Prophylactic self-isolation for Planet’s hygiene appreciation. Day 114th.

For 30 days he wore every piece of trash he created!

I recommend this video for everyone. The trash we produce on a daily-basis is just something terrible. These days it is not enough just to sort plastic and glass properly…what about not to be the cause of the trash?..

For 30 Days I Wore Every Piece of Trash I Created by Rob Greenfield on youtube:

After I watched this video, I thought about my trash, what it would be what I wear on myself within 30 days?

Pour-degradable trash which I am creating within a month in 2020:

  • scotch of cardboard boxes from online purchases
  • plastic packages from vegan products like dried fruits and nuts (however, large part of those packages I used to use twice, trice or more)
  • once a month that could be plastic bottle of a shampoo (still using some commercial products)
  • plastic bags where I put compost which is going to municipal needs (because not all plant materials are appropriate for my home-made Bokashi compost)
  • some small pieces of plastic which are the part of labels when you buy new pair of socks or T-shirts (many companies use them widely)

For 1.5 years, I am trying !successfully! not to create these kind of pour-degradable trashes:

Tubes of a toothpaste BECAUSEI make my own teethpaste for teeth and keep it in glass or silicone refillable jars
Tubes of face/body/hand creams I make my own body/face/hand cream and keep it in the same plastic jar which is refilled
plastic bags for garbage bin BECAUSEI clean the garbage bin with water and soda, sometimes with vinegar, dry it and put some cardboard or piece of paper on the bottom.
Being a transitional vegan, our menu does not consist any meat or fish by-products, so the garbage bin smells well, not like a hell 🙂
disposable plastic bags we do not bring any single piece of plastic bags to home – all plastic bags which we already have serve us for long
coffee/tea cups for take awayBECAUSEhave my super cup with me usually or prefer to sit down in a coffee shop and have my tea from ceramic cup (without sipping plastics from “paper” disposable cups)
plastic straws any straws actually, they cause wrinkles to appear:)
plastic bottles for water BECAUSEI use my water thermos and Tupperware plastic bottles if the water should be in demand, just thinking few hours in advance and making small prognoses – lots of money saved!
dishwasher soaps one 0.5 liter bottle of such soap serves for us approximately for 1 year, if not longer.
We wash the dishes with hot water, and if the plates are greasy – first remove the fat with paper towel. However, our menu does not contain lots of fats, it is mostly vegetables and fruits, nuts, grains…nothing really fatty fat on a daily basis
plastic bottles of washing liquids for clothes BECAUSEI use old plastic bottles which have left after the last commercially-purchased washing shampoo was bought.
I make my own washing liquid from special soap flakes, which serves just perfect. Soap flakes, in their turn, are packed in cardboard boxes
List of items which I already not use on a daily basis for a year

Just thinking few hours in advance and making small prognoses – lots of money saved in regards to bottled water and plastic bags!

My fancy enamel cup (made in Czech Republic, bought in Romania:))

What about you? What would be in your trash package to hold for a month?

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Prophylactic self-isolation for armpits’ observation. Day 67th.

Part 1 from 4

Overture

I remember my first deodorant – I won it in a supermarket‘s lottery. From that first deodorant over the years, I have turned my armpits to all sorts of chemical tricks by using long-lasting, „the best“, „approved“, „natural“, „modern“ and „mineral“ deo/anti- perspirants. Till January 2019, I was a great fan of dry stick antiperspirants, because my daily rhythm was constantly calling for challenges at two jobs, studies, family and living place reparation. There was no time to be smelly:) Anyway, a few years ago I started to notice what I actually doing while laundering. I noticed that an armpit zone of shirt blouses quite often remained unclean after washing – whitish scurf on it was clearly visible. I said to myself:  If that antiperspirant cannot be washed out properly by one-hour washing machine program and more so, by using high grade washing means, how do my armpits actually feel? Always chemically unclean? Always fouled?

Featured image of woman’s armpit and breath zone. Credit: A.Palatronis (this blog author), collage with sea shell, drawing in soft pastel pencils

A few truths about armpits and how they breathe

Well-being of armpits is shown by well-being of a breast

Armpits are not something separate from the whole body, for example from a breast. We call it armpit just because we call it like this. However, armpits are not an individual but are a part of the whole body. The body as a living organism, any part of it is a part of a connected completeness. If someone is struggling from „breast issued diagnoses“ – look at your armpits first– are you sure they are ok? Why to wait for the diagnoses if the best cure is prophylactics and sophistication.

