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Beauty Products Made Safe for Cancer Patients & Those Wishing to Prevent It!

We’re donating a percentage of all sales during the month of October to fight breast cancer.

It’s October and thanks to leaders in the industry we are all beginning to learn more about breast cancer and ways to prevent it.  We’ve also all been touched by it.  Perhaps we haven’t experienced the challenge personally, but because 1 in 8 women will battle the disease we’ve all been affected.  We at in Harmony Naturals are no different.  One of our own sales people was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently two years a survivor.  It’s part of the reason our business is so passionate about using safe, clean, pure ingredients in our products.  We don’t use any cancer-causing ingredients, like dyes, parabens, sulfates, and fragrances.  And we’ve tried to educate consumers that the industry is currently unregulated and other, bigger brands do use harmful ingredients, ingredients that do nothing to support healthy bodies.

October is a good month to review what we can do to keep ourselves cancer free.  Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) has outlined a list of tips to help reduce our risk of cancer.  Here’s a quick summary of what they suggest:

  • Read ingredient labels because sadly in this unregulated beauty industry it is perfectly legal to use ingredients linked to cancer in personal care products, including cosmetics.
  • Avoid fragrance or parfum on ingredient labels because this means the product can include dozens of potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Wash your hands because it reduces your exposure to unsafe chemicals, especially after cleaning.  And avoid antimicrobial soaps because they often contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.
  • Go fresh, organic and hormone free to avoid exposure to pesticides and possible toxins.
  • Don’t be brainwashed, greenwashed or pink washed by marketing claims.  Instead read the labels to make sure there aren’t any ingredients linked to cancer.

To learn more about BCPP’s recommendations or to learn more about quality ingredients that will keep you safe click here.

The next time you see “fragrance” on a beauty product you’re considering buying opt for something healthier like one that uses essential oils instead.

Another good resource is Made Safe, an organization we support and that is dedicated to helping educate consumers on product safety.  Check out this image they recently shared on social media.  Look at the dangers “fragrance” causes.  It can irritate, cause cancer, disrupt hormones and harm your reproductive health.

Let’s make October the month of getting healthier and implementing some of these cancer prevention ideas.

You also might want to consider buying some of our clean, safe, organic beauty products.  During the month of October we at in Harmony Naturals are donating a percentage of all sales to fighting breast cancer.  So it’s a double win – you’ll stay healthier and you’ll also help raise funds to help others.  Thanks.

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Treating Skin Care Problems with Quality Ingredients

Unregulated Beauty Industry

Feed your skin with nontoxic beauty ingredients. It will make a big difference correcting skin and complexion problems.

Do you have complexion problems?  Does your skin itch?  Are your lips cracking?  You might need to rethink the beauty products that you are currently using.  Sadly, there are often toxic ingredients in our beauty products, which makes our skin break out, itch, flake, crack, turn red, or even worse.

Why is this allowed to happen?  Because currently, in the United States of America, this great nation of ours is not properly regulating the beauty industry like it should.  The last time legislation was passed was 1938!!  The Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act gives the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) only minimal authority to regulate cosmetics and personal care products and no authority to approve products, or the ingredients used in them.  The FDA also doesn’t do routine tests for safety. Here are some important, and often disturbing facts, that consumers need to know:

  • The current law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go to market.
  • The FDA can send warning letters to companies that use misleading marketing claims or deceptive packaging, or that don’t disclose relevant safety warnings, or whose ingredients seem to be causing harm to users, but it can’t force companies to recall products.  That’s done by companies on a voluntary basis.
  • Companies don’t have to list a product’s ingredients.  They’ve gotten away with it by claiming that doing so would give away trade secrets.
  • The current law does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with the FDA.
  • The agency relies on direct reports of adverse reactions from consumers.  What’s more, manufacturers don’t have to report health complaints to the FDA.
  • In the European Union there are more than a thousand chemicals banned from use in personal care products.  In the U.S., we’ve banned about a dozen!

Pending Cosmetic Regulation

We need to rethink how beauty products today are being used, not only on grown women, but especially on newborns, children and pregnant mothers.  There is a pressing need for stiffer oversight of safety standards for beauty products, including skin creams, deodorants, hair dyes, shampoo, makeup and mascara.

