Monday, December 27, 2010

New posts to look for.

Hi!  I have been absent for a while now.  But...I am back!!!

Here are a few topics I am working on....
-gluten and sugar free life.....
-homemade sour cream
-bpa free and reusable canning lids
-why choose organic?  and what does it really mean?
-must have house plants to have in your home
-8 products you think you need in your life...and you really don't
-makes these green choices in your life and doing it on a budget
-diapers
-hand sanitizers
-bake your own bread....this is sooooo easy and a must...YUM!

Any topics you would like to see on here?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Juice Boxes

YES!!!  Wooo Hoooooo!!!  I found some great, not too overly expensive organic juice boxes for the kids.

Or..........so I thought.

A friend of mine (Thank you DR) mentioned that I should be careful about juice boxes due to the levels of aluminum that leech into the juice (the packaging is made with aluminum).  WHAT!!??  So, here's what I found.

Juice boxes are made of 6 layers of paper (24%), polyethylene (70%), and aluminum foil (6%).

The paper provides stiffness and strength and gives the package its brick shape.

Polyethylene serves two purposes. On the inner most layer, it forms the seal that makes the package liquid tight. On the exterior, it provides a protective coating that keeps the package dry and provides a printing surface for nutritional and marketing information.

The aluminum foil forms a barrier against light and oxygen, eliminating the need for refrigeration or preservatives to prevent spoilage.

The straws are made of plastic and wrapped in cellophone.

There are 2 sides to this story...1.  The Polyethylene prevents the juice from touching the aluminum foil and there should not be any aluminum in the juice.  2.  The aluminum still leeches through the Polyethylene and there is aluminum in the juice.

So, guess what.....after researching I have decided we are going to drink the boxes we have in the house and not buy more after that.  We will be buying juice preferably in glass or plastic (not 3, 6, or 7!).  And pour that juice into a bpa free sippy cup or cup.  Juice in large containers cost less anyway.  Or even better yet, I could take out the expensive Jack LaLanne juicer I bought and make fresh organic juice with my fresh organic fruit!!  Crazy idea right.  LOL  I also want to try thawing my frozen organic fruit that we buy and try juicing it too.  I do love that juicer....LOVE...LOVE.

And when we are nearing the time of a vaccine, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY JUICE BOXES drank in our house.  A lot of the vaccines have aluminum in them, so DON'T add aluminum to your kids brains and bodies by giving them juice boxes before vaccine time.   I would stay away from the juice boxes 1 week before the vaccine and 1 week after the vaccine.  (Later I will Blog on vaccines and how I order specific vaccines for my kids, I don't use the one the office carries, unless it is one that I am looking for.)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Flax Seed

I have been curious if I can eat my Flax Seeds whole or should I be grind them????






It is recommended you grind the seeds (or buy ground flaxseed) because whole seeds simply pass through the body. Grinding the seeds just before using them best preserves flavor and nutrition, but pre-ground seeds are more convenient. Keep them refrigerated. There are no nutritional differences between brown and yellow seeds.


We have 2 coffee grinders, so I am going to use the blade grinder just for my flax seeds (the guide to my burr coffee grinder suggests not using it to grind anything except for coffee beans as the taste may transfer back and forth between the beans and the seeds).  So, thank goodness we have 2.  :-)



Health experts recommend an intake of 2 to 4 tablespoons per day. Please note, however, that flaxseed is high in fiber—you should generally start with about 1/2 to 1 tsp per day, and gradually add more until you reach the recommended amount. Give yourself about a month to get to the recommended amount per day. When adding fiber to one's diet, it is important to drink an adequate amount of fluid—about eight glasses of water per day. 


OR


Most people eat 1/8 cup to 3/8 cup per day (20 to 70 grams) depending on age, weight and health objectives. It is recommended to  use a stainless steel 1/8 cup measuring scoop and take 1 to 3 scoops per day.


Ideas.....
Sprinkle ground flax seed on your cereal and salads.


Substitute flax seed mixture for eggs in home baking such as muffin and pancake (1 tbsp milled flax seed, plus 3 tbsp water = 1 egg). Final products will have less volume and taste gummier.


Include in other recipes when a nutty flavor is preferred


1) Put it On or Mix it In With Other Foods Terms...


Such as:
•Yogurt and fruit
•Cottage or ricotta cheese and fruit
•Yogurt or ricotta with a sugar-free syrup or agave syrup
•Smoothies and shakes
•Mix it into pancake or muffin batter, or other baked goods (you'll probably need to add a little more water)


2) Make a Sweet or Savory Instant Porridge or "Mush"
The idea here is to pour boiling water over flax seed meal to make a kind of porridge that can be flavored in many ways, both sweet and savory. The amount of water will vary according to taste, but about twice the amount of water as flax seed meal is a good starting place. I also like to add a pinch of salt, and if I am going to the sweet side, a little sweetener as well. Let it thicken for a couple of minutes while the seeds absorb the water. If it's too thick and "gel-like", add more water.


Here are some ideas for "mix-ins" for flax meal.
•Peanut butter and cinnamon
•Any nut butter
•Cinnamon, sweetener, and butter
•Chopped Nuts
•Berries
•Chopped Apple and cinnamon
•Chopped Peaches
•Sugar Free Maple Syrup
•Other sugar-free syrups
•Sugar-free jam
•Unsweetened coconut (not from a can)
•To make it deluxe, add sugar-free chocolate with the coconut
•Coconut milk and sugar-free jam (raspberry is good) (not from a can)
•Butter
•Shredded cheese
•Shredded cheese and chiles (or pepper cheese)
•Cheese and chives
•Cheese and garlic


3) Flax Seed Recipes
Flax seed meal can be the basis for some yummy recipes.  Click yummy recipes to recipes for the items listed below.
•Flax Seed Focaccia-Style Bread
•Flax Seed Pizza Crust
•Miracle Brownies
•Apple Flax Muffins
•Chelsie's Cinnamon Flax Cranberry Muffins
•Low-Carb "Doughnut" Muffins
•Garlic Parmesan Flax Seed Crackers
•Flax Seed Peanut Butter Hot Cereal
•Hot Pumpkin "Cereal"
•Satisfying Breakfast Shake
•Berry Protein Fiber Shake
•Flax Meal Breakfast Microwave Pudding 
 
 


Milled means ground.
 
It's sounds like next time I am buying already ground.....less work for me.  :-)  But whole seeds can be used in breads, cookies, salads, yogurts and cereals and I do like the flavor.  It just makes sense, as tiny as the seeds are I am not crunching every single one of them, meaning my body cannot process the ones I eat whole.


