Posted on March 3, 2010


i am by no means a health nut.

sure, i do my best to eat well (minus my soup lunches and occasional frozen salt entrée), opting to pick apples from an orchard rather than purchase the shiny, paint shellacked ones you find at the grocer.  and i generally use products that are good for myself and the environment (ie.  everyday minerals make-up, vegetable extract cleaners, etc).  of course, i’m also that crazy mom that freaked and threw away 20+ baby bottles, sippies, bowls and plates when i discovered the bpa content.  and, if you must know, i am THAT lady that carries a list of safe plastic numbers in her purse (and btw, #1 and #2 are good, #4 and #5 are OK and runRUNrun away from badBADbad #3, #6 & #7) (not be preachy or anything.)  (ok, maybe a little.)


then again, i’m also that lactose intolerant asian chick that downs graeters blueberry pie ice cream, telling myself that it’s for a good cause, which really it is, go look it up,  only to regret it for DAYSdaysANDdays afterwards.  i’m also that girls that LOVES shoes, but HATES wearing them and prefers to walk around barefoot even if she not-so-very recently, but recently enough had foot surgery to remove embedded beach glass (and i still have the lovely scar.  wanna see?).

i’ve yanked silly monkey into the mix, opting to use avalon organics bath products (free of:   artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens, harsh preservatives, grapefruit seed extract & animal testing) and cut artificial dyes from his diet (helpful and simple enough for EVERYONE to do, yet some seem to feel that tootsie pops are more important than a non-screamy, moody & anxious child, who can be easily pleased with a dye free lolli from trader joe’s, WHICH he actually PREFERS, when given the choice).

that said, you can imagine my SHOCK and HORROR when i received this email from my sister…

From:         Mich
Date:           Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM
Subject:    this is what your son is putting on his lips!
To:               Danyelle

Active Ingredients: Padimate O (1.5%), White Petrolatum (44%)

Inactive Ingredients: Arachidyl Propionate, Camphor, Cetyl Alcohol, D&C Red 6 Barium Lake, FD&C Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Fragrance, Isopropyl Lanolate, Isopropyl Myristate, Lanolin, Light Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Phenyl Methicone, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Waxes

ummm… OMG!!!  no more chapstick for the chapstick loving child.  i may as well have bathed him in a mixture of oil, fruit snacks and vat of top-notch carcinogens.

good thing i already have an alternative on the way.

i feel better already.