Visualization of woman’s armpit and breast elements. Painting with collage element. Polychromos color pencils; a sea shell is playing a role of a nipple. By Dr. A. Palatronis on www.z-antenna.com

To shave or not to shave?

Shaved hair in armpit zone allow the chemicals of deo/anti- perspirants to penetrate deep, somewhere where they are not suspected to be at all. Have you noticed, if to apply an a/persipirant right after armpit shaving – there will be skin itching? It is because chemicals contact with open channels directly. No itching is observed if applying an a/perspirant later, but the chemicals (or natural chemicals) are still there, penetrating inside the body. Why? Because Nature created hair in an armpit zone to hold impurities, sweet and toxins of metabolism until we wash our body. By destroying this natural pathway of body defense and purification, a road in the opposite direction appears: now body’s impurities and toxins remain not eliminated and more so, all the knowledge of XXI century in the form of Mr. Antiperspirant comes to it. If there is no hair in the armpit zone – no natural defense is there. So, here, men are more lucky than women – they prefer not to shave armpits and be natural, therefore, protecting themselves unconsciously by natural instincts. It’s a pity, but need to say, in many aspects of self-hygiene, women have lost many natural instincts…

One more way to clog the body

Clogged by a/perspirants, pores of armpits cannot eliminate naturally formed impurities and toxins, so all the goodies stay in the armpits, in lymph nodes. Anytime an a/perspirant is not applied – a body tries to eliminate those naturally and unnaturally formed toxins first (1, 2, 3), which in their turn, become much more toxic because of forced accumulation inside pores. So, much possible that an unpleasant smell of armpits is an outcome of antiperspirant usage.

Another explanation of breastfeeding myth

There is a myth that women having many children have lower probability of breast cancer. But why? What if… while being breastfed, babies suck out all the pus and matter which is stuck in mother’s pores, lymph nodes and blood vessels of armpit-breast zone? The human’s mind could divide anything, even a whole body, but blood vessels and lymph do not care about these divisions in mind. Blood vessels and lymph are pumping all year round, and the mass of toxins accumulates in lymph nodes until it is not possible to carry more.

Garlic again

There is an evidence to state, that consumption of garlic, onions, and especially scallion, contribute to unpleasant, appealing smell. The same as Dr. Cassar says: “The more you put in – the more it comes out”. Stop eating garlic and onions – it contributes to nasty smell of a body (4)

You can rub a clove of garlic on your foot – you can smell it shortly later on your wrists. So it penetrates the body.

From Dr. Beck observations (5, 6)

Sport for health

Another astonishment is putting a/perspirants while intensive physical activity like exercising, running, even yoga. Yeah, I would say during any physical activity. The function of liquid going out from armpit pores (sweat) is to eliminate toxins from the body. What happens when all the blood flow increases tenfold, as well as mechanisms of metabolites and toxins elimination, but the doors of eliminations are closed? Closed continually, for years. Time to time I have been exercising in a gym (Although, I prefer fresh air). For my great:) fortune, once a man after his intensive exercising with weights passed by. I was standing there like in a fog – the smell of that body was awful, like concentrated sweat! From the other hand – you can pass by any woman in a sport club while she is doing sports – no smell, only pleasant aroma. Why? Because all pores are clogged with a/perspirants. That is the price we pay for socializing – the price of our body’s health.

Sauna for health

How about sauna while using antiperspirant with 48 or 72 hours action? When do your armpits actually have a time to function properly?

P. S.

Some times it seems I’m a little bit ironic in the descriptions, some times I’m laughing. But one should understand – I’m laughing loudly at myself, because I already pass through all those ways and mistakes. Take care.

