Years ago, I started to take notice of what was on my food labels. Generally, it made sense to me that garbage in equals garbage out. Whole foods, not to be confused with “food-like” products just made me feel better overall. I am still guilty of the occasional food coma (in my case generally brought on by far too much sugar). I feel pretty good about having the food labels down pat. However, I didn’t instantly make the same connection with what I was putting “on” my body. Oh no, more labels.
Well, that was then, and this is now. I am a voracious reader of labels. As well informed as I like to believe I am, it’s pretty easy to get “greenwashed” by advertising so please, please, check out those labels. I was recently seduced by a mascara that is hypo-allergenic and free of parabens, talc, gluten, phthalates, artificial colors and fragrance. Sadly, it’s not free of propylene glycol. This is the tricky ingredient that keeps popping up in things that look clean at first glance. Luckily, the list of Chemicals to Avoid in Your Personal Care Products has been making it’s way into the mainstream, and I think this is a great resource to see what you’ve got lurking in your bathroom cabinets. Thank you Dr. Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and author of one of my favorite books Revive; Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again for sharing your research.
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