What’s in Your Product?

by kate on April 19, 2021

I just had a facial at La Petit Rose Spa, thanks to my good friend Michelle, and I feel all glowy and amazing. Only, I’m a little frightened, too.

You know that part in a facial where the bright light comes out and your pores get uber-inspected? Well, as Michelle was doing this, she asked me about my skin care routine. I told her what I use - L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream, which I love by the way - and she told me about Safecosmetics.org.

Without going into the whole bit about how department store products are vastly inferior to those sold in spas, I gotta tell you about this website where you can look up the ‘hazards’ associated with your (yes, your) cosmetics. No matter what brand you use.

First off, I don’t necessarily buy the argument that department store products are worse than the specialists. Part of me just thinks it’s all about marketing and baloney.

Only I went to Safecosmetics.org and looked up L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream and gasp! it gets an overall hazard of 7 out of 10! I can’t even get into the ingredients and their ratings because A) I can’t pronounce or spell them and B) I’m overwhelmed. Toxic to reproductive organs…whaaaaaaaa?

Just do me this favor, girlfriend…go look up the stuff you slather yourself with and learn a little more about it. Don’t take my word for it.

Oh, and I also looked up Brazillian Blow out and other keratin hair straighteners and OMG! I know what’s been flying around the Internet about that, but OMG!

photo credit: teammarche

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Kari April 19, 2021 at 5:43 am

That’s always such a concern for me, especially now that I have a teenage daughter using makeup and beauty products. I am definitely going to visit that site and check out some of the products we use. Thanks.

Missy | Literal Mom April 19, 2021 at 6:15 am

Shudder. Thanks for the site. I’m going to look it up right now.

MomHomeGuide.com April 19, 2021 at 7:31 am

Thanks for the site. Am definitely going to go there and look up my proudcts now!

Pauline April 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

Do they also give suggestions for better products?

kate April 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

@Pauline. Not that I could see. It’s more of a database to tell you information on whatever you look up. I think a good place to start looking for better products is a Whole Foods or all natural store where they sell organic things. But, be sure to ask about effectiveness because some organic products just plain don’t work! I’m headed over to my neighborhood spa to talk to the aesthetician there. You could always try that.

kate April 19, 2021 at 3:28 pm

So happy to share - you’re welcome!

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