For more recipes you can buy "The Amazing Flax Cookbook" by Jane Reinhardt-Martin or her first book "Flax You Way to Better Health."   
 
Note:
Should I Eat Flax During Pregnancy?


Flax seed is a phytoestrogen, which is a plant estrogen.


Pregnant mothers and their children are especially sensitive to hormones. Human studies have not been done on the effect of flax and pregnancy, however animal studies have been completed. High estrogen levels are needed by the mother to prepare the uterus for the growing fetus, on the other hand, too much estrogen given to pregnant animals can reduce litter size and the birth weight of the offspring. Therefore, until human studies have been completed, I would advise to refrain from eating flax when pregnant.


and


Remember: Flax seed is very high in fiber. Drink lots of fluid while eating flax.

Top 10 Healthy Foods

If you could eat foods that were tasty, nutritious and helped reduce your risk of disease, what more could you want? The August issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers its 10 top picks for healthy foods:



1.  Apples: Apples are a good source of pectin, a fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels. They're also a good source of vitamin C -- an antioxidant that protects your body's cells. Vitamin C also keeps your blood vessels healthy and aids in the absorption of iron and folate.


2.  Almonds: These nuts are packed with nutrients -- fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. They're also good for your heart. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol levels when substituted for other fats. Most almonds are considered low sodium, with less than 140 milligrams of sodium an ounce.


3.  Broccoli: Besides providing calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, broccoli contains phytonutrients -- compounds that may help prevent diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Broccoli contains the antioxidant beta-carotene and is also an excellent source of vitamin C.


4.  Blueberries: They are a rich, low-calorie source of fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Regular intake of blueberries may improve short-term memory and reduce the cellular damage associated with aging.


5.  Red beans: Small red, pinto and dark red kidney varieties -- are an excellent low-fat source of antioxidants, protein, dietary fiber and copper. They're also a good source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and thiamin.


6.  Salmon: This fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to provide heart benefits. Salmon is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is a good source of protein. If possible, choose wild salmon, which is less likely to contain unwanted chemicals such as mercury.


7.  Spinach: It's high in vitamin A, and also is a good source of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, riboflavin and vitamins B-6 and C. The plant compounds in spinach may boost your immune system and help prevent certain types of cancer.


8.  Sweet potatoes: The deep orange-yellow color of sweet potatoes tells you that they're high in beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber, vitamin B-6 and potassium. And, they're fat-free and relatively low in calories.

9.  Vegetable juice: This beverage is an easy way to include vegetables in your diet since it contains most of the same vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Tomato juice, and vegetable juices which include tomatoes, are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart attack and certain types of cancer. Be sure to select the low-sodium varieties.


10.  Wheat germ: The germ at the center of the wheat seed is a concentrated source of nutrients. Two tablespoons provide a good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Sprinkle over cereals, yogurt and salads. Or use it in muffins, cookies and pancakes.  (My note:  Ground or milled wheat germ preferred.)

Mayo Clinic

Wheat Germ

I saw where Wheat Germ was a great addition to your diet, so I did some research and bought some Raw Wheat Germ Bulk from Whole Foods.

Wheat germ is a good source of:

* B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6
* Calcium
* Complex carbs
* Fiber
* Iron
* Magnesium
* Manganese
* Omega-3 fatty acids
* Phosphorous
* Potassium
* Protein
* Selenium
* Vitamin E
* Zinc

It is one of the secret foods that is good for your skin and has anti-aging properties. 

Wheat germ also has a phytosterol content which has been shown to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart. In addition, wheat germ is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as being important for nervous system functioning, and help elevate mood.



Wheat germ is also a good source of fiber which has many benefits including improved bowel function and may reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes and prevent weight gain.

WG is much lower in fat than granola.

How to make WG a part of your life...
*Eat wheat germ for breakfast as your cereal with brown sugar and milk
*Sprinkle wheat germ on top of your yogurt
*Sprinkle 2 Tbsp on the top of your cereal for breakfast
*1 Tbsp in your ViSalus shake
*1 Tbsp onto of your oatmeal

Info...
A two tablespoon serving of toasted wheat germ contains approx 50 calories and 1 gram of fat (polyunsaturated fat. (The good fat polyunsaturated fat).

Storage...
Store in your refrigerator because it will go rancid quickly, especially in the raw form.

Pizza Recipe
You can use it to make pizza too:

- 1/4 cup of wheat germ
- 1 egg
- garlic powder
- 1oz. of grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
- pizza sauce
Mix the egg and wheat germ with the garlic powder. Brush olive oil over a baking tray and spread the wheat germ mixture. Bake.  Flip it over and add the pizza sauce and cheese the cook in the oven to melt the cheese.  This recipe was missing some info...baking times...will have to play with this one.

As a snack chop up small slices of banana and the coats them in the wheat germ- It makes a super healthy snack for baby and the little one can pick up the banana bits herself since it is coated and not as slippery.

We should be consuming approx 25-50 grams of fiber a day. A quarter of a cup of wheat germ will provide you with around 10 grams.


Wheatgerm tea
No real recipe here....cup your hand...see the natural bowl it makes...fill that twice with wheat germ...place in a deal pot or bowl....add around 2 cups of boiling water...let steep for 15-30 minutes, depending on how strong you like it....strain and drink plain.
 
Savory Wheat Germ Scones

These savory scones are very versatile and can be served warm for breakfast or as a dinner dish. They make excellent snacks.
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time: 12-15mins
Makes: 6 to 10, depending on size
Ingredients:
7 oz self-raising white organic flour
4 oz wheatgerm
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 oz coriander or flat leaf parsley - finely chopped
1 1/2 oz butter
3 oz grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pint soured milk
Additional milk or single cream, for glazing


Instructions:
1. Lightly oil a baking sheet.


2. Mix the flour, wheat germ, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar, coriander or parsley.


3. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs in consistency.


4. Stir in the cheese, then mix in the sour milk using a fork to make a soft dough.


5. Turn out onto a gently floured board and kneed very lightly to make a smooth dough. Pat down to a 1 inch thickness and cut out either 6 large 3 inch or about 10 small 2 inch scones.

6. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush with milk. Bake in a preheated oven, 425 degrees Fahrenheit, for 12 - 15 minutes, depending on the size of the scones. They are done when they sound hollow if tapped on the base or when an inserted skewer comes out clean.


