This may be a Works for Me Wednesday post, but today I’m sharing something that doesn’t work for me. As I researched products for Monday’s shampoo blog post, I was shocked. One of the shampoos, rated a 6 (moderate hazard), was in my shower at that very moment.
Now, if I would have checked the list five years ago, I wouldn’t have been surprised to find a moderate hazard in my home. But this was an “organic” product. I thought I had done my research. I thought I was buying safe products.
Alas, I was wrong. My Nature’s Gate Chamomile & Lemon Verbena Shampoo was rated a moderate hazard because of its fragrance and lemon verbena flower extract.
Is it safe enough to use? Maybe. But because it scored a 6 and I’m more comfortable with anything up to a 4, I pulled it right out of my bathroom.
I have no idea what I’ll do with it now – maybe use it for a toilet cleaner? Or save it for traveling?
What this means
Aside from being totally shocked, I was reminded of a very important point: no one in the U.S. regulates a manufacturer’s advertising claims to be “all-natural” or “organic.” (Note: Organic food is regulated and labeled as USDA Organic.) So even when I bought a Nature’s Gate Organics shampoo, it ended up rankly poorly on Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database. (Even one variety of EO Products shampoo was rated a 5 because it contains retinyl palmitate. And EO is a brand I highly trust.)
Just because something says “organic” doesn’t mean it’s safe. You still have to know what you’re trying to avoid – steering clear of phthalates and parabens is an excellent starting point.
Even if you know many products include toxins and aren’t as natural as manufacturers may claim, are you still surprised to learn about potential hazards?
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