Mid-October, Health Canada announced a recall of a million and a half hair-care products due to the presence of Benzene. This week, Unilever in the U.S. issued a recall of 21 products due to an elevated level of Benzene.

Benzene is a known human carcinogen used in the manufacture of plastics, resins, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. 

As of this writing, the recalls have been for Dry Shampoos, mostly aerosols (US).

Prior to that (end of Aug/beginning of Sept), the CBC and Global news printed in-depth articles about the amount of Lead and Cadmium in products sold in Dollar Stores.

One in 4 of the products tested were positive for substances managed under the ‘Canadian Environmental Protection Act’.

The Environmental Defense Organization found the outer ring on a set of stereo headphones was found to have 24 times the legal limit of Lead and 5 times the legal limit of Cadmium.

The solder inside the headphones had 170 times what is considered safe on outer portions of the headphones. But – the solder is not covered by the regulations. Without getting too technical, the wires are covered. However, we all know how children unintentionally break things and the wires become external lead. One example.


Continuing with the theme of unsafe ingredients in our daily lives, I present you with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics list of ’20 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid’.

Whether you wear makeup or not, we do use an array of products in our daily life. Skin, which we all have, is the body’s largest organ. We absorb, inhale and ingest!

Is this the world we want to leave the next generations?