Are you hurting the “boys” with grooming products???

Burt's Bees lipbalm

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With over 1 million views a day the Environmental Working Group is the largest cosmetics  database on the internet. It represents 63,505 products with 7,771 ingredients. As a nonprofit research organization it aims to protect human health and the environment by urging the cosmetics industry to use safer ingredients in their products. As they highlight, “Under federal law, companies can put virtually anything they wish into personal care products, and many of them do. Mercury, lead, and placenta extract — all of these and many other hazardous materials are in products that millions of Americans, including children, use every day…” (EWG)

Specifically some of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, and reproductive toxicity. Phthalates and parabens, chemicals that can be traced back to certain grooming products may potentially have an effect on a man’s hormones.

“‘In rat studies, phthalates in higher doses than those found in grooming products have been shown to reduce testosterone during fetal development. Parabens, also in higher doses, have been shown to decrease sperm production in rats,’ says Kenneth Korach, PH.D., director of the environmental and medicine program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.” (Men’s Health November 2010 pg. 33)

Check out Avalon, Aubrey, or Burt’s Bees for more natural products on your body and the environment. If you want to be absolutely certain about the chemicals or ingredients in your grooming products search for them in the EWG database online at cosmeticsdatabase.com

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