Friday, August 17, 2012

Today's Toxic Profile... 1,4-dioxane

Hello Darling, time for a new word to add to your vocabulary... 1,4-dioxane

1,4-dioxane is the name of one of the many harmful chemicals that is in the formula of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo and their other baby products.  I can make this statement accurately, because just the other day, after 3 years... 3 years of letter writing by The Campaign of Safe Cosmetics asking J&J to remove the harmful chemicals, J&J has stated that they will now reformulate their products over a period of another 3 years because finally... people are finding out and they are mad!  Okay, maybe that's not exactly accurate verbiage... but I'm finding out and I am mad!

Johnson & Johnson has many names... Aveeno, RoC, Neutrogena, Lubriderm, and Clean & Clear.  Uh huh... so if J&J doesn't care about our children, I'm sure you can imagine how they feel about their adult products.  Just for the record, I'm using J&J as the example as there are many other companies who still have these toxic chemicals in their products as well.

Okay, enough about J&J, this is a profile on 1,4-dioxane in plain speak.  1,4-dioxane is a petroleum derived chemical that is used as a solvent for... oh my... I'm going to paste it here instead of retyping...

1,4-dioxane, a petroleum derived chemical,  is primarily used as a solvent, for cellulose acetate, ethyl cellulose, benzyl cellulose, resins, oils, waxes, some dyes, and other organic and inorganic compounds . It may also be found in some paint/varnish strippers, automotive coolants, and in pesticides as an inert ingredient. Children may be exposed to 1,4-dioxane when products containing these ingredients are used indoors, especially without adequate ventilation.
1,4-dioxane may also contaminate cosmetics and personal care products containing ethoxylated detergents (see Detection below), including some shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes that children may use, as an accidental byproduct.

Really??  This is what we put on our children's precious heads?  Are you angry yet?  You should be because I am!  But at least we can be aware of this toxin and not purchase products that have this chemical in it.  Here's the health effects of this chemical...

Immediate Health Effects
  • If SWALLOWED, 1,4-dioxane is Moderately Toxic
  • If ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN, 1,4-dioxane is Moderately Toxic
  • If INHALED (SNIFFED OR BREATHED IN), 1,4-dioxane is Not Available
Longterm or Delayed Health Effects
     This chemical is likely to cause cancer.  It is considered a Probable Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or another agency.
  • Long term exposure effects mainly the kidneys and liver.
     In laboratory animals, 1,4-dioxane causes cancer. It is considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • May irritate skin.
  • Short term exposure can result in eye and nose irriation. High doses can result in severe liver and kidney damage.

Sooo alrighty... I think I'll be going now, a new lipstick would be good at this particular moment as I'm feeling a bit frazzled by this news... I need to go and read all the labels that are in the shower, the medicine cabinet, the lotion bottles... Until next time my Dear Friend... Stay Safe!   CC

*Definition of 1,4-dioxane was cut and paste from the Healthy Child Healthy World Chemical Profile Page

Monday, July 30, 2012

Welcome to Caffe Cares

Well Helloooo!  Fancy meeting you here Darling as this is not the usual spot that I fill your cup and touch up my lipstick!  So how do you like the new digs?  Look around and make yourself comfy... huh?  Not a whole lot to look at?  Oh... why of course!  Silly me, this is a new blog and this is the first official post entry... so I’d better make it good!

WELCOME to Caffe Cares my Dear Friend!  I’m thrilled that you stopped by.  This blog is dedicated to all my crazy antics in finding products (any and all) that are, well, SAFE... or at least safer.  
Since discovering the news of 400 lipsticks containing lead in them, I began researching what lipsticks or brands are safe to put on my pretty little pucker, as... well, I am a lipstick fiend after all!  What started out as a lipstick obsession for me has now turned into a full blown quest for healthy products... personal care, household goods, what’s in the fridge... for my entire family.
Over the past 6 months, I have learned many interesting facts about the cosmetic industry here in the United States.  The biggest tidbit?  The cosmetic industry is not regulated.  What does that mean you ask?  It means that the cosmetic industry is let loose like the cowboys of the wild wild west and are able to make up the rules as they see fit... gun holsters included. 
Now I know you hear about regulations this and regulations that... too many regulations, too many rules, but quite frankly my Darling, there are some regulations that help the consumers to stay safe.  In my most humble opinion... truly my Dear, this is not my MILFy side, our country puts too many regulations on so many matters that makes my lipstick collection look sparse, BUT... not enough on issues that keep our children and families safe. 

The cosmetic industry is one of them.  We have become their taste testers for their chemical soup and we are feeding it to our kids.

Speaking of feeding our kids, another industry that needs our attention is the food industry.  An industry that we depend on that is supposed to help us nourish our families is not looking out for you and me.  Non-labeling is a topic that many don’t seem to be aware of or how important it really is.

In this blog you will find (coming soon) links to help you locate and understand all the different information that is out there on safe products.  It will also be a place that I will post my thoughts and understanding about words I’ve never heard before or can’t even pronounce.  I will also review the many different food and personal care products that I have personally purchased and let you know how my kids and I rate it... lots of laughing included!
Thank you for stopping by, I truly appreciate you taking the time to visit.   CC : )