Many will say that cosmetic and personal care product companies have gone beyond the requirements of the law to ensure consumer safety, but when the law is insufficient that is hardly enough.  This is why the bill introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) is so important.  It would give the FDA more oversight over the industry and is supported by BeautyCounter a clean beauty brand and political activist group.  More specifically, the bill would:

  • Require manufacturers to submit complaints to the FDA.
  • Mandate companies submit their complete list of ingredients.
  • Allow the FDA to order recalls.
  • Require the FDA to test at least five ingredients a year for safety.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is also actively involved in better cosmetic safety regulations.  Earlier this year they launched a campaign called #BeautyMadeBetter.  It’s supported by Senator Tammy Baldwin to ensure that there are better protections from toxic chemicals in cosmetic products.  And supported by Kourtney Kardashian who went to Capitol Hill to advocate new legislation.

But there is still much work to be done as efforts have been underway for five years and still no new law has been passed.

Protect Yourself Against Unsafe Beauty Products

Safe, Clean, Organic
The key ingredient in in Harmony Naturals’  skin care line is organic, aloe vera juice. Compare it to many leading brands which use water as the first ingredient.  Aloe is known for its healing properties – correcting blemishes, dryness and redness.

What can you do about it?  Start by reading the labels and understanding what ingredients you are actually purchasing.  This is a case of the more you know, the more you will be able to protect yourself.

And then there are the misleading claims.  Did you know that companies can say they are organic when only a small percentage of the product is?  They can do this because terms like organic aren’t regulated.  The same thing is true for words like hypoallergenic, which is really disturbing if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies.

In addition, verify that what is said on the front of the label is supported by the ingredient list.  For example, a manufacturer might say that you’re buying organic aloe vera juice, but when you flip the container over, you’ll discover that the aloe is actually the last ingredient on a long list of preservatives and fillers, none of which help your complexion, and some of which may actually aggravate it.

In summary, don’t support beauty brands that aren’t offering clean, safe ingredients!

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Best Hair Care – Eliminate Sulfates and Parabens

 

Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are better for your health and the environment. They are also ideal for those with skin sensitivities.

Summer is the time of year when we need to be mindful of taking care of our hair.  The sun, the chlorine, the heat … they can all damage hair if we aren’t careful.  And so can many hair care products, especially those that contain sulfates and parabens.

Why are these ingredients bad for you?  The facts might surprise you.

Sulfates are foaming agents that are added to cleaning products, including shampoos.  The most common sulfate is sodium laurel sulfate (SLS).  According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, SLS has been linked to organ toxicity, skin irritation and is harmful to the environment.  While some studies have linked sulfates to cell damage, The Journal of the American College of Toxicology considers it safe in concentrations below 1 percent, however, most shampoos that contain sulfates typically have a concentration of around 15 percent!  That’s scary news.  Sulfates also strip the hair of essential oils, irritate the skin, are drying, and cause color to fade prematurely.  We recommend the sulfate-free products sold by in Harmony Naturals.  They promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation, while naturally cleansing and conditioning.   The sodium lauryl sulfoacetate used in their shampoo is derived from coconut and palm oils, and is 100% of natural origin. It’s also a certified cruelty-free and vegan product.

Alarmed by the harmful ingredients currently being used by the beauty industry, Dr. Carole Kowalczyk developed a beauty line that uses only safe, clean ingredients; no parabens, no sulfates, no dyes or synthetic fragrances. Only the best that nature has to offer.

Parabens are harmful because they can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells and cause breast cancer.  And they are suspected of being a cause for early puberty in girls and may even cause low sperm count and testicular cancer.  So why then would the beauty industry use parabens in their products?!  Because it is a cheap preservative and the industry is currently unregulated.  To make matters worse, parabens are found under a range of compound names and so they are hard to detect.  Some commonly found parabens are butylparabens, propylparabens and methylparabens.  However, they are also often mentioned on product bottles as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates. Experts suggest that it is better to look for safer alternatives and stop using paraben-based products altogether.  One possibility is the paraben-free product line created by Carole Kowalczyk, M.D., a reproductive endocrinology who grew so alarmed by the lack of regulation in the beauty industry that she developed a safe, clean, organic beauty line, an alternative to what is currently out there.

