Friday, January 7, 2011

Triclosan, Soap and Pregnancy...What's the big deal?

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Triclosan (also known as Microban), a chemical that is now in most soaps, hand sanitizing gels, lotions and even toys, cutting boards and toothpaste, has come under scrutiny lately. It appears that especially during pregnancy, Triclosan has a toxic impact.

This article here talks about the study connecting Triclosan exposure to brain damage during pregnancy:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1334533/Toothpaste-chemical-leave-unborn-babies-brain-damaged.html

This article here points out that widespread use of Triclosan has contaminated our environment, including our water, and might be driving antibiotic resistance:
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/13744294/are-germ-killing-products-harming-your-health

Besides the troubling news on Triclosan, it seems most soaps contain a whole laundry list of toxins and irritants. I started to read the ingredients and was astonished as what they can pack into these products! Everything from petrolium material to artificial parfum to even food coloring and more can be found in your basic soap.

In fact, when I set out to buy a Triclosan-free soap, I originally reached for the Target store exclusive brand, Method. As I stood in line waiting to buy my healthy soap, it occurred to me that I should read the ingredients. Here is the list:

Ingredients from packaging: Aqua(water), sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamide DEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, aloe barbadensis gel, tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, benzophenone-4, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, parfum(fragrance), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 4 (CI 14700)

But at least it didn't have Triclosan, eh? (Sarcastic tone there). You can investigate a product before buying it and learn about the available studies and toxicity rating for FREE by visiting this site: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ I highly recommend bookmarking!

At a loss for what to do, I turned to a friend, Darlene. She had previously handcrafted an adorable wool soaker for my DS (Dear Son) taking care to respect the environment and the health of the babies who wear these little soakers. She also makes soap.


Anyways, I bought some soap from her and eagerly awaited to try it out. She included a few samples as well. A few days later, a delicious-smelling box arrived in my mailbox and I tore it open to reveal all kinds of luscious looking hearts, bars and squares. I loved seeing very simple and nourishing ingredients in plain English on the front. Coconut oil, oatmeal, real essential oils and more told me I was going to have a very relaxing Mama Bath Night! :-) Out of all the scents, I instantly fell in love with "Almond Silk."

1) Visit Darlene's etsy store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DarleneScrivner?ref=seller_info. Come back and post your favorite item.

2) View Darlene's homemade soap varieties here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/album.php?aid=22884&id=1818859677&fbid=1195737633120 Come back and post your favorite scent.


Here is my favorite scent: Almond Silk. It's divine!

106 comments:

  1. My husband uses Degree antiperspirant. It has 57 ingredients and is rated 3-6. It has neurotoxins and causes cellular changes!!

    Alexis S
    b.alexis.scott at gmail dot com

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  2. I really like the fun blue and green diaper cover in her shop!
    Alexis S

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  3. We use Seventh Generation and its rating is: 1.

    I also "liked" that group you mentioned. and I'm about to share this on FB.

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  4. I looked up the California Baby line, which we use for pretty much everything for our daughter and I'm happy to report it got zero toxicity across the board. I'm in love with their calming bum spray and cloth friendly calming cream!

    -Amber Doula

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  5. I love a giveaway! The soap sounds divine...

    So we like the Method Baby Squeaky Green Body Lotion - Rice Milk and Mallow...the toxicity rating is a four. Sigh. Even the Aubrey Organics baby lotion we used to swear by is only a three. I forgot about the cosmetics site, so thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Oooh I'm really liking her soaps... I want to try the peppermint or the Lemon souffle.

    Ps. the second link you provided doesn't work.

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  7. I love the pink and black soaker on Darlene's etsy page!

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  8. I like the red bamboo soaker, but couldn't see her scents. It said the page was unavailable.

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  9. I "liked" the EWG on FB...but not sure how you mean for me to say you sent me? :)

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  10. the body shop's camomile gentle eye make-up remover - rating of 4
    1)the lemon souffle sounds yummy!
    2)that link didn't work for me, i think it's the security settings
    3)done!
    4)shared on fb!

    Cricket Scott

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  11. ...and I posted your link on my FB page :)

    Thanks so much!

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  12. I checked out Earth Mama Angel Baby shampoo which has a 0 toxicity rating (yay!)

