About Us

I believe you can heal your body by making simple changes in the products you use. I should know because I have been healed from Hashimoto’s. And I am in the process of recovering from Addison’s, another chronic autoimmune condition.  Because my own father died of metastatic cancer at the age of 57, I am acutely aware of the dangers that are lurking in the products that most of us use without even thinking.

But I am not a fear monger. You won’t see me hopping on the latest bandwagon of people claiming that one specific ingredient is at the root of all problems. My recommendations are rooted in science, balance, and sound judgement.

And you won’t see me promising a cure for everything to everybody either.  Again, I understand that we are all different and that we are in different places in our journeys toward health.  What works for some, might not work for others.

That’s why I have made it my mission to research and understand all the ingredients and even contaminants of the products we use.  Now I want to share with you over a decade’s worth of research and teach you how to make informed and practical decisions.  You can learn about my research methods here.

And since you are here, here is what I bet is true about you.

You know you want to create a healthy toxic-free home for your loved ones … but where do you start?

You want to buy safe products … but what do those unpronounceable ingredients mean?

You often feel confused, frustrated, or overwhelmed …

You don’t have to feel this way.

Do you need a better way to create a toxic-free home for your family?

I believe that you can shop for non-toxic healthy products with ease.

You can gain clarity and confidence to create a healthy home, even if you are on a budget.

And I believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Actually, that was how I started my whole journey into product research, when I had my own baby.  Motherhood changes you, and this is how it changed me.

While I have recovered from Hashimoto’s and am recovering from Addison’s disease, I live a fully normal life.  I used to throw up every morning, be nauseous during the day, and barely have energy to walk from the bedroom to the kitchen. 

But here I am in my late forties, and I can outrun my son! 

Really, my husband and I feel minimal impact of our new lifestyle.  We did not have to drop out of society to live and practice healthy living.  So welcome! 

I Read Labels For You I am so happy you are here!

In 2012, I left my financial analyst career to pursue my passion.  Today, it brings me joy to say that my efforts have not gone unnoticed.  Thousands of people follow me on social media.  I am a sought-after speaker on topics near and dear to my heart and have been interviewed as an expert for various media.  For example, I was interviewed for the Pretty Toxic documentary film.  And at the 2019 ShiftCon conference, I received the Best Green Beauty Blogger award. Furthermore, I advise companies on the safety of ingredients they are considering for their products.

I have been successfully guiding a group of Savvy Consumer Circle members to make meaningful, healthy changes without feeling overwhelmed.

We can also discuss your challenge one-on-one to identify solutions that will work for your budget, health condition, and appetite for change.

In addition, I consult retailers and product manufacturers to help them choose or make products consistent with their missions.

I whole-heartedly believe that you can be empowered with the knowledge you are gaining as well.   And you can be kind to yourself about things you can’t change, just yet.  I am here to help.

What others are saying

There is no doubt that Irina offers unique service. There are so many products I never knew even existed. Most importantly, she provides a solution to the problem. I highly appreciate her hard work and completely trust her recommendations for my family. This kind of research is not easy to do as every brand is trying to sell its products, and it is easy to mask all information about toxins in their products.


I’ve been reading your blog for the past year or so – you have really helped me to stay on the road to health and wellness. You have certainly educated me to live in a toxin-free world and slowly but surely toxins have been significantly reduced in the personal products I use and in the products I use for my home! Your blog is my go-to now. I thank God for you every day for doing the research for all of us! I appreciate the time, effort and passion you put into this.

I have to add my voice to the chorus of praise for all the meticulous research you are conducting on ways in which we can decrease the amounts of toxins in our home.

– Dawn

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I find your knowledge so helpful, to the point and like a gold mine. You have saved me so much time and have taught me so much. - Toni

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I Read Labels For You team

I am grateful to my husband for his emotional and financial support.  He is also a legal counselor and editor for I Read Labels For You.  I am also grateful for my friend and assistant Maria who is with me on this mission.  Read about her and my husband next.

