I’m getting seriously pissed off now! THIS is crazy. Seriously, I feel sick. This very morning, one of my best friends asked meover the phone, “I just don’t know, HOW do even know who to trust now? How do we know just because it says ‘organic’ that it really is?”
I’m afraid I didn’t really have an answer to that other than to say this very question is what prompted me to start this blog! It’s my hope that by investigating and sharing information here, we can be a little more sure of who is and isn’t telling big fat lies and then use our most persuasive argument (our DOLLARS) to send the message loud and clear: We will not buy your crap product anymore!
CARCINOGENS FOUND IN”ORGANIC” PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
A new study commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that many leading “natural” and “organic” brand shampoos, body washes, and lotions contain the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane.
1,4-Dioxane is considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer.” It is a byproduct of the cancer-causing petrochemical Ethylene Oxide, which is used as part of a short-cut process called Ethoxylation, which makes harsh ingredients milder.
1,4-Dioxane is also suspected of being a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, among others, according to the California EPA. It is also a leading groundwater contaminant.
Some of the leading organic and natural brands found to contain 1,4-Dioxane include:
- JASON Pure Natural & Organics
- Giovanni Organic Cosmetics
- Kiss My Face
- Nature’s Gate Organics
To avoid 1,4-dioxane, OCA recommends reading ingredient labels and avoiding products with indications of ethoxylation, which include: “myreth,” “oleth,” “laureth,” “ceteareth,” any other “eth,” “PEG,” “polyethylene,” “polyethylene glycol,” “polyoxyethylene,” or “oxynol,” in ingredient names.