Monthly Archives: March 2012

Animal Ingredients in Cosmetics

There is an almost unbelievable source of cosmetic ingredients in the U.S. today: your local rendering plant. Here all kinds of dead animals are hauled in daily, from euthanized pets to diseased livestock. Many of the animals have been injected … Continue reading

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The Federal Government Speaks

Of Note: In October 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to require child-resistant packaging for some common household products and cosmetics containing hydrocarbons that can poison children. Baby oil is a hydrocarbon. “We know that child-resistant packaging … Continue reading

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Other Ingredients to Note

Specially denatured alcohol (or SD alcohol) is ethyl alcohol to which substances are added that make it poisonous or dangerous to consume. SD alcohol is drying to the skin and can cause it to produce excessive oil. Artificial dyes and … Continue reading

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Read the Labels!

Read the labels! Just because products are for sale or are prescribed does not guarantee safety. Know your ingredients: Mineral oils as used industrially in an untreated or mildly treated form, are listed in the Report on Carcinogens (RoC), a … Continue reading

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So What? About Ingredients

A few years ago, a librarian from Arizona started researching the possible relationship between estrogen and cancer. What she found disturbed her. And there were disturbing statistics: “The probability that a resident of the United States will develop cancer at … Continue reading

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Children With Growing Pains

Several years ago, scientists at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison placed sensors on the leg bones of lambs in order to measure their bone growth. Ninety percent of bone growth occurred while the animals were … Continue reading

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Artists’ Books – Natural Fiber Paper

And here’s a beautiful artist’s site; it describes a small private press that publishes books and bindings. It is owned and operated by Roberta Lavadour, who creates papers and artists’ books. She often uses local plant fibers to make her … Continue reading

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