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Harmful Ingredients you don’t even know about!

I was researching the web today for harmful ingredients and stumbled upon a website with a great list of harmful ingredients. It provides the weird names  we would find in conventional products and the type of product we would find it in. If you want to learn more about how they effect our bodies, there is a great book they offer called “A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients“. You can purchase one here. I have not read the book myself but it seems that it would have great info, based off what I see from the website. Very helpful information we should all be aware of.


The following is a breakdown of many of the items you will want to stay away from. 

  • Diethanolamine (DEA):
    Shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, and shaving cream.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA) : Moisturizers, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body oils, and washes.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) :
    Shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, and cleansers.
  • Propylene Glycol:
    Primarily made for anti freeze for your car radiator, but surprisingly found in hand sanitizers, moisturizers, shaving creams, deodorants, and baby products.
  • Sodium Fluoride:
  • Alcohol:
    Mouthwash, toners, and baby products.
  • Talc:
    Baby powder, make-up, and foot preparations.
  • PABA:
    Originally found in sunscreens but as of late has been removed from many formulations. Still make sure your sunscreen always says Paba-Free.
  • PEG:
    Cosmetics, make-up, and shaving cream.
  • Artificial flavors:
    Many companies use these to make things taste better and more like you would expect (the reason why Sunny D orange juice always tastes the same no matter the season), as well as toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Artificial colors:
    Used in many processed foods as well as make-up, toothpaste, and shampoos.
  • Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride:
    Synthetic germicides belonging to the large group of germicides known as “Quats, found in numerous household disinfectants, sanitizers including hand sanitizers and personal care products – long term use may affect immune system, cause asthma and should be especially avoided if you have COPD, or any other form of pulmonary disease.
  • Ether:
    Nail treatments, shampoo, and conditioner.
  • Coal Tars:
    Shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, soap, skin care and cosmetics.
  • Aluminum:
    Thankfully this is mostly just used in antiperspirants as larger concentrations of it have correlated to Alzheimer’s.
  • Acetone:
    Nail polish remover.
  • Formaldehyde:
    Antiperspirants, nail treatments, and perfumes. The most interesting thing about this chemical is that was used to embalm corpses in the past but even that industry has seen how toxic the use of it was and no longer uses it.
  • Fluorocarbons:
    Hair spray used to have a great deal more of them in it (the reason why it used to make you cough). Recently there has been a crack down on this.
  • Dioxins:
  • Petrolatum or Mineral Oil:
    Baby products, washes, and moisturizers.
  • Sodium Hydroxide:
    Soaps and detergents, is a caustic poison and very corrosive to skin.
  • Triclosan:
    Anti bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and even toothpaste. Its use is so widespread that it is being linked to lowering the immune system and is now being detected in breast milk. (Overuse of hand sanitizers with Triclosan is not good for your children)


Check out Wildroot Natural online shop to see all the harmless products we create for everyday use. Including natural laundry detergent, toothpaste, detox baths, handmade soaps and more!


Here Come the Bugs!

It’s almost that time of year again, the bugs come out and we need to protect ourselves and the kids from those bites! So what’s the big deal? Put some bug spray on and go about your business. WAIT! The conventional bug sprays you find on the shelves contain DEET. DEET is a chemical that has been shown to have some adverse effects in humans. The most common is a local skin reaction where the DEET is applied. Itching, burning, or redness of the skin can occur anytime anything is applied to the skin. In the case of DEET, the likelihood of irritation is a bit higher than average. DEET is designed for use on the skin but not on clothing. In fact, it can change the consistency of certain types of plastics, effectively dissolving them. When you spray it on your skin, it gets absorbed and eventually enters the bloodstream. It pumps through your nervous system and has been proven to kill brain cells, causing neurological damage. If you have heavy exposure to DEET, you may experience memory loss, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and shortness of breath.


