Feb 24 2010
Sometimes I read something that really sticks with me and (I feel) warrants discussion. And while it doesn’t exactly fall under the ‘Book Chat’ category, it’s still something that came from a book. So we’re adding a new feature here at WAGB called Off Topic. This is where we’ll further elaborate on the books we’re reading by sharing something we learned while reading the book.
As always we love and appreciate your feedback, so please chime in with your thoughts, and if you ever have an ‘Off Topic’ subject you’d like to discuss, let us know!
Our first Off Topic is about Personal Grooming Products and comes from the book Echolic by Adria Vasil. This was originally a Canadian book, but there’s now an American version available.
I consider the environment a pretty important issue and I always try to do what I can to improve my impact on our planet. I’ve had Ecoholic for some time now, but had only really flipped through it a few times. It wasn’t until I sat down and started actually reading it that I realized that while I try to avoid products that are harmful to the environment, I’ve been overlooking the fact that what I’m putting in and on my body is potentially harmful to both myself as well as the environment.
Shockingly enough, almost all of the standard beauty products available today have harmful chemicals in them! If you read the ingredients, this shouldn’t be all that surprising since you can’t pronounce over half of the items listed. Echolic states that the average woman uses 15 products every day, so I thought I’d test this out. I kept count as I got ready this morning, and I used a whopping 17 products! And I really don’t consider myself to be heavily made up or anything. This number does vary from around 13 to 19 on any given day, but 17 is probably the average. Then I spent some time comparing my products to the list of harmful chemicals provided in Ecoholic, and I was horrified! (You can see a similar list here, which I found via the Echolic site’s Kick Ass Websites page.)
I am now on a mission to replace these harmful products with natural ones, and am very curious to see if recurring problems such as hair loss, acne, and dry scalp improve. (Stay tuned I’ll post an update once I’ve switched over.)
So, here’s where I challenge you dear readers! Take notice of how many products you use in a day. Don’t forget, everything counts: soup, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental-floss, make-up, cream, perfume, lip balm… if you use it on your body in any way, it’s a product. How many do you use? Then take the time to compare them against the list of harmful products. How do you feel about your ‘beauty’ routine now? If it saves you or someone you love from getting cancer isn’t it worth it to make a change? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!