The Secret Research Technique that no Cosmetic Company would want you to Learn.
Day #267 of #365 Days of Feng Shui
Are you sick and tired of being duped into believing that what your putting on your face, body or hair is safe just because a company has written ‘Natural’ on a product?
Or have you been using a ‘chemical’ product and want to switch to a more natural one, but have no idea what to look for?
And do you want to take your own safety and health into your own hands?
Ok… I’m so excited about this.
After a week of blogging about natural beauty I am now going to hand it over to you.
And I’m going to teach you exactly how you can research the safety of your cosmetics for yourself.
My research technique was taught to me by Australia’s No.1 Building Biologist, who also just happened to be my Feng Shui teacher, and who has created the only government recognised and certified Building Biology Course in the whole of Australia – Nicole Bijlsma.
This technique is used by qualified Building Biologists and Feng Shui consultants to help steer you in the direction of creating a healthier home, space, family and You!
So let’s get cracking.
Here’s your Secret Weapon against Chemicals
Anyone who has worked in a company or business would have had to adhere to occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures and would have come across Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
And you are going to become very familiar with these if you want to ensure your products are safe for use.
What are MSDSs?
MSDSs are legal documentations of potentially harmful substances with recommendations of how they should be stored and handled with safety measures for any spills or exposure. For OHS purposes, every business must have a MSDS for each product they have within a business e.g. if you use a surface cleaner for cleaning the work stations a MSDS must be stored on site for that product.
The great thing is, is that every cosmetic and cleaning product which contains a synthetic chemical and is on the market, will have a MSDS that you can obtain. And most companies are now are putting their MSDSs online, if not they are legally obliged to send you one on request.
BUT….there is one fault to acquiring a MSDS this way. And that is because the MSDS is coming from the company who created the product and therefore could have bias information, misleading you into believing that the chemicals in the product may not be ‘too bad’.
The Best and least Bias way of researching your product.
Another way to research a product is to search MSDSs for each individual ingredient listed in your product.
And you can do this all online!
Here’s Your Step by Step Research Procedure.
1) Grab a product you want to research and start with the first 3 or 4 ingredients. These will make up the majority of your product. Though always make sure you follow up on all the chemical names on the list because some of the most harmful ones can be used as a base or preservative to more plant base products.
2) Once you have your ingredients list, jump online and get onto Google. And simply search one ingredient on the list and add MSDS after it e.g. Acrylamide MSDS.
I’ve chosen a particular nasty chemical that is usually found in nail polish and face masks to show you how effective MSDS’s are and the type of information you will find.
Once you have researched on ingredient, you can then go onto the next one.
3) Always double check the year the MSDS was written and the company who has written it. Science Lab and Science Stuff are two of the most reputable companies to chose above the rest though others are still important to review. Note:- your chemical may actually have a variety of names, you can usually check this on the MSDS
4) Now read the research. Each MSDS will cover toxicology research results on animals and humans, personal protection, hazard information and handling and storage. What may be most surprising to you is when you research a chemical that is in your face cream and the MSDS states to wash off immediately on skin contact. Or skin, eyes and lung irritant for shampoo.
Here is the link to >> Science Lab’s MSDS for the chemical – Acrylamide << for you to see what they look like and the check the information they have .
5) Check what the Toxicology Data is and what does it really mean?
‘Toxicological Data on Ingredients: Acrylamide: ORAL (LD50): Acute: 124 mg/kg [Rat.]. 107 mg/kg [Mouse]. 150 mg/kg [Rabbit]. DERMAL (LD50): Acute: 400 mg/kg [Rat]. 1680 mg/kg [Rabbit].’ (Science Lab MSDS Acrylamide)
Any chemical that is to be used for humans is, by law, required to be tested on animals and above are the results from tests done for Acrylamide.
‘An LD50 is a standard measurement of acute toxicity that is stated in milligrams (mg) of pesticide per kilogram (kg) of body weight. An LD50 represents the individual dose required to kill 50 percent of a population of test animals (e.g., rats, fish, mice, cockroaches). Because LD50 values are standard measurements, it is possible to compare relative toxicities among pesticides. The lower the LD50 dose, the more toxic the pesticide.
A pesticide with an LD50 value of 10 mg/kg is 10 times more toxic than a pesticide with an LD50 of 100 mg/kg.’ (US Environmental Protection Angency website, 2014)
Yep, it means it’s killed animals. Enough said really.
Though there is a flaw to this research. And that is that scientists stop the research after 50% of the animals have died.
Now that may sound morbid and cruel but what that means is that there is no research regarding longterm side effects in smaller doses.
So we humans then become the lab rats.
6) First Aid Measures and Personal Protection section of the MSDS will give you a great indication as to how you need to approach the chemical with safety. And each will provide how the chemical effects a different part of the body e.g. skin, eyes, lungs, organs etc
If an MSDS states…
‘immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing’ (Science Lab MSDS Acrylamide)
You can pretty much be sure you don’t want to be putting it anywhere near your skin.
7) Expand your research. Even though you have check your MSDS, extra research may provide you with much more recent updates to how it’s affecting human health. And this can be done by simply plugging the ingredients name with ‘Hazard’ at the end into google search and see if any recent articles have been released.
And EXTRA tip you may wish to consider is…
Each chemical that is tested is tested alone. Meaning, only one chemical is tested at each time so no research has been done on how different chemical interact with one another! Though they are all mixed together to make our cosmetics.
And even if a chemical like Acrylamide has been classed as a carcinogenic, it doesn’t stop cosmetic companies from using them. They are not banned.
This is where you need to step in…. and do your research.
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