a non-profit organization founded by Michele Wildflower and her husband, Ray, in an effort to raise awareness about toxins in cosmetics and their effects on our bodies and the planet.
What does it mean?
It means taking back our bodies from the big petrochemical companies that are the cause of numerous health issues for people all over, those using these products and those who receive the runoff water from other peoples' usage.
P ersonal: for ourselves
U se : at home, work
R especting: honoring
E arth: our planet
It is up to us, noone is regulating cosmetics and what
goes into them.
YOU have to regulate what goes on your body.
By making natural alternatives available in addition to
educational resources, outreach programs and workshops,
we can raise a level of awareness that will nurture and support our planet and ourselves
while creating conscious, informed consumers making wise, educated choices.
Toxins in your SkinCare Products!!!
Look in your medicine chest for these ingredients...
"Consumers receive little guidance from product manufacturers, whose advertising and labeling are too often misleading and not objective sources of information. Government also offer little guidance. Indeed, while many local, state, and federal government agencies are entrusted with protection of the public health, most have failed to assure consumers that they are being adequately protected, or that they are being provided with full, if any, label disclosure of Carcinogenic (cancer-causing), neurotoxic (causing damage to the nervous system), or teratogenic (birth defect-causing) chemicals in their household products." RALPH NADER; Consumer Advocate, Forwarded from The Safe Shoppers Bible Company newsletter title LIST OF TOXINS TO BEWARE OF...
For all the Readers,
I bring you this information, based on my research, for your health, so hopefully you can make your own informed decisions instead of not being aware of what's out there or figuring that if it's in the health food store, it must be good, or because it says,'natural' or 'organic' or 'plant based', means there aren't cancer causing substances in there. You have to read the ingredients or they will try to trick you. It's the perfect scam, sell an item advertised for dry skin, that causes dry skin and your ensuring your customers keep coming back.
I want my customers to come back because my formulation worked and their interested in what other formulas may work.
The oils speak for themselves.
Each product is handmade, with love & the finest ingredients available, organic whenever possible, never genetically modified. No animal by-products or anything tested on animals is used in our preparations.
Microwaves are never used for melting oils.
Being a Reiki Master, I infuse all of my products with universal, healing energy & light (Reiki), so they may heal, strengthen or calm with the highest potential.
I welcome you on the path of empowerment, pure bodycare & prevention.
'Every satisfied customer makes it all worthwhile!'
Your skin is your largest organ, absorbing 60% of whatever you rub on it.
No Regulations on SkinCare Products
Because there are no regulations on skincare products at the current time, many preservatives and synthetic oils and fragrances are used that are petroleum based and, or known to have a drying effect on the skin, cause brown spots, exzema, psoriasis, premature wrinkles, allergies, weaken the immune system, even cause cancer. There are other natural alternatives available however that do not dry out the skin, cause cancer or any of the other adverse effects of synthetic oils and petroleum based preservatives. Grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract. benzoin resin, citric acid, vitamin E oil, to name a few are natural preservatives derived from plants and trees that actually have antioxidant properties as well which are essential to healthy skin. Not to mention the necessary components for cellular regeneration. But because these ingredients are more expensive than the petroleum based ones, they are seldom chosen.
Just say, 'No' to Petrochemicals on your skin!
"The enormous vital energy that radiates from pure essential oils and the weakness of synthetic oils can be measuredd with a divining rod or Geiger counter. The results are similiar to those shown in Kirlian photography and other related methods. A synthetic oil is a dead product. In the eyes of holistic practitioners, it should not be used for healing, strengthening , or health promoting purposes."
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi (Author of Complete Aromatherapy Handbook)
Humankind has been aquainted with Aromatherapy for over 5,000 years
There are no harmful side effects from essential oils that are administered properly. In France, today, more than a thousand physicians use essential oils in their practices. Greatly supporting the skin, easily absorbed, essential oils can reach the organs to be treated through the connective and lymphatic tissues and the circulatiory system. They were used to disinfect and heal in World War 11 by Dr. Jean Valnet, a French physician. It wasn't until the 19th century that chemically produced medication began to replace essential oils as healing agents.
