New :  *Scan for Toxic Chemicals* App!


New app lets you quickly scan cosmetics to see if they’re potentially toxic


We’re trying not to freak out, but THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST APP EVER.


The free app will tell you if shampoo or makeup contains potentially toxic chemicals (“BHA / BHT, PEGs, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde releasing agents, siloxanes, sulfates, fragrance/parfum and non-biodegradable ingredients”). 


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Users can scan a product in question, and immediately learn if it is “clean” or “dirty.” If deemed dirty, the app will offer similar and safe alternatives to buy instead. The app can also be used to raid your own bathroom closet and get rid of old products that could be unsafe.

There’s even a handy iPhone case reminding you what to watch out for in shampoo.


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Demystify Cosmetics Labels With “Think Dirty” Smartphone App, Ecouterre

Also: Think Dirty App Scans Your Personal Care Products Looking for Toxins



How phthalate exposure impacts pregnancy

In recent years, scientists have linked chemicals known as phthalates with complications of pregnancy and fetal development.

Now, a study led by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health sheds light on the mechanism that may be to blame.

Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastic materials more flexible and can also be found in personal care products such as perfumes, deodorants and lotions. They can enter the human body by being ingested, inhaled or through the skin. Most often phthalates are metabolized and excreted quickly, but constant contact with them means that nearly everyone in the United States is exposed, some more than others.

Kelly Ferguson, a postdoctoral research fellow, and John Meeker, associate professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for research at the School of Public Health, along with their team, tested urine samples from pregnant women and found an association between the presence of phthalates and increased levels of biomarkers of oxidative stress.

"It is not fully known what the impacts of increased oxidative stress on pregnancy might be, but this is an active area of research," Meeker said. "We recently showed in another analysis among the same cohort of women that biomarkers of oxidative stress were associated with increased risk of preterm birth. Other effects, such as adverse fetal development and maternal health complications, may also be related to oxidative stress."

Kelly Ferguson et al. Urinary Phthalate Metabolites and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Pregnant Women: A Repeated Measures Analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives, November 2014 DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1307996

Exposure During Pregnancy to Common Household Chemicals Associated with Substantial Drop in Child IQ

Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home—di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP)—had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The study is the first to report a link between prenatal exposure to phthalates and IQ in school-age children. Results appear online in the journal PLOS ONE.

DnBP and DiBP are found in a wide variety of consumer products, from dryer sheets to vinyl fabrics to personal care products like lipstick, hairspray, and nail polish, even some soaps. Since 2009, several phthalates have been banned from children’s toys and other childcare articles in the United States. However, no steps have been taken to protect the developing fetus by alerting pregnant women to potential exposures. In the U.S., phthalates are rarely listed as ingredients on products in which they are used.

Researchers followed 328 New York City women and their children from low-income communities. They assessed the women’s exposure to four phthalates—DnBP, DiBP, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, and diethyl phthalate—in the third trimester of pregnancy by measuring levels of the chemicals’ metabolites in urine. Children were given IQ tests at age 7.

Children of mothers exposed during pregnancy to the highest 25 percent of concentrations of DnBP and DiBP had IQs 6.6 and 7.6 points lower, respectively, than children of mothers exposed to the lowest 25 percent of concentrations after controlling for factors like maternal IQ, maternal education, and quality of the home environment that are known to influence child IQ scores. The association was also seen for specific aspects of IQ, such as perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed. The researchers found no associations between the other two phthalates and child IQ.

The range of phthalate metabolite exposures measured in the mothers was not unusual: it was within what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed in a national sample.  

“Pregnant women across the United States are exposed to phthalates almost daily, many at levels similar to those that we found were associated with substantial reductions in the IQ of children,” says lead author Pam Factor-Litvak, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School.

“The magnitude of these IQ differences is troubling,” says senior author Robin Whyatt, DrPH, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School. “A six- or seven-point decline in IQ may have substantial consequences for academic achievement and occupational potential.”

“While there has been some regulation to ban phthalates from toys of young children,” adds Dr. Factor-Litvak, “there is no legislation governing exposure during pregnancy, which is likely the most sensitive period for brain development. Indeed, phthalates are not required to be on product labeling.”

