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Invisible Toxins ~ Part 2

Daniela Rambaldini Article by: Daniela Rambaldini
Date: Oct 11, 2013 · Posted in: Animal Rights, Skin Health, Natural Products
Invisible Toxins ~ Part 2

In Part 1 - Invisible Toxins, I considered the possible reasons that people and companies haven’t yet permanently renounced toxic cosmetics and beauty care and fully embraced 100% natural alternatives. In this blog post, I explore the possibilities and offer suggestions for how we can all help to eliminate unnecessary toxins from our bodies and our planet.

 

Awareness

If lack of awareness is an issue, then the media and internet can help. To spread the word about product and ingredient toxicity, several organizations and websites have amassed excellent information to help consumers make educated choices. As a start, read through the great information provided by The David Suzuki Foundation and the Environmental Working Group websites.

 

The Vitarock Unacceptable Ingredients list is also a condensed reference of the most prominent and most toxic ingredients found in common beauty and body care products. I've attached the list below for your reference. Vitarock curates every product we sell to ensure they are devoid of these ingredients. Vitarock is committed to helping to protect the health of consumers like you and the planet we all share.

 

Look for the logos of third party certification organizations on product labels to help guide your choices of pure, green, safe, and fair products.

 

 

Effective and Accessible

I admit that there was a time when finding natural soaps, cosmetics and shampoos wasn't very easy. Those of us who were adamant about avoiding toxic products had to search extensively and commute to relatively remote health food stores (not all of which stocked what you were looking for!) to find junk-free commodities. And even then, the selection wasn't always very great, the prices were high, many products weren't even completely clean, and not all products were perceived to be as effective as their synthetic counterparts.

 

But that was 2 decades ago. The market has transformed tremendously since then and so have the products. These days, residents of most major cities have rather effortless access to an impressive array of effective, affordable products that are made with 100% natural ingredients, and online shopping has resolved most accessibility challenges for people who reside outside of major centres.

 

 

Product Marketing

This is a very problematic issue. "Made with Natural Ingredients" and "Contains Botanical Extracts" have become salient catch phrases of the "Clean and Natural" bandwagon. These claims wouldn't be troublesome were they not bedazzling you into unawareness of the lies of exclusion. Take a look at the rest of the ingredients in these products, and you might be disappointed to realize that the said natural ingredients and botanical extracts are drowned in synthetic, toxic chemicals.

 

Truly natural products don't need to market these claims because everything contained in the product is already natural. Knowledge and global accessibility of natural ingredients for cosmetics and body care are increasing rapidly, boosting the number of 100% natural products on the market. Moreover, these all natural ingredients are just as effective (and sometimes more!) than their synthetic counterparts.

 

So why don't all companies switch to clean and natural ingredients? What's the point of using toxic synthetics anymore? Well, there are at least a few reasons.

 

1. They work

It's true. These ingredients may be toxic, but they get the job done. Synthetic antimicrobials and antifungals control the growth of bacteria and yeasts, help maintain a long product shelf life, and reduce contamination. Polymerized emollients smooth and soothe while chemical surfactants lather and foam. Some people enjoy the scent of ersatz fragrances and the hues of artificial colours. This is what companies notice.

 

2. They're cheap

Most of these ingredients can be purchased in large quantities for very low prices. Again, this is a good thing for manufacturers.

 

3. The chemical industry is big business

There are companies that do nothing else but research, develop, and produce various synthetic chemicals. If they produce these products, there will be a market for them. Refer again to points #1 and #2 above to understand why.

 

 

Even though many of these synthetic ingredients are regulated and all are tested (most often on animals!) for safety and toxicity thresholds prior to being used commercially, very few are banned. It's not practical or logical to wait for governments to stop companies from using these ingredients in products. It's far more effective to shout this message to industry (and government) with your own voice. Use your money in the most powerful way you can and buy only products that are truly made from 100% natural ingredients.

 

Look for the logos of third party certification organizations on product labels to help guide your choices of pure, green, safe, and fair products.