Every single day out there, companies are fielding questions about the safety and validity of their products, and rightfully so, considering that people are realizing that products they use every day have ingredients that may be toxic to humans, animals, and/or the environment. Often times, there are safer ingredients that companies can use, but they choose not to because it would cost more money to produce the item and their profit margins would go down. As a consumer myself, I am often saying to myself, "Why would they put that in there? Don't they know it may not be safe?!" And the worst part is that they absolutely know what is safe and what is not - the majority of companies have the means to hire researchers and scientists to make sure they have the safest products available.
Thankfully, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to read labels these days. Sure, there are huge words, and we may not initially know the risks behind each and every ingredient - or how to say it, but that doesn't mean we should just throw our hands up in the air and say whatever. If you're at the store, pull out Google and look up these ingredients for yourself! And when you find one that makes your eye twitch, contact the company and tell them how upset you are that they put profits above the health of the public. Contacting these companies can bring forth change! Cheerios was a more recent company to dump GMOs after as activists continue to rally for non-GMO food options. Even when I'm food shopping, if I have a chance between a conventional food product and a non-GMO or organic variety, I almost always grab the non-GMO or organic variety. (There are cases where GMOs do not exist for crops, or I personally know the grower so even if they are not certified organic, I may still be confident to make the purchase.)
In the personal care arena, I am disturbed pretty much on the daily. The photo I posted above floats around on social media pretty often and I have to personally advice against it. Those of us with small children and warmers typically buy them because they are safer with no open flame. So, it is particularly important to know the ingredient used in Vicks and other vapor rubs, Camphor, is highly flammable. If you look on your bottle of Vicks, it says plain as day not to heat it or microwave.
Another one I often have to advise against is putting Dawn dish soap in your homemade pest sprays for those that grow their own produce. I won't even use Dawn to wash my hands or my dishes, so I really don't feel comfortable putting it on the food I'm going to eat. I prefer peppermint and orange oil in a spray bottle with water added. If I do feel the need to add dish soap, I will reach for my Poofy Organics dish soap, each and every time!
Another trend that I am personally seeing the in personal care arena is that normal, every day people are putting profits above their own friend's health, which is particularly disturbing. It was one thing when Ava Anderson Non Toxic hid toxic ingredients in their products (even though they say that they didn't know, I know for a fact that people with the scientific knowledge to formulate products reached out and tried to help them before it all hit the fan), but when your own friends delete comments warning about a particular ingredient because they want someone to purchase it so that they can make money it's really scary. We all think that our friends care about us and want the best for us, and then they join these network marketing teams and often times they see dollar signs when they think of their friends and that's just wrong. And all the while, we sit back and wonder why network marketing gets a bad reputation in the industry. If you are a network marketer, I implore you to not only do the research too about your own products, but give your own customers the information necessary to make their own decisions about the ingredients your company chooses to use. Yes, it is true that you won't make each and every sale possible that way, but in the long run, you will build trust with the people you have a business relationship with and you will do better in the longterm. Otherwise, if your company ends up like Ava Anderson Non Toxic, your friends won't just be angry with the company...they'll be angry with you and will wonder how much you knew or speculated that something wasn't right while you kept your mouth shut to make a quick buck off them.