Wheat germ can be added to baked goods - some breads enriched with added wheatgerm have a characteristic soft, springy center. It can be used in biscuits and cakes or sprinkled over cereals and yogurts or other deserts as a topping. It can also be added to salads and soups.



When used in homemade meatloaf and burgers, it acts as a binder and extends the recipes without being intrusive in texture or flavor. It can also be mixed with herbs and spices for use as a coating, where breadcrumbs might otherwise be used, on fish or fishcakes, chicken or rissoles.

Enjoy!

Note:  If you have a gluten intolerance (such as Celiac disease) or are cooking for someone who does, you should avoid wheat germ.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

MSG (Monosodium glutamate, Glutamic acid)

Ok, so I have heard stuff about MSG...it's bad for you...look for it on labels...don't buy foods with it in them...Chinese restaurants use a ton of it in their food...they change the name around so it is sometimes hard to find when reading labels...all of this has been nothing but confusing to me.  So, here I go....researching away.  I hope you learn something from this post, because I can TELL you I DID!!!  :-)


Ok, let's start with the definition taken from Wikipedia...
It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavor enhancer.  Trade names of monosodium glutamate include Ajinomoto, Vetsin, Accent and Tasting Powder. It was once made predominantly from wheat gluten, but is now made mostly from bacterial fermentation; it is acceptable for coeliacs following a gluten-free diet.

Modern commercial MSG is produced by fermentation of starch, sugar beets (which are GMO), sugar cane, or molasses. About 1.5 million tonnes were sold in 2001.  Although once associated with foods in Chinese restaurants, MSG is now used by most fast-food chains and in many foodstuffs, in particular, processed foods.

Examples include:

Prepared stocks often known as stock cubes or bouillon cubes.
Condiments such as barbecue sauce and salad dressings.
Canned, frozen, or dried prepared food
Common snack foods such as flavoured jerky, flavoured potato chips (crisps) and flavoured tortilla chips.
Seasoning mixtures


Fermented products such as soy sauce, steak sauce, and Worcestershire sauce have levels of glutamate similar to foods with added MSG. However, glutamate in these brewed products may have 5% or more of the D-enantiomer.

It appears that in 1995 our FDA concluded that MSG is safe for us to eat when "eaten at customary levels."  Some people do have an intolerance to MSG when eaten which can worsen asthma.  And read more below.  But wow did I find a different take when I clicked on Glutamic acid (the chemical name for MSG used in flavoring).

In 2008 the New York Times published an article that linked MSG intake to an increase in body weight.  The study concluded that for every 0.04 ounce daily increase in MSG intake, B.M.I. went up by 0.61.

Words to look for if trying to stay away from MSG...
hydrolyzed vegetable proteins
autolyzed yeast
hydrolyzed yeast
yeast extract
soy extracts
protein isolate
disodium inosinate
disodium guanylate
ribonucleotides (are usually used in synergy with monosodium glutamate-containing ingredients.) 

I know that is a lot of science, but I like science, you can skim the info above if you want.  :-)

Glutamic acid (MSG) stimulates specific receptors located in taste buds.  Which in Japanese means umami also referred to as "savory" or "meaty".

There is a term called "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome," which is defined as, this syndrome, which usually begins 15 to 20 minutes after an individual has eaten the first dish of a food with MSG, lasts for about two hours, without hangover effect. The most prominent symptoms are numbness at the back of the neck, gradually radiating to both arms and the back, general weakness and palpitations." Guess I need to pay attention the next time I get talked into going out to eat Chinese, huh'?!

More symptoms have included burning sensations, numbness, tingling, feelings of warmth, facial pressure or tightness, chest pain, headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, bronchospasm in people with asthma, drowsiness, and weakness.

Scientists are particularly concerned with potential effects in infants and young children...very concerned about potential brain damage.  WHAT???!!!???!!!  Take a look at your Goldfish crackers and snack foods we give out toddlers....and think about what we eat when baby is in our bellies!

In 2008 American and Chinese researching found direct correlation between MSG intake and obesity in humans!!!

As, I research there are studies that show MSG is bad and studies that show that it is not.  I am choosing to believe that it is and not allowing it to come into my home.

So....here is the BIG problem...the FDA has declared that if MSG has been added to a food it must be labeled as such in the ingredient listings ...MSG or Monosodium glutamate.  But....the FDA does not require foods and ingredients that contain glutamate as an inherent component to be listed it on the ingredients list.  Examples include tomatoes, cheeses, meats, hydrolyzed protein products such as soy sauce, and autolyzed yeast extracts. These ingredients are to be declared on the label by their common or usual names.  Which are.....
disodium inosinatedisodium guanylate and hydrolyzed protein.  So...there's more for you to look for.  :-)

Happy label reading.  :-)

More side effects related in MSG intake
migraines
seizures
depression
heart irregularities
cancer

Click here to read more detailed info on where MSG is hidden from a Truth in Labeling Campaign.  This also teaches you what ingredient labels to look for.  Or click here for the list of hidden names for MSG.

I can tell you that the Cheddar Ducks from Meijer's Organic line are what I am giving the kids right now.  And I am in the process of switching my crackers and snack crackers to either Meijer Organic brands or 365 brand from Whole Foods. 

I read my taco seasoning ingredients and there was MSG.  Oh, how comforting.  Now, it's another topic of discussion what I am going to do when we go out to eat.  Oh boy....sometimes knowledge is stressful.  LOL  Just kidding.

Give me some feedback on this one.  :-)

Homemade Playdoh

My friend LE has made this and I ran across the recipe today on the Internet, so I thought I would post it.

Homemade Playdoh
1 cup flour
1 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt (seems like a ton, but I have never made this so we will see)
1 Tbsp oil
Food coloring

Mix and knead together.  This playdoh is not sticky and does not dry out.

Let me know what you think!!

Homemade "Cream of" Soups

Ok, I have to admit, I LOVE Cream of Mushroom, Chicken and Celery soups for cooking.  LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!  But now that I am no longer buying anything in cans....I needed to do some research.  I found 3 recipes that look really good and are really easy for each of the 3 "Cream of" soups and can be frozen.  Let me know if you try them before I do in your recipes.

Enjoy!!


Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
Yield: 3 cups (about 2 cans)    Prep time:  5 minutes    Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

1 1/2 cups organic chicken broth (can be left over from an oven roasted chicken, refrigerate, fat removed)(Meijer and Whole Foods sell this for a good price)
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder (or diced onions)
1/4 tsp garlic powder (or fresh minced garlic)
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp parsley
dash of paprika
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup flour

1.  In a medium sized saucepan, boil the chicken broth, 1/2 cup of milk, and the seasonings for a minute or two (longer is using fresh onion and garlic).
2.  In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour.  Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens.

