Do it yourself body care is a fun and safe way to create beautiful customized products for you and your family. They make terrific gifts as well. People will be amazed you that you actually made the lotions, scrubs and lip care yourself.
Unknown to most, body care in Canada is rather loosely regulated. According to Health Canada cosmetics and body care must meet the requirements of the Food and Drug Act, Cosmetic Regulations, Consumer Packaging and Regulations Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. This all sounds very formal and thorough. When you dig further however certain key areas are a bit loose.
Manufacturers are required to provide a list of ingredients to the government within 10 days of the product being put on a shelf. This means people can be purchasing the product before it is approved. The list of ingredients the manufacturer provides to the government is compared (amongst other checks and balances) to the ingredient “hot list”. The “hot list” is a list of ingredients that are banned for use or have a maximum limit of use in products. Some of the ingredients with maximum limits are known carcinogens. Products are not tested by the government to see if what they say is in or not in the package is accurate.
Another point that stands out is the fact that there are no significant studies to prove the effects of these “hot list” ingredients in combination with each other. In addition to that the government does not take into account that the average women uses about 9 body care products per day. This means if you use several products with ingredients at maximum levels or even less then maximum levels you are exceeding the limits recommended by the regulations. This all sounds like poor case scenario for our health and the environment.
The great news is you have the choice to purchase those types of products or not. At Community Natural Foods we sell natural body care products. These products follow the same government regulations but with naturally found ingredients. We have our own banned ingredients list in addition to the government and we only sell thoroughly researched products from brands we trust.
Another great resource is the Dirty Dozen for cosmetics put out by the David Suzuki Foundation. It gives a list of ingredients to avoid when purchasing conventional product.
If you would like to take it one step further; making your own is certainly an option.
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By Nicole Boisvert, certified holistic nutritionist, community engagement coordinator, mom