My wife subscribes to a website called Birchbox that carries beauty, grooming, and lifestyle products. She loves it. She usually waits on the curb for the mailman to deliver her package each month. It’s kinda funny to see her out there in a lawn chair, with a Starbucks in one hand and a cell phone in the other.
Sometimes these packages contain a free gift. After doing a YouTube-worthy happy dance, she carefully opens the box and examines each item- she wants to know where they’re manufactured and what country they came from. If there’s anything from China in there, it immediately ends up in the trash (although it doesn’t happen very often with Birchbox). Her logic works like this: she’s OK with an electronic device or the occasional t-shirt from China, but when it comes to the products she puts on her skin, that’s where she draws the line.
And I totally agree. Some of the things that people put on their skin are insane! And it’s not just the products from China. It’s products from the US too. It’s bad enough that a lot of these companies test on animals, but in the secretive Monsanto tradition, most cosmetic companies don’t have to divulge what goes into their perfumes or moisturizers. It’s top secret, like KFC’s 11 secret herbs and spices. They don’t have to disclose it. And some of these “ingredients” are downright scary.
Do you know what parabens are? They’re chemical compounds added to cosmetics to help preserve them and make them last longer. The problem is, when you rub them onto your skin, they quickly absorb into your bloodstream and act a lot like estrogen- meaning they mess with the reproductive system, especially in men. Parabens have even been linked to breast cancer and a sudden compulsion to watch Adam Sandler movies. And you’re rubbing this garbage into your skin.
Then there’s something called dibutyl phthalate (DPB). The name alone should scare the hell out of you. If you can’t spell it or pronounce it, it can’t be good for you. DBP was a familiar ingredient in nail polish for many years because it made nail polish less likely to crack and peel, but later, growing evidence linked it to genetic mutations and interference with hormone function. This kind of killed it for most companies, but a lot of polishes still contain it. I guess business is business. Screw the human race. Oddly, it’s still used in cosmetics because it helps enhance the fragrance. Nice huh? Oh, did I mention it messes with prostate function in men? Yeah. That’s an added bonus.
As an experiment, I tried cosmetics containing both of these compounds for 10 days. The lactation finally stopped last week.
Look, natural and organic is better. It really doesn’t matter what we’re discussing- food…cosmetics…boobs, genetically-altered or chemically-enhanced is bad for you. Period.
In the meantime, if you want natural, try this site: Naturally Betsy. You won’t find any chemicals there.