5280 Naturals

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Things you really need to know, but didn't want to ask, or didn't know where to find!

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Useful Thinks


What is the Difference Between Natural vs. Organic vs. Synthetic?
With so many buzzwords used in beauty product marketing, sometimes it can be hard to discern what you think you're buying versus what you're actually getting.... 
click here to read the full article on our website


What is the Difference Between Soap and Detergent?
The simple answer is that soap is made with natural oils and fats and that detergents are synthetic and typically petroleum-based....
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Read About Our Men's Line; Lefthand Personal Care Products for Men
Our Men's line takes its name from Chief Niwot (translated into English as Lefthand) of the Southern Arapahoe Indians that once lived in the Boulder Valley.... 
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15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for you
by Perry Romanowski

15 Pinterest beauty hacks that are bad for your skin

  1. DIY Fruit masks
  2. Using cooking oils as moisturizers
  3. DIY salt scrubs
  4. Burning face mask
  5. Strengthen nails by soaking in lemon juice
  6. Aspirin, toothpaste, baking soda for acne
  7. Petrolatum grows lashes
  8. Apple Cider Vinegar as toner
  9. DIY dry shampoo
  10. Bleach your armpits with lemon juice
  11. Use deodorant to prevent face sweat
  12. Plastic tape eyeliner stencil
  13. Vaseline lip balm
  14. Heat eyelash curler with blow dryer
  15. At home pore strips

The Toxins in your Body
By Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times

Everyday products are "contaminating our bodies: with toxic chemicals", said Nicholas Kristof.  Two mainstream medical organizations have recently issued independent warnings about chemicals found in such products as pesticides, plastics, shampoos and cosmetics, food-can linings, and flame retardants in furniture.  The toxins, says the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, are linked to breast, prostate, and uterine cancers, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes, and infertility.  The doctors' group also warns that "exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy and lactation is ubiquitous," with pregnant women having at least 43 different chemical contaminants in the bodies.  Today, "babies are born pre-polluted," says the National Cancer Institute, with the resulting cancers and fertility problems showing up decades later, in adulthood.  The chemical industry insists there's no causal proof that the 80,000 new chemicals it's introduced into the environment cause damage, and U.S. regulators simply assume that these substances are safe unless proven otherwise.  So for now, "experts say the best approach is for people to try to protect themselves" by minimizing their exposure to pesticides, plastics, and other chemicals.  It's the best we guinea pigs can do.

 


 

Microbeads
Last year, Illinois became the first state in the United States to ban the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing polystyrene microbeads, which was introduced through Illinois legislation bill SB2727.  The law aims to prohibit the manufacture of such products by the end of 2018 and the sale of products by the end of 2019.  In recent weeks, a number of state legislatures in the United States have targeted and even outlawed microbeads.  Although numerous varieties of exfoliants are available on the market, we should consider that most of these additives are literally flushed down the drain and affect sewers, septic tanks, and ocean life.  Formulators have a responsibility to create not only safe products, but also sustainable ones.

At 5280 Naturals, We do not use chemical exfoliants, nor do we use micro-beads, and never have.  Exfoliants:  Jojoba Beads, Salts, Clays, Sugar, Cranberry Seeds, Colloidal Oatmeal, Poppy seeds, Vitamin E Beads, Vegetable Powders, and more. This list is not all-inclusive.  See our "Ingredients We Use and Why We Use Them" page for a small list of exfoliants we do use.  Microbeads are causing a lot of damage to our oceans, lakes, and rivers. 
See
http://www.ema-online.org/how_are_we_really_doing_with_plastic_microbeads_in_ouroceans  or type in "ban the microbeads" and you'll find a ton of information.   


Allergy Warning 
We highly encourage all people with allergies, but especially those with nut allergies to read labels.  Shea Butter is a nut butter and while we doubt there is enough in soap to have people react there most likely is enough in some of the whipped butters and creams we make. Since some people with peanut allergies have reacted to Shea Butter, we would suggest checking in with your doctor before using those products. In addition, peanut allergies are not the same as tree nut allergies, because peanuts are considered legumes.  If you have a tree nut allergy you may wish to check with your doctor before using any products with Sweet Almond Oil, Hempseed Oil, and Tamanu Oil.  For more tree nut oils, please see the document on this website, "Tree Nut Allergies".  Although Argan oil is a tree nut oil, the consensus is that it is not an allergen, nor is coconut oil.  Check out this article if you would like more information about Argan oil.  http://blog.onespotallergy.com/2014/04/is-argan-oil-safe-for-people-with-tree-nut-allegies.