Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What you put on your skin

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ Helps you determine the safety of products you use everyday like Toothpaste, Shampoo, Sunscreen, Makeup, etc.

Each item is giving a hazard level which is determined and classified by Ingredients in the product that are linked to: Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, and Other concerns. This really helps you rank related products when determining which you prefer. I'm doing an overall average ranking score of the every day products I use, and overtime trying to improve that score. I encourage you to do the same to see where you rank.

So right now I'm using

  • Biolage by Matrix Color Care Hair Conditioner *6

  • Biolage by Matrix Color Care Shampoo *7

  • philosophy 3-in-1 ultra rich shampoo, shower gel *5

  • Pantene Pro-V Curl Defining Scrunching Mousse *7

  • Secret Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spring Breeze *4

  • Colgate Total Plus Whitening Toothpaste *5

  • Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion *4

  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks *6

  • OPI Nail Lacquer nail polish *4

  • Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (Tube) *2

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, SPF *7

So that totals 57 if you add all the hazard levels together and divide by the number of products, in this case 11 equals and average of a little over 5. While 5 may seem like midway between 0-10, it still carries a good deal of risk and doesn't even include all the products that come in contact with my skin like hand soaps, fabric detergent biproducts, etc. I'm also surprised that the cocoa butter for stretch marks comes in at a 6. Considering it goes right on my growing stomach with my baby inside, I'm feeling I should use it sparringly.

Other products we have in the house or have used in the past

  • Wet 'N Wild Jumbo Juicy Flavored Lip Balm, Strawberry *9

  • Coppertone Sport Breathable Sunscreen, Faces, SPF 50 *5

  • Purell Purifying Essentials Instant Hand Sanitizer, Crisp Apple hand sanitizer *6

  • Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Lotion, SPF 4 *9

  • Rembrandt Plus Peroxide Toothpaste, Wintergreen Flavor toothpaste *7
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Cauliflower Part 2

    Roasting Veggies always gives such a depth of flavor that you can't get from steaming or a microwave pouch. The roasted asparagus and roasted broccoli I've made was such a big hit, I decided to try the simple roasted cauliflower recipe mentioned on ThatWife from allrecipies.com. It's a 5 ingredient recipe, even easier than the broccoli one we love, and cooks alongside my roast chicken during the last half hour as a faster alternative to mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower. I loved it, Dave loved it, and it's becoming another vegetable staple in the house.

    Roasted Balsamic Cauliflower
    from allrecipies.com

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 cloves garlic, chopped
    1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces

    1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
    2.Stir the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and garlic together in a bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss to coat; spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheet.
    3.Stirring occasionally, bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 20 minutes.