To be continued…

References:

  1. 4 Best Health Benefits Of Sweating by Deanna Minich, PhD, 2016, online: https://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/11/4-health-benefits-sweating.html
  2. Human Excretion of Bisphenol A: Blood, Urine, and Sweat (BUS) Study by S. J. Genius et al., Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012
  3. Systematic Review Focusing on the Excretion and Protection Roles of Sweat in the Skin by Yan Peng et al., Dermatology, 2014
  4. Is Garlic Good For Me? | Tip Of The Day by Dr. Robert Cassar, on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdmoJQLeBDA
  5. Is Garlic a Brain Poison? by Bob Beck, Nexus Magazine, Feb/Mar 2001
  6. How Onion and Garlic Ruined My Research by Goutam Paul, Sep 21, 2012, Aachen, Germany

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Prophylactic self-isolation for skin exfoliation. Day 63rd.

Overture

Just before the summer will start, it is a time to clean the skin. As almost a perfectionist, for me, skin should be cleaned perfect as well. I found an amazing way to do so thanks to Dr. R.Cassar and his video on youtube channel (1). Of course, I made my own changes and adjustments to the original version. All the equipment needed for this skin exfoliation: cotton towel, cleansing solution, spring water in aerosol and face-body cream.

The results of the cleansing procedure are striking and leading to some speculations: feet, hands, face and neck areas are most grubby, while back and abdomen areas are almost clean. Do not laugh from my towel, check yours!:)

Recipe of cleansing solution

Ingredients and tools for skin exfoliation procedure. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on www.z-antenna.com

Ingredients (for onetime all body procedure):

  • Pure spirit (75-90%), 40 ml
  • MSM (methyl sulphonyl methane) powder, 1 tsp
  • Diatomite (diatomic earth) powder, 1 tsp
  • Water (purified), 40 ml
  • Tea tree essential oil, 3 drops

How to make it

In a high quality plastic bottle combine and shake together (with a lid closed) the ingredients one by one in the order as written in the ingredient list. It is ready to use!

How to apply it

  • Take a clean small cotton towel
  • Spray skin with water (purified, spring water, mountain water, etc)
  • Apply some cleansing solution on a towel and scratch the skin through it with nails and fingers. Gently, slowly and firmly
  • Start from feet, than hands, armpits, back, neck, face, décolletage
  • After it is finished – take a warm or lukewarm shower
  • Do not use towel to drain the skin – right after the shower, when skin is moistened and warm, apply a special body cream to it. The recipe of special body cream is described in my previous post: Prophylactic self-isolation for body purification. Day 20th.
Cotton towel after skin cleansing procedure. Areas: 1 feet; 2 face and neck; 3 hands; 4 abdomen, back and armpits. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on www.z-antenna.com

Important notes:

  • Only chemically resistant, high quality plastic or glass bottles are appropriate for this alcohol-based recipe. Any empty plastic container from water or other drinks are not allowed, because alcohol would facilitate plastificators and other shady, unwanted ingredients of plastic to penetrate the solution and later the skin. Please use only chemically resistant, high quality plastic or glass container for this solution to prepare
  • Only tea tree oil is suitable for this recipe, just skip the ingredient if you don’t have it
  • Always prepare the amount of solution for the same-day-use, because powdered materials like MSM and diatomite would precipitate with time and form a stiff conglomerate
  • Vodka or pure spirit are both available
  • After a good scratch the skin will be red because of sufficient blood supply to deep skin layers, that is ok
  • Keep away from eyes, keep away from children, and do not drink it
  • Do not apply on injured, damaged or sunburnt skin
  • Do not make the cleansing procedure if supposed to go for sunbath or to swimming pool, other skin cosmetic procedures, massage, etc. directly after it
  • The procedure, in my opinion, could be repeated once or twice per month

References:

Making and Applying the Vodka Skin Cleaning Solution Part 1 by Dr. Robert Cassar on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cme58Kd41NU

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Prophylactic self-isolation for shampoo’s formula investigation. Day 31st.

Navigation in shampoo’s oceans. Transparent conception and tips. PART 2

Staying AT HOME, we already have started to l’earn about the shampoo’s formulas. You can find the first part of the investigation in the previous post: https://z-antenna.com/2020/04/04/prophylactic-self-isolation-for-shampoos-formula-investigation-day-23rd/

I will continue to share some basic, transparent conception and tips to navigate in shampoo oceans:)


Navigation in a shampoo oceans or How to choose a better option:

Why “Aqua” is always the first ingredient?