DEET prevents bug bites and protects kids from serious illnesses like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus–but there are still many who question its safety. What is more harmful: the risk of infection from an insect bite or the potential health effects of the ingredients that make insecticides work?

But the bigger concern about DEET is an association with seizures. There have been 10 reported cases of seizures in children after the application of DEET, with the last one reported in 1992. In its most recent statement, the EPA argues that there are an estimated 90 million DEET users in this country, but the risk of seizure among DEET users is only one in 100 million.

DEET was developed and tested in the 1940s and 1950s by the U.S. Army for use in jungle warfare during World War II, DEET is extremely efficient at repelling mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, chiggers and blood-feeding flies such as black flies and deer flies.

In addition to popular forms such as aerosols and pump sprays, DEET is also found in towelettes, lotions, creams and gels. The chemical keeps insects away for hours after application and can be applied over sunscreen.

Although the Environmental Protection Agency re-approved the use of DEET in 1998 after an extensive safety review, new data suggests that the substance may affect our cells in unintended ways.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that DEET be sprayed over clothing, rather than directly onto the skin. Other steps to ensure that you’re applying bug spray in the safest way possible include:

  • Never apply bug sprays over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply on hands or near the eyes and mouth, especially of young children.
  • Do not allow young children to apply DEET products themselves.
  • After returning indoors, wash bug spray-treated skin with soap and water.
  • Heavy application is not necessary to protection, so apply it sparingly.
  • Do not spray in enclosed areas.
  • Some bug spray products cannot be used on children under three years old, so always check the label to make sure.

Are there alternatives to DEET?

Shoo Bug_Wildroot Naturals Bug Spray

Yes, there are most definitely natural alternatives to DEET Bug Spray. There are very potent essential oils out there that do a wonderful job and don’t harm us, our family or furry friends in anyway.

Wildroot Naturals sells “Shoo Bug!” Bug Spray that is DEET and chemical free, and nothing but natural ingredients. So it’s great for everyone in the family including your little ones. Yes, that includes your dogs as well.

Do you use Bug Sprays containing DEET? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on DEET? 



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Sleep, does it really matter?

I have watched my husband for over a decade, struggle with his sleeping patterns. He is a prime culprit for Sleeping Disorders. I on the other hand can sleep at the drop of a hat, however if I don’t get enough sleep I am cranky and lately I am having a hard time getting enough. We eat good, drink our smoothies with flax and chia, drink our Green Vibrance every morning, exercise regularly and we work really hard. Really, really hard. Working full-time day jobs, managing a side business on nights and weekends, raising 2 kids and a maintaining a happy marriage, yes, we have a full plate. And I know we are not the only ones. This is, unfortunately, the norm now-a-days. And you know it, we all don’t get the amount of sleep we probably should.


I wanted to do little more research on sleep, and the lack there of, to see what effects it can have on you through-out life. Can lack of sleep really harm you? Does it really matter?

YES! It does.

Let’s start with a simple list of how 8 or more hours of sleep a night will improve your life:

  • Improves memory
  • Makes you live longer
  • Curbs inflammation
  • Increases creativity
  • Improves physical stamina and strength
  • Improves your attention span
  • Helps maintain a healthy body weight
  • Lowers stress
  • Improves reaction time and decision making
  • Reduces the risk of depression
  • Helps fight off infection

Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

But now that we know how sleep helps us and the good it can do for us, how can lack of sleep be harmful? What can it really do to us?

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Ok, now I know some people have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Here are a few tips that can help you a bit.

  • No TV at least 30 minutes before bed, especially high action films
  • No electronics or checking email  at least 30 minutes before bed
  • Take a relaxing bath. Add lavender essential oil to hep you relax
  • NO coffee or caffeine in the evening
  • Regular exercise helps to fall a sleep easier
  • Read a book

Let’s all take more time for ourselves and sleep. Try and sleep like a baby again.



Do you have sleep issues? What have you done to help ease them?


