3 things I learned in this issue:
Who would have thought that products designed to make us look so good can actually harm us? Nearly 82,000 ingredients are used to produce beauty products, and 1 in 8 of these ingredients is an industrial chemical, including, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Some of these ingredients are classified as “known carcinogens.” I visited the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) website (ewg.org) to find information on these carcinogens. The EWG has produced a 21-page document on ingredients that should be avoided in personal care products. The EWG also has a seal, “EWG Verified,” to identify products that meet EWG ingredient and safety guidelines. Keep this information in mind when deciding which products to use.
You’ll be excited to see that this issue of Natural Solutions includes our annual Beauty With a Conscience (BWAC) awards. These products were reviewed by our staff to ensure they are safe and are produced with no animal testing. We reviewed thousands of entries to decide on this group of the safest, best-performing products from those submitted by manufacturers. We hope that you find this feature helpful, and hopefully you’ll find a new product to try.
But don’t limit your shopping list to this year’s BWAC products. This year marks our seventh BWAC awards anniversary, and many BWAC products that we’ve recommended in the past are still excellent in their categories. We have a running BWAC awards list on our website (naturalsolutionsmag.com), where you’ll also find a list of every company that was an award winner (or runner-up) during the past seven years. Be sure to check out this helpful list of companies committed to producing quality, safe products.
Be on the lookout for other products that you have found useful. We would be happy to review products to ensure they meet our standards, and we may include them in next year’s BWAC award program. Simply visit the BWAC page on the Natural Solutions website and click the “recommend a product” link.
Also, check out our article on party appetizers in this issue. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or a game-day gathering, we’ve included some healthier options to serve your guests. Try a few of these recipes and post your results to our Facebook or Pinterest pages. If we select your post to feature in the magazine, you’ll receive a $25.00 gift card.
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