O.K. HERE'S THE BLACK LIST
Propylene Glycol (PG)-Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Ethylene Glycol (EG)
Derivitive: petroleum based, Found in Anti-freeze, Brake & Hydraulic Fluid, De-Icer, Paints & Coatings, Floor waxes
Hazard: weaken protein and cellular structure... In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities . A published clinical review showed propylene glycol causes a significant number of reactions and was a primary irritant to the skin even in low levels of concentrations. The American Academy of Dermatologists, Inc; Jan. 1991 The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for Propylene Glycol says: "May be harmful by ingestion or skin absorption. May cause eye irritation, skin irritation. Chronic exposure can cause gastro-intestinal disturbances, nausea, headache and vomiting, central nervous system depression. ("Toxicological profile for ethylene glycol and propylene glycol (update)." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), 1996. Atlanta, Ga; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service.) Other side effects on animals exposed to PG include heart arrhythmia, stunted growth, decreased blood pressure, and even death. If you were to purchase a drum of this chemical from a manufacturer he is required to furnish you with a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and it may alarm you to find that this common, widely used humectant has a cautionary warning in its MSDS that reads, "If on skin: thoroughly wash with soap and water!" It's no wonder propylene glycol has been linked to many severe health problems including contact dermatitis (irritation), auto toxicity, kidney damage and liver abnormalities. It has been shown to be toxic to human cells in cultures. (Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Jan. 1987) In fact, in tests conducted over the years propylene glycol has been shown to inhibit skin cells growth in human tests and cell respiration in animal tests. (J. Pharm. Belg. Nov/Dec 1989). It was found to cause skeletal muscular damage in rats and rabbits (Pharm Res Sept. 1989). It is reported to directly alter cell membranes (Human Reproduction, Feb 1990) to cause thickening of the skin (contact dermatitis, 1987) skin dehydration and chronic surface damage to skin ( Derm. Beruf Umwelt July/Aug, 1988) It was also shown to increase beta activity (changes found in anxiety states) when inhaled. (The Medical Post Sept 27, 1994.) Propylene glycol is a known irritant and sensitizer causing dryness, erythema (abnormal redness) and even blistering. (Safety Evaluation of a Barrier Cream, Contact Dermatitis, 17:10-12, 1987)
Methylparaben found in 20 breast tumors!
Mineral Oil, Petrolatum-
Dr. T. G. Randolph, an allergist, has found that this and many other cosmetic chemicals cause petrochemical hypersensitivity.
Derivitive: An oil manufactured from crude oil, petroleum based
Hazard: Has tendency to dissolve the skin's own natural oil and thereby increase dehydration, allergic reactions can become quite serious in time leading to arthritis, migraine, hyperkinesis, epilepsy and diabetes.
Methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben; The possibility of chemicals in antiperspirants being linked to cancer emerged years ago and has been the subject of several studies, notably by Dr Philippa Darbre from Reading University.
Derivitive: hydraulic brake fluid-petroleum based
Hazard: Breast Cancer- Initial studies reported here show that parabens can be extracted from human breast tissue and detected by thin-layer chromatography. More detailed studies enabled identification and measurement of mean concentrations of individual parabens in samples of 20 human breast tumours by high-pressure liquid chromatography followed by tandem mass spectrometry. The mean concentration of parabens in these 20 human breast tumours was found to be 20.6 ± 4.2 ng g-1 tissue. Comparison of individual parabens showed that methylparaben was present at the highest level (with a mean value of 12.8 ± 2.2 ng g-1 tissue) and represents 62% of the total paraben recovered in the extractions. Journal of Applied Toxicology v.24, i.1, 1jan04 Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Rashes, immune system reactions, hives, acne, burning, scaling, blistering, endocrine/ hormone disruption
Hazard: when ingested may cause depression, vomiting, drowsiness, coma, respiratory failure, convulsions, renal damage, kidney failure and death
Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic.
Derivitive: synthetic, chemical based
Hazard: Symptoms reported to the USA FDA headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation, allergic rashes, skin discoloration. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability
synthetic chemical of the silicone family
Derivitive: created using petrochemically-derived methanol -- a toxic alcohol. used in making cellophane.
