Did you know that women absorb up to 5 lbs. of chemicals from beauty products through their skin every year? Are you aware that the skin is the largest organ in our body and everything you put on it is absorbed straight into your bloodstream? This may be even more toxic than ingesting toxic chemicals in food because everything you eat is first broken down by the enzymes in your saliva. The tricky part about finding safe products is that most of us cannot even pronounce the names of the chemicals listed under ingredients. Nor do we know what byproducts are formed in solution when two or more chemicals are combined. For example, the most trusted baby shampoo that has been around for decades, Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo, just recently removed two chemicals from their formula due to pressure from environmental working groups, after years of knowing these chemicals were contributing to releasing formaldehyde into their signature product. Customers would not have found formaldehyde or 1,4-dioxane listed on the bottles, since they weren’t technically ingredients, but rather byproducts of chemicals used as preservatives. They invested tens of millions of dollars and a team of close to 200 people who worked for two years to remove the chemicals, while keeping the change as invisible as possible. Many other brands add sulfates, parabens and phthalates, which are among dozens of chemicals considered dangerous — because they cause cancer, reproductive damage or other health or environmental harm.
Earlier this week, Walmart announced 10 “high-priority” chemicals to be removed or reduced from beauty products, baby and household supplies and pet products sold at their store, with dozens more “priority” chemicals, however, they will not release the names of those chemicals to the public. Wal-Mart is working with suppliers to find safe substitute ingredients, and says it will track its suppliers’ progress and update customers by January 2016. Although it will take time for the changes to go into effect, we are happy to hear that they are taking this initiative.
When I started Spadét 5 years ago as a treatment for my 2 year old’s problem skin, I first became aware of all the chemicals present in the products I was commonly using. Although I had no idea what was really going on behind the scenes at the time, the more I researched the many complex ingredients, and their side-effects, the more I became convinced these chemicals were connected to my daughter’s skin issues. I also knew in my heart, knowing the dangers of some of these ingredients, there had to be a better way.
My journey has led me to the creation of the Spadét line of skin and haircare products. I am so proud to offer to other women and mothers, a safe and effective solution. Spadét uses only pure, 100% natural ingredients in all of our products.