Recently I bought Kim Barnouin‘s new book, “Skinny Bitch – Home, Beauty, & Style”. I have devoured this book! Carried it around as if I was a bible sales person, which, by golly, I am not! But bless you, Sistas & brothers for reading my posts!
Why is this book so great? Kim goes into all the nasty stuff that is in our home, beauty products & what we wear! I found it really eye opening, realizing all the crap & toxic chemicals that are in household products. I knew some of this stuff, but even some of the ones that I thought were safe or say they are “environmentally friendly” are not so great after all! Kim helped me sort all of that out! It’s well written, funny as heck – as they say in Utah – and very informative!
Kim starts with the home, moving to beauty/body products. This section was probably my favorite and the most disturbing. For example, take a good look at your hair shampoo. You might need a magnifying glass to actually read some of these labels! Does it contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES)? This is the stuff that makes your shampoo foam. You’re probably thinking, “So what? Isn’t it supposed to foam just like my toothpaste?” NOOO! The stuff is BAD for you!
Listen up! Kim writes, “During the process that SLS undergoes to loose its abrasive edge, it may also produce 1,4 -dioxane – another cancerous suspect that won’t pop up on the label. Do me a favor. Stop massaging that gunk into your scalp-1,4 -dioxane can do a number on your eyes, strip your scalp of essential oils, and attack your lungs. The part that really blows my mind is that the sulfates are known to corrode and stunt hair growth. What the fuck is it doing in 95 percent of shampoos?!” (p.151) Yes, hello baldness and other scary side effects! Lucky for us, Kim does give alternatives to ALL the products that come under the microscope!
My personal changes so far from reading this book have been:
Changing out my pillows and buying new organic cotton sheets.
Cleaning out my entire bathroom of the toxins that are listed in Kim’s book.
Buying new shampoo’s – my choice became Giovanni’s shampoo & Conditioner
Making my own cleaning products per Kim’s recommendations instead of buying cheap toxic chemicals from big name labels! Two weeks ago, I took time & educated a woman at Target! 🙂
Ordered a new vacuum cleaner – the Dyson DC25. My neighbor owns one & boy does it SUCK, in a good way!