Happy New Year!
We just returned from an amazing few days of fun in the sun in Florida. It was a very last minute decision to make this trip. We were supposed to go skiing in northern Vermont, but Mother Nature had other plans with extreme arctic record low temperatures in the forecast. So, we decided to switch gears and plan this spontaneous trip to Miami with our family. We called it our #YOLO trip!
Do you know what’s in your shampoo?
Most shampoos you find on the store shelves contain potentially harmful chemicals like surfactants that can cause skin irritations and allergies. They can also be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. But it doesn’t stop there. Back in 2014, the Center for Environmental Health conducted a study and found 98 shampoos and soaps that were made with a carcinogen called cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), which was banned in California. Although manufacturers faced a huge lawsuit, only a handful have made changes to remove it from their products.
Does your little one have rashes? Dry, sensitive skin or eczema? If so, you might be scrambling around for that cream you use for yourself, right? Well stop there! Did you know your child is more susceptible to the effects of chemicals their bodies absorb than adults? If you’re about to reach for that bottle of Fruits & Passion, Babygantics, or maybe even Johnson & Johnson, then you might want to put it down.
There are many kids products out there made by well-known brands (a few I mentioned above) that unfortunately are made with petroleum-derived petrolatum, which may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PHA’s can cause harmful effects on the skin, body fluids, and ability to fight disease after short-term and long-term exposure.