Ya know… one can get a little down when you start to consider all the different nasty, cancer-causing, immune-disrupting, skin-irritating chemicals that are legal and available in our regular household products. One might start to think that the powers that be have a vested interest in keeping us sick, fat and chemically saturated. Well that’s a little doomsday, isn’t it?
The good news is we have the power to choose what we want for our bodies and lives. Choice comes when we are armed with information.
Here is a short list of all-too-common chemicals that may be lingering in your life and their alternatives. Just so you know, sensual is natural in my book. Don’t buy into the marketing hype.
You may be familiar with formaldehyde as the chemical that is used to embalm the dead. It additionally, pops up in the more curious places such as paints, cigarettes, gasoline, some vaccines, plywood, carpet production, some cosmetics and even wrinkle-free shirts. High concentrations of formaldehyde can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, depression, anxiety and can worsen asthma symptoms in children and infants. It has also been implicated as a likely cause of cancer. Low concentrations can cause headache, irritation, nasal congestion.
Luckily there are many ways to avoid formaldehyde. Firstly, avoid dead people and high school science labs… kidding (levity is important).
- Most stores have non-toxic paints available. Be sure to ask. Paints off-gas for a long time after being applied to walls.
- Cigarettes are easy to avoid. If you are a smoker, the new nicotine vaporizers are a healthier way to get your nicotine (and hopefully are a step towards quitting). Be sure to get one with vegetable glycerine as propylene glycol (PG) has a host of other toxins. (see below)
- With vaccines, I am choosing to not go into that debate. There are however, homeopathic alternatives if that is what you so choose.
- Plywood should be left for a long enough period to off-gas and there are environmentally-sound wood options available for example naturally harvested bamboo.
- Always choose natural fibres for carpet and clothing- hemp, wool, cotton, alpaca, cashmere (my forever favorite), silk, soy, bamboo, and natural leathers are my choice.
- Use an iron instead of buying wrinkle-free clothing. It isn’t that hard to iron and definitely worth the time investment for your long-term health.
- For cosmetics, always choose natural, organic products. They smell great and are considerably more effective than their chemical counterparts. Additionally, you will have the comfort of knowing that you are not contributing to your toxic load.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Bubbles! Who doesn’t love bubbles? Well, I don’t love bubbles when they come wrapped in an all too common and incredibly toxic chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. It’s inexpensive and ubiquitous. It is commonly found in toothpaste, baby products, shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. SLS is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant. It’s a nasty little chemical that doesn’t break down easily or for a long time. Additionally, it is toxic to aquatic creatures. This one is on the avoid-at-all-costs list. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) contains Dioxane. Dioxane is a suspected carcinogen and last much longer in our bodies, primarily because the liver cannot metabolize it effectively. (www.slsfree.net)
The best way to avoid SLS and SLES are to read your labels and be highly suspect of products that are overly bubbly (and smell like cotton candy or strawberry). There are many fabulous natural products out there. I am huge fan and daily user of Dr. Bronner’s soaps, and Living Libations shampoo and conditioner. I make my own toothpaste and facial cleanser with essential oils and jojoba (I will blog about it in the future) and use Ecovera dish and laundry soap. Natural living feels (and smells) so good.
Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze and amazingly common in our regular household products. What??? It’s used in many brands of makeup, toothpaste, and deodorant (Word to the wise- never use antiperspirants. We are supposed to sweat. What kind of weird endocrine disrupting chemicals are they putting in antiperspirants that won’t allow us to detoxify as nature intended). Many white-stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use. It is essential to keep the delicate lymph nodes beside the breasts as clean and clear as possible. Propylene Glycol is also the active ingredient in many of the nicotine vaporizers that are currently on the market. Direct contact with Propylene Glycol can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing, and goggles when working with it and yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths and under our pits. Propylene glycol additionally sneaks its way into beer, pop-tarts, margarine, cake mix, soda, commercial dressings and sauces, store-bought ice cream, whipped dairy products and cheap coffee.
Look for natural and organic products wherever possible. The best way to ensure that you and your family are not exposed to the barrage of chemicals in conventional food is to make your own, from scratch, using organic ingredients. That chemically-laden food starts to taste pretty gross once you have detoxed from it over a couple of months. Trust that you can do much better in your own kitchen.
For deodorant, use sandalwood as a base and add additional essential oils in gentle concentrations. Sandalwood essential oil has an affinity to our own unique sense of smell. It will work with you to help you smell even more awesome. Ditch the white stick. It stains your clothes anyway.
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Keep yourself healthy and informed. Aim to be as whole, natural and authentic as possible. Think like your great-grandmother; she was a foxy lady. You can revolutionize your health and feel better than ever. It’s actually pretty simple.
So much love and sparkles to you, Sensual Lovers.
Please send me your favorite natural alternatives. I can’t wait to see what you have for me.