In Holistic Care, Lifestyle


Even though the brand you use has words like “all natural” and “organic” on their bottle, the product can be loaded with chemicals, parabens, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead and other harmful ingredients that are absorbed into your body. I can’t tell you how many times someone has called me asking to compare my lines with such and such product, and with rare exceptions, when I checked the ingredient list of their products, I found that they were far from organic or all natural. If fact, while there might be a few herbal ingredients listed, there were plenty of unhealthy toxic ingredients.

There are no regulations in the beauty industry, so manufacturers can use any ingredients they want. And when you make products for mass consumption, you need those products to have a long shelf life. This means lots of chemicals and preservatives are added that are harmful to your health.

At, before I decide to carry a product line, the first thing I look at is the ingredient list. I also verify the products with the  Environmental Working Group’s  online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. They rate products based on the ingredients, and have three scoring ranges, the lower the score the safer the product:

  • 0-2 GREEN are the most safe products
  • 3-6 ORANGE for moderately safe products
  • 7-10 RED for hazardous products

All beauty and hygiene products carried by fall within the 0-2 GREEN zone (except lip gloss, which is a 3)

Aricle from latest Carol James of Inspired Living newsletter.

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