As I write this during Breast Cancer Awareness month, Organic Diva signature attitude is absent. The truth is there is nothing funny about breast cancer, particularly if the people you love the most are touched by it. This month presents a challenge for us. While many cosmetics giants highlight "pink-ribbon" products during the months of October, our position is that breast cancer is something to prevent not profit from. We choose to do that by supporting companies that make breast cancer awareness a lifelong goal not a month long goal. As a result, the companies on our site have committed to producing products that don't contain ingredients linked to the disease.
The truth is that you won't see many of these companies in the pages of beauty magazines. Their advertising budgets won't allow that. So to Rich Arnold and Patty Kerr of Nurture My Body, thank you. To Emily Voth of Indigo Wild (Zum), thank you. To Wendy Steele of Keys Soap, thank you. To Suki Kramer of Suki Advanced OrganicScience, thank you. To Kristin Adams of Afterglow Cosmetics, thank you. To Jane Iredale of Jane Iredale Cosmetics, thank you. We are proud of the company we keep and forever grateful that you remain committed to the health of Baby C and Organic Divas like her everywhere.
Thanks to Dr. Oz for finally covering this story. So much of mainstream sunscreen is toxic. Be an informed consumer. Make sure you are not doing more harm than good!
The latest from Senior Public Health Correspondent Andrew Schneider.
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Darling Girls, if you do nothing else this year, commit to getting rid of any sunscreen you own that contains Oxybenzone. In 2008, The Center for Disease Control released a study that found nearly all Americans are contaminated with the chemical which contributes to hormone disruption, cell damage and low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers used sunscreen containing Oxybenzone while they were pregnant. See the release below and check your sunscreens for the ingredient. Let us know what you find and share this info with those near and dear to you.
Our favorite sunscreens for 2010 do not contain Oxybenzone. Check out Soleo Organic All Natural Sunscreen, California Baby SPF 18# No Fragrance Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion and Keys Solar RX.
CDC: Americans Carry ‘Body Burden’ of Toxic Sunscreen Chemical
CONTACT: EWG Public Affairs, (202) 667-6982
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
WASHINGTON, March 25 – The bodies of nearly all Americans are contaminated with a sunscreen chemical that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A companion study from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that the same chemical is linked to low birth weight in baby girls whose mothers are exposed during pregnancy.
The chemical, oxybenzone, is widely used in sunscreens. Environmental Working Group's (EWG) analysis of ingredient labels found that nearly 600 sunscreens sold in the U.S. contain oxybenzone, including products by Hawaiian Tropic, Coppertone, and Banana Boat. Although oxybenzone is most common in sunscreen, companies also use the toxic chemical in at least 567 other personal care products, including lip balm, lipstick, moisturizers and fragrance for women.
Oxybenzone was last reviewed for safety in the 1970’s but since then significant new evidence has been published on its toxicity and pervasive exposure. A recent review by the European Union found insufficient data to determine whether oxybenzone in sunscreen is safe for consumers.
“These studies are the latest in a long list of reasons the Food and Drug Administration must thoroughly review the safety of all chemicals used in sunscreens Americans use every day,” said Rebecca Sutton, a scientist with EWG. “FDA must do what it promised 30 years ago: Enact permanent, enforceable federal safety standards for sunscreens so consumers can get the best and safest sun protection.”
EWG research shows that 84 percent of 910 name-brand sunscreen products offer inadequate protection from the sun, or contain ingredients, like oxybenzone, with significant safety concerns. These products are on the market because FDA has failed to finalize sunscreen safety standards that have been under development since 1979, but has instead issued a series of delays and revisions at the request of the personal care product industry. FDA issued a new draft of the standards last October under pressure from EWG, but continues to delay finalizing the standards at the behest of the regulated industry.
EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.
Let's be honest whether it came to your speeding tickets, hours on the phone or boyfriends convicted of felons, your mother always had your number. Now we're asking mothers everywhere to get the number of personal care products their divine dollies slather on each day. Whether your darling is four or fourteen, find out how many products she uses daily for a chance to win a Mother/Daughter Makeup Bag Makeover.
Check out this darling four-year-old's personal care routine which consists of 12 products and exposes her to 312 chemicals-many which are toxic. It's definitely time for an Organic Diva Makeover.
During the month of May, enter the number of products your daughter uses in the promo code section for your chance to win a Mother/Daughter Makeup Bag Makeover. Enter number of chemicals your daughter is exposed to daily through use of those products for a special gift with purchase.
Stay tuned as we makeover, Baby C's personal care routine to reduce products, reduce ingredients and reduce toxins.