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Cosmetic, Skincare and Cleanser Product Research

Take back your grooming rituals for a greener, cleaner way of living.

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First rule -- read the label.

Second rule -- look for more natural ingredients...and less chemicals.

The nice thing about doing a little research is that once you have found a good solution...you don't have to spend time thinking or worrying about it for a good long time. So, if you take a few minutes to research your shampoo, toothpaste and cleansers...you'll be set for better health for months to come! And here's why...and how.

The US government cannot mandate safety studies of cosmetics, and only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients FDA has documented in products have been assessed for safety by the cosmetic industry's review panel. Explore your products with Skin Deep's in-depth rating guides, and find safer choices for you and your family.

Skin Deep (provided by Environmental Working Group) is a personal care product safety guide with in-depth information on 14,841 products - 1,032 brands of lotion, lip balm, deodorant, sunscreen and other popular products - and the 7,093 ingredients that form them. With its core of 37 toxicity and regulatory databases, Skin Deep provides safety ratings and brand-by-brand comparisons that can help consumers choose safer products.

SKINDEEP online research database

Skindeep online skincare and cosmetics research tool You can Research a particular product like shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser or a brand name. You can Browse by product type, such as bar soap or body oil. You can compare highest concern brands and lowest concern brands.

And you can end up with a shopping list that can replace your current products as you use them up -- or decide it's worth chucking some of the more dangerous products into the toxic and hazardous waste recycling center...and going greener.

Another approach to consider is making some of your own cleansers from healthful ingredients.

DIY RESOURCES

Pioneer Thinking is a resource to help the do-it-yourselfer at www.pioneerthinking.com One example from their website: Vinegar can work wonders for smelly feet and armpits. Mix water and vinegar 50/50, and use in place of deodorant: it will keep the unpleasant sweat smell away, without any irritation. As for your feet, if you suffer with athlete's foot, a week of vinegar foot bath will help a lot, sometimes completely getting rid of your condition. They have other skincare solutions for baking soda, tomatoes, olive oil, egg yolks, avocados...and even water.

Household Cleansers

Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations because the chemistry was right. Going back to the original naturally-derived ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute, and save you money. Most are found in your kitchen cupboards.

Care2.com offers additional cleanser recipes for the do=it-yourselfer. They claim you can save as much as 90% of the cost of commercial cleansers.

Among the simple recipes are:

  • Soft scrubber
  • Window cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Furniture polish
  • Mold killers
  • Deodorizers
Grooming is a major concern for all animals -- have you ever noticed how birds and furry critters all spend considerable time with cleansing their own bodies and their surroundings...nests and sleeping quarters? It's a natural part of life, and there are ways you can take back your grooming rituals for a greener, cleaner way of living.

It isn't as overwhelming as you might think!



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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