Hazard: Researchers have investigated silicon materials/compounds in association with several different illnesses: lupus, scleroderma, A.D.D. and cancer. Some researchers speculate that silicon may be linked to allergies, fibrocysts and irritable bowel syndrome.
Found in baby powder
Derivitive: Some talc found to contain amphibole particle distribution typical to asbestos (which is cancer causing).
Hazard: Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder in the genital area is associated with a three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian cancer.
Diethanolamine (DEA), Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA-
Derivative: Derivative ingredients may appear as cocamide DEA or lauromide DEA.
Hazard: highly toxic and has been proven to cause cancer when applied to the skin of rats. And yet, this ingredient, and its derivatives, is permitted to be used in cosmetic products at limited levels.
Cetyl alcohol --
A synthetic oleochemical often derived from coconut in products labeled as "natural."
Derivative: animal, vegetable or petrochemical derived
Hazard: Skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate-
These synthetic substances are used in shampoos for their detergent and foam-building abilities.
Derivitive: anionic detergent, used in garage floor cleaners
Hazard: Alters skin structure to allow chemical penetration into skin and bloodstream, acne, causes cataracts if gets in eyes, eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, inhibit hair growth, scalp scurf similar to dandruff and allergic reactions. These nitrates can enter the blood stream in large numbers from shampooing, bubble baths, bath and shower gels and facial cleansers. "They are frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation "comes from coconut." Let's save the coconut from defamation of character and NOT use products with sodium lauryl sulfate, etc.! (Hampton) Dr. David H. Fine, the chemist who uncovered NDELA contamination in cosmetics.
Derivitive: urine, (whose urine is it?) contains formaldehyde
Hazard: Established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). a carcinogenic chemical, is toxic by inhalation, a strong irritant. See Formaldehyde From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): CAUSES SEVERE EYE IRRITATION. MAY CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE SYMPTOMS OF INHALATION: IF MISTED, WILL CAUSE IRRITATION OF MUCOUS MEMBRANES, NOSE, EYES AND THROAT. COUGHING, DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING. SYMPTOMS OF SKIN CONTACT: CONTACT CAUSES SMARTING AND BURNING SENSATIONS, INFLAMMATION, BURNS, PAINFUL BLISTERS. PROFOUND DAMAGE TO TISSUE. SYMPTOMS OF EYE CONTACT: WILL CAUSE PAINFUL BURNING OR STINGING OF EYES AND LIDS, WATERING OF EYES, AND INFLAMMATION OF CONJUNCTIVA
Resources and References;
Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi
The Complet A to Z Bodycare by Aubrey
Beauty to Die For, the cosmetic consequence by Judi Vance
The Safe Shoppers Bible
Compiled by: Michele Wildflower
For: Nature's Mysteries
P.O. Box 183
Barton, VT 05822
Ingredients Used In Nature's Mysteries Bodycare Products
High in Anti-Oxidants, Essential Fatty Acids,
Vitamins A, E, C
Free Radicals are damaged cells such as wrinkles, brown spots, premature aging, etc. If free radicals link up with healthy cells, they attach to them damaging them, causing a link of unhealthy cells. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals which are caused by the sun, pollutants in the environment, etc.
It is very important to apply anti-oxidants daily to protect your beautiful skin.
almond, apricot kernel, organic borage, organic calendula, organic extra virgin coconut, evening primrose, organic flaxseed, organic hempseed, organic jojoba,rice bran, organic extra virgin olive, organic St. Johns Wort, organic rose hip seed, wheat germ, vit. E, sunflower, organic safflower, arnica
avocado, organic cocoa, organic shea, aloe
organic lavender, ylang-ylang, rose, patchouli, sandalwood, frankincense, juniper, geranium, mint, sage, thyme, tea tree, cypress, organic lemon, lime, organic orange, rosemary, grapefruit, pine, roman chamomile, wintergreen, spearmint, organic lemongrass, bergamot, rosewood, hyssop
orange blossom, rose, jasmine, cucumber, rosemary