Trying To Be Greener

Safer eco-living, one day at a time

Don’t be fooled August 15, 2008

I was walking through the personal care aisle of Trader Joe’s today when I noticed their own brand of deodorant (with cotton in it) that said on the front, “Paraben Free” and “Aluminum Free”. My heard started to race – had I found a “safer” new deodorant to try? So, I turned it over and that’s when I saw the first item listed in the ingredients – propylene glycol. The FDA says propylene glycol is safe for general use but can cause cancer and contains toxins that affect reproduction. Trader Joe’s should be commended for recognizing that parabens and aluminum are not safe ingredients. I was disappointed to see, however, to see the propylene glycol.

The point of this post is this – Do not be fooled by proclamations of safety on the front of products! Always turn things around to read the ingredients and know what to look for. The Green Guide has a downloadable card with 12 chemicals often found in cosmetics that you should avoid. I keep one in my wallet and have hand written other things on it to avoid as well.

To see other things to avoid, see my earlier posts on how safe is your bar soap, baby shampoo and soap, and shampoo and conditioner.

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