 

 

To learn more about the importance of having clean, safe ingredients in your hair and beauty products, click here.

Available in lavender and peppermint/tea tree.

 

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Benefits of Mineral Makeup

There’s a lot of interest in mineral makeup because of its safe, all natural and organic characteristics.  But do you have all the facts?

Mineral makeup is as ancient as the human desire to enhance one’s looks.  Think Cleopatra’s kohl-rimmed eyes.  But not all mineral makeup products are the same.  Be wary of those that have fillers or claim to be mineral-enriched.  They may contain preservatives, perfumes, chemical dyes or other irritating ingredients that clog the pores and aggravate allergies.

 

It’s always best to go with a trusted brand like in Harmony, which recently introduced a line of 100% organic and mineral makeup.   The benefits of using such a brand include:

  • 100% mineral makeup products won’t clog your pores.
  • They are preservative-free and fragrance-free which minimizes allergies and skin irritations.
  • They soothe.  Did you know that calamine lotion which is used to calm rashes is basically zinc oxide colored with iron oxide?  Both of these ingredients are in mineral makeup?
  • It serves as a natural protector from the sun.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are naturally found in mineral makeup and both ingredients have been approved by the FDA as a sunscreen.
  • It is totally oil-free which is great for those with oily skin.
  • It is breathable.  It is light, airy and leaves your skin looking natural and beautiful.
  • 100% mineral makeup doesn’t support the growth of bacteria, making it especially beneficial for patients with acne-prone skin.

To learn more visit inharmonynaturals.com

 

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Organic Personal Lubricants Prevent Irritation

Eliminates vaginal dryness and enhances lovemaking naturally.

We use personal lubricants on some of the most sensitive parts of our bodies, so shouldn’t we make sure that they are safe to use?  The next time you purchase a personal lubricant read the label.  Make sure that there are no harmful irritants or ingredients.  And go with a brand that is committed to using safe, clean ingredients.

We recommend Sensual by in Harmony Naturals.  This product is supported by Carole Kowalczyk, M.D., a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist.  It is gentle enough to be used by those with skin sensitivities and is made of 100% organic ingredients – a special blend of coconut and olive oil.

Sensual relieves vaginal dryness, enhances lovemaking, and doesn’t harm sperm like many of the leading brands.  Do you know that many of those brands include irritants and toxic substances like parabens, glycerine and sodium benzoate?

Sensual by in Harmony Naturals is the all natural, safe, non-irritating and effective alternative.  It’s great for menopausal women who need a natural moisturizing lubricant.  And it’s great for couples trying to conceive, because when clinically tested against leading commercial lubricants, Sensual was superior in promoting sperm motility and viability.

To listen to a radio  interview about Sensual or read reviews about the product click here.

100% organic personal lubricant.  Completely safe and fun to use!
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Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Discover the healing benefits of using tea tree oil in your beauty products.

We all know that therapeutic grade essential oils, when used properly, can treat illness and keep us healthy, but did you know that using them in your beauty products can be even more beneficial?

History of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil is derived mainly from an Australian plant named Melaleuca alternifolia and has been used for the past 100+ years for its powerful antiseptic properties and its ability to treat wounds. Medical studies demonstrate that it kills many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which makes it a great go-to product any time of year, but especially during the flu season or when you are suffering from skin irritations. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that tea tree essential oil is “a powerful disinfectant and is nonpoisonous and gentle” to the body. In a recent study published in the Journal of Dermatological Sciences, tea tree oil was found to have a rapid effect on reducing cancerous tumors and boosting immunity. Perhaps this is why Australians included it in their first aid kits during World War II.

Uses of Tea Tree Oil

The natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make it a requirement for everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.  It can be used aromatically and topically, but never internally.  According to the National Poison Center tea tree oil should NOT be taken by mouth for any reason.

