Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday Focus - Miessence Mother & Baby Range

Despite their claims of being pure and gentle for baby, many supermarket brands of baby care products have been found to contain the chemicals 1,4-dioxane and/or formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is created when other chemicals in the product break down over time, while 1,4-dioxane is formed when foaming agents are combined with ethylene oxide or similar petrochemicals.

These baby shampoos, lotions and powders also commonly contain phthalates that have been linked with possible reproductive problems. There is a strong correlation between phthalate exposure and early onset of puberty in girls. Phthalates are used as a fragrance stabiliser and are often not listed on labels.A recent study, found phthalates in elevated levels in the urine of babies who’d been recently shampooed, powdered or lotioned with baby products.

Another common ingredient is parabens. These are a group of synthetic preservatives. Possible side effects - allergic reactions, endocrine disruption: contact dermatitis and a possible increase in the risk of breast cancer.

Propylene glycol often found in skin care products has been found to cause skin rash, deafness, kidney damage and liver problems in scientific and animal studies. This chemical damages cell membranes, leading to rashes, dry skin and surface damage of the skin. One researcher advises caution when propylene glycol is used on the skin, even in the laboratory. Another study warns that animals and humans are both at risk when taking medicines containing propylene glycol.

Miessence Mother and Baby Products are contain certified organic ingredients and are totally free from synthetics, allergens, perfumes and essential oils.

Below is a list of ingredients in a popular supermarket brand of baby lotion. They make you feel good about buying the product because it contains Aloe Vera and vitamin E. These are only a small part of the overall ingredients.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Polysorbate 61, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Bees Wax, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Aloe Vera Extract, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate)

Compare this with the ingredients in Miessence Baby Lotion:

certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, certified organic calendula officinalis flower extract, certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit oil, certified organic matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract, certified organic vanilla planifolia CO2 extract, non-gmo lecithin, certified organic althea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, sclerotium rolfsii gum, aqua, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, certified organic ethanol (sugar cane alcohol), citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract

Have a look here for products that contain ingredients that you can actually pronounce and you know are safe for use on the skin of your precious baby.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Friday Focus - EnviroClean Fruit and Vege Wash

We all know that eating fresh fruit and vegetables is good for us but what else are we eating?

The fruit that you are eating may also contain pesticides, herbicides, animal manure, wax to make the fruit/veg look better in the shop etc.

EnviroClean Fruit and Vege Wash removes wax, pesticides, gases, herbicides, chemicals, animal soiling and dirt from the surface of fruit and vegetables. Recommended for both organic and conventional fruit and vegetables. Also keeps fruit and vegetables in peak condition

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Of course, buying organic fruit and vegetables is best, this is not always possible both from a point of view of availability in your area and cost factors. Some fruit and vegetables have been found to contain more residual of pesticides than others. If you can only afford to buy some organic produce, which are the best to buy organic and which are not so bad? A list of 49 fruits and vegetables from best to worst, can be found here. Keep in mind this is a US list so when they mention domestic and imported, they are referring to the US marketplace.

You can also download a shoppers guide to the 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Clean 15' here

Use EnviroClean Fruit and Vege Wash to reduce exposure to pesticides, herbicides and other nasties on the outside of your produce and prolong the life of your fruit and vegetables.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Friday Focus - Just Cloths Microfibre cloths

Chemical products leave surfaces with residues that actually attract dirt, contribute to the growth of bacteria & are harmful to the environment & our families. JUST CLOTHS Ultra Microfibre Cloths are a SPLIT fibre, which when the fibres are split, this creates capillary action which draws dirt, grease, bacteria, dust & allergens deep into the cloth.

JUST CLOTHS are made of 80% Polyester & 20% Polyamide giving you a product that will last and has great water absorbency. The cloth is a Tricot weave, which gives a vast surface area which allows you to clean for longer without the need to rinse.

JUST think about how cleaning with these Ultra Microfibres will help you reduce your carbon footprint and save you time, money, your & your families health and the environment.

Never worry again about inhalation, absorption or ingestion of dangerous chemicals.

Make cleaning CLEAN for you and the environment.

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