All the ingredients in a shampoo (or any other cosmetic product) formula are written according to their percentage concentration, starting from the ingredients with a highest amount, and finishing with ingredients with a lowest amount. For example:

In the 1st and in the 2nd formulas, Aqua (water) is the main ingredient by percentage, it’s amount is highest. The least amount of ingredient is Cl16255 and Parfum in the 1st and 2nd formulas, respectively.

“Aqua” means water (in Latin). “Aqua” is a trivial, common name of water. In an ingredient list, other than “Aqua” could be “Water” or “Eau”. According to EU regulations, trivial, common names must be used for ingredient labeling and therefore should be easily recognized by consumers speaking different languages. Trivial names of cosmetic ingredients are taken from the European Pharmacopoeia.

Water is a good solvent for plenty of chemical/natural ingredients, and therefore makes a basis (major amount) for a shampoo formulas. Water could be different: purified, deionized, demineralized, tap water… But that aspect is never (never?) mentioned in an ingredient list.

From the other hand, ingredients like Cl16255 or Parfum are needed in very very small amounts to make their job. Actually, they never could be in front of shampoo’s list, but it is good to see them (or not to see at all?) at the end of the list!

What does <<Cl 16255>>mean?

Cl 16255, or any other “Cl” with numbers aside means the synthetic cosmetic colorant. As an example, Cl 16255 is a synthetic colorant “Acid Red 18”, with a chemical formula Trisodium 1-(1-naphthylazo)-2-hydroxynaphthalene-4′,6,8-trisulphonate.

There could be one or more synthetic colorants in one shampoo formula.

Synthetic colorants were found in further received shampoo formulas:

As one could notice, synthetic colorants are rather popular to add in shampoo formulas, because they are cheap and easy to handle with.

About natural colorants

As an alternative, natural colorants sometimes are used by producers. There are plenty of natural colorants available, but they are not cheap and adding them to a “chemical shampoo mixture” could cause unsuspected color changes or other reactions. In other words, it is difficult to manage with them:)

Usually, chlorophylls (magnesium chlorophyll) or Copper complexes of chlorophylls and chlorophyllins, as natural colorants, could be found in shampoo formulas (but I did not find it in any of received shampoo formulas).

Is there the word “fragrance” or “parfum”?

In general, if there is a word “fragrance” or “parfum”, it means that ANY chemical with a pleasant smell could be used. Because the amount of parfum required are very very low, it was assumed not even to group them in catalog list (as it is done for synthetic colorants).

Fragrance-sensitive people (children) could be sensitive to shampoo (contact dermatitis) just because of that one ingredient – “parfum” or “fragrance”. This word in an ingredient list is actually mystic, because it could not be identified anyhow by a consumer. Examples from the received formulas:

Synthetic parfum is rather popular to add in shampoo formulas, because it is cheap, easy to handle with and does not require any specific labeling.

Again, all the ingredients in a shampoo formula are written according to their percentage concentration, starting from the ingredients with a highest amount, and finishing with ingredients with a lowest amount. Unidentified parfum, as a potential skin irritant, if present, should be found at the very end of the ingredient list, but not in the middle.

About natural fragrances

In some high quality shampoos, natural fragrances could be added. In that case it will be clearly stated that fragrance/parfum is of natural origin.

Other option

Other option to avoid chemical fragrance/parfum is to look for a statement on a label that “shampoo does not contain any fragrance/parfum”.

Because the topic is really huge, we start from the very basics, and will continue going ahead in further posts. Stay tuned and subscribe to this blog to get notifications about every new post (these days it is coming every day:))

References:

(1) International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook by Joanne Nikitakis and
Beth Lange, Ph.D., 16th edition, 2016

(2) 38 Natural Colourants for Organic Skincare, https://formulabotanica.com/38-natural-colourants-skincare/

(3) Handbook-of-Pharmaceutical-Excipients 6th Edition by Rowe, R.C., Sheskey, P. and Quinn, M., 2009

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Prophylactic self-isolation for shampoo’s formula investigation. Day 23rd.

Navigation in shampoo’s oceans. Transparent conception and tips. PART 1

Once I spoke with a friend of mine, and she said she uses only baby cosmetics for herself, like baby face cream, baby hand cream, baby shampoo… She said there are less hazardous, risky chemicals in children’s formulas. That sounded reasonable to me!