While avoiding all phthalates in the United States is for now impossible, the researchers recommend that pregnant women take steps to limit exposure by not microwaving food in plastics, avoiding scented products as much as possible, including air fresheners, and dryer sheets, and not using recyclable plastics labeled as 3, 6, or 7. 

The findings build on earlier, similar observations by the researchers of associations between prenatal exposure to DnBP and DiBP and children’s cognitive and motor development and behavior at age 3. This September, they reported a link between prenatal exposure to phthalates and risk for childhood asthma.

It’s not known how phthalates affect child health. However, numerous studies show that they disrupt the actions of hormones, including testosterone and thyroid hormone. Inflammation and oxidative stress may also play a role.



PERSONAL CARE CHEMICALS:  Clean Up Your Life—10 Easy Steps


10 Easy and Affordable Ways to Reduce Your Chemical Burden Today

1. Replace vinyl shower curtains with those made of natural fibers. This was one of the first things I did. Vinyl shower curtains contain phthalates which have been linked to reproductive and developmental problems, as well as cancer. These phthalates readily evaporate into the air and hot steamy conditions promote the release of these plasticizers.

2. Reduce use of plastic,
which can leach hormone-like chemicals; this includes plastics marked BPA-free (more on that here). Stop buying bottled water — they’re bad for the environment, expensive, and bad for your health. If you can afford to do so, swap out plastic for glassware. If you’re on a budget, start by replacing the items you use regularly like a few drinking glasses and food storage. If you can’t afford new purchases, don’t put hot or acidic food in plastic, and never microwave them.

3. Reduce intake of canned foods because, like plastic, they contain potentially toxic chemicals. If possible, buy food like beans in bulk from a health food store, and stock up when they go on sale. If you need to buy canned goods, try to avoid the really acidic food like tomatoes.

4. Break up with fragrance. They’re protected under trade secret law so you don’t know what kind of toxic stew you’re getting. Start by getting rid of things you can probably live without: scented body washes, air fresheners, dryer sheets, aftershaves, perfumes.

5. Stop using antibacterial products. They contain harsh chemicals like triclosan, which has been linked to liver toxicity and ends up in water sources. Washing hands with plain soap is just as effective and cheaper. We use the same bulk liquid soap for everything from showering to hand washing clothes to washing hands.

6. Don’t buy toothpaste with artificial sweeteners, colorings, and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates. I don’t understand why toothpaste ever needs to look, smell, or taste like bubble gum.

7. Don’t buy vitamins with synthetic and industrialized chemicals
, colorings, additives, synthesized fillers, and binders.

8. Don’t use products with nonstick treatments such as Teflon. Instead, choose cast iron or stainless steel. If you can’t afford to replace this, at least discard those that show signs of deterioration.

9. Open your windows daily, especially while you cook and after you shower. Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoors, so let your home “breathe.” Open your curtains and let in the sunlight, a natural antibacterial agent. While you’re at it, bring in some air purifying plants. I have a snake plant that only cost $4, is extremely low maintenance, tolerant of irregular watering and less lighting, and has the potential to absorb airborne chemicals. They’re also stylish looking plants that put me in a good mood.

10. Leave your shoes at the door
so that you’re not spreading outdoor pollutants and additional toxic dust throughout the house. This is the easiest thing you can do, and costs you nothing.

(Thanks to Bertram)




Looks to Die For

Toxic Chemicals in Most Cosmetic Products… What to Look Out For


Chemicals of Concern

Learn about a few of the top ingredients and contaminants to avoid, based on the science linking each to adverse health impacts, and the types of products they’re found in. To learn more about how chemicals impact your health and where they come from, check out the Your Body, Your Health section.

For each of the chemicals included in this section, a growing body of hazard-based evidence suggests connections to long-term health concerns like cancer and reproductive problems.

These are just a very few examples of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products. To learn more about other chemicals, visit EWG’s Skin Deep database of cosmetic products and ingredients.


Synthetic Musks

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives





Lead and Other Heavy Metals



Reports About What’s in Your Products


Brazilian Blowout: Latest News about the Toxins in Hair Straighteners. 