Here are some of the many benefits of tea tree oil when used correctly:

  • It treats skin issues like acne, psoriasis, eczema and even dry cuticles
  • Soothes cold sores and insect bites.  If a little gets in your mouth when treating cold sores) spit out the oil afterwards to prevent possible side effects like digestive issues.
  • Treats viral infections, congestion and respiratory tract infections
  • Eliminates toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm
  • Is an excellent household cleaner because it kills bad bacteria in the home and removes mold

Beauty Care Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

We at in Harmony Naturals love this natural essential oil because it treats skin inflammation and soothes dry, flaking skin and scalps.

Facial toners tighten your facial pores, allowing fewer oils and toxins to settle into the skin. This creates a fresher, cleaner and less oily appearance while preventing acne.

We use tea tree oil in our facial toner because it helps to balance out the skin pH and it naturally treats blemishes and quiets rosacea.  It’s ideal for all skin types and doesn’t cause redness, dryness or peeling that is associated with other acne treatments.  One clinical study found that tea tree oil is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but doesn’t have any of the associated, negative side effects.

We use tea tree essential oil in our hand & body lotion because it prevents the spread of viruses, while treating skin inflammation like dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.  It also soothes dry cuticles and prevents infection.

And it’s a natural in our shampoo and body wash.  It reliefs dry itchy skin and scalps and treats dandruff.

Learn more about the healing properties of our natural beauty products.  inharmonynaturals.com

 

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Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Let’s keep our children safe and keep harmful ingredients out of our beauty products.

A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund and spearheaded by the “Campaign for Safe Cosmetics” has just released some scary facts – there are toxic chemicals in kids’ cosmetics and face paints.

How can this happen?  Because although most people assume the FDA regulates cosmetics and personal care products in the same way it does food and drugs to ensure they’re safe, it does not.  The only safety law on the book for the cosmetic industry is 75 years outdated!  Sadly, cosmetics are one of the least regulated consumer products on the market today.

And yes Halloween only comes once a year, but the damage does not stop in October.  Younger and younger kids are using makeup and face paint, contributing to exposures linked to breast cancer and other later life diseases.  According to data supplied by Environmental Working Group, Americans use an average of 10 personal care products each day, resulting in exposure to more than 126 unique chemicals.  Chemicals like – lead, cadmium, toluene, parabens, formaldehyde, and ethoxylated ingredients.  Contaminants that are linked to breast cancer, kidney cancer, lung and prostrate cancer, not to mention other harmful conditions.

Here is a summary of some of the disturbing findings:

  • Kids’ face paints can be contaminated by heavy metals, including lead and cadmium.  Lead causes altered brain development and learning difficulties, while cadmium disrupts the body’s hormones.
  • Children are highly vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals during critical windows of development, and because teens account for a growing segment of the estimated $71 billion cosmetics industry, they are subjected to these harmful ingredients a long time, leading to future health issues.
  • The secret, often toxic, ingredients in “fragrance” don’t have to be labeled – a serious problem because 40% of the cosmetics and personal care products on the market today contain fragrance.  That’s why at in Harmony Naturals we only use therapeutic grade essential oils; oils that are natural and good for you.
  • Heavy metal concentrations are higher and more common in darkly pigmented paints.

Learn more in this full report and consider using the safer alternatives available at in Harmony Naturals.  Consider using products like 100% mineral makeup instead of face paints, vegan lip glosses for color instead of the unregulated products you will find in the kid’s aisle, and cleansers and moisturizers that only use pure, clean ingredients.

We need your help to get out the word.  Education is power.  So please share this information with others.

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Why Choose Gluten Free Beauty Products?

If you have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive do you need to avoid beauty products with gluten?  Probably the safest answer is YES!  It’s true that skin care products (such as moisturizers) that you use on your skin but don’t ingest shouldn’t in theory be an issue, however, our skin does absorb everything we put on it, so why take the risk?  And let’s not forget the fact that there is always the possibility of accidentally ingesting just a little bit.

How can that happen?  Well, what if you use a facial cleanser and while rinsing off you accidentally get a little in your mouth.  The same with a shampoo or conditioner.  Or what about the possibility of using a hand cream that gets under your fingernails and then you pick up something to eat?