Soup can be made in larger batches and frozen and used later in recipes!!  How awesome is this!!!!  Just make sure if you are freezing, either use glass to freeze (allow space for soup to expand) or let it cool first then place in plastic containers that do not have the numbers 3, 6, 7 or nothing. 



Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes    Total Time:  20 minutes   Serving:  1 Serving makes just about 2 3/4 cups

2oz fresh mushrooms (Recipes calls for 8oz, that was just way too much for us.  8oz container will make us 4 batches.)
2 Tbsp onion, chopped (I used 3-4 dashes of minced onion) (or you can use 1/4 tsp onion powder)
1-2 garlic cloves, minced (Fresh tastes awesome!!)  (or you can use 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
2 Tbsp butter (if using fresh mushrooms, onion and garlic.)  (Cut back to 1 Tbsp if using powdered onion and garlic.)
1/2 cup flour (using different amounts at different times, see below)
2 cups organic chicken broth (Meijer brand organic and 365 brand at Whole Foods, good prices)
1 cup light cream (I did not use light.  Just my preference.)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1.  Cut the mushrooms into slices or diced them very fine (I diced). 
2.  Melt butter in large frying pan (I did 4 batches and used a big stock pot instead of a frying pan.)  Add onions, garlic and mushrooms.  Cook until onions are soft and mushrooms are sauted.
3.  Blend in 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp flour and stir until all flour is dissolved.
4.  Add in the chicken broth and heat until slightly thickened, while stirring frequently.  Use a whisk to break up any clumps.
5.  Stir cream with additional 2 Tbsp flour and seasoning.  Add this cream mixture to the soup.  Heat till soup thickens, stirring and whisking frequently (milk can scorch).
6.  Let soup cool.  Stirring occasionally.
7.  Freeze in 1 1/2 cup amounts for later cooking!!  (A regular can of cream of mushroom soup is 10 3/4 oz.  I have to look the next time I go shopping to see what a Family Size can is.)
DELICIOUS!!!!!


Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

4 TBS extra virgin olive oil

3 ribs and one inner rib celery, chopped
1/2 small sweet onion, chopped (or ¼ tsp onion powder)
4 TBS all-purpose flour (I like King Arthur's all-purpose flour)
3/4 cup chicken or light-colored vegetable stock
3/4 cup room temperature milk


1. Puree or mince celery and onion in food processor
2. Heat oil in a medium sized pot over medium-low to medium heat. When oil is hot, add celery and onion and saute gently until soft.
3. Slowly mix in flour, mixing very well to avoid lumps. It will look like a big, green pancake. Stir while cooking until it begins to color slightly.
4. Slowly whisk in broth, and stir until smooth.
5. Slowly whisk in milk. Let mixture cook without boiling until thickened the way you like it.
6. This looks like a 1 or 2 serving recipe. Will know more when I prepare it.
Once again let me know if you make this before I do.  And I will be either making this earlier in the day for that nights dinner or freezing this in 1 1/2 cup containers. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Products we "THINK" we Need in our Life

Ok, so I am soooo in love with www.good.is this is an amazing web page and I feel pretty good about what I realized tonight!  I am on the right path for sure....www.good.is has blogged about the same topics I have been writing about!  Very cool and reassuring.

Tonight I read an article that went into details about products that we have decided that we "MUST HAVE!" in our lives.  This article debunks that idea.  I think this way of thinking is refreshing and is going to save us money!  Woo hoo!!  Click Here. for full article.

Lip Balm  I have to admit it...I have totally been addicted to my lip balm...that is until I realized what was in my lip balm.  Guess what????  Many lip balms/salves contain alcohol, which can dry out your lips. And so you reapply, thinking you're adding in much-needed moisture that can only be provided by the stuff in the tube. Not so. Left alone, most lips can maintain their own moisture balance just fine. If you must use lip balm, however, go for something with just a handful of truly nourishing ingredients like the ones from Buddha Nose or Burts Bees'.

Foot Cream The skin on our feet may feel thicker than the skin on our forearms, but that doesn't mean it needs its own product category. Instead, pick a sustainably harvested allover lotion like Alaffia's shea butter lotions, or Whole Foods' super-affordable Everyday Shea, slather that on your feet, and then put on some cotton socks if you really want to lock in moisture.  I can't wait to try this Everyday Shea from Whole Foods!

"Shaving Cream Another thing you don't need. Yes, it's nice to have something between the blade and your face or legs, to ensure a close shave and the least amount of discomfort possible, but there are so many other things you can use that don't contain harsh sulfates and foam boosters. For legs, I like using the conditioner left on my hands after I apply it to my hair. Shaving oils are also great for face and legs—but so is any old oil you have lying around, if you can get past the putting-oil-on-your-face thing (a stretch for some, surely). Even a simple three-ingredient soap works well."
Body Wash is often packaged in plastic and loaded with chemicals you would not want near you if you knew what they were. Again, simpler is better. An all-purpose soap like Dr. Bronner's can be used for body, hands, hair, clothing, and even your toilet. Right now I am using Whole Foods brand 365 body wash herbal mint and I love it.  I have had a bottle of Dr. Bronner's for a while now and can't wait to try it as my body wash too. 

I am thinking all of this can save me and you some serious money!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hair Spray

A couple of new recipes I am wanting to try....

Grandma's Hairspray

1 T Sugar
1/3 to 1 C hot water
1/2 t oil of choice (I like lemon)


Mix well and pour into spray bottle. Use sparingly at first. Less water for stronger spray. Your hair will really shine. (06/18/2004)



I am trying this one again, but putting the orange in my bullet blender first before boiling.  I hope this works this time!
1 lemon or orange (I am using an orange)
2 cups water
Rubbing alcohol optional
Use a food processor or blender to release all the oils and juice from the flesh of the Lemon or Orange. Use orange if you have dry hair. Place this is a sauce pan (I used stainless steel) and bring to a gentle rolling boil and BOIL IT UNTIL IT REDUCES TO ONE CUP. Cool and strain and place in a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator and it will last for 2 weeks. OR add one ounce of alcohol as a preservative and then it can be stored for up to 2 weeks unrefrigerated.


I will keep you posted.  :-)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch

I am in LOVE!!!!  Check out this website.  www.good.is  This is one of the coolest websites I have found!!!  I am still hunting for a good, extra hold homemade hairspray though!!  LOL

Here are a few recipes for making your own beauty products at home.  I will post a new blog as I use and try these.  Enjoy!!