Flat Our Risky: EWG’s Report on Hair Straighteners.

Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup.

No More Toxic Tub: Carcinogens in baby bath products.

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry: Award-winning book about Campaign for Safe Cosmetics by Stacy Malkan. Also see Not Just a Pretty Face blog.

Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance.

The Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick. 

Retail Therapy: Ranking Retailers on their Commitment to Personal Care Products and Consumer Safety (PDF).

Secret Scents: The Allergens Hiding in your Scented Products.

Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group and their list of Best Sunscreens.




Here is an article I wrote that will teach you about the toxic chemicals in everyday personal products:,_slather,_lotions_and_potions.html

People think they are eating their best but use unsafe deodorants, soaps, shampoos, makeup, etc. The skin is a living organ that absorbs what it comes in contact with - good or bad. If you are concerned about good health, it is more important for you to carefully choose what products you allow to touch your skin than it is to choose not to smoke!

* 1900 - somewhere between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 100 contracted cancer

* 1997 - 1 in 3 contracted cancer
* 2013 - 1 in 2 have cancer
* 2030 - prediction is that every American will contract cancer


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1/4” Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) - Jasmine Green Review

YogaAccessories (TM) 1/4” Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) – Jasmine Green Review

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Though this mat doesn’t come with a case or strap, I just bought a different yoga mat strap too. But all in all, this yoga mat is perfect for me.

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Industrial Chemicals in Cosmetics: The Truth is Out

The average woman uses a dozen personal care products containing 168 chemical ingredients everyday. Men use about six products a day containing 85 chemicals.

- Stacy Malkan, 2007 from Not Just a Pretty Face 

Cosmetics and personal care products are loaded with industrial chemicals.  Over the past decade this issue has been thoroughly documented by environmental groups, alternative media outlets, scientists, government studies, and even mainstream beauty magazines.

The David Suzuki Foundation has forwarded the campaign “What’s Inside? That Counts” to highlight the Dirty Dozen worst chemicals that are known to cause health and environmental problems.  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition of non-profit environmental groups working to raise awareness about the impact of chemicals in cosmetics. This group has organized around Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Cosmetics”, a video that succinctly demonstrates the connections between industry practices, consumer society, and toxins in cosmetics.

The Environmental Working Group has established the Skin Deep Database which enables users to search most body care products and find out their impact on  human and ecological health.  Stacy Malkan has pretty much dedicated her life to the issue. Author of the book Not Just A Pretty Face and founder of the blog by the same name, she has effectively written the book on chemicals in cosmetics.  Alternet has run numerous articles on issues like which cosmetic chemicals to avoid, why natural products may be bad for you, chemical legislation in the US, and lead in lipstick. Gill Deacon, recent book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Everyday Body Care Products and How to Avoid Them is a similar guide as Malkan’s book but focuses more on the DIY practices that can be done at home. She claims to help  “save you money, save the planet” and set you “on the road to eco-enlightenment”.

Googling “toxic cosmetics” yields over 6,700,000 hits.  Clearly this is an issue that is on a lot of people’s minds. So what is the problem with body care products?

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BPA and Phthalates

Dr. Tom Roselle discusses BPA and Phthalates and how BPA exposures may have developmental effects; and how phthalate exposure may have adverse effects on the liver, kidney, and male and female reproductive system.

IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.

IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.

IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.

Brief video with citations, explaining the chemical assault that is overtaking our young and our future.

IQ erosion is probably not directly cumulative ( i.e. my arrival on the number 57, a drop in the 20 range is probably more realistic ), or it can even be worse (synergistic). No one…

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In a randomised trial involving ten families, the study found that those eating food designed to be free from contact with plastics had unexpectedly high urine levels of BPA and phthalates… .

Following the unexpected DEHP findings, the researchers performed a separate analysis on study food samples and found high levels in high-fat dairy foods and certain ground spices.

Based on these results, the researchers conclude that “accepted methods” to reduce phthalate and BPA exposures – by eliminating food contact with items containing the substances – may not be effective.

More on the story from Co.EXIST here.