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Saturday, May 24, 2008

How Natural are You?

Do you guys know using deodorants could cause cancer?
A new research in UK found women who used deodorants had deposits of aluminium in their outer breasts. The samples were taken from women who had undergone a mastectomy for breast cancer.

Most deodorants contain aluminium salts, because the metal is effective at stopping skin sweating. These aluminium is known to cause cancer in animal models.

Ok, don't throw away you deodorants YET, because this study not fully proven and not enough evidence to clearly stated that "Deodorant = Cancer". Although, when I think about it, how many chemical toxins have I consumed so far? Using cosmetics, skin care, shampoo, even our toothpaste could contribute to a building up toxins inside our body.

I once read in BBC health *if I'm not mistaken*, our generation today consumed so much more chemical ingredients compare to the older generations due to number of chemical contents inside our products, in simply everything we use.

So what do I do?

I know I NEED deodorants and although my mom once said "It's ok to shows you that your heart is still healthy", it's just annoying to sweat.

That's why I switch to Natural products, the ones don't contain unnecessary ingredients that are harmful to our body. Using all-natural skin care *Garden of Wisdom* surely triggered me to using other natural stuffs for my body.

I'm just starting out and so far I'm very pleased to what I've tried and excited to try more.
These are my picks:

1. CRYSTAL Body Deodorant Roll On (Hypoallergenic, Fragrance & Paraben Free)

Paraben is a bad preservative chemicals that could agitate breast tumor

Since it's fragrance-free, don't expect any scent out of this roll-on, but I have no problem because for me, it does the job and I could always use perfume or body spray after. Speaking of spray, I use this for alternative:

2. CRYSTALUX All Over Body Spray Deodorant (100% Pure & Natural, Paraben Free)

Ideal for underarm area, sensitive intimate area, foot odor, and any skin-fold producing sweat&odor area.

I use it for my back since it's harder to reach and interchangeably with the roll-on for my underarm. It works as well, also Fragrance Free & No Animal testing.

I got both of them at my local Longs Drugs, and I have seen them at Walgreens as well.

3. Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash Tear Free

  • pH Balanced
  • SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate) Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free

Yes, it's a baby shampoo : ) but I've read reviews in Makeupalley and the grown ups love it. Now, if it's your first time trying a natural shampoo, you might be surprised on how dry it feels in the shower (especially if you're not using conditioner), but don't give up right there because we're very used to the silky feeling from commercial shampoo with SLS that gives the hair some sort of 'coat'.

The first time I tried this shampoo, I freaked out on how dry my hair feels in the shower, but once I let it air-dry, my hair felt very smooth, just like baby hair : ) It's 96.08% Natural as it was shown, because it still contains fragrance, if I could describe the scent, it'd be an Apricot sweet smell, my bf said it reminds him of Playdo a lil LOL but he likes it.

They don't carry conditioners for this baby shampoo, but I believe other Burt's Bees shampoo does.

Now if you want a more natural ingredients or if you're allergic to fragrance, you can check out their Supershiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo, it is 98.80% Natural and fragrance free.

For a complete list of Burt's Bees Shampoo, click here.

What I'm dying to try based on awesome revies:

1. Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle & Rose Moisturizing Conditioner

2. Desert Essence Organics Italian Red Grape Conditioner

3. Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars:
  • Cafe Moreno
  • Chamomile & Citrus
  • Honey Beer & Egg
  • Summer Sunshine

So anytime you guys want to switch to natural products, the choices are already out there. I personally think it's important to pay attention on what we put on and what we consume especially for our generation because we suffer the most from all those toxins inside today's commercial products. The sooner the better hehe.

Hope you guys find it as a good reading ^_^


christy. said...

Holy moly. I've never seen so many natural products before haha. But I definately want to try out the Burt's Bees shampoo. :) Is that the only one they have?

Nanzy said...

for baby shampoo, yes but Burt's Bees carry many other types of shampoo along with the conditioner : ) I noticed my hair is shinier since I switched too

Anonymous said...

hey there, thanks so much for this cool post. i've been trying to switch up my beauty regimen towards a more natural one. as soon as i finish my bogof l'oreal shampoo and conditioner, i'm trying out the burt's bees one. =) -Maha

Fabu-less Beauty said...

Hey Girl, thanks for this post! I feel you about natural products. I feel like as we get older, we actually want to take better care of But anyways, I'm slowly turning over to natural products if I see it as a benefit. What I don't like about natural beauty products that they often aren't regulated like many products on store shelves. Anyways, I'm currently testing out sulfate free shampoo and starting to get used to.

Nanzy said...

Maha, glad to hear from you again !!! : ) how u been? That's awesome if you're interested on switching to naturals, I too still have my humongous Herbal Essence shampoo which I have no idea what am I gonna do with LOL Let me know which one you gonna try from Burt's Bees : )

Audge I must agree with you, I only wish they would be more widely available, we could always order online but heck, with the whole fuel price increasing, i don't think it'll be a good idea for the future.

Which SLS free shampoo are you trying?