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#ChemicalCallout: Siloxanes and Silanes

 

Siloxanes and Silanes graphicWhat Are They?

Siloxanes are synthetically manufactured chemical compounds that serve as building blocks of silicones. Silanes are modified silicon compounds. (more…)

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Clean-Washed Is the New Green-Washed

 
Clean-washed graphicBY AMY ZIFF

Lately, I’ve noticed that a lot of brands are using the term “clean” to describe their products.

The natural next thought is, “…what are clean products?” And what can you expect if you see the term “clean” on a label or in a store? (more…)

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#ChemicalCallout: Mineral Oil and Petroleum Jelly

What is it?

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It’s easiest to think of these two substances as chemical cousins. Both are by-products of the refining process used to create gasoline and other petroleum products. If you want to get technical: petroleum jelly contains mineral oil, among other substances. Mineral oil consists mainly of saturated hydrocarbons (aka paraffins) and aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Made Safe Can Be a Solution to the Chemical Conundrum, If We Let It.

 
Concerned about chemicals graphicBY AMY ZIFF

On February 9th, the New York Times published an article on cosmetics safety written by their Editorial Board – representing the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. The piece aptly noted that there is a problem in the U.S. with harmful ingredients in cosmetics products. For any of my followers, this news is certainly not new, but it’s nice to see mainstream attention to an issue I’m so passionate about. The board argued for strong legislation in response to the problem, and said it’s the only response.

But I say, not so fast…

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Made Safe Announces Our 1000th Certified Product

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A Message from Made Safe Founder, Amy Ziff

Break out the organic champagne! Made Safe is proud to announce that we’ve hit a major milestone: We’ve certified our 1000th product!

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Top MADE SAFE Certified Skin Care Products

 

Top-Personal_Care - INSTAGRAMFinding safe skin care that’s both effective and made without toxic chemicals can be hard. We’re here to make it easy for you. All the products listed below are MADE SAFE® certified, which means that they’re made without known carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, high risk pesticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs. In addition, ingredients have been examined for bioaccumulation (builds up in our bodies), persistence (stays in the environment) and aquatic toxicity.
In short, it means that you can trust these products are made with safe ingredients that don’t harm human health or the environment. Enjoy! (more…)

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The Scoop on Titanium Dioxide in Cosmetics

 

Titanium Dioxide graphicWhat Is It?

Titanium dioxide is a naturally-occurring mineral found in the earth’s crust. Because of its white color, opaqueness, and ability to refract light, the ingredient is often used as a pigment, brightener, and opacifier, which is an ingredient that makes a formulation more opaque. (more…)

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Nontoxic New Year’s Resolutions

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Each of us is in a different place in our nontoxic living journey. Some of us are just starting to think about the ways in which we are exposed to toxics every day. Some are making small and gradual changes. And others have completely overhauled our lives, but are hungry for more. (more…)

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Gift Guide: Personal Care & Cosmetics

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Personal care products and cosmetics are a common holiday gift, but ones that are truly safe and effective can be difficult to find. And all of us at Made Safe know that the holiday season means busy, busy, busy—no time to research ingredients and investigate products. This is why our team does the heavy lifting for you. All of the products in our gift guide are MADE SAFE® certified. (more…)

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New Survey Results: Shoppers Want Safe & Healthy Products

 
The secret is out. People want to buy products that won’t harm their health. Today we released What Shoppers Want: Safe & Healthy Products, a survey we conducted with our partners at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The results are a big signal to companies and retailers everywhere: Shoppers surveyed prioritize the health & safety of a product and products being “free of certain toxic chemicals” over environmental impact, performance, and even price. (more…)

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