Toxic Cosmetics Lurking in my Home – STILL!!!

11 May

As you can tell by my blog topics and archive, I’ve been cleaning up my act for sometime now. I must admit that I can be a know-it-all – and this week I have been humbled. Not only humbled, but also shocked, surprised, and honestly a little bit angry. Here’s why: when one embarks on this journey to clean up ones life there’s certainly a learning curve. You learn that the healthiest things don’t come in packages, and even those organic packaged foods are still junk food with a fancy label. You learn that animal products and chemicals are hidden everywhere. If you haven’t seen the Story of Stuff, it’s below.

If you’re anything like me, you may also think that because you know the red flags to look for that you really do know your products. Much of my ego has played into feeling that I was making better choices than most of the people I know – and while that’s not WHY I do it – I’ve really patted myself on the back and tooted my own horn about it. If you follow my blog you likely know me in some way – so you know that I am proud of buying CLEAN products, clean food, and supporting companies that I believe make a difference in this world.

Here it comes. I WAS WRONG and I AM ANGRY! I’ve used the Cosmetics Database many times over the past few years to look up products. The database rates products toxicity from Zero (not harmful) to 9, very harmful. I picked a range of products from things I use daily (shampoo, deodorant) to things I use occasionally (OFF!, facial masque, cheap body spray) and everything in between. First, here’s a visual. Do you recognize any of these products? Do it yourself – I posted a hub about it here: How to Detoxify your home.

Toxic Products including shampoo, lotion, mineral makeup, organics and more.

All of these toxins combined create a deadly cocktail in your body, and what goes on your skin goes IN your body.

So you may be wondering why the anger? What’s the big deal? I buy everything from organic lotion to organic dish soap. The price point on these items is much higher than supposed toxic products. But since I’m a know-it-all – my motto has been “You get what you pay for!” Not true. Hence the outrage. You’re telling me that my overpriced shampoo, conditioner and lotion are the exact same poor quality as everything else on the shelf? Yes, it’s true.

Fine, if you know me – you know I prefer solutions to complaining. I took the plunge this week to join Ava Anderson Non-Toxic as a consultant. I am already passionate about this subject, and now I am empowered. Let me tell you something folks… I THOUGHT I KNEW my organics. I really did. After trying TRULY organic products that are clean and made with minimal ingredients I can’t even explain. I have not dyed or processed my hair in over 10 years – it has not felt this healthy – ever. It feels like hair again! The frizz is gone (and I didn’t have to use my dimethicone-based “serum” either!) My skin feels flawless, and not like it has a coating of garbage over it.

I will never, never ever, ever ever go back to the old way… no more blinders, no more wasted dollars at drug stores, whole foods, trader joes. I’m done with the cosmetics and personal care industry. There is a new way… and as you may have guessed, I am completely on board. Once you go clean you’ll NEVER go back.

Watch for my Ava Anderson non-toxic review – where I tell you about my experience with the products!
(Review is linked here!)

I will be reviewing the following: Ava Lipstick, lip gloss, foundation, blush, cleanser, scrub, moisturizer, toner, body lotion, body wash, and haircare products.
CAN’T WAIT – but duty calls – I have some design deadlines to tie up first.

6 Responses to “Toxic Cosmetics Lurking in my Home – STILL!!!”

  1. Bill Lowell June 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Maria, this is an interesting post. Unfortunately the things sold to us as organic are not guaranteed to be organic. There is very little truth in advertising these days and the big companies doing the wrong thing tend to swallow up the small companies doing the right thing. All we can do is try to do our research and tell others when we find stuff to be bogus. Nice work,

    • NaturalNutritionGuru June 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      Thanks so much, Bill.

    • NaturalNutritionGuru June 15, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Bill, I do believe there are many safe products – but the truth is in the ingredients (NOT on the front label!)

      By using Environmental Working Groups Cosmetics Database, I have been able to clean up my act. I also decided to become a consultant for Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, as I believe the issue is an important one!

      Also, a higher price does not mean a cleaner product – which is why I fell in love with the Ava line – it’s green, it’s clean, I know I can trust every product, and the price point is right where it should be.

  2. Keri Jaehnig (@connectyou) June 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm #


    I’m just beginning to understand the real nitty-gritty about organics.

    While I’ve not been a saint in my life to this point, I’m sure, I’ve been one to not add salt to food, not take medicine really unless all other attempts for health have been tried, and I tend to search for “cleaner” stuff — meaning cut the gunk.

    But we can always improve. I’ll be looking forward to future posts from you.


  3. Digger Cartwright June 15, 2012 at 8:25 am #


    I use it all (the bad stuff you mention) and as I am only one person, I do take responsibility for it.
    However, I like luxury and if that means paying more, a lot more, for great products, I am in. You are telling me that paying for more expensive, organic products, is not always the best choice? How about all the salon products?

    I am looking forward to reading more on this subject and learning along with you.
    I thought the little video was very educational.

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