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Many body care products today label themselves as “natural” or “gentle” but with no required safety testing, companies are free to use almost any chemical they want, without regard to risks to your health or the environment.  Even though all personal care products on the market must list their ingredients on the label, it can be confusing to  wade through all the chemical names.  Here are some tips for reading product labels to help you wade through the chemical names. You can approach ingredient lists in 3 parts:

The end of the list of ingredients are the preservatives. Try to avoid products containing:

    Words ending in “paraben”

    DMDM hydantoin

    Imidsazolidinyl urea





    Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)

The beginning of the list of ingredients contains the soap, surfactant, or lubricant added to make the product “work”.   Try to avoid ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (for example: sodium laureth sulfate).

The middle  of the list of ingredients non essential additives such as fragrances or dyes.  Look for such things as “fragrance”, “FD&C” or “D&C”.  Many of these are common but may bring excess hazard.  Since they are not essential avoid as much as possible. Here you’ll look for some common – but not essential - additives that may bring excess hazard: fragrance and dyes. On the label look for “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”

Extra caution should be used when shopping for children because they receive greater exposures by weight than adults to contaminants in air, water, food, and everyday products. In addition, their immature metabolism and organ systems are typically less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies that does not trigger immediate health effects may lead to disease later in life.  Use fewer “products” on your children and try to use them less often.  Some specific chemicals to avoid for children are:

    2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3 Diol


    Boric acid and sodium borate

    Dibutyl phthalate & toluene

    DMDM Hydantoin



Remember the less toxins you put on your skin the healthier you will be and your well thought out purchases send a message to companies who continue to make products that are harmful to us and the environment, as well as to the FDA.

Past Tips for Healthy Living

Choosing Body Care Products

Choose Body Care Products Carefully

Many recent studies have shown drinks stored in plastic containers,including  clear Nalgene water bottles can contain trace amount of Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that interferes with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system.  The same studies
also found that repeated re-use of such bottles increases the chance that chemicals will leak out of the tiny cracks and crevices that develop over time.  BPA has been linked to breast and uterine cancer, an increased risk of miscarriage, decreased testosterone levels, and can wreak havoc on children’s developing systems. Bottles made of different types of plastic may also leach several other types of probable human carcinogen.

Safer choices do exist including stainless steel bottles for water and other liquids.  These bottles can be reused repeatedly and eventually recycled.  As a reminder of our commitment to the environment and your health, Home-Simply Yoga has commissioned special stainless steel bottles with our logo.  They can be purchased in the studio or through our on line boutique.  Join as as a Warrior for the Planet by using one to carry your water.   


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