Did you know, that if we swap our chemical products with organic ones, we are saving our lives and also our future? Not only do chemical products ruin our bodies, but if used or worn for many years (and then stop), the effects will be great (and I mean it in a very bad way!) in the long run.
When I was still in Elementary school, I loved using and wearing all kinds of chemical products that I already knew were harmful for me, but I didn’t think that it was a major problem since it’s literally everywhere in our neighborhood, city, country - around the world. So, I figured that of course, everything has its benefits and damages. But I lived in a community where ‘this stuff’ weren’t exactly an essential for us to learn about.
And so, I went to Junior High School with the exact same toxic ingredients in and on my entire body. Not too long after using and wearing all those toxicity (for around 7 years), I realized a lot of changes in my body - Yup, you guessed it: puberty. And no, it wasn’t just because of that. I realized dandruff, my oily skin peeling off, sudden rashes, and all those disturbing, uncomfortable things happening within me. I started consuming a lot more vegetables, but they never ‘wore off’, and so I did my research.
Mind you, my mother and father did not allow me to have a phone in 8th grade, so I did my digging in my Junior High School library, and there I found my treasure. So, it was true when researchers say that all the beauty products that we’ve been using are ‘deadly’. Sounds pretty exaggerating, right? Well, it’s not. It’s real, it’s here, and it’s the products that we’re all using right now! So, here is the newly updated research that I’ve got:
According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it shows that male reproductive problems, including undescended testicles and hypospadias, doubled between 1970 and 1993 from the use of potential reproductive or developmental toxicants such as phthalates, which are key components found in plastics. (NCBI https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/) Studies have shown that most personal care products like lotion, makeup, shampoo, nail polish, perfumery, and others contain chemical ingredients that are not safe for us to use or wear. And also, most of them use animal testing.
Here are a few of the ingredients that are used in our personal care products, such as dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. Often, these ingredients are not seen in the back of the ingredients section of the product. According to Sujatha Jahagirdar, an environmental advocate with Environment California, this particular chemical (phthalate) rose a lot of concerns and awareness because of the damages it brought to our health. But the personal care industry remains confident about phthalate safety.
Here, I quote purely from NBCI: “The Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel, an independent research group sponsored by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, published a detailed literature review in February 2003 that unequivocally states that current use of phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products is safe. Marian Stanley, manager of the Phthalate Esters Panel of the American Chemistry Council, says, “Some of these concerns [from environmental groups] are based on high-dose animal testing. The exposure that we really see in people—and we have the CDC numbers to back that up—is remarkably low. To us, why bother getting rid of a highly useful product when there should be no concern?”
The environmental groups respond that although it may be low-level exposure, it is chronic low-level exposure. Says Elizabeth Sword, executive director of the nonprofit Children’s Health Environmental Coalition: “In my view there is sufficient evidence to pique my concern, not only as a parent but as the executive director of this organization, to circulate this information directly to parents in a way that they can then make the healthiest decisions.””
Well, that is some information I got for you. Pretty scary, right? Don’t worry, I am not here to tell you to throw away or burn all of your beloved expensive deadly toxic chemicals out the window. I’m only raising awareness that the beauty products you’re using right now should be off-limits. Although I had just given you some information that the phthalate industry gave low-level consumption of phthalate, Elizabeth Sword says that they are “chronic low-level exposure”. Since this controversy will never end any time soon, I’m just going to drive you to my ultimate goal of this blog *drum rolls* ORGANIC PRODUCTS!
Yes, they are expensive. Yes, they are rare. Yes, they are over-the-top high-quality products that you can’t really find in every drug store or supermarket you run into. But they are worth the search. They are worth every single penny. They are worth the investment. Why? They bring a lower-risk (I do not want to say “they have no risks”, just to be safe from haters and critics) of damage in our bodies. Organic foods and products (literally any kind of product that you need, from your skin to your hygiene to your furniture) should be stocked in your cupboards at home. Here are a few organic products that I have at home or I used to have that you might need:
BHUMI Face Oil (Local Product)
This oil is made in Indonesia. I am currently wearing it on my face, sometimes, twice a day (for morning and night) because it has helped to soften my rough skin texture. It is also organic! A lot of beauty gurus or Makeup Artists are using this product right now, because it is not only made in our beloved country, but it is also organic and very healthy for the skin. Mind you, not all face oils are organic. Some of them contain minerals that are very bad for our skin. So, choose wisely, research, and don’t forget to test them out before you actually buy them.
OGX Shampoo (International Brand)
You can use whatever OGX shampoo there is - they are all organic! I know, they are very expensive, but it can save your scalp from future dandruffs and peeling (well, that’s me - my scalp peels because I have a super duper sensitive scalp). It contains a lot of oils that are good for the skin. I used have a lot of them at home, but they’re all finished now. So, I’m saying that it’s safe, organic, and healthy for your hair and scalp because I have tried it myself!
Apple Cider Vinegar (Vinegar)
I used to put ACV on my scalp, hair, and face before taking a shower. Why? Because they help to moisturize and kill the dandruff on my scalp organically. I put ACV with water with a 1:2 ratio and put it in a spray bottle. I spray them all around my scalp and massage it for a few seconds and then shower as usual. It helps shield your hair and scalp from harmful chemicals and minerals. But don’t use them every single day, because your hair might get dried out. Just use it once a week, and you’re good to go!
Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent (International Brand)
Okay, since I’ve never used the washing machine at home, I don’t really know what type of detergent is truly 100% organic, but from what I’ve searched, this brand is pretty organic to me. I’ve never seen this brand nor have I ever used it, but it’s worth a try! I believe that whatever it is that you use on your body can either break or make you. And I know that the clothes that we wear need to be cleansed with good and healthy products so that we won’t have the side effects in the future. It’s also very good for the environment (biodegradable products are the best!), so we won’t be killing the earth.
Virgin Coconut Oil (International Brand)
This is my absolute favorite! It’s not just for cooking, but it’s also for face and hair masks and also skin moisturizer. It’s weird when I tell my friends that I use virgin coconut oil as my lotion and masks, but it’s very beneficial. I can’t tell you the thousands of benefits that this oil give. Oil-pulling (gargling with virgin coconut oil) can give you the best of the best health in the long-run. You should definitely try it, because it’s super healthy for your teeth, stomach, intestines, etc!
Organic Cotton (International Brand)
I’m not sure whether or not Indonesia has their own organic cotton, but I’ve seen a lot of that in the US. This is very, very important, particularly for our lady (and men) parts. I just knew that even the type of panties that we wear can either benefit or damage our reproductive systems. So please, choose your panties wisely. I used to buy dozens of these when I was in Junior High School. Although they’re pretty expensive, I think they’re worth investing. I mean, who doesn’t want their underparts safe and healthy?
Charcoal Whitening Teeth Powder (International Brand)
So, my dad recently bought this product and let me tell you, it’s pretty cool. It’s black charcoal powder, where we dip our toothbrushes in and start brushing our teeth. They’re healthier to brighten and whiten your teeth than the usual chemical-based products. So, you should definitely invest in these if you’re into whitening your teeth (organically).
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