Simple body scrub
Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products.
In a bowl combine the following....
1/4 cup of any oil you like (I like olive best)
1/8 cup of coarse brown sugar
1/8 cup salt
Any essential oil you love. Vanilla seems to me the can't-beat option for smell, but go with your favorite. And if you have dry skin, a sunburn, or eczema, leave out the salt and double up the sugar.  Combine and scrub away!


Honey face wash
In the palm of your hand, combine...
1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey
1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin.
The honey is antibacterial while also soothing dry skin, and the baking soda is gently exfoliating without tearing or irritating your face. Cheap, too.


One-ingredient eye liner
This is as easy as it gets: Grab a capsule of activated charcoal, which you can get at most pharmacies and any health food store. Instead of ingesting it for your tummy ache, dump out the contents on a clean surface, moisten the tip of a makeup brush with water, and sweep it on like you would any other eye liner. It goes on easily and lasts just as long as regular powdered liner—minus the preservatives, artificial dyes, fragrance, and other chemicals.


Perfume
Because fragrance is protected under trade secret laws, there is literally no way to know what is in that perfume or cologne you think of as your signature scent. But if a recent study is any indication (and it is), there are some things in there we shouldn't be too happy about. Instead, make your own! Combine essential oils you like—cedar, ylang ylang, vanilla, lavender, citrus oils—with a little bit of vodka, and keep it in an airtight container. You can experiment and tweak it as the seasons change—lighter in summer, heavier for winter—without having to drop another $80 on potentially dangerous chemical cocktails.


Shave oil
Outside the shower, grab an oil you like—olive, argan, jojoba, and coconut work well—slather it on the area that needs a shave, and go for it. Oils are hard for some people at first: We are hard-wired to think oils on our face are a bad idea, but if you use a skin-compatible oil like the ones listed, it won't clog pores or cause breakouts. (In fact, some people find the opposite happens!)  (This is what MK has been saying on her blog.)


Yogurt face mask
This one raises some eyebrows—putting yogurt on your face sounds a little gross at first—but it can be a great skin-brightening, moisturizing mask on its own for sensitive skin.
Combine....
1 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup non-instant oatmeal
Mix and apply. The lactic acid in the yogurt softens skin gently, and can be great for dehydrated and congested skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse. No need to wash after.

This is a series inspired by No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, a book by GOOD's features editor Siobhan O'Connor and her co-author Alexandra Spunt."

The Five Worst Environmental Pollutants in Your Beauty Products

I was researching for a new recipe to try for my hairspray and found this on Whole Foods Markets website.  This info was taken from GOOD.

This is serious stuff.  Read on....

1. Antibacterial Compounds

Triclosan and chlorphenesin are often the active ingredients in antibacterial soaps. They do not break down in the environment and may contribute to bacterial resistance. These ingredients are also known to cause aquatic toxicity. A recent FDA advisory panel report even stated that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soaps. Triclosan and chlorphenesin are not allowed in any products sold in Whole Foods Market stores.

2. Synthetic Chelators
Chelators, such as the commonly used trisodium EDTA, are used in personal-care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They are problematic for two reasons. First, there is environmental research data showing that chelators do not readily biodegrade in the environment. Second, since the function of synthetic chelators is to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials, there is no real need for these ingredients in high-quality natural products to begin with. So shop wisely and you won’t run into this one.


3. Petroleum-derived Ingredients
One-hundred-percent petroleum derived ingredients, such as mineral oil and petrolatum, come with some unpleasant environmental realities. For one thing, they are derived from non-renewable resources. These ingredients are also bad for functional reasons, since they form a barrier when applied to skin that does not allow it to breathe. Finally, they often contain impurities as a result of the manufacturing processes—which is something consumers have almost no way of knowing about, but should guard against. Other ingredients to avoid in this category are parrafin, lily white gel, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl benzoate, and ammonium polacrylate.

4. Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens, such as oxybenzone and octyl methoxycinnamate, have some human-safety concerns, since many have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity. Every year, gallons of chemical sunscreens wash off people’s skin and into the oceans, which can be toxic to marine life. Physical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are safer alternatives for humans and the environment.

5. Aerosol Sprays
Aerosol sprays like those used in hairspray are the gases that propel the product out of the can. Fortunately, since the late 1970s, consumer aerosol products made in the United States have not contained ozone-depleting CFCs. All consumer—and most other—aerosol products made or sold in the United States now use propellants such as hydrocarbons and compressed gases like nitrous oxide that do not deplete the ozone layer. While aerosol spray cans produced in some other countries might still use CFCs, they cannot legally be sold in the States.

Nuts

I am getting ready for a Whole Foods trip and wanted to do some research on healthy snacks, so I am researching nuts.  I thought I would share my info.  I found it on Whole Foods website Click here or read below.

"Consistent evidence shows that all manner of nuts, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and cashews, promote healthy arteries and cholesterol levels when we consume them in moderation. Eating a small handful of nuts about five times a week is perfect.

A Guide to Nuts:

Almonds: Thankfully calcium-rich, sweet almonds — sold whole, shelled, raw, blanched, sliced, slivered, dry-roasted, you name it — are available year round.



Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts only come from magnificent, large trees that grow wild in the Amazon rain forest. Similar to coconut in texture, the sweet, rich meat of Brazil nuts is eaten raw or roasted.


Cashews: The cashew tree is related to poison ivy and poison sumac, but don’t be afraid! This rich, curved nut — which is actually lower in total fat than most nuts — is always a crowd favorite and particularly flavorful in cookies and cakes.


Chestnuts: The lowest in fat of all nuts, chestnuts are appreciated for their flavorful contribution to soups, stuffing and stews as well as the holiday tradition of eating them roasted. Chestnuts are available fresh only in autumn, but dried, canned and pureed versions are available year round. (Try classic chestnut stuffing to remind you just how good they really are.)


Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and are high in fiber to boot. While they’re identical nutritionally, brown flax seeds have deep, nutty flavor while golden flax seeds are mild. Add either to breads, cookies and smoothies or sprinkle on cereal and salads. (Try this whole grain flax seed pancake mix and you’ll forget all about those other pancakes.  Click Here.)


Hazelnuts (a.k.a. Filberts): Bakers and confectioners are partial to these nutrient dense nuts — which can be made into butter, flour, oil and paste — because their rich flavor and texture lend themselves so well to desserts and snack foods.


Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds are a healthful food with an omega 3 profile very similar to flax seeds. They’re also similar in flavor to sunflower or flax seeds and can be used in or on baked goods, salads, yogurt and cereal.


Macadamia Nuts: These sinfully rich and creamy nuts have the highest fat profile of all nuts and are among the most expensive ones available.


Peanuts: Peanuts — which are actually legumes, not nuts at all — originated in South America but have become an important crop throughout the tropics and in the southern half of the U.S. They have a good deal of both protein and fiber.


Pecans: These natives to the southern Mississippi River valley are buttery and slightly bittersweet. They’re stand-outs in pies, quick breads, cakes, cookies, candies and ice cream.


Pine Nuts: Pine nuts — also called pinolos, pignon or pignoli nuts — are exactly what you think; they’re the edible seeds of pine trees. These delicious little nuts are the essential ingredient in fresh pesto and are out-of-sight sprinkled over salads.


Pistachios: Pistachios have beige shells with nuts that range from dull yellow to deep green. Primarily sold as a snack food, they’re easily adaptable to recipes where pecans or other nuts are used. (Want to make a pistachio-fueled splash? Serve milk chocolate panna cotta with blood oranges and pistachios.  Click Here.)


Pumpkin Seeds (a.k.a. Pepitas): Roasted pumpkin seeds are commonly eaten in casseroles, salads, soups and breads. Their rich, peanut-like flavor makes them a terrific snack food.


Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are frequently sprinkled on breads and cakes as a form of decoration, but they’re delicious and good-looking on just about anything. Look for black or white sesame seeds in our bulk department and grocery aisles.


Sunflower Seeds: Sunflowers belongs to the daisy family and are native to North America. Their shelled seeds are delicious eaten raw or toasted, added to cakes and breads or sprinkled on salads or cereals.


Walnuts: Walnuts have come into greater favor recently because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, a heart-healthy compound. In addition to their purported health benefits, walnuts add texture and toothsome flavor to pastas, salads, stir fries and desserts."


So, in a nut shell (ha ha)  I am buying me some Chestnuts and Walnuts on my next Whole Foods visit. LOL  I have recently started adding Flax Seed to my morning breakfast (whether it be cold cereal from Cascadian Farms, the junk cereals that I am eating to get rid of or Oatmeal) and I LOVE it!  I bought my Flax Seeds at Meijer made by Bob's Red Mill and will eat a tablespoon full of them everyday, just plain, I love the flavor.


"Tips for toasting nuts.
While nuts and seeds are certainly delicious eaten raw, toasting them brings out a tastier, richer flavor. To enhance their flavor or crisp them up, toast nuts on the stove or in the oven.


On the stove: Place a single layer of nuts in a heavy, ungreased skillet and toast for 5 to 10 minutes over medium heat, shaking the pan and stirring the nuts until they’re golden brown and fragrant, then remove them from the pan immediately and let cool.

In the oven: Arrange the nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan and toast in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally."

Storage.
From what I read, keep all of your nuts in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on how long you want them to keep.  It ranges from 6 months to a year, depending if you are keeping them in the refrigerator or freezer.  Click Here to see the full Storage Guide.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pizza Sauce



This is soooo good and easy!

I just made my own pizza sauce because when I went to the pantry there was no "already made for me pizza sauce."  I thought oops, but now I am really grateful.  :-)  And we needed a quick quick dinner.

Anyway, this was soooo easy I had to share...

Pizza Sauce
12 oz bionature organic strained tomatoes in glass (homegrown and home canned is great too)
1 6oz bionature organic tomato paste
1/4 cup chicken broth (homemade always)
Couple dashes of organic dehydrated onion (or fresh onion if you like it)
1 tsp organic brown sugar
1/2 tsp organic basil
1/2 tsp organic oregano
1/2 tsp organic parsley flakes
1/4 tsp organic garlic powder
Sea salt to taste

I put all of this in the jumbo sized cup that came with our Bullet blender and blended!  Viola!!  Yummy pizza sauce!!  And freeze what you don't use in a glass jar.

Then we used Organic 365 tortilla shells (whole wheat and white), or Food for Life Sprouted Tortilla shells, Applegate pepperoni and organic mozzarella cheese (buy the chunk and shred it yourself).  Place one tortilla shell on a hot griddle top with sauce, cheese and meat (and normally veggies) cook until golden brown and then flip so the other side is also golden brown (I use a plate for easy flipping).  Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter and that was our quick quick dinner.  Enjoy!


Food Storage

Ok.

Everything in my house, that has the numbers on the bottom of 3, 6, 7, or shows no number....is in a large shopping bag.  WOW!!  That a lot of stuff!  What am I going to do with that shopping bag full of bad plastics?....I am not quite sure yet.  :-)

I am cleaning and using spaghetti jars and baby food jars for my storage and even our new "funky" drinking glasses!!

Today, I am heading to Wal-Mart to buy the kids new sippy cups.  Ones that say "No BPA."  Luckily a few of the sippy cups we have are ok, but the majority of them have no numbers and no info etched on the bottom and they are out of here!! 

I also checked the kids plates and some were a number 5, the rest of the plates...bye bye.

Good bye plastics and hello GLASS!!

I am going to email Pyrex to make sure about their storage lids.  Pyrex storage lids are BPA free!!!  YAY!!!

And I am waiting to hear back about Tupperware products too.

FYI...all Thermos products have been BPA free since 2009!!  Good for you Thermos!!!  That's why I LOVE Thermos brand!  Especially their cold beverage bottles, we have 6 in our house!!  This cuts down on plastic bottles and it keeps our drinking cold all day.  Good stuff!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Food Storage

I am going to further do some research on dish washing and the plastics (in a dishwasher). 

I want to know if not using the high temperature wash settings helps (does less or no BPA leech out if washed at the lower temperature setting).  I have always been a "HIGH TEMP dishwasher setting girl."  I want to boil those germs and food off of my dishes.  I actually feel like hand washed dishes don't get the boil bath that I want them to have (though sometimes there are little particles of food left on the dishes...but hey they were boiled, right?  So, they are clean, germ free food particles...right???  LOL

I will get back to you on this.

Can you tell I am NOT loving handing washing my plastics.  And after I finished the blog on Food Storage and looked around my house...I have a LOT of plastic in my house!!!!

Whole Foods

Just a note that I want to make clear...when shopping at Whole Foods, try to stick to the brand that is made exclusively for Whole Foods...365.  The prices are great and I LOVE everything that I have bought from the 365 line!

