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Many nail polish brands contain formaldehyde, and many shampoos and conditioners contain formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. Even many products labeled “botanical” or “natural” contain toxic or irritating chemicals, usually in the form of detergents, preservatives, or the mysterious “fragrance,” which can refer to a myriad of different compounds and chemicals not required to be disclosed as they are considered a trade secret.

Furthermore, there are toxic chemicals that can affect your reproductive health and fertility hiding in the things that you use almost every day, such as your plastic tupperware, water bottles, canned foods and beverages, vinyl shower curtains, and disturbingly, even in your wine. Yes, your wine. Plastic stoppers in wine bottles can contain BPA, but also, wine ferments in vats that are often lined with resin or epoxy.

Epoxy (and the resin that lines metal cans) contains a toxic chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA), which is also an endocrine disruptor. Just as with canned foods, BPA leaches into the contents, but the acidic nature of wine allows toxins to leach into the liquid more rapidly than if water were in the same container.

Upon discovering this information, my first thought was, how can this be? If these chemicals are known to cause harm, why are they allowed to be used in the products I use every single day? Surely, I thought, the government had rules about this kind of thing.

It turns out the current law, known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), has not been updated in 33 years and does not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority it needs to oversee the safety of chemicals in everyday products or to hold industry accountable for testing the chemicals they manufacture. The result: many of the chemicals used in our everyday products have not been tested for safety and continue to remain on the market.

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9:43PM PDT on May 21, 2014

I too found a skincare line that is 100% toxin free. They removed over 1500 toxic ingredients. They have a great SPF and Antiaging line that actually works. And gluten free. Yah!

12:47AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

I mention that al the time "read the label" if you don't know what those words mean, just search for it, you will be surprised of the number of chemicals.

10:14PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

I finally found face care that is 100% toxic free 100% natural 100% results in wrinkle reduction and is actually good for you because what we put on our sin gets absorbed in our blood stream

12:08PM PST on Feb 5, 2011

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Organic Award Winning, safe to use, you can even ask the experts, detailed on the bottom of the link page. Download a catalogue and view all the information. I feel so happy with these products. I have learned of other lipstick containing lead..... we should be more aware and take a look at what we use.

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3:46AM PDT on Jun 12, 2010

I don´t know that simple things can produce even cancer

6:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2010


12:17AM PDT on Apr 16, 2010

It makes people feel better to believe this, because they think it would make my opinion less credible If it is less credible, than people can close their eyes and ears and do not have to face the truth.
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