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  • Many Pharmaca brands named Cosmetic Champions!

    The Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics just announced the cosmetics brands that fulfilled their pledge to the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Companies who made the voluntary pledge agreed to eliminate or avoid many chemicals and to fully disclose their product ingredients to consumers.

    More than 300 companies were named Champions for the following:

    • Complying with the European Union’s Cosmetics Directive, widely considered the global gold standard of cosmetics safety regulation.
    • Disclosing all ingredients, including chemicals in any “fragrance.” (Fragrance ingredients are often shielded as trade secrets in the US, but can contain toxic chemicals such as hormone disruptors, carcinogens and other harmful substances.)
    • Publishing and regularly updating product information in the EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database so that consumers have easy access to ingredients.
    • Complied with any additional ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and substituted ingredients of concern with safer alternatives.

    Here are the Champion companies that Pharmaca is proud to carry:

    Aromaland: Aromatherapy products
    Avalon Organics: Body, facial and hair care
    Babo Botanicals: Children’s body and hair care
    Blossom Organics: Intimacy products
    California Baby: Children’s body and hair care
    CleanWell: Antibacterial soaps, sprays and wipes
    Dr. Bronner’s: Multi-purpose soaps
    Goddess Garden: Sunscreen for children and adults
    Good Clean Love: Intimacy products
    jane iredale: mineral cosmetics
    Juice Beauty: Skin care and cosmetics
    Little Twig: Children’s body and hair care
    Max Green Alchemy: Hair Care
    Badger: Sunscreens, lip balms, bug repellants and more
    Yes to Carrots: Body and hair care
    Zia: Skincare for men

    Congratulations to all of these great brands!

  • High praise for mineral sunscreen

    The question just seems to keep coming up--how do I choose which sunscreen is right for me? Are there mineral sunscreens that won't turn my skin white? In a recent article in Boulder's Daily Camera newspaper, Camille Capone, an esthetician at our North Boulder store, helped suss out what's best.

    "Mineral sunscreens actually create a seal on the skin that reflects the sun," Camille said. That means less absorption, better reflection and, unlike chemical sunscreens, you don't have to apply them 30 minutes before being in the sun. She loves Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30.

    The Environmental Working Group has long been preaching about the safety and effectiveness of mineral sunscreens, and the article cites new nanotechnologies that are making minerals lighter and more invisible on the skin.

    So don't be daunted by the white skin--if you haven't tried a mineral sunscreen yet, stop in to Pharmaca to speak with an esthetician about the latest and greatest in mineral sun protection.

  • How safe is your bottled water?

    A recent post in Treehugger's Ask Pablo column asked just that. Pablo examined the Environmental Working Group's 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, as well as a 2008 report they did on the health of a number of different bottled water brands, and the results were surprising.

    According to the EWG, the best way to get your water is to filter it straight from your tap.

    The tests showed that many bottled waters were chemically indistinguishable from tap waters; others contained "caffeine and pharmaceuticals (Tylenol); heavy metals and minerals including arsenic and radioactive isotopes; fertilizer residue (nitrate and ammonia); and a broad range of other, tentatively identified industrial chemicals used as solvents, plasticizers, viscosity decreasing agents, and propellants."

    Turns out what's good for the environment is good for you too! Pharmaca offers a great selection of water filters, from pitchers to stick in your fridge to filters to attach to your faucet. Just pour your filtered water it in a reusable, BPA-free water bottle from SIGG or Earthlust and be on your way.

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