When my shampoo was finished, I went to a pharmacy to choose a baby shampoo for myself:) As a chemist, and a reader of labels for 10 years continuous practice, I immediately turned a chosen bottle to the ingredient list.

To my surprise, the ingredient list of children’s shampoo was not so good! I looked at the other company’s bottles – they were the same!

A few days ago, I asked my friends to send me photos of the ingredient list of their children’s shampoo they use at home. As we STAY HOME, it is time to l’earn something about this mysterious chemistry:))

We are not going to have a deep conversation on the chemical structure of the ingredients of shampoo, also, that is not SLS topic* and which most responsible mothers have already investigated. * SLS is Sodium lauryl sulphate, a chemical that is commonly used in shampoos, soaps, shower gels and toothpaste as a cleansing and foaming agent. However,

I will try to share some basic information and tips to navigate the option of shampoo options:)

Navigating in an ocean of shampoo or How to choose better options:

In general, look at the ingredient list

  • In general, look at the ingredient list: the shorter it is, the better (except formulas that have plant-based ingredients making more than 50% of all composition). Examples from received shampoo formulas:
Length of ingredient list in shampoo formulas

Look for natural, plant-based ingredients

  • look for natural, plant-based ingredients

Some “natural” shampoos have long list of plant-based ingredients and theoretically should be “natural”, but look further to differentiate: a) plant names and b) other natural ingredients or c) chemically-derived components.

Plant names and raw material, found in shampoo formulas:

Calendula officinalis flower extract
Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ extract
Vaccinium mirtyllus extract
Rubus idaeus extract
Actinidia chinensis fruit juice
Citrus aurantium dulcis juice
Citrus paradisi juice
Pyrus malus juice
Prunus amygdalus dulcis seed extract
Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract
Persea gratissima (avocado) fruit extract
Sweet almond oil
Irish moss
Nori seaweed
Lemon oil
Mimosa absolute
Orange flower absolute
Jasmine absolute
Castor oil
Avena sativa (oat) kernel flour
Avena sativa (oat) kernel extract
Plant names and raw materials found in shampoo formulas

Other natural ingredients could be: sea salt, amber extract, honey, limonene.

Formulas where plant-based ingredients make more than 50% of all composition could be considered as plant-based. Examples from received shampoo formulas:

Examples of non plant-based shampoo formulas

Something about Chamomile:

This could come as a surprise for some of us, but natural, plant-based materials could cause allergic reactions. One of the most common plant-allergen is Chamomile flower. According to European Medicines Agency, hypersensitivity reactions including severe allergic reaction (dyspnoea, Quincke’s disease, vascular collapse, anaphylactic shock) following mucosal contact with liquid chamomile preparations have been reported. The frequency is not known (1).

Something about Limonene:

Originally, limonene is a common component of essential oils and therefore could be found in many plants. In shampoo formulas, limonene is known as one of the allergens, because synthetic, cheap, not natural limonene is used.

Limonene could be considered as natural only if it is clearly written after ingredient list that “limonene, which naturally occurs in essential oil” or something like this. If “limonene” is without any additional information provided, most likely, something like 99.9% it will be synthetic. Examples from received shampoo formulas:

Identify the most risky ingredients just before purchasing

One of the most undesirable component in shampoo formulas is Propylene Glycol.

Propylene Glycol in shampoo formula

Propylene glycol is estimated to be one-third as intoxicating as ethanol, with administration of large volumes being associated with adverse effects most commonly on the central nervous system, especially in neonates and children. It is also related to ototoxicity (deafness) and seizures in children (2). Be aware not to use on damaged, dry (with dandruff) or irritated skin. But of course, would recommend to avoid it as for children, as well for adults.

Because the topic is really huge, we start from the very basics, and will continue going ahead in further posts. Stay tuned and subscribe to this blog to get notifications about every new post (these days it is coming every day:))

References:

  1. European Union herbal monograph on Matricaria recutita L., flos EMA/HMPC/55843/2011
  2. Handbook-of-Pharmaceutical-Excipients 6th Edition by Rowe, R.C., Sheskey, P. and Quinn, M., 2009

P.S. Great thanks to a special friend, who devoted her time to this blog post, and improved my English grammar:)

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