A more natural ear plug

Quies Boules Wax Ear Plugs

Made from pure wax...nothing more!

I wear ear plugs every single night (thanks to a guy who snores—loudly!). But it wasn’t until just recently—and by happenstance—that I discovered the foam ear plugs I have been wearing daily for almost 15 years contain…get this…formaldehyde. (Formaldehyde has been declared a known carcinogen by the state of California.) And even more disturbing: NO WHERE on the label do these foam ear plugs—found in any drugstore or on line—say they contain this substance. (It’s used as a preservative in the foam.) And most foam (mattresses, pillows, etc) contain this potentially cancer-causing substance as well, so buyer beware.

So I searched around and found these natural French Boules pure wax ear plugs from Quies ($6.62 for 8; earplugstore.com). All they contain is biodegradable, hypoallergenic wax, which is obviously a natural component of the ear canal. The feeling takes some getting used to—but it’s worth it!



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Valerie LatonaAbout Valerie Latona
As the former editor in chief of Shape (the active lifestyle magazine) for 5 years, I personally spoke with a lot of women (thousands over the years, from around the nation) and what I found is this: it's not easy to stay healthy, to get (and stay) fit, and to stem the weight gain tide (and even the tide of disease) that inevitably happens to us as we get older.