    Favorite product on Darlene's Etsy page is http://www.etsy.com/listing/60827996/fun-wool-diaper-cover-soaker

    I posted on the Environmental working group.

    The facebook link for the soaps did not work though.

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  13. We use the Lusa baby wipe juice and it's a 2.

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  14. okay i got 2 to work for me - i love the sound of that almond vanilla and sandalwood. sounds romantic <3

    Cricket Scott

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  15. Baking soda- 2
    Liked EWG- told them you sent me
    LOVE the blue and green soaker!
    And pretty much all the soaps! I love natural stuff!! :)

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  16. The brown and creme fleck soaker with the dark brown stripe is my fave.

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  17. And almond silk does sound divine!

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  18. California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion: RATING 1

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  19. The closest thing at hand is my beloved lip balm, Lypsyl (with pure Swedish beeswax!). It is a 4! Ingredients in this product are linked to: Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity! Very disappointing, i love this stuff!

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  20. EARTH MAMA ANGEL BABY ANGEL BABY OIL has zero rating! wahoo! used WELEDA CALENDULA OIL for a while, but it now has a four rating due to the "fragrance" added. in 11/08 when i first bought it, weleda calendula was a zero too. :(

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  21. i just like the soap. i can almost smell it looking at those pics...sweat pea!

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  22. Um...i couldn't find her list of scents on the link to facebook. but i would LOVE to see them. LOL!

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  23. Ok, i liked the environmental working group...but should i just write on their wall that you sent me? lol seems kinda random and no one else did it!

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  24. Dr Bronner's Peppermint Liquid Soap: Low hazard (1 out of 10)
    Dr Bronner's Peppermint Bar Soap: Low hazard (1 out of 10)
    Dr Bronner's Lavender Bar Soap: Low hazard (2 out of 10)

    Absolutely LOVE Dr Bronner's soap... A Bit pricey, but it lasts longer than the mass produced ones, and it cleans/smells great.

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  25. I fixed the link to the soaps and if you click on "Just Others" on their page you will see where others show up for Environmental Working Group. :)

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  26. Clearasil Daily Face Wash: Sensitive Skin:Moderate Hazard 3

    Thanks for sharing that wonderful site as well Guggie! I am going to go crazy checking everything in my house now! LOL

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  27. Champagne-pear is my favorite scent. And maybe Sweet Pea.

    Alexis S

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  28. ok i still couldn't see the scents but i blame that one on user (ME) error. i wrote on their wall (once again user error lol!) and i also shared this giveaway on my wall.

    thanks for posting this. i'm really bummed that my lip balm is bad news! oh well i have another WAHM fav too! thanks gugs!

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  29. I shared about this on Facebook!
    Alexis S

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  30. I wish I was still diapering, I love her soakers. I will have to stick with ordering soaps through her etsy though lol

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  31. I checked a few products we use - but wasn't able to find most of them on there (although to be fair most of them are smaller companies, and more natural) I did enter our Ivory dishwashing soap, they had 8 other ivory products listed but not that one - although reading the back of it, it has warnings on it if it comes in contact with your eyes lol

    I was able to find Dr Bronner's Peppermint Liquid Soap: Low hazard (1 out of 10) Thanks for the great giveaway, I LOVE natural soaps! :)

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  32. I think the best scents would be the Earth Soap Peppermint and the Vanilla Almond Silk - I think I need a mini pamper me session in the shower!

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  33. My favorite item would have to be her Spicy Wool Diaper Cover - I LOVE rainbow shades, my son would look too cute in them! :) It would match his rainbow wool booties, and his rainbow wool blanket! - Did I say I love rainbow? :)

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  34. I shared this on FB. I know a lot of women who could benefit including my daughter and I. She got my skin unfortunately; she has baby eczema right now that she scratches in her sleep and it bleeds. I am trying to find soaps that won't bother her skin.

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  35. I Liked the Environmental Working Group on Facebook :)

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  36. I'm a follower of your blog - and of course love all your posts :)

    Ian is getting soooo chubby, I love it!!! :) Must be all that good mama's milk he's getting! :)

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  37. Mrs Meyer's Clean Day hand soap.... is a 5. :( boo! I love it! I'm looking up our other stuff too, The one I feel really guilty about is my Degree antiperspirant. It's awful. But nothing natural I've ever used has worked! *sigh*
    Anyways, I liked EWG and said you sent me, the oatmeal and clove soap on the Etsy page looks scrumcious! And I already follow your blog. :)

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  38. I looked up Burt bees baby shampoo that we use on my son and it was a 4 moderate hazard. Bummer.

