The more I read about the dangers of chemicals that go into our personal and beauty care products, the more I knew something had to be done. I was simply horrified to learn that some of the most common chemicals found in our shampoos and skincare products today, such as Cocomide DEA, Lauamide DEA, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES) and Parabens, which create a rich foamy lather, are absorbed through the skin where they have been found to form cancer causing nitrates and impair the normal function of the brain and nervous system! Researchers found evidence these chemicals can interfere with the body’s hormones. Yikes! In a study of the effects of the three compounds on 1,151 pre-pubescent girls in the U.S., researchers found that the chemicals caused a variety of problems in puberty, and triggered early onset. Studies have shown that “early pubertal development in girls can have adverse social and medical effects, including development of cancer and diabetes later in life.” This study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives. This is not acceptable! And we can do better for ourselves and our family!
But why would any of this matter to us personally? Well, why wouldn’t it? We all need to be more concerned and aware about what we put into our bodies. But these studies hit home personally for us because we have young children who are living in an age where they are exposed to many more environmental toxins than we ever were growing up. I realized that if we want change, we have to be a part of it; positive change that will not only be good for ourselves, but good for our planet and our families. And this is how The Laughing Tree Organics came to be.