 Bill Webb My name is Bill Webb. 

I am Irina’s husband, our son’s father, and an attorney dedicated to helping small businesses and individuals navigate an increasingly complex (and dangerous) society.

History will be the judge as to who had the idea for this blog first.  When we were expecting our son’s birth, I remember Irina was really concerned about finding the best products for him after he was born.  As an analyst, she attacked the problems of finding the right products with the best tool for uncovering the truth: she asked the right questions, and when she didn’t get the right answers, she kept asking.  Believe me, as an attorney, I know when I have been cross-examined well, and Irina is among the best.

After a while, she amassed such a quantity of information on non-toxic baby products that I encouraged her to start a blog and share her newfound expertise with the world.  I thought this would just be a hobby, but I have watched it become a passion, and have witnessed the birth not only of our son but also of this blog.  As I read it, I’m not sure which makes me prouder: watching Irina care for our little boy, or watching her separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to truly safe consumer products.

But this is supposed to be about me.  I grew up an all-American kid in the Midwest, playing sports in the summers and after school, baling hay and de-tassling corn as summer jobs, and eventually ended up at Notre Dame, where I graduated with a dual degree in English and Government and International Relations.  I then attended Notre Dame’s Law School and graduated in 1991.  I have been licensed in Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, and California.

I practiced law in Indiana for many years, and then migrated West, with a stop in Denver before settling in San Francisco.  I started my own practice where we help businesses and individuals cope with legal issues in a broad range of areas.  You can visit my website here.

I hope you enjoy the information my wife works long hours to bring you.  She has found her calling and her passion in researching, and bringing to light, the many dangerous chemicals and ingredients in products we all use.  Since she began her research, our lives have changed, but for the better.  I have more energy and feel much healthier for the relatively small changes we have made to our lifestyle.  Enjoy exploring these pages.

Maria Simmons Hi!  My name is Maria Simmons. 

In the middle of the 1990’s, as soon-to-be university graduates, we’d often get together to daydream about the great future awaiting us.  Yes, that’s how long Irina and I have known each other.  Our ways parted geographically, as Irina went to the US, and I went to Asia, but relationally we kept in touch and even visited with each other. 

After moving from Asia to the US with my American husband, I had to go through a period of adjustment.  While my friends and family were far away, Irina was always there for me.  Eventually, she tactfully asked me to help her out with her blog.  So, in 2018, I joined I Read Labels For You.

At that time, what Irina was writing about was new to me.  I purchased products based on their functionality, looks, and price rather than on their ingredients.  It had never even occurred to me to read ingredients.  Besides, I had a belief that if a product was out there for sale, it was fine.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been allowed to reach the store shelves.  Now I know better, and I’m grateful for that.

However, my life didn’t change overnight.  My husband and I are taking small steps towards improving our home environment, gradually moving from one level to the next, letting the newly acquired knowledge transform our minds first. 

Looking back, it’s hard not to notice the hand of God guiding Irina and me to this mutual path.  Clearly, as we walk through life, we can’t stay in touch with all the people we have ever met.  But for some reason, God chose to keep our relationship alive all these years and, ultimately, re-unite us both physically and spiritually.  It is this awareness that we are a part of a Bigger Plan is what keeps us going.  After all, what He opens, no one can close; and what He closes, no one can open.

Let's start creating a healthy home today!

When you join the I Read Labels For You community, you'll receive weekly emails with inspiration, exclusive content and coupons to gain clarity and confidence to create a healthy home. Plus, you'll get the FREE guide: "5 Powerful Steps to a Non-Toxic Home You Can Take Today!"

"I find your knowledge so helpful, to the point and like a gold mine. You have saved me so much time and have taught me so much. Toni

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16 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. LOVE this website, blog, your work, your passion…keep at it, Irina! It is so important, what you are doing! I am honored to know you!

