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How do you Pick your Beauty?

  • Honest Beauty lipstick –  antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and shea butter, $18
  •  Hemp Organics lipstick –  made from 95% certified organic ingredients $15.80.

and Revlon is $5-10 and it lasts for 3 years. Can you imagine why it lasts that long?

Some Stores that Put Healthy First!

100% Pure – a whole line up of beauty. Take a look.

Drunk Elephant – this company describes ingredients and source, uses natural and “low-hazard” synthetic ingredients; that’s the way founder Tiffany Masterson, wants it.

Tata Harper –  has a natural beauty market, whose value is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018. Uses high-performance ingredients including Spanish lavender extract to help reduce wrinkle formation and retinoic acid from rosehip seed oil (instead of Retinol).

The Detox Market, the green beauty e-commerce shop; founder Romain Gaillard.

Ulta – beauty retailer in the U.S. – 950 stores, has natural products that includes a top-selling lip oil infused with green tea and avocado extracts.

Sephora – has natural products cleansers, anti-aging, shampoos, but also – biotechnology-backed Biossance, a 100% plant-based skin care line. Also has a “Naturals” landing page showcasing hundreds of items.

Beautycounter –  has their own line of products range from makeup basics like lipstick and blush to sunscreen and body scrubs.

Birchbox  – a NY startup debuted an “Ingredient Conscious” shop category.

WHY pay more?  Parabens and phthalates, , have been found to be endocrine disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer. A recent study  from UCB showed that stopping use of the chemical crap, can lower levels of people’s hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Remember, naturals have a shorter shelf life (2-3 months)!  You can also MAKE YOUR OWN cosmetics, then you know what you are getting. This is big-business and big money, you must read the label. We will know that we have made a change when the label is no written in “mouse print” and you can eat any of the cosmetics, creams, and lotions while actually being able to say the ingredients out loud!  Look at coconut oil, try out plant based products, recycle the jars of questionable stuff.

A lot of HOW you look, depends on WHAT you eat. Put down the cookie. Eat an Avocado.

Look for more interest in this area from businesses, start-ups and lawyers. Even Dianne Feinstein, a CA senator thought about legislation and  introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Please understand, YOU must know what you are putting on your face, I have almost no faith in legislation. It seens to add more watchers and less do-ers.

Luke’s Toy Factory & the Eco-Truck

UPDATE: We received our wonderful red, nontoxic, wonderful Fire Truck last month. Everyone is playing with it!

DANBURY, Conn., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Luke’s Toy Factory – a Connecticut startup founded by father and son team, Jim and Luke Barber, today launched a KickStarter project aimed at raising funds to prove the viability of manufacturing eco-friendly, sustainable and safe children’s toys in the United States. The “Eco-Truck” – a toy fire truck designed with five interlocking parts – represents the culmination of over two years of research & development conducted by the Barbers into the incorporation of organic materials such as sawdust and wheat straw in injection molded plastics.

These materials are the by-products of industrial farming and manufacturing operations here in the United States. In the past they would have been discarded, but their use as fillers not only gives them a second life, but enables the production of toys that are sturdier than plastic products. The organic material allows the toys to be injection molded like plastic, while retaining the look and feel of traditional wooden toys. Furthermore, toys made with this new composite material will not contain any surface paint, glue or chemical additives such as phthalates or BPA, significantly increasing the safety of the products. Instead, the toys will get their color from, FDA-approved pigments mixed into the composite material before molding, eliminating safety issues such as tainted paint, flaking and splintering that have long plagued the toy industry.

“The innovative material and manufacturing process we’ve developed allows us to create traditional toys that are truly products for the 21st century. This has the potential to help bring the toy industry back to America.” said founder Jim Barber.

He continued, “It no longer makes sense to make toys out of either wood or plastic in China, where 85% of the world’s toys are made, and ship them to the United States. The cheap labor that once made Chinese toy production cost effective has shifted so much that brands are now sacrificing design quality and in turn, safety, in an effort to protect their margins. We started researching this process two years ago, because we thought we could offer parents a better, safer option – competitively priced toys made 100% in the United States from organic and recycled material.”

Well-made, long lasting safe toys – – it doesn’t seem like so much to ask, RIGHT? But there are so many safety recalls of toys and so many that cause illness even brain damage, this is your chance to speak up-In a way that the big toy companies understand, with your cash! Mattel, Hasbro, and the others won’t “get it” until they see a switch in consumer behavior. You can go to kickstarter and back the project- $15 will get you a firetruck- hint hint!  

Give attention to the great ethical toy companies, here is another Blue Orange – they make quality games in SF. Toy Safety was one of my first blog articles in 2008, read some of the safety articles of the CDC, search on “toys” if you want the data. —  the editor

Using a Connecticut manufacturer with over 40 years of experience in the injection molding field, Luke’s Toy Factory will be able to oversee all aspects of production and material sourcing. This direct oversight ensures that only the highest quality products reach children’s toy boxes.