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  39. My favorite item from her store would probably be the vanilla almond silk soap or the sweat pea soap!

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  40. NEXXUS THERAPPE LUXURIOUS MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO

    High hazard, rating 7.

    Guess I won't finish that bottle then... lol

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  41. We use Dr. Bronners unscented liquid castille soap - level 1!

    kawillard@yahoo.com

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  42. I liked the EWG on face book.


    kawillard@yahoo.com

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  43. I like her blue and green wool soaker!


    kawillard@yahoo.com

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  44. The first soap, almond looked nice!


    kawillard@yahoo.com

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  45. I use the Pantene line so in reading some of my items rating I nearly fell off my chair. I think its time I find some new earth/people/animal friendly products to use.. ACK!!!

    Pantene Pro-V Body Builder Volumizing Mousse
    Hazard Score - 7 ( HOLY COW!!! )

    Thanks Guggie
    <3 Jennifer ( Facebook )
    Jenn-Richards@hotmail.com

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  46. Listerine Advanced Citrus (5) - 13 creepy ingredients, 7 which have shown positive mutation results in mammalian cells, 3 which can cause reproductive effects, 6 which have shown brain, nervous system, or behavioral effects, 9 with other organ effects, 6 that cause irritation, 1 banned and 3 restricted for cosemetic use, ... ugh, I'm exhaused and that was only ONE product! Now, on to find a safer mouthwash! ;)

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  47. I LOVE the luxury coconut soap - it's so pretty! And the sweet pea scent sounds, well, Sa-wheet! I liked EWG, couldn't figure out how to say you sent me. And I looove your blog! :)

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  48. We use Dr. Bronner's Magic 18-in-1 Hemp Baby soap. It has a rating of 1. It smells so good.

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  49. we use GREEN from GNLD which has water, lauramide dea, tea lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, hydrolyzed animal protein, kelpro, citric acid, tetrasodium edta, preservative, fragrance, color

    It is not rated on the website listed BUT is only soap I can use that does not make my skin itchy etc and I found all their products are better than whatever else I have found out there!!! Here is the website...and you can read about the products OR sign up to distribute.

    http://augusta.gnld.net/

    I LOVE ALMOND:) anything!!!

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  50. Suave Natural Care Conditioner, Coconut
    hazard score 6

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  51. California baby rating is 1
    I'm going to look at the soaps now : ) thank you!

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  52. I am so happy that so many people are discovering the cosmetics database with your help Guggie!
    We started using California Baby when I researched the cosmetic database on my own and all the products are 0, 1 or 2 out of 10.

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  53. My favorite product on Darlene's Etsy shop is the Luxury coconut soap.

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  54. My favorite scent from Darlene's facebook would be the almond silk.

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  55. I was already a likey of Environmental Working Group on Facebook, but I un-liked them and re-liked them.

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  56. I will share this giveaway now, and I share your blog posts on my wall often.

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  57. Following your blog!

    lindsayfields at live dot com

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  58. I use pantene...but I don't know anymore.. :S Didn't realize it could cause so much!

    lindsayfields at live dot com

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  59. Totally fell in love with the Spicy Wool Diaper Cover!!

    lindsayfields at live dot com

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  60. Also would love to try the Sweet Pea Soap, I have always loved that scent!

    lindsayfields at live dot com

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  61. I use Aveeno Creamy Wash for my youngest in the winter. It has a rating of 4 out of 10, and it says that 73% of baby products have lower concerns! Who knew? I'm glad I recently put in an order for Dr. Bronner's for when we run out of Aveeno - they score a 1 out of 10, with only 32% having lower concerns! :) Thanks for posting this, Guggie!

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  62. We use Little Twig unscented baby wash-- I was shocked to find out it's a 3!! DH and I use hand-made soap and shampoo bars... apparently we need to switch our kids to that as well!

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  63. Wow! My Fructis shampoo was rated 6 out of 10 for dangerous ingredients. 82% of shampoos are safer.

