Friday, August 12, 2011

How Low Can You Go?

No, we're not going to play virtual limbo, but wouldn't that be fun?  I'm imagining myself on a beach at a luau, wearing a beautiful lei and getting ready for the limbo.  However, it's not beach limbo time, 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 Angel Baby 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.

Here’s The 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 The Prize:
You can win Earth Mama’s A Little Something for Baby, filled with zero toxin essentials for an angel on the go:
  1. Take the How Low Can You Go challenge
  2. Use the Action Tool to contact your representative
  3. Leave a comment below sharing your score to enter to win A Little Something for Baby (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).  Leave your e-mail address in your comment!
  4. LIKE Earth Mama Angel Baby on Facebook (click here) and Toni The Chic Momma on Facebook (click here)
One US winner, who has completed all four steps above, will be selected at random to win the fabulous prize from Earth Mama Angel Baby!  Entries will be accepted until August 26, 2011 at midnight CST.  Good Luck!  Many thanks to Earth Mama Angel Baby!

While awaiting to see if you win this wonderful prize, check out: Mama's Blog, Earth Mama Angel Baby's Facebook Page, Mama Melinda's Twitter Page, Earth Mama Angel Baby's Twitter Page and Mama's Healing Hearts Baby Loss Facebook Page

Happy Blogging!
Toni The Chic Momma


  1. I emailed my Congress-person, liked your FB page, and I already liked EMAB! :o)

    The test score for my three year old's products is a 6. That's only because we mostly use EMAB products and those are all zeros! Yay!

    My email address is thebluemoongirl at gmail dot com.


  2. My score = 1 for California Baby Calming Shampoo & Baby Wash that I used on my 15 month old daughter. Email address is

  3. My score is zero! perhaps because I make all of my own beauty products from such exciting ingredients as baking soda, apple cider vinegar, various oils (olive, coconut, castor, grapeseed, sunflower, etc) and essential oils. The only thing I don't make myself is the few makeup items I use, and both companies I buy from were recently added to the database and both scored zero for the products I use :) my kiddo uses the same bath and body products I use, although I have not convinced my hubby to become a hippy yet, so I'm sure his body is a toxin dumping ground :/
    my email is hifihound at hotmail dot com

  4. I contacted my representative!

  5. Wow I am shocked. I looked up Yes to baby Carrots shampoo and body wash. The score is 5!!!! I bought it because it says 100% natural. And I got it at a "health store" Also I bought it because of that damn adorable baby carrot on the package grrrr. I feel like it's so misleading.
    I wrote to my rep. an shared that on fb too.
    I like chic mama and EMAB too.

    suwgner at

    Thank you for this it is a real eye opener.

  6. icy_princess at msn dot comAugust 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Took the challenge: got a 2 because we use a diaper rash cream. Other than that we just use natural oils since baby is allergic.

  7. icy_princess at msn dot comAugust 23, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Used the action tool; one of the authors is a representative from my state!

  8. icy_princess at msn dot comAugust 23, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Liked both pages on Facebook Christine Lopes

  9. "Like" Toni The Chic Momma on FB (Heather W. :)

  10. "Like" Earth Mama Angel Baby on FB (Heather W.)

  11. I just wrote a blog entry about this the other day - I mentioned that it was nearly impossible to find the ingredients of the one product listed online anywhere and when I entered it into the EWG database, they even mention that the data for it is "limited" - nice :-/

    Huggies Natural Care wipes = 4

    Seventh Generation wipes = 1!!

    So glad I switched ;^)

  12. I like EMAB on FB (I would LOVE them if it was an option) ;)

  13. I like Toni the Chic Momma on FB!

  14. I contacted my reps! Thanks so much for using your blog to support such great initiatives!

  15. My sons score was a 9! for baby wipes, diaper cream, and shampoo.
    My score was a 15! for neutrogena makeup, olay soap, and shampoo.
    I contacted my congressman and I like both fb pages
    I hope I win! Erin F.

  16. My email didn't show up it's Erinj0826@

  17. Yikes! My score was 7-14 :{

    Luckily, I haven't used the things that spiked the numbers up for a while now.

    zoekyklos at gmail dot com

  18. I contacted my local representative in VT


    zoekyklos at gmail dot com

  19. I'm pretty sure I took the how low can you go challenge by searching what products I use and adding up my score...Let me know if I misunderstood that part!

    zoekyklos at gmail dot com

  20. I like both pages on Facebook as Zoe Kyklos

    thank you!

    zoekyklos at gmail dot com

  21. I used this stuff with all 3 of my kids and am going to use it when i get further along with this 4th child....I have no stretch marks and i give it credit for even saving my tatoo's on my stomach...this stuff is awsome .


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