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“Toxins In, Toxins Out” August 4, 2010

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 12:53 pm

Oops! I forgot to post this… Here are those 2 extra things you can do to decrease your exposure to chemicals and clean up our planet:

First, watch the short video from the Story of Stuff Project: “The Story of cosmetics.”

Second, sign this:  Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

Visit the Not Just a Pretty Face blog to see how the cosmetics industry is reacting to the video above… Hint: looks like they’re getting PR tactics from the BP and naughty politician models (blame, blame, deny, deny, play dumb, play dumber, quit, REPEAT).


The Toxic Trio on Your Fingernails July 29, 2010

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 9:48 am

If you paint your nails or visit a nail salon, then please watch this (thanks to Lorri over at Green Body Green Planet for the heads up on this vid!):

There are simple actions we can take to reduce our exposure to these chemicals and change the nail industry at the same time. I’ll give you two ideas today and two tomorrow….

1.  Gather up all your nail polish and look for these three ingredients:

dibutyl phthalate (DBP)



Your nails (and lungs) are too precious to waste on these chemicals. Why add more carcinogens and toxins to your gorgeous body? If you must, use the rest of the nail polish in a different way (cover a scratch on the car, “fix” some nylons, etc.).

To dump the stuff, you’ll need to use your city hazardous waste service. That’s right, nail polish and removers  are considered “hazardous waste” by the EPA— even more evidence of why these toxic products should be banned (I took my empty bottles here as well). Don’t worry, this step is easy, just check your city website for drop off times and other details (you might need to search “hazardous waste” on your city website to find the info).

2. Visit the Cosmetic Safety Database nail section and find some healthier polishes. Just look for products with a green circle… yellow at the most.

Cheers to healthier manis and pedis!


Unmasked: The Truth About Cosmetics June 14, 2010

Filed under: Complementary Therapies,Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 9:40 am

First, if you enjoyed the flick, please click here to support my work by voting 10+ times every day until July 3rd. Each vote brings me closer to my dream of communicating wellness in an empowering, entertaining and informative way. Our world needs this! Please help to make it happen. To learn more about my wellness show pitch and how you can get involved, visit the post below this one.

To learn more about the safety of cosmetics, you must visit: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

And be sure to try the Green Body Green Planet products. Honestly, these are the only shampoos and conditioners I will ever use. I use the “Revitalizing” (scented) and It’s amazing. I also use them as a body wash (shampoo) and shaving cream (conditioner).

And visit the bookstore or Amazon ASAP to get the book, Not Just a Pretty Face by Stacy Malkan. It’s an eye-opening read. Learn more about the book here.

You can also check out my earlier posts for more info on my favorite products, what NOT to buy and other cosmetics gossip.

Breathe in, Peace out 🙂


I Have a Favor to Ask… May 17, 2010

After finishing my academic *stuff* on Wednesday, I was left with a strange void and question in my mind… “What now?!” The feeling was too much for me 🙂

So, I went back to my second home (my MAC) and stumbled across a contest for the OWN Network. I was stoked to see what the contest was for– the chance to win your own show! Having a show focused on complementary health and preventative health has always been my dream. It has been the goal that has guided me through my last 10 years of education and experiences. So, amidst my finals hangover, I applied for the show and threw together an audition video.

To my surprise, I’ve actually received some votes! But, I’ll need a lot more to move onto the second round. The five people with the most votes on July 3 will go on. So, I’ll need a group of people who are willing to vote 100+ times per day until July 3. I’m hoping our WG community can help do that 🙂

It only takes about 2 minutes to vote 100 times. People have told me that they just click on the vote button and hold down the enter key! It’s like rapid fire from then on!

If you believe in spreading the message of integrative health, then I would LOVE it if you’d vote for me and help to make this happen. Let’s create something awesome together!

Click here to watch the video and vote as much as you can.

And please send this on to your contacts and post on your social media sites!

Much love and many, many thanks guys 🙂


Million Baby Crawl November 11, 2009

Babies have good reason to be colicky. And so do adults. Products that we use every day in our homes are full of toxic chemicals (learn more by watching the “10 Americans” video in an earlier WG post). The problem is that manufacturers of these products go through little (if any) red tape before they throw out a new “recipe” that includes the latest– and potentially more dangerous– chemicals. In the last 30 years, the EPA has required testing on only 200 of the 80,000+ chemical compounds now in use.

Here’s more info from Dr. Alan Greene about chemicals and how we can take action to clean up these nasty products:

Sincere thanks to Seventh Generation and other companies who actually care enough to create safe and effective products. Here’s how you can get involved:

Free & Clear laundry detergent

Natural Glass Cleaner

Organic Chlorine-free Tampons (also available at Trader Joe’s– they’re in a different package though)

Automatic Dishwasher Gel (in grapefruit)

Natural Dish Liquid (in lemongrass)

The goal is to get one million babies crawling to Washington, so be sure to share this info!


What NOT to Buy for a Baby Shower July 17, 2009

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 8:33 pm

Take this one off your list:

Johnson's Moisture Care Gift Set

Skin Deep gave Johnson’s Moisture Care Gift Set a shocking 9 out of 10 on the toxicity scale. It’s no wonder, when many of Johnson’s baby products come with the warning, “Keep Out of Reach of Children.” Hmmmm… 

Of course, children shouldn’t be playing all alone with lotion or any other personal care product. But, a product should really be safe enough to ingest if it’s being used on a child’s largest organ (the skin).

Ooh, one more product just because it’s so ridiculous:  Johnson’s Baby Cologne.

OMG. This is actually cologne for babies.

Seriously? Cologne for babies? Does it come with grease to slick back your infant’s hair and a large, gold pinky ring? Here’s the ingredient label for this one (Skin Deep scored it a “6”):

Water, Polysorbate 20, Trideceth-9, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Simethicone, Ext. Violet 2, Blue 1

And the warning label is a bit concerning (who doesn’t have allergies in the family?):

Keep out of reach of children. Do not use without consulting a doctor if your child has asthma or allergies or if there is a family history of either. Serious breathing problems could occur. Keep in a cool place protected from direct sunlight.

Visit the “Baby Care” section of Skin Deep to find safer products to give as gifts or for your own little one (look for the products with the green bubble next to them).


Much love 🙂 Create a beautiful weekend!


2009 Sunscreen Guide July 6, 2009

Filed under: Personal Care Products/Cosmetics — aprasek @ 2:39 pm

Lotion up!

There are tons of sunscreen brands that are either full of unhealthy chemicals or just don’t work. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) writes:

Few sunscreens live up to their advertising claims, and the federal government is powerless to make them. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been promising to regulate sunscreens since 1978, when gasoline was 63 cents a gallon and the BeeGees’ “Saturday Night Fever” topped the charts.

But, don’t give up on sunscreen quite yet… EWG has made shopping easier and created the 2009 Sunscreen Guide so you can find the best brand for you.