Salt & Vinigar


“How many people had to die before we realized that smoking actually causes cancer?” Anyone who has ever glanced at a lotion or shampoo bottle has probably noticed a mystifying array of multi-syllabic chemicals. We assume they’re safe enough to put on our bodies – but how much do we really know about the products we slather on each day? Consumer health advocates and some researchers have for years warned that at least some of those are unsafe. And they are trying to connect the dots between these intimately used products and some worrying and unexplained disease trends – particularly in women. “Cancer, infertility, allergies, ADHD, autism, thyroid issues are on the rise, and people can’t figure out why,” Known or suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde – found in some keratin hair treatments, body soap and nail polish – and coal tar – found in some hair dyes and shampoo – are of top concern in beauty products. So are heavy metals, like lead found in lipsticks and clay-based products, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals like parabens and phthalates, among others. Women use an average of 12 products a day – nearly 200 chemicals – according to a 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environment and health advocacy group. Data on real-world chemical exposure is limited, and most safety assessments look at one chemical and one source at a time. But we are not using just one product. Our daily exposure can greatly outweigh what one company claim is a low dose in their product, which is why we should be concerned. So here are some natural haircare products for you to try at home so you have one less thing to worry about every day for you and your family.