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Launching "Clean Salon"

What is Clean Salon?

Clean Salon at Beauty Care Choices is a new resource that gives you the ability to easily identify and make sound beauty care choices based on your health needs and values. It's for shoppers of hair care, skin care & cosmetics that say, "I want products that are both better for me and the environment."

How did this idea come about?

Because our customers have expressed health concerns including hormones issues, allergies and asthma, skin sensitivities, auto-immune disease, even cancers which cause them to avoid certain chemicals, we want to help! And because we love animals and the earth we have included those too!

So what are we doing?

We are adding icons to our web site! With the rise of non-toxic beauty, people are spending a little more time checking out the packaging and labels of their cosmetics. So are we and we are working hard to help you find the right products before you buy. We've started with the icons below. With 185 brands and over 20,000 products, we will be continuing this effort. We want you to enjoy a "clean salon".

When it comes to beauty products, consumers have lots of choices, from what they buy to where they buy it. They also have choices of what ingredients go into their products...and ultimately on their body.

Do we have more ways to learn about all of these ingredients?

Yes, our BEAUTY SCIENCE articles have provided our customers with the pros and cons of various ingredients used in the making of hair, skin, and cosmetic products.

Why do all of this?

More and more people are making healthy choices regarding beauty products. Not only do they want to avoid the "dirty dozen" (see chart below), but may want exclusively organic & cruelty free, biodegradable, or alcohol free products. They may have allergies that require them to be gluten free or need it to be hypoallergenic.

If there are so many health concerns, is the FDA doing anything about it?

The FDA does NOT require approval before a cosmetic goes on the market or approval of cosmetic ingredients. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance". Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.

Are there other ways to connect with Clean Salon?

Clean Salon (on Facebook) is another group resource from Beauty Care Choices. If you have health concerns that make you sensitive to chemicals in beauty products, we want to hear from you. Please join our group discussion and share your personal story. Help us to help you find products that perform without the chemicals that cause you concern. Everyone is developing more and more sensitivities and not just to what we put in our bodies but what we put on them. Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Free of Artificial Colors/Additives, Vegan, Alcohol free, Sulfates (SLS) and so many other individual concerns are troubling our customers and salon clients. Our goal is to help our customers navigate their Beauty Care Choices according to their health care needs.

Take a look at! You'll see and be able to search for the right products for your needs.

The dirty dozen:

Comments & discussion
David C. — Awesome resource, thank you for this!