Beauty

Beauty products have so many chemicals in them today. Find out which ones can cause unwanted side effects or illnesses.

Parabens in Lotion: The Slippery Truth

Lotions in medicine cabinet

I have always considered myself to live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I eat vegetables, I exercise regularly and drink one cup of coffee a day. I have also considered my beauty regimen to be pretty low maintenance. I take a shower, apply body lotion afterward and face cream. Then I usually call it a day. If I’m headed out somewhere special, I may put on a little make-up, nothing too fancy. So, imagine my surprise when I started learning about harmful chemicals being used as ingredients in most of my personal care products. There I am going about my daily life thinking I’m doing the best for not only myself, but my family (husband and two little girls), only to find out that the personal care products I’m using may be causing more harm than good, especially in the long run…

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Aluminum Free Deodorant: 3 That Truly Work

Woman applying deodorant

So you’re thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you – read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (and smelly!) situation…

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Oxybenzone: The Cancer of Sunscreen?

Sunscreen on back on the beach

What exactly is oxybenzone? It is an organic compound used in sunscreens because of its ability to absorb UVB and short UVA rays. As a chemical ingredient, it is also helpful in maintaining the qualities of other ingredients and therefore you will also find it used in conjunction with other chemical ingredients in other personal care products such as lotions, lipstick and nail polish. As an ingredient in products, it may be referred to as Benzophenone-3.

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What is the Best Natural Shampoo?

Shampoo bottles

There are plenty of choices in natural shampoos, so you may have to experiment with several brands and products before you find the best one for you. Not all natural shampoos are purely “natural” because it is the artificial additives that make most commercial (and natural) shampoos give hair its shine, create volume, and produce a sudsy lather. Therefore, it is important to know about the common chemical ingredients found even in many “natural” shampoos. It is also important to know what natural ingredients best treat specific hair needs…

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How to Make Natural Shampoo

Shampoo and towels

Here at Earths Friends we like to emphasize how important it is to pay attention not only to what you put in your body, but what you put on it. Why? Because your skin is sensitive, and chemicals that come in contact with it will absorb into your body…

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