“This KickStarter project is just the beginning”, said Luke, the toy designer. “The Eco-Truck will allow us to prove the viability of this type of manufacturing and refine our processes going forward. We have designed a line of vehicles with interchangeable parts to complement the firetruck, so kids can assemble them in different combinations and we expect to make those available soon.”

Echoing his father, Luke added, “We view this not just as changing the status quo, but hopefully starting an industry wide revolution in how toys are made. We’re very much looking forward to support and feedback from the KickStarter community – especially parents who take a genuine interest in where and how their kids’ toys are manufactured.”

About Luke’s Toy Factory:  Luke’s Toy Factory was founded by father/son team Jim and Luke Barber on the belief that parents and their children deserve better, safer options when it comes to toys. The company utilizes an innovative process and sustainable, recyclable materials to make toys here in the United States.

To learn more about and support the Eco-Truck project, the KickStarter page  This is how companies get funded, by US here in the USA!  Click on the KickStarter link and watch the video, you can see how cool the toys are and how they encourage kids to build and learn.

Here are the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages.   Twitter@LukesFTY  Facebook:  facebook.com/LukesFTY   Look at the EcoTruck!  

Exposures to Some Phthalates Fall After Federal Ban

UCSF Study Finds Widespread Exposure to These Endocrine Disrupters

Americans are being exposed to significantly lower levels of some phthalates that were banned from children’s articles in 2008, but exposures to other forms of these chemicals are rising steeply, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Phthalates, which are used to soften plastic, can be found in nail polish, fragrances, plastics and building materials, as well as the food supply. An accumulating body of scientific evidence suggests they can disrupt the endocrine system, which secretes hormones, and may have serious long-term health consequences.

Phthalate exposures to adult men have been linked to DNA damage in sperm and lower sperm quality, while exposures to pregnant women have been linked to alterations in the genital development of their male children, as well as cognitive and behavioral problems in boys and girls.

The paper, published Wednesday in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to examine how phthalate exposures have changed over time in a large, representative sample of the U.S. population. It delineates trends in a decade’s worth of data—from 2001 to 2010—in exposure to eight phthalates among 11,000 people who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We were excited to see that exposure to some of the phthalates that are of public health concern actually went down,” said Ami Zota, ScD, MS, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, who did the research when she was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. “Unfortunately, our data also suggest that these are being replaced by other phthalates with potential adverse health effects.”

Like previous studies, this one found that nearly all of the study participants had been exposed to at least some of the phthalates that were measured, including those that have been partially banned.

Six of the phthalates have been banned from use in children’s articles, such as toys. Three were permanently banned, and three were subject to an interim ban, pending further study, from use in toys that can be placed in a child’s mouth. The law took effect in January of 2009.

Exposures to the phthalates subject to the permanent ban—BBzP, DnBP and DEHP—all went down. DEHP exposures were consistently higher in children than adults, but the gap between the age groups narrowed over time. Data were not available for children younger than 6 years old.

Paradoxically, exposures went up in the phthalates that Congress banned pending further study—DnOP, DiDP and DiNP. They increased by 15 and 25 percent in the first two, but went up nearly 150 percent in DiNP, which industry is using to replace other phthalates like DEHP. DiNP was recently added to the list of chemicals known by the state of California to cause cancer under California’s Proposition 65.

The federal ban is not the only force at work in determining phthalate exposures. Both consumers and industry have changed their behavior in response to advocacy by groups like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Since 2004, more than 1,000 companies have agreed to remove certain chemicals from personal care products and report more clearly what chemicals they are using.

Possibly as a consequence of these changes, the study found dramatic changes in exposures to the other two phthalates they measured (DEP andDiBP), neither of which has been subject to federal restrictions. Exposure to DEP fell 42 percent since 2001 and tripled for DiBP.

DEP was widely used in the consumer care products that were the main focus of the early activism. The researchers said industry may be usingDiBP as a replacement, both in personal care products and in solvents, adhesives and medication.

But they said it is hard to know for sure how changes in industry preference and consumer behavior are affecting human exposures, given how little is known about the chemical composition of consumer products.

“Our study shows the power of monitoring exposures to chemicals so we can identify where we have made progress and where more information is needed,” said Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, who directs the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at UCSF. “It also indicates that actions by government and consumer groups can make a difference in exposures in all Americans.”

Analysis for the study was conducted by CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences in the National Center for Environmental Health.

The research was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Passport Science Innovation Fund and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic biomedical, translational and population sciences, as well as a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.



Testing at UCSF Reveals Chemicals in Pregnant Women

In a recent study of almost 300 pregnant women, 100% showed traces of several individual chemicals in their blood or urine. They include certain PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PFCs, phenols, PBDEs, phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate.

Read more:  NIH Study with methods and conclusions

With pregnant women understanding more about the risks of toxins to their unborn child, AND going to great measures to lead the cleanest most healthy life during pregnancy–these exposure types and levels are very surprising and disturbing. Looking at what you eat, drink and put on your skin, face and your living environment is critical. Read all your labels, and educate yourselves. It is a big task, but the rewards of a healthy life and healthy family are worth it.