There’s good reason to actively pay attention to life. Blindly trusting and following the “recommendations” of others can lead us down a path that’s regrettable. Also, to simply not pay attention and live on automatic can have similar consequence.
As I entered the shower the other day I noticed a product called “T/Gel”. Well that’s a weird name, I thought. Of course, being from such a reputable company (perhaps you didn’t sense my sarcasm, so here it is) I knew it couldn’t be so bad. As I picked up the plastic bottle I noticed a couple of things.
- It had “expired” over a year ago. Of course, anything that sits in a plastic bottle in a warm and steamy environment for a long period is extra good for you (too sarcastic?).
- The active ingredient in the product was, no kidding, “coal tar”.
Yeah, I thought, this has to be good for you. Common sense said it couldn’t be good to put anything with the word “tar” on your head. And of course, we have the issue of coal. But, because I’m no doctor, I used the power of the internet to see just how dangerous it is. I visited one source (safecosmetics.org on Coal Tar) and my most trusted EWG, who is an independent company who exposes the best and worst beauty products. Their take on coal tar, and this shampoo in particular, was quite dangerous (EWG T/Gel).
Maybe some like the thought of putting such a cancerous product on their brain, but I don’t. Now, if somebody chooses to use coal tar, then so be it. Hopefully they understand they are using it and the risks of it. If it’s an active and conscious choice, then so be it. The trouble came when I alerted the person to the products ingredients and expiration, the response was “Throw it away.”
This isn’t a bash on coal tar, in particular. This is a reminder to know the decisions we are making. Just because “Somebody gave it to us” doesn’t mean it’s good for us or we should use it. Free often comes with a price. In fact, knowing that a hair dresser gave this to somebody would stop me from ever visiting them again.
Pay attention to the world around.
Each person has a right to do what they would like, but it’s important to actually know what we are doing and why.