Here’s a suggested list of things to do to stay safe, especially if you suffer from celiac disease or are gluten sensitive:

  • At the top of the list – avoid gluten-containing lip care products because you ingest some each time you use them.  You might want to try in Harmony’s gluten free lip balm and vegan lip glosses.
  • Never use a gluten containing product anywhere near your mouth.
  • Skip powders that contain gluten, since they can become airborne (inhaling gluten is a problem!)  We recommend in Harmony’s line of mineral makeup.  All of these products are 100% mineral based.  There are no fillers, no harmful ingredients, only pure organic ingredients so it’s OK if they are accidentally ingested.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, including under your nails (especially if you bite them!) every time you touch a gluten-containing product.
  • Make sure you don’t rub your face or skin and then touch your lips if you do choose to use a gluten-containing product.
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Benefits of Aloe Vera in Beauty Products

Aloe vera heals, soothes, reduces and enhances all skin types.

Aloe vera is one of the most versatile, safe and amazing ingredients used in the beauty care industry.  It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C and E and contains a plethora of antioxidants, amino acids and nutrients.  In Ayurveda (one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems) aloe vera is considered the miracle substance that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin, severe burns and more.  Many of us know this cactus for its ability to heal and soothe sunburn.  But its benefits are endless.  Here are a few.

 

 

 

Facial Products

Facial Cleanser, Moisturizer, and Toner
The primary ingredient  in our cleanser, toner and moisturizer is organic aloe vera juice.

It’s the perfect ingredient to be used in your facial care treatment, because it helps all skin types.  It moisturizes the skin without a greasy feel so those with an oily complexion love it.  And because of its nutritional qualities, it replenishes moisture quickly for those of you with dry skin.  The beta carotene and vitamins C and E help fight aging by naturally improving the skin’s firmness and keeping the skin hydrated so it’s perfect for those looking for a natural treatment for wrinkles.    And even those with skin sensitivities are soothed by its healing properties.We recommend products that contain aloe vera as a primary ingredient.  See what we offer at in Harmony.

 

 

 

Skin Care

Are you looking for a natural way to treat stretch marks, soothe razor burns or cuts, heal eczema?  Then consider applying aloe vera or products that are rich in aloe vera, preferably as the primary ingredient.  We recommend our hand & body lotion and our lavender body butter.  They do a great job of treating these conditions along with treating dry, cracked skin and cuticles.

Hair Care

Aloe vera isn’t only good for your face, its an ideal hair care product.  It’s known for promoting hair growth, it reduces dandruff, it maintains the pH balance of the scalp, it conditions the hair and soothes scalp psoriasis.  The shampoos and conditioners sold at in Harmony use organic aloe vera juice to address all of these issues and more.

To learn more about the power of using aloe vera in your beauty care routine read these articles:

6 Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair, Skin & Weight-Loss

The Benefits of Using Aloe Vera for Skin Care and More

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Exfoliate & Then Hydrate to Eliminate Dry Skin

Does moisturizing dead skin cells make sense to you?  When put that way … probably not, yet millions of us do it.  We see our legs flaking and think “I need to moisturize”.  And when that doesn’t work, we think we need something stronger, or that we need to apply it more often.  Or maybe, we think it’s time to move to Florida.

Perhaps a better solution is to exfoliate first and then apply an effective moisturizer.

Exfoliation is the technique of removing the top layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis and encourages the live cells down in the dermis to turnover and rejuvenate the skin. Exfoliation:

  • Effectively treats dry skin
  • Keeps pores clear
  • Prevents blemishes and break outs
  • Helps your skin maintain the luster of your youth
  • Keeps skin healthy

     

Two of our favorite exfoliators are Lavender Body Scrub and Tropical Fruit Masque, both by in Harmony.  The scrub rids the body of dry skin cells and then moisturizes with a special blend of shea butter, organic jojoba oil, and evening primrose oil for healing and luxurious results.

The Tropical Fruit Masque combines papaya, pineapple and grapefruit into a soothing blend that naturally removes dead skin cells from the delicate facial area and natural antioxidants increase the rate of cell renewal.

After exfoliating, try our top selling moisturizers – hand & body lotion, lavender body butter, facial moisturizer.  We think you’ll find you get better results.

In Harmony specializes in all natural beauty products that are good for you.