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How important is it to use organic makeup, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste... ?

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Created October 25, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I am sort of a product junkie when it comes to beauty and makeup. I love makeup, perfume, and all of that good stuff. I've heard that harmful chemicals from all of these things can absorb through your skin? How serious should i be about this, can i still use eyeliner and body wash that isn't organic? Or should I switch and I just don't see how it can get into your body by a great amount of it if it is just applied to the skin, you're not eating it..

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on October 29, 2012
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@Rob: google "topical absorption" or "topical absorbability" see what comes up. This for example: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/59/2/171.full.pdf

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on October 29, 2012
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I have wondered how much of anything is actually absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream. I use organic shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and roll-on deodorant, but mostly cos the chemical equivalents irritate my skin. I'd love to see some definitive advice on how much is actually absorbed by the skin, and what factors influence this.

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on October 26, 2012
at 06:42 PM

That is going to be very hard for me, maybe i will start taking things away one at a time :) Thanks!

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Or you can use safer equivalents. Coconut oil + baking soda makes both a very nice toothpaste as well as a deodorant for example.

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on October 26, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Toothpaste is my weird thing because I actually feel it is ingested. I do one with no sorbitol or sweetened (desert essences).

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Thank you that's very helpful !

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on October 26, 2012
at 12:12 AM

This is an excellent site that reviews cosmetic products for harmful ingredients and provides ratings for safety:

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

I always refer to it before purchasing a new product!

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This was going to be my answer!

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Thank you that's very helpful !

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 26, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Just remember, whatever you put on your skin is most likely going to be absorbed into your bloodstream.

Don't believe me? see: nicotene/dramamine patches, topical magnesium oil/Epsom Salts baths, topical hormone creams. Coconut oil right after a bath before you fully dry off can be used instead of skin moisturizer.

Being a dude, I don't know squat about makeup, other than having heard that some stuff, such as lipstick is high in toxins such as lead.

Shampoos are known to contain BPA and/or phthalates, some things may have dioxins.

Don't put anything on your skin you wouldn't eat.

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on October 26, 2012
at 06:42 PM

That is going to be very hard for me, maybe i will start taking things away one at a time :) Thanks!

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on October 29, 2012
at 08:02 AM

I have wondered how much of anything is actually absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream. I use organic shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and roll-on deodorant, but mostly cos the chemical equivalents irritate my skin. I'd love to see some definitive advice on how much is actually absorbed by the skin, and what factors influence this.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19473)

on October 29, 2012
at 12:07 PM

@Rob: google "topical absorption" or "topical absorbability" see what comes up. This for example: http://jn.nutrition.org/content/59/2/171.full.pdf

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on October 25, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Imo it is not the least important whether it is organic or not, first of all there is no such thing as organic eyeliner, and if someone tries to sell you some they are liars. All eyeliners are free from pesticides, because there is no reason whatsoever to put pesticide in eyeliner, insects do not consume eyeliner, they don't have hands to open the little container eyeliner comes in.

Same goes for body wash, nobody puts pesticides in body wash because why the heck would they, it would drive up the cost of production for no reason.

Same goes for toothpaste, why the hell would anyone produce toothpaste that contains pesticides? The pests can't even take the cap off the tube of toothpaste.

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on October 26, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Toothpaste is my weird thing because I actually feel it is ingested. I do one with no sorbitol or sweetened (desert essences).

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on October 26, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Some view fluoride-free toothpaste and aluminum-free deodorant as less toxic/harmful and more natural.

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on April 12, 2013
at 11:24 PM

It's all about the chemicals that are in what u use. It can be obsorbed through ur skin. Even if u are using Natural beauty products but not organic, that means that those natural ingredients had pesticides used on them...for example something made of lavender,roses,nuts...all sprayed with pesticides. So now ur getting different kinds of chemicals absorbed in ur body. If ur getting natural, get something with as many organic ingredients used. And if u can't pronounce anything, it's probably not good for u. Hope this helps.

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on October 26, 2012
at 01:12 AM

How important is it to use ANY makeup, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste?

You can argue that it's unnecessary.

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on October 26, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Or you can use safer equivalents. Coconut oil + baking soda makes both a very nice toothpaste as well as a deodorant for example.

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