The high cost of fast fashion

We buy local and organic, we recycle, yet most of us don’t give a second thought to the clothes we buy. Our addiction to the next “must have” trend and mega sale is destroying our health, our planet, and the lives of millions. Globalization has made it possible to produce clothing at lower and lower…

Behind the label: Is your beauty product truly cruelty-free?

Dazzled by the colossal advertising empire that supports the beauty industry (one of the largest industries worldwide) many people still have yet to realize many of the dirty secrets behind the products they buy. However, thanks to over 20 years of campaigning, many consumers have become aware of the animal-cruelty practices involved in cosmetic manufacturing. …

Argan oil: Does it live up to the hype?

Argan oil was almost unheard of outside of Morocco before 2001, but since then it has become one of the most expensive oils in the world, commanding about $300 per liter. Is argan oil the true miracle it is claimed to be and is the exhorbitant price charged by some companies justified? I’ve laid down…

Toxic beauty: Petroleum

We would not think of slathering petroleum on our faces, yet that is what most people unbeknownst to them do.  Hidden in all manner of cosmetic and skincare products, petroleum derivatives are full of dangerous contaminants and can not only clog pores but also cause allergies and cancer.  A 1986 report by the National Academy…

Toxic ingredients you should avoid: Phthalates, fragrance & dyes

This category of ingredients is one that includes some of the most toxic ingredients out there, but shockingly it seems one of the hardest for people to give up on.  Tell them to look for products without preservatives and they barely bat an eye, but tell someone to give up their favorite perfume, nail color,…

Toxic beauty: Parabens

For many years I did not question at all the safety of the personal care or makeup products I purchased. After all, my family used them and everyone else did, so why should I?  Yet at the same time, I was suffering from perennial allergies and chronic digestive problems, which have only gotten worse with…

4 reasons to ditch your (chemical) sunscreen

Yes, I know you will initially think I am a bit crazy, but I will say it; most sunscreens are not good for you.  Recent studies correlate the use of chemical sunscreen with a higher risk of skin cancer, exactly the main thing they are supposed to prevent.  But alternatives do exist and here’s four…

Open your eyes

In essence, this is what this blog is all about.  Opening your eyes to the dangers to your health, beauty and well being that you may not be aware of. Not only is the environment that surrounds us far from clean, our bodies are bombarded on a daily basis by all kinds of carcinogenic, toxic…