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Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother

Have you tried the “as seen on TV” Ped Egg? A lot of people have experienced problems with it, leaving mixed reviews. Just look at some of the customer reviews online and you’ll see tons of complaints: shavings fall on floor anyway, too small file area, hard to handle, and even drew blood! Well, what do you expect from one of those infomercial products?!

I use our Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother regularly to keep my feet soft and smooth. It can be used wet or dry, so I just keep it in the shower as a reminder to use it regularly. Plus, if I use it in the shower the filings just go right down the drain. It’s got an ergonomic, rubber grip that’s easy to hold, and the angle allows you to easily reach all sides of your feet, kind of like a tooth brush. Best of all, there are no blades, so it can’t cut you. The abrasive surface has a coarse grit that never wears, rinses easily, and works in any direction. It quickly smoothes tough calluses and deep cracks, but it’s safe and gentle on non-callused skin too. Keeping the smoother in my shower and using it once a week is a great way to keep my feet nice and healthy, and convenient! A little foot balm afterwards is a good idea too. Even though I like to use mine in the shower, I know several people who like using it on their dry feet, without any water. They say it works great that way, so whether you prefer smoothing your feet while wet or dry, you should really give this foot smoother a try.

Denco Easy Grip® Heavy Duty Foot Smoother is also the number one customer rated foot smoother on, with an average five star rating! You can get it directly from



There’s been a lot of press this year on new concerns about what is in baby shampoo. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has taken an aggressive role in patrolling product manufacturers and pressuring them to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals from their products. Naturally, baby products are something we want to be very cautious about. You would think that the FDA would assess and regulate baby products for safety. However, the FDA does not have authority to require assessment of safety for pre-market products like it with drugs. As a result, cosmetics products are some of the least-regulated on the market.

In March 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 48 products and 61% contained both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. One of these was Johnson’s Baby Shampoo! The report says:

“Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens; formaldehyde can also trigger skin rashes in some children. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. government does not limit formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, or most other hazardous substances in personal care products.”

There are labeling laws that require ingredients to be listed, but these chemicals are not ingredients, they are byproducts of preservatives in the products & of processes in making the products. The preservatives (eg. quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea) are added to eliminate bacteria from forming in the product while it sits in storage or on shelves. However, over time these preservatives can release formaldehyde in the container. 1,4 dioxane is a little different though. The report says that “1,4-dioxane is a byproduct of a chemical processing technique called ethoxylation, in which cosmetic ingredients are processed with ethylene oxide” to make them more soluble in water and foamy. Unless this is done under a low pressure environment, small amounts of potentially carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane can be produced.

Things don’t have to be this way, there are alternatives that are available to everyone. I previously wrote about Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database that consumers can use to find safe products. There are products out there that don’t use these preservatives and processes, eliminating the need for concern. And they’re not necessarily expensive products either. The company I work for makes a great line of affordable products for children. The Bath Therapy Baby & Kids line was created to provide parents with a healthy choice for washing their little ones. The line is gentle, tear free, hypoallergenic, and has a light fragrance. Most importantly though, it is regularly lab tested and DOES NOT contain: sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, or artificial colors. I have actually tried Baby & Kids myself, and they are a great body wash for adults too. The Lullabye Lavender is my favorite. The texture of the wash is soft, not too thick, and the scent is very mild, not overpowering. You can read more about Bath Therapy Kids & Baby by clicking here. The line is available on our new website,


Update 12/21: Don’t just take my word for it! Check out this review of Bath Therapy Kids & Baby at

Illustration from "Create Perfect Eyebrows"

Illustration from "Create Perfect Eyebrows"

The company I work for, Belcam Inc., has a great new shopping site. It’s more than an e-commerce site though, it’s also informational. In the Beauty Tools section of the site, you’ll find helpful beauty tips. For example, Create Perfect Eyebrows, a guide on shaping eyebrows. This is a step by step, illustrated guide that tells you how to safely and accurately shape your eyebrows like a pro. It also connects you directly to some product suggestions, and explains why these products, such as high quality tweezers, really make a difference. The guides are printable so you can keep them handy. Check it out at the new

Here’s a complete list of the guides:

Skin Deep

Posted on: July 7, 2009

Ever wonder about all the ingredients in your products that you can’t pronounce? Or are you just concerned about what you put on your skin? Only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products have been publicly assessed. Skin Deep is a service that aids in filling the safety gaps remaining from those unregulated cosmetics industries. It’s an online cosmetics safety database created by the Environmental Working Group. It can be used to research the products you already own or find safer at the store. Skin Deep is a searchable database that matches ingredients in more than 25,000 personal care products (such as shampoos, makeup, deodorants, and sunscreens) with 50 toxicity and regulatory databases. It gives you the power to find the most safety information anywhere about the products you put on your body. The advanced search also allows consumers to find products free of carcinogens, fragrance or contaminants.

Click here to check out Skin Deep


Kiehl's Limited Edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

Kiehl's Limited Edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

It’s always nice to here celebrities using there names to help out a good cause. Kiehl’s has organized some of their friends to help support the Waterkeeper Alliance. Founded in 1999, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and several veteran “Waterkeepers,” the Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports grassroots advocates and fights for clean water and strong communities.


Kiehl’s created four limited edition versions of their Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion with the help of some friends of Kiehl’s: Adrian Grenier (of Entourage), Erykah Badu (musician), Kelly Slater (pro surfer), and Parsons the New School for Design. 

To top it off, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits (up to $100,000) from the sale of these products benefit Waterkeeper Alliance to provide critical professional training to nearly 200 Waterkeeper Alliance groups and develop climate change and post-carbon transition strategies. 

For more on this project go to

I found an interesting beauty site that I thought I’d share. Based on the international best-selling book Beauty Bible, is hosted by the authors of the book, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley., like the book, offers a referrence for information on make-up, eyes, skin, hair, helping nature, and fragrance. also offers competitions, reviews, regular columns, and forums. They make it easy to keep informed too, by allowing you to subscribe for free to receive updates. Click here to check it out for yourself.

In an article in the New York Times today, Natasha Singer reports that the FDA has ordered the strictest of all warning labels for Botox and similar anti-wrinkle drugs.

“The F.D.A. said such drugs must carry warning labels explaining that the material has the potential to spread from the injection site to distant parts of the body — with the risk of serious difficulties, like problems with swallowing or breathing.

Requiring a drug to carry a box with bold-face risk information — a so-called black-box warning — is one of the strongest safety actions the F.D.A. can take. Black boxes are typically reserved for medications known to have serious or life-threatening risks.”

This comes the day after the FDA approved another anti-wrinkle drug, Dysport.

“The agency’s approval of Dysport, manufactured by Ipsen, based in Paris, portends a fierce competition in the United States toxin market of a sort that has been raging in Europe for years.”

Botox is not only used for treating frown lines, but also used in treating “crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, severe underarm sweating, and cervical dystonia, a neck problem that can cause severe pain and abnormal head position,” as well as cervical dystonia.

To read the full article from the New York Times click here.


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