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Antibacterial soaps.  I’ve used them in the past and my hands got really dry and itchy.  I didn’t realise then that the main ingredient in many was Triclosan, a pesticide.  According to the FDA website "New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits"

Which chemicals should you look out for in personal care products?  Thank you to Dr Frank Lipman for an interesting article

What chemicals you should look out for in your personal care products

EWG's Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals.  Skin Deep launched in 2004 to create online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. Their aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off.

Since 2004, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has put pressure on the cosmetics industry to make safer products. - See more at

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

YouTube video demonstration of how fast chlorine absorbs into the body from tap water.  I’m now looking for a whole house water filter

Whether cosmetics or certain ingredients in them cause more subtle or long-term health problems is not entirely clear. Uncertainty exists because many products and ingredients have not been tested thoroughly. Even when ingredients in cosmetics have been tested, the results may not always be simple or clear cut.

American Cancer Society

Did you know that the term “Hypoallergenic” was meaningless?  All those products you buy because they are supposedly hypoallergenic, particularly for your children, aren’t what they say they are at all.  Watch this video.

Although the American Cancer Society recommend the use of sunscreens there is concern that sunscreen can in fact cause skin cancer.  Ideas for more natural sunscreens can be found here

Update: Dr Axe, in the second link, recommended one particular sunscreen and after the article was published the manufacturer changed the formula - you can read this in the first comment on the article. So Dr Axe replies about the disappointing change and gives a link to a homemade sunscreen, which I think looks pretty good, you’ll find that here. It obviously pays to keep on reading those labels, “New improved formula” generally doesn’t mean its a better formula for you, maybe just better for the manufacturers profits.

We use coconut oil, which is cheap compared to shop bought sunscreen, and we use common sense, which is free.

The cosmetics industry show contempt for their customers by ignoring warnings about hazardous chemicals in products, even for children. This report from the Daily Mail lists the products containing a preservative that is causing many people problems. Profits clearly come first.

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