American beauty products have a toxicity problem.
According to a June 2021 Associated Press article;
“More than half the cosmetics sold in the United States and Canada are awash with a toxic industrial compound associated with serious health conditions, including cancer and reduced birth weight, according to a new study.”
The article focuses on makeup, but skincare and haircare products have also been found to be dangerous.
A 2019 study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, titled the Sister Study, found a link between breast cancer and the use of chemical hair straighteners.
“These chemical [straightening] products were associated with an 18% higher risk of breast cancer in women who used them in the 12 months before the study period. The more often women used straightener, the higher the risk. Women who used the products every five to eight weeks had a 31% higher risk of going on to develop breast cancer compared with nonusers.”
And even products marketed as ‘natural’ are coming under scrutiny. In 2012 Neutrogena faced a class action lawsuit for advertising its facial cleansers as “natural” when they were full of synthetic ingredients.
And in 2016 the FTC charged five companies with falsely advertising their shampoos, lotions and sunscreens as ‘natural’ when they contained synthetic ingredients.
As more and more stories like this come out, it’s easy to become fearful and paranoid. But consider what health and beauty experts recommend to reduce toxic exposure;
1. Simplify your beauty routine to include LESS products.
2. Use beauty products that contain clean, safe ingredients.
Our body butters help with both. They cut down the need for beauty products because they are multi-use — a skin moisturizer, eczema and stretch-mark treatment, hair styler, hair moisturizer and body fragrance all in one. And they contain NO synthetic ingredients. (Certain essential oils, including lavender and peppermint, can be toxic in high concentrations when inhaled directly or placed onto skin. This is why all of our body butters dilute essential oils BEYOND what is recommended by dermatologists and health professionals.)
You will never have to worry when you use BGLH Marketplace body butter or African black soap. We’ve crafted our products thoughtfully so they can be a SAFE part of your beauty routine for decades to come.
“I’m on my journey of trying to find products made by us and safe for us and stumbled on BGLH. I started using the butters when I was pregnant, as my skin got even drier than it normally had been. Once I started using the butters, my skin felt moisturized and lively. Now…I’m addicted. I referred my best friend for her daughter who has dry skin. She told me her daughter refused to give the jar back, so she bought her own! As far as my skin…AMAZING! I noticed this week that my tummy stretch marks from having the baby are now fading and are the color of my skin. I had a bruise from running into something last week and it’s pretty much gone now. I also had dark underarms and voila…they are my skin tone again!! I’m about to gift another jar to my brother in law! These butters are the bomb dot com! Yup…I’m 40 and saying old things now! Thank you!!” — Najah on Lavender Whipped Shea Butter