoy nodded politely. Afterwards, she sent me the Environmental Working Group Assessment Skin Deep of products I’ve been using thinking they are safe. But they aren’t. Between the food and the cosmetics, it is any wonder that cancer is an epidemic. (Only 10% of cancers are genetic). 90% of cancers are coming from what we put in our bodies and what we put on our bodies.
I couldn’t believe it! Everything I’ve been using has toxins, carcinogens, reproductive disruptors blah blah blah…. Not one product I been using systematically scores low on the hazard scale. I went to the David Suzuki’s site. He concurs.
Everyone should avoid these toxins allowed in cosmetics. I can’t believe that the federal Government allows these products to be sold! Scratch that… The federal government allowed GMOs into our food supply after 3 month trials on rats. Instead of acting according the precautionary principle, our governments have been allowing toxic products into and onto our bodies.
WE must find out what is actually good for us, and not rely on government. We have to seek out the environmentalists, the activists, for information. I challenge you to go to the EWG site and plug in the ingredients from the shampoos sitting in your bathroom. Do it right now! Here’s the link http://www.ewg.org/skindeep You can search by Brand, product or ingredient.
Fortunately, Sara is the real McCoy and offers a products called Salon Solids. http://www.salonsolids.com She was inspired to as a salon owner and stylist and concerned for her clients being exposed to synthetic toxins. Her products are free of Sodium Lauryl and Ammonium sulfates, isopropyl alcohol, sythetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA, MEA, DMDM Hydrantoin/Urea, Parabens and Talc.
What does the Salon Solids shampoo actually contain:
- sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate
- guar gum
- orange peel oil
- aloe barbadensis leaf juice
- cocoa butter
All the ingredients in salon solids score low according to hazard levels of the environmental working group. I looked them up, using the EWG Skin Deep http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Now what I also like about salon solids is that the shampoo comes as a dry package. This way you don’t pay for the water to be shipped around the country. (Another reason to avoid liquid soaps.) With salon solids you add hot water and presto you have shampoo! Plus you can reuse the bottle.
I’ve tried it, it’s easy. Why don’t you?