Do you know what your labels say?

Seriously. Pick up a foam soap, your toothpaste or your deodorant and try to read the ingredients list. First of all, it’s probably in the smallest writing you have EVER tried to read making it (purposely) almost impossible. Secondly is the point I am getting at. Can you? What are those 13 letter words that end in IDE or ANE?? Do you have any idea what your labels mean??

We didn’t and that was a big moment in our house after my husband went through a nine hour gastro-intestinal surgery. That’s what it took for us to wake up and pay attention to what we were putting in and on our bodies. Do you know what’s in your every day products? Can you read and understand the ingredients list?? Have you ever even read the ingredients lists?? It’s awful. It’s immoral and it should be illegal, but it isn’t. That’s why I want to speak up!! Here is my first example:


This is a product that is in my husbands bathroom. His deodorant. The Fresh Rain or whatever by Gillette. I cringe when he buys it in bulk at Costco because it’s cheap. It’s hard to switch though! I know! I still struggle with balancing perspiration because of my hot flashes mixed with detoxing these chemicals! Now I have to worry about body odor too, I get it – it’s hard! Detoxing your body isn’t pretty but we are slowly poisoning ourselves if we don’t.

It also is time consuming at first. I find myself with some time on my hands right now so this is what keeps me going. Spreading the message that convenience and our products are slowly killing us.

Let’s start right here. I used the Google machine and it’s recommended websites for the definitions of these listed ingredients. Generally, I used the first two things that Google gave me and I have added my personal comments in Blue.

  1. Aluminum Zirconium. Aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly is the INCI name for a preparation used as an antiperspirant in many deodorant products. It is selected for its ability to obstruct pores in the skin and prevent sweat from leaving the body. Its anhydrous form gives it the added ability of absorbing moisture. WikipediaA few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancerAnd yet it is still in our DEODORANTS!According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast — the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of the female hormone estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells. WebMD.  I have gone through the horror that is a breast cancer biopsy. I was lucky. Why on earth would we even want to CONSIDER using products that hurt us? Why would I want to put myself at a higher risk to go for another biopsy and maybe I won’t be as lucky next time. 
  2. Octachlorohydrex GLY. Aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrex gly is complex that consists of aluminum zirconium octachlorohydrate and glycine. It is an active antiperspirant agent 89. It diffuses into the sweat pores and prevents perspiration (sweat) from leaving the pores. One form of aluminum isn’t enough so let’s double it up! Let’s have the first two highest quantity ingredients in our deodorant be cancer causing. Sounds bloody perfect. 
  3. Alcohol Denat. Denatured alcohol is the result of a small amount of denaturant added to ethyl alcohol(pure alcohol, grain alcohol, and drinking alcohol) to make it unpalatable. It is also known as methylated spirit.
    The bad alcohol in skincare

    Alcohols like ethanol, isopropyl alcoholalcohol denat, and methanol are used to make creams feel lighter, help other ingredients to penetrate your skin, and as a preservative. … These alcohols can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts.   More good news on what these ingredients can do to very sensitive areas.        Mar 13, 2016

  4. Cyclopentasiloxane. Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone regularly used in cosmetic products. It’s commonly found in medical implants, sealants, lubricants, and windshield coatings. D5 is colorless, odorless, non-greasy, and water-thin. It doesn’t get absorbed into the skin.  Why would we want a silicone covering our pores so they don’t work? We WANT our body to release sweat and toxins and impurities. We DO NOT want all that gunk blocked in with no way out. Ridiculous when you think about it! 
  5. Propylene Glycol. Propylene glycol is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH₃CHCH₂OH. It is a viscous, colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. Containing two alcohol groups, it is classed as a diol. It is miscible with a broad range of solvents, including water, acetone, and chloroform. Wikipedia                                                                                              According to the Material Safety Data Sheet on propylene glycol, the chemical is a strong skin irritant, and has been implicated in contact dermatitis. The sheet goes on to warn that the ingredient can inhibit skin cell growth and damage cell membranes, causing rashes, dry skin, and surface damage.Feb 20, 2012 More ingredients that cause skin damage in products that we apply ON OUR SKIN DAILY. 
  6. Dimethicone. Polydimethylsiloxane, also known as dimethylpolysiloxane or dimethicone, belongs to a group of polymeric organosilicon compounds that are commonly referred to as silicones. PDMS is the most widely used silicon-based organic polymer, and is particularly known for its unusual rheological properties. Wikipedia
    The number one search result for dimethicone says that it “exacerbates acne” by forming a barrier over skin, and this “covering and trapping property of dimethicone means that it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities.” Nov 9, 2018
    More Silicone! YAY!! Are you angry yet?? 
  7. Calcium Chloride. Calcium chloride is an inorganic compound, a salt with the chemical formula CaCl₂. It is a white coloured crystalline solid at room temperature, highly soluble in water. Calcium chloride is commonly encountered as a hydrated solid with generic formula CaCl₂ₓ, where x = 0, 1, 2, 4, and 6.Wikipedia.  Calcium chloride poses some serious health and safety hazards. If ingested,calcium chloride can lead to burns in the mouth and throat, excess thirst, vomiting, stomach pain, low blood pressure, and other possible severe health effects.May 14, 2015
  8. Fragrance. Don’t event get me started. Watch the Netflix documentary STINK.

A single product that gets applied directly to one of the most sensitive areas of our body every single day. A product with only 8 ingredients. The last two I didn’t even comment on because I am at a loss for words. Weird when you’re a blogger! That’s not really what is supposed to happen! Out of those 8 ingredients two are cancer causing, three cause skin irritations, two block our pores from releasing the junk they are SUPPOSED to release (now there’s literally poison being held hostage inside our bodies) and every single ingredient is causing our systems to break down. 

I could go on. And on. And on. It is ridiculous that there are really no laws or enforcement of any kind to prevent large corporations from using any chemicals or additives or anything harmful in their products! There is no governing body that truly protects us. In my mind every product that has made it to store shelves should have gone through rigorous testing to ENSURE consumer safety, right?!?!? BUT IT DOESN’T.

Speak up. Use your voice. Use it in anyway you are comfortable. Start a blog!! Start reading your labels PLEASE. At least try to. I am trying to understand how I can be better to myself. To my body. I am trying to help others understand it isn’t hard to do things naturally. I am trying to understand that money, power and greed don’t have to run MY life.

I am trying.

Essentially Me.

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