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Face Valued is a brand dedicated to creating transparency in the beauty and personal care products industry. We believe in the importance of presenting the facts surrounding potentially dangerous ingredients in many products currently on the market and taking products at more than face value. Our mission is to teach girls how and why to be proactive about the products which they use. Our vision is to create a counterculture which demands safer products from the companies who expect our trust. We believe in valuing oneself enough to be concerned with what goes on our skin and in our bodies. We care especially about teen girls since they are the biggest consumers of beauty and personal care products as well as more susceptible to the negative effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals in many products.
The FDA is The United States Food and Drug Administration. Amongst other things, they are responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of cosmetics and personal care products (FDA 2017). Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin. No premarket safety testing is required for the industrial chemicals that go into personal care products or the chemical industry as a whole. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śa cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without approval from the FDA.â&#x20AC;? (FDA 2012) The FDA does no systematic reviews of safety, instead authorizing the cosmetics industry to self-police ingredient safety through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel.
Personal care products are a major source of exposure to endocrinedisrupting chemicals. According to a recent study, an average of 13 hormone-disrupting cosmetic chemicals were traced in the urine of teenage girls, including parabens, triclosan, and phthalates. These are common ingredients used in cosmetics. Studies show that phthalates reduce female fertility and can cause premature breast development in young women. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been linked to obesity as well.
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Studies show that higher estrogen exposures increases the risk of breast cancer. This raises the concern about repeated exposures to estrogen-mimicking chemicals and hormones in cosmetics.
Many dye products contain ingredients called “coal tar dyes” that are specifically exempt from federal authority over adulterated products that can harm health. These include dyes made by Clairol, Revlon, L’Oreal, and others. Coal tar hair dyes are one of the few products for which the FDA has issued consumer advice on the benefits of reducing use, in this case as a way to potentially “reduce the risk of cancer” (FDA 1993). Coal tars and coal tar pitches are known human carcinogens (IARC 1987). The specific components of coal tar used in hair dyes—aromatic amines—have been shown to mutate DNA (IARC 1993), and to cause cancer in animals (Sontag 1981). An increasing number of studies of humans link long-time hair dye use with cancer, including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
Doing a total overhaul of your products can be an overwhelming endeavor. We suggest taking it on one product at a time. When you run out of something, replace it with something safe.
Swap those sketchy chemicalbased perfumes for a safe and natural alternative you can feel confident putting on your skin. Change up the recipe with your own blend of essential oils and make a signature scent!
Pe rf u m e Ingredients: - - - - - -
1 oz jojoba oil 1 oz distilled water 5 drops jasmine oil 3 drops lemon oil 3 drops orange oil 3 drops sandalwood oil
*Look for essential oils online or in health food stores. Always buy 100% pure essential oil so you can be confident that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re safe.
Combine ingredients in a small bottle and mix well by gently shaking the mixture. Apply to neck, wrists, and/or behind your ears. Your new, safe scent should last for roughly 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 hours. You may always reapply throughout the day if needed.
Download EWGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthy Living App or the Think Dirty App. Simply scan products in-store to get product safety ratings fast!
Note: Sweating is healthy and good. This is deodorant, not antiperspirant. This DIY product will keep you from smelling but still allow your body to perspire, as it should. Apply the deodorant and give it a few minutes to sink into your skin.
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3 tablespoons of calendula infused olive oil 3 tablespoons of unrefined organic coconut oil ¼ cup + 2 tb baking soda ¼ cup + 2 tb arrowroot 1 ½ tsp grated beeswax (or just cut a bit off a big block into small pieces) - 15 drops antibacterial essential oil
Directions First melt the beeswax by bringing a pot of water to a boil and then taking it off the stove. Put the beeswax in a glass cup and set that inside the hot water, stirring to melt. Once the beeswax has melted, take the cup out of the water. Add the coconut oil, calendula infusion, and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until you have a uniform paste. Pour into a small baby food jar and let it set. Enjoy your stink free day!
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