Whole Foods-Heaven

If Heaven has a grocery store....I hope that it is a Whole Foods.  ;-)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Why I LOVE Whole Foods...Let me count the ways. :-)

I continually bug my friend Lynda with questions.  Questions about...is this product clean...is this product safe.  I asked her the other day if there was somewhere I could go to get this info.  She referred me to Whole Foods website http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/.  So, I just visited their web site (AWESOME recipes on there by the way) and found the following information. 

(My "lover of Excel brain" is going to create a spreadsheet that all you have to do is type in the name of the ingredient you are looking for to see if the ingredient is on WF unacceptable list.  Email me if you are interested in receiving the Excel file.  kboughman@sbcglobal.net )  Now, there is no more wondering...is this OK to buy?...I have the list of no no ingredients to follow.

We cannot depend on the Cosmetic Database http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/, they do not keep their database current and they combine natural/essential oils/fragrances with the artificial/synthetic fragrances, which GREATLY skews data.  You can still use it but research the fragrances first.  For example, Burt's Bees mostly uses essential oils for their fragrances but the Cosmetic Database lumps synthetic with the essential oils, so Burt's has some pretty bad numbers, which are not true numbers.  Make sense?

See below....see why I LOOOOVE Whole Foods...


Unacceptable Ingredients for Food

Generated on September 8, 2010
 The following list contains ingredients that Whole Foods Market finds unacceptable in food products.  (We reserve the right to change this list at any time. Please note that creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. This list is intended for illustrative purposes only. If you are interested in selling your product to Whole Foods Market, please contact a WFM buyer.)


acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)
acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
ammonium chloride
artificial color
artificial flavors
aspartame
azodicarbonamide
benzoates in food
benzoyl peroxide
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
bleached flour
bromated flour
brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
calcium bromate
calcium disodium EDTA
calcium peroxide
calcium propionate
calcium saccharin
calcium sorbate
calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
caprocaprylobehenin.
certified colors
cyclamates
cysteine (l-cysteine), as an additive for bread products
DATEM (Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
dimethylpolysiloxane
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
disodium calcium EDTA
disodium dihydrogen EDTA
disodium guanylate
disodium inosinate
EDTA
ethyl vanillin
ethylene oxide
ethyoxyquin
FD & C colors
foie gras
GMP (disodium guanylate)
hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
hydrogenated fats
IMP (disodium inosinate)
irradiated foods
lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
lead soldered cans
methyl silicon
methylparaben
microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
natamyacin
nitrates/nitrites
partially hydrogenated oil
polydextrose
potassium benzoate
potassium bisulfite
potassium bromate
potassium metabisulfite
potassium sorbate
propionates
propyl gallate
propylparaben
saccharin
sodium aluminum phosphate
sodium aluminum sulfate
sodium benzoate
sodium bisulfite
sodium diacetate
sodium glutamate
sodium nitrate/nitrite
sodium propionate
sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
sodium sulfite
solvent extracted oils, as standalone single-ingredient oils (except grapeseed oil).
sorbic acid
sucralose
sucroglycerides
sucrose polyester
sulfites (sulfur dioxide)
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
tetrasodium EDTA
vanillin
(82 ways.  LOL)


OK, now for our body care products....hold on to your hat....
Whole Foods Market - Quality Standards



Unacceptable Ingredients to Premium Body Care
Generated on September 8, 2010
 C12-15 alkyl lactate

