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It’s Toxic Limbo time! Sing with us, “All around the natural world, gonna get the toxins out!” How low can YOU go when it comes to safe, natural personal care products? Take the Earth Mama How Low Can You Go Challenge to find out!

Here’s the challenge:

Gather some of the most common pregnancy and baby care products you use regularly on your pregnant body or on your baby. You

can include shampoo, lotions, soaps, diaper cream, stretch mark oil, hemorrhoid cream, etc.  Go to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ Skin Deep database and enter a product name in the search field (for example, Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash). Look for the Hazard

Score for that product. The Hazard Score tells you the toxicity rating: 0 is lowest, 10 the most toxic. Click the product if you want to see specifically which ingredients add up to create that score. If your product isn’t listed, ask yourself why.  Is there something in the ingredients list that the company might not want you to see?  If your product isn’t listed, you can enter individual ingredients to check their toxicity rating.

Add up the Skin Deep toxicity rating for all the personal care products that you use on a daily basis on your pregnant or nursing body, or on your baby, to find out what your score is. Then answer these questions.

  1. What was your Skin Deep toxicity rating score?
  2. Were you surprised with the score and/or ingredients?
  3. What would you like your score to be?

Don’t worry – there are no right or wrong answers, and everyone wins when mamas are informed and empowered. The biggest surprise is how high the toxin score can be, even for products that are labeled “natural” or “organic.” The only way to lower your score is to know what to look for, and there’s a whole tricky business trying to trick busy mamas with unclear labeling. That’s why Earth Mama supports the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.

Please Take Action!

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 needs your support! The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359) is designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients and that ingredients are fully disclosed. It’s pretty simple, right? Earth Mama Angel Baby is hoping you’ll use this handy action tool from our friends at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to tell your rep to close the loopholes that allow “cancer-causing chemicals in baby shampoo, hormone disruptors in fragrance and lead in lipstick.”

Enter to Win Some Earth Mama Angel Baby Goodies!

One random participant will win Earth Mama’s A Little Something for Baby, filled with zero toxin essentials for an angel on the go. (Set includes naturally safe Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, best selling, rash busting Angel Baby Bottom Balm, soothing Angel Baby Lotion and pure, virtually scent-free Angel Baby Oil)

Complete the following steps to enter: (required)

  1. Take the How Low Can You Go challenge
  2. Use the Action Tool to contact your representative
  3. Leave a comment on this entry sharing your score from the How Low Can You Go Challenge
One US winner, who has completed all three steps above, will be selected at random using  Entries will be accepted until August 15, 2011 at midnight EST.  Good Luck!
Posted by: SafeMama Kathy on August 1, 2011


22 Responses to “Earth Mama’s How Low Can You Go Challenge!”

  1. Jenn T on August 1st, 2011 3:53 pm

    My score is 34 :/ Not only did I petition for the Safe Cosmetics Act, but I shared the link with all of my google+ and fb friends!

  2. Toni Keltner on August 1st, 2011 5:21 pm

    My score is 28. I petitioned for the Safe Cosmetics Act, but will be sharing with my friends, too. Never had used the Skin Deep Data Base before, so thanks for sharing!

  3. Rachel on August 1st, 2011 8:14 pm

    1.)took the How Low Can You Go Challenge
    2.)contacted my representative
    3.)My score is a 19… :( My kids’ scores are MUCH lower, so that makes me feel good, at leastzaz

  4. Amanda on August 2nd, 2011 9:27 am

    My score was 20, not too bad…but it could be better. I signed the petition too, and sent it to my friends and family. :)

  5. Sarah Puterbaugh on August 2nd, 2011 9:57 am

    I scored a 5 for the kiddos since I found skindeep awhile ago, thank goodness! I have also contacted my rep Fred Upton.

  6. Crystal on August 2nd, 2011 11:49 am

    I discovered skin deep data base when I got pregnant and decide to stop using all my personal care products. Now my score is 2 and my 3 week old baby’s score is 1. I only use dr bronner’s baby mild castile soap on him. I use the same soap, do the no-poo method (baking soda/water mix to wash hair, apple cider vinegar/water mix to rinse), coconut oil to moisturize my skin (and it can be used for diaper rash), and crystal deodorant. I love not using all those chemicals, it’s healthy and it’s cheaper!

