I miss my herb class. I've not been able to study in at least a month now and am missing it. There is no time-frame for completing the course, so it's not a problem, but... I miss it.
Yesterday when I got home I had one of the herb magazines I subscribe to, The Herb Companion, waiting for me in the mailbox. It was enough to rejuvenate me a bit - with articles on herbs to plant to attract honey bees, making plant-based fragrances, selecting the best containers and soils for herbs, and best of all... how to plant a healing garden. I read it cover to cover. They've recently redesigned the look of the magazine and I must admit I miss the older "look". The new design just looks like every other magazine screaming for attention - very contemporary and bold, while the older version had a quiet, quaint look to it. But the content is still just a good, so I reckon I'll live with it.
On page 11, the magazine gives a link to The Organic Divas, and I found this there:
Diva, Are Your Killer Looks Killing You?
Keep These Tips In Mind When Putting On the Glam...
- The average woman (and Diva, we know you’re no average woman) uses 9 personal care products daily exposing her to 168 chemicals each and every day.
- The U.S. cosmetic industry is self-regulating which is, to be honest Diva, a little like putting you in charge of the candy bowl at Halloween. No matter how good your intentions, stuff happens...
- European beauty secrets? Au contraire! European Union Divas have easier access to healthier products. The EU banned the use of 1109 chemicals in its personal care products—including sodium laurel sulphate, found in most shampoos. The FDA has banned the use of 10 chemicals in US personal care products. Don’t you deserve the same safe, high quality beauty products as your European sisters?
- According to our friends at the Environmental Working Group, 9 out of 10 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety. How’s that for lip service?
- Some cosmetic companies argue that the level of harmful chemicals in any one product is not enough to harm you. Don’t buy it, Diva. Even small doses of some chemicals can have serious consequences in children and young women. And since you reach for the same product every day, several days a week for months or years, that “small exposure” can add up to major exposure over an extended period of time.
If you live in the US, you should be spittin' bullets! We deserve safe products for cryin' out loud.
And, if you are interested in a list of commonly used synthetic cosmetic ingredients known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, birth defects or endocrine disruption, click here. This is one of the reasons I started making so many of my own products!
And, check out these links for more information:
- Not Just a Pretty Face
- Safe Cosmetics
- Cosmetic Database
- Think Before You Pink
- Environmental Working Group
On a lighter note, Mike read my post where I wrote about going outside to cut some oregano for a meal I was making the other day only to discover I'd not bought myself an oregano plant - and he surprised me with one yesterday! It's Greek oregano and smells wonderful and I love Mike for going out of his way and getting it for me. I think I need to put it in an extra special pot.
Image from Our Little Kitchen Garden blog