Going Au Naturelle is the recommendation for Day 9 of the 21 Days To Health Program and might just be one of the most important ones. It is one thing to change up your diet to one that is cleaner and less processed, but we also need to think about what is going on our body.
I was reminded of this recently. Now, if there is one article of clothing I wish to have banned from the face of the earth, it is panty hose. Ich. Gross. I know you are with me. The only good thing about wearing pantyhose is how amazing they feel to take off. This is why I have the same pantyhose in my sock drawer today, as I had seven years ago in 2004.
I pulled them out last week for my dress rehearsal for the Marilyn Dennis show and you know what? They smell like the perfume I used to wear in 2004. Back in the day, I was hooked on Victoria Secret's Vanilla body lotion. While on vacation in January of 2004, I met a man. He was an older man from Chicago who happened to be a homicide detective. He took a liking to me, and on our return from holiday, started sending me gifts. Among them was a plane ticket to go visit him (a trip I never took, though my mom thought it would have been fun???) and the entire line of vanilla perfume products from Victoria Secret. I have washed those tights many times in the last 7 years and they have been moved to four different homes in that period too.
You know what? They STILL smell like vanilla! That's not good. Either is spraying toxic perfume all over your neck and wrists. Do you know why we are told to spray it there? Because it gets into our blood stream easily and circulates so that more of us will radiate the fragrance. We inhale that scary stuff too. Additionally, we are putting those toxins directly on our neck's lymph glands which are designed to get the bad stuff out! This direct poisoning will clog that lymphatic system right up.
Have you ever picked your girlfriend up in your car, she gets in and suddenly you feel like you've been asphyxiated by her perfume? Or that guy you went on a date with who was pretty darn hot- but that cologne! Wuff/barf. Being someone prone to motion sickness, perfume in cars, airplanes or public transport is just about enough to put me over the edge. And the thing is- the longer you go without, the more you realize how much most people stink. Perfume starts to smell less like an aromatic signature and more like chemical waste. I have friends that I won't hug because I know that if I do, I will smell their perfume on me for the rest of the day.
I couldn't locate the exact product on the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Database but I did find another perfume spray that got a rating of 10 (out of 10- meaning most toxic rating possible) and got a check mark for the following:
|Ingredients in this product are linked to:|
|Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards, Biochemical or cellular level changes
Now, I haven't a clue which of the many chemicals in this product make the smell stick, and stay strong for over 7 years in a fabric, but that is absolutely scary and totally insane. And a perfume is just one of the many products most of us are likely to use on a daily basis. There is no sense cleaning up our food if we aren't going to also clean up our personal care products.
Day 9 of the 21 Days To Health Program asks that we replace at least two everyday cosmetic or personal care products with a natural and safer alternative. That should be an easy one right? Have a look in your cupboards- see what you have lurking behind closed doors.
Question Of The Day: What do you think would be the toughest product to replace with a more natural solution? What was the toughest change you have made?