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Toxic Cosmetics Lurking in my Home – STILL!!!

11 May

As you can tell by my blog topics and archive, I’ve been cleaning up my act for sometime now. I must admit that I can be a know-it-all – and this week I have been humbled. Not only humbled, but also shocked, surprised, and honestly a little bit angry. Here’s why: when one embarks on this journey to clean up ones life there’s certainly a learning curve. You learn that the healthiest things don’t come in packages, and even those organic packaged foods are still junk food with a fancy label. You learn that animal products and chemicals are hidden everywhere. If you haven’t seen the Story of Stuff, it’s below.

If you’re anything like me, you may also think that because you know the red flags to look for that you really do know your products. Much of my ego has played into feeling that I was making better choices than most of the people I know – and while that’s not WHY I do it – I’ve really patted myself on the back and tooted my own horn about it. If you follow my blog you likely know me in some way – so you know that I am proud of buying CLEAN products, clean food, and supporting companies that I believe make a difference in this world.

Here it comes. I WAS WRONG and I AM ANGRY! I’ve used the Cosmetics Database many times over the past few years to look up products. The database rates products toxicity from Zero (not harmful) to 9, very harmful. I picked a range of products from things I use daily (shampoo, deodorant) to things I use occasionally (OFF!, facial masque, cheap body spray) and everything in between. First, here’s a visual. Do you recognize any of these products? Do it yourself – I posted a hub about it here: How to Detoxify your home.

Toxic Products including shampoo, lotion, mineral makeup, organics and more.

All of these toxins combined create a deadly cocktail in your body, and what goes on your skin goes IN your body.

So you may be wondering why the anger? What’s the big deal? I buy everything from organic lotion to organic dish soap. The price point on these items is much higher than supposed toxic products. But since I’m a know-it-all – my motto has been “You get what you pay for!” Not true. Hence the outrage. You’re telling me that my overpriced shampoo, conditioner and lotion are the exact same poor quality as everything else on the shelf? Yes, it’s true.

Fine, if you know me – you know I prefer solutions to complaining. I took the plunge this week to join Ava Anderson Non-Toxic as a consultant. I am already passionate about this subject, and now I am empowered. Let me tell you something folks… I THOUGHT I KNEW my organics. I really did. After trying TRULY organic products that are clean and made with minimal ingredients I can’t even explain. I have not dyed or processed my hair in over 10 years – it has not felt this healthy – ever. It feels like hair again! The frizz is gone (and I didn’t have to use my dimethicone-based “serum” either!) My skin feels flawless, and not like it has a coating of garbage over it.

I will never, never ever, ever ever go back to the old way… no more blinders, no more wasted dollars at drug stores, whole foods, trader joes. I’m done with the cosmetics and personal care industry. There is a new way… and as you may have guessed, I am completely on board. Once you go clean you’ll NEVER go back.

Watch for my Ava Anderson non-toxic review – where I tell you about my experience with the products!
(Review is linked here!)

I will be reviewing the following: Ava Lipstick, lip gloss, foundation, blush, cleanser, scrub, moisturizer, toner, body lotion, body wash, and haircare products.
CAN’T WAIT – but duty calls – I have some design deadlines to tie up first.

GMO Foods and what they REALLY do inside your body.

4 Jul

GMO foods are evil. I’ve written a hub about them on HubPages. I hope you’ll hop over to read it… this is very important. Please share!

Here’s an excerpt:

“GMO Corn, one of the top five US GMO crops is genetically modified to be “RoundUp Ready”. What does that mean? It means that there are chemicals grown in the plant that will allow it to live when drenched in Round Up, Monsanto’s signature toxic soup. This hideous chemical leeches into the ground contaminating soil. And many Monsanto seeds are bred to have what is commonly known as the “suicide gene” meaning that the plants borne from GMO seeds are infertile. The seeds can not be used to create a new crop, thus forcing the farmer to purchase more GMO seeds for next year’s crop.

So what’s the problem with eating GMO foods? The short answer: Obesogens. That sounds ugly, right? It is. Our bodies are magnificent, protective machines. They self-regulate and protect us in ways that many do not understand. One of the ways our bodies react to pesticides and toxic chemicals is to store them in fat cells, then release them slowly into the body so they can be eliminated safely. When we overdose on nasty chemicals our bodies respond in a protective manner, holding these chemicals for us, until they can safely be released in a slow manner, so as not to kill us.”

Read more here: “GMO: Monsanto’s dirty little secret.”

The basics of the article include:

  • How GMO and BT products are stored in the body
  • How BT Corn can create a literal chemical factory INSIDE your body
  • How GMO corn gets into the body (other than eating corn).
  • Hidden sources of GMO foods, and more.



Is Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash safe?

24 Jun

It MUST be, right? Wrong.

But I won’t bore you with the details… a picture is worth a thousand words.

Johnson & Johnson baby wash: toxic.

Now, THIS is something to cry about.

So what’s the bottom line here? Parabens, fragrance, dye. No more tears? That’s a stretch. I would really love to hear your thoughts about this visual.

Does it infuriate you?

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