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Your Body is Your Temple – 5 Natural Body Products to Keep it That Way

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
~Jim Rohn

On average, the American woman uses 12 products a day exposing herself to about 126 different chemicals. The scary thing is that many women use more than this which raises serious concern with over exposure since many product ingredients are toxic and known to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive and hormone problems. What is even crazier is that the European Union has banned more than 1,500 product ingredients for use in cosmetics because of their toxicity compared to only 11 ingredients banned in the U.S.

According to the Environmental Working Group, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety. The agency does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market. The FDA conducts pre-market reviews only of certain cosmetics color additives and active ingredients that are classified as over-the-counter drugs (FDA 2005, 2010). Since the FDA does little to regulate ingredient safety, it has authorized the cosmetics industry to police itself through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel. The panel has declared only 11 ingredients to be unsafe since its creation 30 years ago and many of their recommendations to restrict certain ingredients are not binding on companies.

Cosmetics companies and the FDA maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are but in small doses.  However, the average number of products a person uses everyday causes toxic accumulation that may lead to illness and disease. Since we cannot trust the safety of many ingredients in personal products, treating your body with natural body care is the best way to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals.

 

SLN’s Take Home Message

Think before you slather! Our skin acts like a sponge, so we end up absorbing many harmful, unsolicited chemicals.  Choosing natural body products that are natural or plant-based AND have fewer, but recognizable ingredients is the best way to get your skin in the game. However, be wary of the “organic” or “natural” product labels which can contain petrochemicals. Also, products that are certified as organic can contain as little as 10 percent organic ingredients by weight or volume.

Here are 5 of my favorite Non-Toxic Body Care products for BODY and FACE and view our Ingredient Watch List for other chemicals to avoid.

Body Products Recommendations

Moisturizing Lotion - Pomegranate and Sunflower
$18.55
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Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion
$9.79
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Roll On Perfume Oil, Egyptian Goddess
$8.10
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Natural Deodorant
Natural Deodorant
by Truly's
$9.79
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Roll-On Deodorant Herbal Magic Jasmine - 3 fl oz
$8.91
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Mens Deodorant, Sandalwood
Mens Deodorant, Sandalwood
by Every Man Jack
$8.95
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Mens Deodorant Powder- Unscented
$9.89
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Mens Utility Soap
Mens Utility Soap
by Shea Moisture
$6.93
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Everyone Lotion - Men Cedar and Citrus
$16.92
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Skin Brush
Skin Brush
by Earth Therapeutics
$11.55
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Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
$28.91
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Raw Shea Camomile and Argan Oil Soap
$6.68
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Ayurvedic Bar Soap Himalayan Rose
$5.52
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Bar Soap Baby Mild Unscented
$6.44
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Powersmile Flouride-Free Toothpaste (Peppermint)
$6.92
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Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste Mint
$8.25
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Nurturing Sweet Almond Natural Skin Care
$7.55
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Angel Baby, Natural Stretch Oil
$16.49
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Panty Liner - Normal Wrapped - 18 ct
$6.06
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Ultra Extra Pads w/wings - Normal -  12 Count
$7.44
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Jan 14, 2016


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