  2. Melissa Thompson

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing your research! My life is on the brink of change after finding your website. I’ve been so overwhelmed with long ingredient lists and have chosen ignorance for too long. I’m not a researcher so having everything in one place – your website – will be an immense help to me. The toughest thing for me moving forward, I think, will be dealing with feelings of guilt for having used so many toxins on my baby already. Now choosing to be educated and guilt-free! Thank you!

  3. Hi Irina,
    Greetings from Toronto, Canada! I just came across your website, and I am blown away by the amount of useful information you have here. My mom has been a health nut since 1992, so we are not new to the topic of healthy living, but still, your articles contain a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for the honesty and I cannot wait to explore more and use this info in my Christmas shopping 🙂 Stay well!

    1. Greetings to you, Svetlana! We truly appreciate your feedback! It is rewarding to know that you have benefited from our work. Thank you for letting us know about it!

  4. Just stopping by to show my support to Irina in the midst of Russia-Ukraine crisis. No Eastern European is okay right now due to the tragic bloodshed — hope you are managing it and getting support.

    1. Hi, Sasha! Thank you for your support! Indeed, you are right – no one in their sound mind is okay with what is happening, and it affects us regardless of where we live. We should stay together and keep our hearts in love. Spasibo!

  5. Hi Irina, I remember asking about a few option to find things easier. Like the topic of interest and an easy way to click on your site before making a purchase. I just want to say your site is very easy to work with now. The delivery of topic, area of interest, research, eduacation and where to find are on point. Truly appreciated and on par with your valuable information. (Byw my background is IT Prj Mgmt for top 50 companies.)
    With much Appreciation, Sandy

    1. Hi, Sandy! On behalf of I Read Labels for You and Irina per se, let me thank you for your kind words about our website. We appreciate your feedback a lot!

  6. Hi Irina,

    Grateful for your blog! The list of ingredients can be dizzy-making and freeze making. I was curious about Thrive cosmetics, excited about their vegan aspect and contributions to women. But they use Hyaluronic acid and I’ve been reading that it can be bad for our auto-immune system and confuse our natural cell signaling. What are your thoughts on Hyaluronic acid? Is there such a thing as a plant based, natural non-toxic one that they carry? I’ve had some auto-immune scares recently and want the least based toxic.

    Also, is it possible in hair coloring as well to have a non-toxic experience from a conscientious salon?

    Thank you again for all that you do.

    1. Hi Maria,

      thank you for reaching out to I Read Labels for You and for your kind feedback!

      As for hyaluronic acid, it may cause some auto-immune concerns when injected or taken orally. However, in skincare, it stays on the skin due to the impenetrable size of its molecules. Hence, by staying on the skin it prevents moisture from leaving the skin and, thus, is valuable for skin hydration.

      As for the hair coloring question, our 9-year research shows that there are no non-toxic permanent or semi-permanent hair colors, regardless of how a salon promotes itself. Every permanent and semi-permanent hair color must contain the ingredients that actually do the job of coloring. As of today, these ingredients are of chemical origin and, thus, may cause a wide range of concerns. If you are interested to learn more, consider purchasing our Permanent Hair Color Rating List e-book.

      We hope this helps!

  7. Hi Maria and Irina,
    I came across your blog while in the middle of research for a project to create a descriptive list of 500+ chemicals. I’ve long been aware of the dangers of these chemicals but this particular project has been intense and deeply discouraging! I am glad to see that the three of you are dedicated to balancing the scales (industrial/corporate interests on one side and healthy, happy humans on the other). Please keep up the excellent work!

  8. You are fantastic and your work is of utmost importance. Could you please consider doing some research on the various organic brands of dark chocolate bars, especially since they sadly too often contain a great deal of cadmium and lead. Are any brands better than others? Thank you!

      1. Thank you. Yes, that brand was mentioned in the Consumer Reports article as having less heavy metals on one particular bar, but clearly research needs to be in this area for multiple brands and multiple products. Thanks so very much and stay well!

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