  7. Becky on August 2nd, 2011 11:52 am

    My score is 17.
    I contacted my representative.
    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

  8. Sarah Y on August 2nd, 2011 11:53 am

    I repeatedly petition for the Act every year. As for scores, my kids are a 6 on most days which I feel pretty good about – my score is a lot higher (not all of my products were on the site so hard to say for sure, since I know that their totals for all the ingredients do not add up to their total for a product), but at least feel good knowing it’s a lot lower than it was just a few months ago and I am constantly looking for new lower score personal products.

  9. Crafty Mama on August 2nd, 2011 12:25 pm

    I combined what I could find of my and my baby’s products and scored 11. I was very disappointed to find medium scores on what I thought were some of the safer products out there. :( I contacted my local rep (and now I know what he looks like X-D )!

  10. Lani S on August 2nd, 2011 2:09 pm

    My score is 20 but my child’s is also MUCH lower, thankfully. I still pay closer attention to her stuff than mine! I also did the petition contacting our representative. Thanks!!

  11. Christina on August 2nd, 2011 8:46 pm

    My score is 6 and my son’s score is 3. I’m so glad I found the cosmetic database a while ago. Definitely contacting my rep!!!!!

  12. Beth on August 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm

    My DD’s scores a 6 if I use all products every day including sunblock. On a daily basis probably closer to a 3, maybe 4. Amazing! I am scared to calculate mine. Thanks for this challenge!

  13. Wendy C on August 3rd, 2011 12:06 am

    We use Whole Foods shampoos and body lotions, which are not listed. But otherwise, my score is 9. My baby’s score is also 5. Ever since I discovered Safemama and Lovely safemama while pregnant, I’ve switched to safer and more natural products. I was surprised Triple Paste scores a 3. That stuff works really well! I may switch back to lanolin or jojoba oil once I’m done using the jar.

  14. aeriel on August 3rd, 2011 9:40 am

    My babe scored an 8 and I scored much higher, so I’ll have to work on those ASAP! I contacted my rep and sent the link to friends and family. Thanks!

  15. rachel d on August 3rd, 2011 8:43 pm

    I contacted my rep

  16. Kelly Peterson on August 10th, 2011 2:45 am

    Wow! What a great reminder to check the cumulative products! My daughter gets a 0-5, depending on the day, but my score is 10-34, depending on the day — some of the products I’d thought were great are not; I’m so glad I checked! Thanks!!

  17. Cathy on August 15th, 2011 3:54 pm

    My stuff added up to 14. I thought I was doing better than that! Oh well, back to reading labels. And I emails my rep through the website

  18. Lisa S on August 15th, 2011 4:04 pm

    My scores are: a 3 for Kiss My Face shampoo ( use once a week), 2 for Pure & natural hand soap, and a 2 for Toms Maine deodorant.
    Kids stuff: Burts bee Shampoo- not sure if its 1 or 4 ( use biweekly- even monthly), Toms Maine silly strawberry tp a 2, Sunscreen-california baby a 2.
    Not too bad.
    I contacted Larry K.
    I’m going to choose some new products based on the database since we’re running low on some, maybe we can make a shift in an even better direction! Thanks!

  19. Kylene on August 15th, 2011 4:17 pm

    My Skin Deep score is 14. I was surprised at the score of the hand soap I’m using, but I know this score is much lower than it would have been two years ago. I have been trying to use only natural products in my home since then. It’s been a process, to say the least (and thanks, Safe Mama, for all the help I’ve gotten from your site!).

    I emailed my state rep. through the link you provided, and forwarded information to several of my friends.

  20. Thalla-Marie Choxi on August 15th, 2011 5:24 pm

    I’m a 10! o man! I e-mailed my congressional rep!

  21. Kristan on August 15th, 2011 5:44 pm

    Our scores ranged from 3 to 10, depending on the day. I’m very particular about what we use but I’m struggling to find hair care products that will still make my hear presentable and manageable. We’re African American, so moisturizing products are very important for our hair. I’m always on the lookout for great products! Thanks!

  22. Christine on August 15th, 2011 6:27 pm

    My score is pretty low as baby is allergic so I am very picky as to what I use on him: 8.
    Wrote my petition to Joe Walsh.
    Thanks for the fun giveaway.