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.
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.
Finding 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
This holiday season, I’m thrilled to give you this guide of healthier options to make your shopping easier. No one wants to accidentally give a toxic gift, but it can be confusing to figure out what’s safe and what’s not.
I developed the MADE SAFE™ seal because I believe it shouldn’t be so hard to find things that are made with safe ingredients. While only the gift recommendations in bold are MADE SAFE certified, I generally like the direction all of these companies are taking and trust that they are making better products than many on the market. (more…)
Our skin is our largest organ, and absorbs much of what we put on it. Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation from Annmarie Skin Care is certified Made With Safe Ingredients™ so you can be sure that known toxic chemicals aren’t being absorbed into your skin in the time you’re wearing it. (more…)
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