1,2 hexanediol

AA2G-Ascorbyl Glucoside

acetamide MEA

acrylates copolymer

acrylic acid/vp crosspolymer

aerosol sprays

AHAs

alcloxa

aldioxa

alkyl benzoate

alkyldimethylamine oxide

alpha arbutin

alpha hydroxy acids

aluminum glycinate

aluminum hydroxide

aluminum oxide

aluminum powder

amino-guanadine

aminomethyl propanol

Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate

ammonia

ammonium alum

ammonium laureth sulfate

ammonium lauryl sulfate

ammonium polacrylate

ammonium xylene sulfonate

AMP

Aqualance

artificial colors
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
atelocollagen
avobenzone
babassuamidopropalkonium chloride
behenalkonium chloride
behenamidopropyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride
behenoxy dimethicone
behentrimonium methosulfate
benzalkonium chloride
benzethonium chloride
benzophenone
benzyl PCA
betaine
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2
Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl
Dimer Dilinoleate
bismuth oxychloride
Blue WS 1430
boron nitride
Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine
bronopol
bumetrizole
Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
butylene glycol
butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer
butylparaben
Butylphenyl methylpropianol
C 11-15 Pareth 12
C 12-14 Olefin Sulfonate
C 12-15 Alkyl benzoate
C 12-15 Alkyl octanoate
C 13-14 Isoparaffin
C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester
C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearol stearate
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Silica
capryl isostearate
carbomer
Carbowax (see polyethylene glycol)
carmine
castor oil/IPDI copolymer
Castoryl maleate
CDE (see cocomide DEA)
ceramide 2, 3
ceresin
certified colors
ceteareth 2 ¿ 100
ceteareth 5 - 20
Cetearyl Ethylhexanote
cetearyl isononanoate
cetearyl methicone
Ceteth -20 Phosphate
cetrimonium bromide
cetrimonium chloride
cetyl betaine
Cetylpyridinium Chloride
chlorphenesin
Chromaveil
Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride
cocamide betaine
Cocamide DEA
Cocamide MEA
cocamide MIPA
cocamidopropyl pg-dimonium chloride
cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate
Cocamidopropylamine Oxide
cocamine oxide
cochineal
coco betaine
coco phosphatidyl pg-dimonium chloride
Cocoamphocarboxyglycinate
Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice
Protein
colloidal anhydrous silica
colloidal minerals
colloidal silver
Copolymer
Copper disodium EDTA
corn glycol
Cyclomethicone
Cyclopentasiloxane
cyclotetrasiloxane
diazolidinyl urea
dicaprylyl carbonate
dicaprylyl ether
dicetyldimonium chloride
diethanolamine (DEA)
dihydroxyacetone
diisopropyl dimerate
Diisostearyl Malate
dimethicone copolyol
dimethicone crosspolymer-3
Dimethicone glycereth-2 cocoate
dimethyl capramide
Dimethyl oxobenzo dioasilane
Dimethyl Phenyl 2-Butanol
dimethylpolysiloxane
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline
Dipentaerythrityl
dipetaerythrityl
hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate
dipolyhydroxystearate
dipropylene glycol
disodium EDTA
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
disodium oleamido succinate
Distarch Phospate Acetate
distearate 75
Disteardimonium Hectoride
DMDM hydantoin
EDTA
EGMS
emu oil
Equine oil
ethoxydiglycol
ethoxydiglycol oleate
ethyl acetate
ethyl diglycol (see polyethylene glycol)
ethyl methoxycinnamate
ethyl vanillin
Ethyl Vanillin
ethylene glycol
Ethylhexyl isononanoate
Ethylyhexyl Salicylate
FD & C colors
fragrance, synthetic (botanical fragrance, parfum, etc.)
Fullerenes
gelatin
germaben
germall
Glycereth-2 cocoate
Glycereth-26
glycereth-7 cocoate
Glyceryl
(tetradecanoate/hexadecanoate/octadecanoate/rici
noleate/eicosadioate)
glyceryl isostearate
glyceryl polyacrylate
Glyceryl rosinate
glycolic acid
Guaiazulene
Hexadecanol
Hexadecyl Isononanoate
Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate
hexyl laurate
hexylene glycol
homosalate
human placental protein
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl
Silanetriol
hydroquinone
hydrotalcite
Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl
Taurate Copolymer
Hydroxyethyl Soyamide
Hydroxyethyl urea
Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane
imidazolidinyl urea
iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
IPDI
Iselux LQ
Isobutane
Isoceteth-20
isocetyl isostearate
Isocetyl Stearate
Isododecane
Isohexadecane
Isononyl Isononanoate
Isopentane
isopentyldiol
isopropyl methylphenol
isopropyl myristate
Isopropyl phenyl dimethicone
Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate
Isostearyl Isostearate
kojic acid
lactamidopropyl trimonium chloride
lactic acid
Lauramide MEA
Laureth-7
laurethsulfosuccinate
Lauryl Amidopropyl Betaine
lauryl glucoside betaine
Lumiskin
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Magnesium Myristate
MEA-containing ingredients
Melanin
methoxycinnamate
Methyl Gluceth-10
methyl glyceth-20
methyl glycol
methyl nicotinate
Methyl Propanediol
methyl rapeseed extract
Methyl soyate
methylchloroisothiazolinone
methylisothiazolinone
methylparaben
methylsilanol mannuronate
microcrystalline wax
mineral oil
myristic acid
myristyl alcohol
myristyl ether sulfate
Myristyl Lactate
myristyl myristate
nanotechnology ingredients
nitrocellulose
nonoxynol 10
Nylon-12
octadecanol
octinoxate
octisalate
octocrylene
Octyl dimethyl PABA
Octyl Dodecyl Neopentanoate
octyl methoxycinnamate
Octyldecanol
Octyldodecanol
Oleamidopropyl dimethylamine
Olefin Sulfonate
oleth (2-50)
oleth-20
oleth-3-phosphate
oleyl betaine
Oleyl Oleate
oxybenzone
P-phenylenediamine
PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
panthenyl ethyl ether
panthenyl triacetate
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (see PABA)
parabens
paraphenylenediamine
parfum
parsol
PCA-ethyl cocoyl arginate
pearl powder
PEG (see polyethylene glycol)
PEG 35 (stearate) castor oil
PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides
PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate
PEG-150 distearate
PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate
PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate
PEG-20, 100 stearate
PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil
Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate
PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric glycerides
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
PEG/PPG-20/15 dimethicone
pentaerythrityl distearate
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl
Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl
Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate
pentaerythrityl tetrastearate
Pentasodium Pentetate
pentylene glycol
petrolatum
phenyl-butyl-nitrate
phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid
Phenylpropanol
phenyltrimethicone
phthalate
placental protein
polaxamer 335
polyacrylamide
Polyacrylate-13
Polybutene
Polydecene
Polyethylene
polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Polyglyceryl -10 Behenate/Eicosadioate
polyglyceryl -2 dipolyhydroxystearate
Polyglyceryl Methacrylate
polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate
Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate
polyglyceryl-3 stearate
Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate
polyimide 1
polyisobutene
polypropylene glycol
Polyquaternium 7, 10, 11
Polyquaternium-51
polysilicone-11, -15
Polyurethane-14
polyvinylpyrrolidone
potassium alum
Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate
potassium iodide
Potassium Myristate
PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer
PPG-15 stearyl ether
PPG-30
propanediol
Propyl Gallate
propylene carbonate
propylene glycol
propylene glycol alginate
Propylheptyl Caprylate
propylparaben
Providone (see polyvinylpyrrolidone)
PTFE (teflon)
pvp/eicosene copolymer
pvp/va copolymer
quaternium-15
quaternium-18
Ricinoleylpropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
salicylic acid
Silanetriol
Silica Dimethyl Silylate
silica silylate
silver citrate
simethicone
soapstone (see talc)
sodium acrylate
sodium bisulfite
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
sodium cetearyl sulfate
Sodium coco-sulfate
sodium cocoyl sulfate
Sodium Erythorbate
Sodium fluoride
sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
sodium isostearoyl lactylate
sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate
Sodium Lauryl Glucosideoxyacetate
sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium metabisulfite
Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate
sodium myreth sulfate
Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate
sodium polyacrylate
Sodium sulfate
sodium sulfite
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
sorbitan isostearate
soyamide DEA
soyamidopropalkonium chloride
squalane
stearamidopropyl dimethyl amine
Steardimonium
Steardimonium Chloride
steareth-2, 20, 21, 100 etc
Stearoxytrimethylsilane
styrene-pvp copolymer
Styrene/acrylates copolymer
Sulfated Castor Oil
Synthetic Beeswax
synthetic fragrance
Synthetic Wax
talc
tallow
TEA-Carbomer
TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine
tetrasodium EDTA
Thiotic Acid
tin oxide
Tri Alkyl Citrate
tribehenin
Triclosan
Trideceth-12
Tridecyl Neopentanoate
tridecyl salicylate
triethanolamine (TEA)
triethoxycarpylysilane

Triethylhexanoin

Trihydroxystearin
trimethylsiloxysilicate
trisodium EDTA (see tetrasodium EDTA)

Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate

tromethamine stearate
tropolone
Ultramarines
urea
vanillin
Vanillyl Butyl Ether
Water Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl
Methacrylate Copolymer
Wheat germamidopropyl betaine
Wheatgermamidopropyl Dimethylamine
willow bark extract
Zinc pyrithione
(423 ways. LOL)

For the Cliff Notes version that you can print and cut out go to http://www.ewg.org/files/EWG_cosmeticsguide.pdf