Go Natural

24 04 2009

It’s great to know that people are becoming aware of the many toxic and harmful synthetic ingredients in our toiletries and cosmetics.  Yes, a few of my friends are now starting to use natural hair care products like Nature’s Gate Organics.  Although this brand is said to still use the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-dioxane (Refer to Item No. 46 at http://bestorganicandnaturalskincare.com/page/2), I think we’re still better off using it than the conventional and traditional brands with ingredients that cause cancer, are skin irritants, disturb our hormone balance or have never been fully tested for safety.

My favorite natural product brand is Burt’s Bees which is a little more expensive than the other brands I’ve used like Jason Pure, Natural and Organic, Nature’s Gate Organics and Aveeno.

USDA Organic and Natural Product Certification

Those who want to completely shift to truly organic toiletries and cosmetics should look for the organic label i.e. USDA Certified Organic and the natural product seal which certifies compliance with the Natural Products Association Standard for Personal Care Products.  Unfortunately and sadly, we can’t still find local products that are natural and organic although we have this Natural Products Society of the Philippines, a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1996 whose members are actively involved in natural products research.

So aside from Nature’s Gate hair care products, my friends are also getting interested in mineral make-up after showing them a brochure of the brand I started using just recently.  They are now excited to receive their orders which are arriving in 3 to 4 days.

Burt’s Bees is available at Beauty Bar while Nature’s Gate and Jason are available at Healthy Options.

Related post: Toiletries: Killing us softly?


Toiletries: Killing us softly?

4 12 2008


It’s about time that we check on what’s lurking in our toiletries.  By the way, toiletry (pl. toiletries) refers to an article or preparation (as toothpaste, shaving cream, or cologne) used in cleaning or grooming oneself – usually used in plural.   Wikipedia defines toiletries or personal care as the industry which manufactures consumer products used for beautification (includes cosmetics) and in personal hygiene. 

Everyday, we really can’t go away with toiletries and/or beauty products.  They have become parts and parcels of our existence.  Anybody who can leave his house without brushing his teeth and taking a bath (especially in a tropical country like the Philippines)?  Even the newborns use toiletries such as baby soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs, powder, among others. 

In this era when women and men alike want to feel good and look their best,  any product (specifically from reputable companies) that comes out promising to nourish the hair, moisturize and whiten the skin, provide long-lasting fresher breath, etc. will surely find its own niche.  But who bothered to ask what’s in a particular product?  Oh, well, there are some who can still manage to read the labels, but who cares about propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate or petrolatum? 


Based on researches, most of our toiletries, even those claiming to be “natural”, contain toxic and potentially harmful chemicals and substances which pose as hazards in the long-term health of the general public.  The ONLY SAFE products are the CERTIFIED ORGANIC products produced by responsible manufacturers who give a 100% guarantee that their products are free of ALL synthetic chemicals and meet the Certified Organic Food Grade standards.

Now it really pays to know some of these harmful ingredients which include:

Propylene glycol

Polyethelene glycol

Sodium lauryl sulphate



Diazolidinyl urea

Imidazolidinyl urea


DMDM hydantoin

Triethanolamine (TEA)

Parabens (ethyl-, methyl-, butyl- and propylparaben)

PEG-n (4-200)

How about this excerpt from the web?  AstraZeneca toxicologist Dr John Ashby, who is very engaged in the science and policy debates on endocrine disruption, said at a conference in March that he had decided not to use parabens-containing products on his young daughter (ENDS, 1999b).  

Please note that this post does not intend to influence readers.   This is a free world.  Everyone is entitled to his opinion.   

Following are a few sites to check: