Chemical Free, Me.

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Chemical Free, Me.

You would not believe how difficult it is to find beauty products that don’t contain nasty chemicals.

After seeing a report on 3 News about the cancer causing potential of Cocamide DEA and its prevalence as a foaming agent; I took to my bathroom cabinet and threw out about 60% of its contents upon reading the ingredients.

Then, I spent a few weeks without using a cleanser or exfoliator (not pretty) until I found the Ren range. Their products are free from potentially harmful chemicals, making it one of the few skin care brands safe for use during pregnancy, if you’re that way inclined. I’ve been using the cleanser pictured and also the Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm, both feel great on my skin and do their job well. So, if you’re having an anxiety attack about what might be in your skin care, I say give this stuff a go.

If you’d like to read the 3 News article in more detail, here it is. http://www.3news.co.nz/Common-shampoo-ingredient-deemed-dangerous/tabid/423/articleID/313301/Default.aspx#.UnGX9yTM1gI

Also, The Skin Deep Database is a really good site to check how harmful different products can be. They might be a little bit too militant in their approach but, their reviews seem pretty sound and easy to follow. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Let’s Wash Our Hands of Cocamide DEA.

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Let's Wash Our Hands of Cocamide DEA.

3 News in New Zealand recently ran a story about Cocamide DEA, commonly used to make products foam. Listed by the state of California as a chemical that’s known to cause cancer in animals, it’s now banned in many parts of the world but apparently not in New Zealand.

It had never occurred to me that there may be possible carcinogens in the body wash and shampoo I was using but I’ll now be reading product ingredients more closely.

Luckily none of Ecostore’s products contain Cocamide DEA among a range of other nasties so, at least I can lather up in confidence with this stuff.

Click the pic if you’d like to read the 3 News article.

For further reading please follow these links. The second has a link to a list of products known to contain high levels of Cocamide DEA: http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/diethanolamine.htm http://www.medicaldaily.com/does-your-shampoo-contain-carcinogens-cancer-causing-compound-found-98-shampoos-and-soaps-255234