What you’re not looking for in your personal care products.

So I’m back! Got myself together and figured out how to end this years journey and begin the next.

I wanted to talk about personal care products. Now as you may or may not know, I make the majority of the products I put on my skin. Sometimes, I decide to take a break and purchase ready made products.  This time I was disappointed.

So I was looking for hair care this time and went to one of my favorite beauty supply stores in Long Island. I walked over to the ‘natural’ products and proceeded to pick up what I needed. After I had picked up a couple of things, I stopped and decided to look at the label. No sulfates, no paragons, no….. but what it did have was PHENOXYETHANOL!

Noooooooooo! Why, why, why????? I put everything back but the sulfate free shampoo.

Why is it that companies can’t let go of the dangerous chemicals? And don’t tell me it’s necessary. That’s what scientist are for. To find things we can use that won’t kill us and cause horrible side effects on our young.

According to many websites, phenoxyethanol is one of the most widely used chemicals in personal products. How does this even make sense?

The links below reference the federal government ban on the use of phenoxyethanol in products that infants come in contact with because it can shut down the nervous system and cause vomiting in infants. It’s also toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage. Toxic effects can occur through inhalation, skin exposure, and ingestion. The toxicity effects listed in the MSDS are based on exposure to phenoxyethanol undiluted. Scientists agree that in high doses phenoxyethanol is toxic. Of course someone has to dilute it in order for it to be used, so the workers are also endanger.

So companies believe that it can be used in small doses.  But it was labeled a neurotoxin in Germany is 1999. Even small doses concern me because chemicals can build up in the liver tissue. Whose to say your not slowly poisoning yourself. Of course I’m not a doctor or scientist. Still, not such a far fetch idea.

I’m doing my best to use as few products with it as possible. I’m even more convinced that I need to make my own. With my busy schedule and all of my hobbies making my own products can be a pain. In the long run it isn’t as bad as we make it out to be sometimes. If I take a few minutes to an hour every few weeks I can keep up with my needs. I look at it as me using the driving time to create what I need.

If you’d like to know more about phenoxyethanol, you can click on the links below or just google phenoxyethanol.



Looking for recipes for natural products check out my Pinterest.

Still don’t want to make your natural products, check out my page. All products are made to order. Not sitting on the shelves.


Published by leticiaedghill

Like so many women I wear different hats. Sometimes all at once, sometimes one after another. I'm a mother, teacher, daughter, sister, friend and writer. That doesn't include my love to create things. I love working with my hands to crochet, draw, mix natural products and the list goes on. This blog is an extension of that love. Join me and see how I Live Love Create.

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