Monday, November 24, 2008

Organic Beauty

Hello all,

I hate to be the 111th person to remind you, but the holidays are quite literally right around the corner and we all know what that means....time to PARTY...or at least time to go to a couple parties you are really excited about and several you aren't so happy about but feel committed to attend...Either way, when the holiday parties start to roll around so does the pressure to put that twinkle in your smile, that spark in your step, and that glimmer on your cheeks. In short, holiday parties, like most festive occasions, bring on the pressure to look good honey.

So what is the big deal you may ask. Sure it is a little annoying to have to get the perfect shade of lip gloss to go with that cocktail dress but why are you discussing it on the Wellness Blog? What does makeup have to do with overall wellness?

Easy Darlin'...Generic Makeup=exposure to heavy amounts toxins. Hows that for a "Happy Holiday?"

In fact, the average women uses nine products everyday that can easily put her in contact with about 168 chemicals. And until fairly recently these products were completely inorganic and non-natural. Fortunately, however, there is now a new option: Organic Beauty Products. In fact, you can save yourself some holiday shopping time buy ordering these safe and beautiful products from your home by flipping on your computer and revving up that "oh so handy" internet because now there's a one-stop shop that does all the homework for you. Introducing, a web resource dedicated to promoting safe ingredients in beauty products.

Organic Diva standards for personal care products are high. They buy only from companies who have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. (The pledge to not use cancer-causing or hormone disrupting ingredients in products). Second, they only use products that earn a rating between 0-3 on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Report. (The report rates products on a 0-10 scale. 0 being least hazardous, 10 being the most hazardous). Lastly, the products must be effective. As Ann E. Garrity (founder of Organic Diva) states "Being back on the market at 41 means I’m in no position to sacrifice product efficacy. It’s a jungle out there!"

Another great thing about this amazing online company is that they sell everything from cosmetics to shampoo to body lotion. In fact, they even have an entire line for children based on the same principles as the adult line. Some cosmetic companies argue that the level of harmful chemicals in any one product is not enough to harm you. They say, DON'T BUY IT DIVA! Even small doses of some chemicals can have serious consequences in children and young women. And since you reach for the same product every day, several days a week for months or years, that “small exposure” can add up to major exposure over an extended period of time. Why Risk It?

Finally, I found it interesting that Anne Gerrity and Organic Diva are not only in the business to make a profit, they are also adamant educators. This is something that we at CCW find admirable as we try to do the same thing for our patients and their friends and family with our educational seminars, newsletters, this blog, and much more. It's nice to find a kindred spirit even if it is online :o)

Please visit to peruse the site, and if nothing else at least learn a little about what the face cream, blush, eye shadow, and perfume are putting you and your loved ones at risk for. Knowledge is contagious after all!