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The Naked Truth About Conventional Beauty Products

Take a closer look at what’s inside typical beauty products — the facts get pretty ugly. From harsh chemicals that pose health risks to the prevalence of petroleum-derived ingredients, you might be surprised to learn that what’s inside all those bottles and tubes is ruining the planet and harming your health.

harmful ingredients in conventional beauty products

The first great difference between natural and conventional beauty products lies in the choice of the ingredients. First of all, the derivatives of oil, the chemical preservatives and the chemical dyes typical for conventional industry are excluded in a certified organic cosmetic. Without counting their harmful effects for the health of human beings, these ingredients are also extremely detrimental for the environment.

Another difference lies in the process of obtaining the ingredients and the finished product. Only processes respectful of the environment are used for the manufacture of an organic cosmetics product and only physical transformations are allowed: drying of the plants, wild gathering, extraction by distillation, filtration and purification, mixture, cold pressure, inter alia , which allows the preservation of all the properties of the active ingredients. Conventional industry uses processes of chemical extraction (by solvent), hot refining, of essential oils diluted to the maximum, irradiated clay, heated honey.

The vitamins are synthetic for conventional industry whereas they are natural for certified organic industry, and the minerals are extracted by solvent for the first and by processes paying a detailed attention to the site of extraction and the environment for the second.


Top Conventional Harmful Products and Their Ingredients We Use Everyday
Most conventional balms are made from petroleum-derived ingredients along with synthetic fragrances and parabens, endocrine disrupters that may contribute to reproductive and development disorders. Look for more natural alternatives that use a base of shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax.
A swipe of lipstick may leave lead on your lips. A 2007 study commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found detectable levels of lead in 20 of the 33 top brand lipsticks tested. Lipstick is often ingested and even trace amounts of lead can build up in the body over time, leading to a host of health problems. Other eco-trouble in the tube: Petroleum-based waxes, synthetic colors and man-made oils. Since you won’t see lead listed on the ingredient list, choose lipsticks labeled “lead-free.”
Where there are bubbles, there’s usually sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), two harsh surfactants that are known eye and skin irritants. SLES is the gentler of the pair, but it is often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a probable human carcinogen, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When this chemical swirls down your drain, it enters the waterway and can build up in marine life. Buy bottles labeled “sulfate-free.” You won’t get the same bubbling action, but your hair will get clean — guaranteed.
Traditional sunscreens are petroleum-based and don’t biodegrade. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, about 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter the reefs through tourists, and it can lead to rapid coral bleaching. Many formulas also contain oxybenzane (linked to hormone disruption, cellular damage and allergies) and nanoparticles, which can have adverse health effects, linger in the environment and damage beneficial microbes. Choose organic SPF instead.
Like antibacterial hand soap, many deodorants contain triclosan. In addition, many formulas contain a laundry list of other potentially dangerous ingredients including formaldehyde, fragrance, parabens, phthalates, aluminum, talc and petroleum distillates. Natural and organic beauty brands such as Burt’s Bees and Dr. Hauschka boast chemical-free alternatives that generally call on citrus and herbal oils to keep you smelling fresh.
Many antibacterial products contain the germ-killing chemical triclosan, a hormone disruptor that is beginning to build up in our oceans. In fact, a 2009 study tested bottlenose dolphins off the coast of South Carolina and found the substance in one-third of the animals’ blood. Triclosan also kills algae, the first link in the marine food chain. Plain old soap and water should do the trick, but if you want extra germ-fighting power, look for natural and organic products that rely on essential oils or botanicals such as thyme or pine.

Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach.
Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:

  • Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products;
  • Air fresheners;
  • Chlorine bleach;
  • Detergent and dishwashing liquid;
  • Dry cleaning chemicals;
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners;
  • Furniture and floor polish; and
  • Oven cleaners.

What do you use to clean house or to clean your body everyday? Were you aware of the harmful effects?

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