Ignorance is bliss! I know this because once I became an informed consumer and learned the source of my food, the meaning of my ingredients or the ethics of some of my favorite brands, I found most of my shopping behaviors changed. It was a struggle at first but now I can easily go into any retailer of consumer goods and buy relatively healthy or ECO conscience.
For me, everything is a thoughtful purchase, even in when purchasing make-up, I often won't compromise long term health for the achievement of a look.
The first in a series of ingredients to avoid is Propylene Glycol.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) states:
Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Renal (Urinary System or Kidneys), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs) Summary: Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors, and in the paint and plastics industries. Propylene glycol is also used to create artificial smoke or fog used in fire-fighting training and in theatrical productions. Other names for propylene glycol are 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol. Propylene glycol is clear, colorless, slightly syrupy liquid at room temperature. It may exist in air in the vapor form, although propylene glycol must be heated or briskly shaken to produce a vapor. Propylene glycol is practically odorless and tasteless.
This ingredient is in everything from deodorant, to makeup and even items we eat.Though the center for disease control has some issues with it, the Food and Drug administration has deemed it safe.
Truth is you can't rely on the blessing of any major organization which may sometimes have conflicting allegiances, we must take the reigns in personally researching what we consume daily.
Check out my giant sexy arm pit:
Propylene Glycol is a popular ingredient in "traditional" deodorant (along with other questionable ingredients I will highlight later). For this reason, I will attempt for the 3rd time to fully switch to natural deodorant. Thank goodness I found a great article on an armpit cleanse that will hopefully help me properly and fully make the switch! Wish me luck!