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  64. By the way, ladies - my deodorant rates pretty high on the hazard scale (ooops!), but I sweat quite a bit. I tried Tom's of Maine deodorant, but sweat right through. Anyone have any good suggestions for a "safe" but also hard-working deodorant? Thanks!

    Oh, and those soaps are precious! I *bet* the almond one smells amazing, Guggie! Have to check those out... :)

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  65. Softsoap Moisturizing Body Wash, Pomegranate & Mango (body wash/cleanser) 6

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  66. Blistex Lip Infusion Sheer Liquid Lip Balm... 7. I use this everyday! Not anymore.

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  67. almond silk sounds divine!! Thanks for the info!

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  68. I would try any of it!! Thankyou for this!

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  69. My favorite products (body wash, baby lotion, diaper rash cream, etc.) come from Earth Mama Angel Baby. Always a 0 because they are toxin-free! Love it!

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  70. I use Norwex Laundry Soap (I also sell it!) and it's not on the list. But they're an organic company, so here's hoping it's not bad for me! It's the only thing that clears up excema on the kids' skin.

    Can't find the soaps..but I'm trying to switch to natural as we speak, I hear there's a lady that makes some close to me :)

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  71. We use california baby and it was rated safe!

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  72. My son is currently in a body cast and can't have baths. I've been using Mustela PhysioBébé to wash him. I wasn't happy to find it's a level 6, but thankfully it's only a moderate hazard. We will hopefully be done with it by next week.

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  73. California Baby Bubble was rated Zero.

    zsofika1 AT aol DOT com

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  74. 1. I use Dove Deodorant and it has a rating of 5. I've tried several natural deodorants and they all gave me rashes (J.A.S.O.N, In LOVE, and Tom's of Maine) Would love some recommendations!

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  75. they didnt have my product so i entered everything for it manually. Mine was

    Equate baby shampoo ~ Hypoallergenic

    it has 11 ingredients and got 5 out of 10 (moderate hazard)

    the hazards associated with it are

    Developmental/reproductive toxicity
    Allergies/immunotoxicity
    Use restrictions
    Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
    Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards

    kind of scary. Glad i dont wash my son's hair very often, he just turned 1 and we have only used 2/3 of a 20oz bottle and a lot of it got spilled rather than used lol

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  76. 2. I love the hot pink and black wool soaker

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  77. GFC follower of your blog

    elizabethjhoskins@gmail.com

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  78. 3. The peppermint soap sounds great - I bet its very invigorating.

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  79. Aveeno Baby Wash scores a 4... I really thought it was "safer" than that.

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  80. i use Herbal Essences shampoo / conditioners and the site rated it at a 5 !!!

    babyshotty1769@hotmail.com

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  81. the peppermint soap on DarleneScrivner's etsy is sounding pretty luxurious right now!

    babyshotty1769@hotmail.com

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  82. my favorite scent on the FB was Lemon souffle. I had to go through some links to find her because the link doesnt work =[

    babyshotty1769@hotmail.com

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  83. I Like Environmental Working Group on Facebook and i wrote on their wall.
    Cassondra Law

    babyshotty1769@hotmail.com

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  84. i follow your blog via GFC.
    SondraMama

    babyshotty1769@hotmail.com

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  85. Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser is rated 2!

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  86. I love the blue and green wool diaper cover!

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  87. I would love to try the peppermint scent!

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  88. BURT'S BEES BABY BEE BUTTERMILK SOAP is rated 4 :(

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  89. We have the Aveeno Active Naturals skin relief body wash. A friend gave it to us because we have sensitive skin - it's rated a 5! amyafrank(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  90. I would love to try the Almond Silk soap I see in the Etsy store! I love almond scents! amyafrank(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  91. I like EWG on Facebook!

    amyafrank(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  92. I follow your blog! Of course I've always read it, but now I'm 'following' for real ;^)

    amyafrank(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  93. I shared a link to the giveaway on Facebook!

    amyafrank(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  94. My favorite item from the Etsy shop is is pink & black wool soaker- so cute!
    hollywilson82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  95. The soap scents all soun dso yummy! I think vanilla-almond is my favorite.
    hollywilson82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  96. I liked the Environmental Working Group on Facebook. (Holly Wilson)
    hollywilson82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  97. I follow your blog.
    hollywilson82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  98. I shared this on FB.
    hollywilson82 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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