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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.

Why the anti-chemical obsession?

27 Jul

The other day, a close friend of mine told me that she’d watched one of my favorite documentaries, “DMT – The Spirit Molecule” (you can watch it free by clicking the link). The film is about DMT, Dimethyltryptamine, a naturally occurring psychedelic produced by the human brain. DMT is released naturally from the pineal gland, a pine cone shaped gland that is located behind the eyes. As you can see, nearly any topic of conversation that comes up with me, I almost immediately go into “encyclopedia” mode, spouting facts. The next question from my mouth was, “Did you know that fluoride has been known to calcify the pineal gland, thus making it less efficient at releasing DMT?” As the answer left my mouth, I remembered why I REALLY do this, why I love rants about organics, avoiding chemicals from food and skin sources, why I love clean water, my water filters, my chlorine-free shower, and my non-fluoridated drinking water. The real reason is this: Because when the human brain and body run at full capacity we all benefit. We are meant to be thinkers, to come up with new ideas, to share our gifts with the world. Whether gifts of thought, creation, ideas, we are here to improve the place! It’s just like when you’re a guest in someone’s home – leave the place better than how you found it. It’s not that I have a superiority complex about my discoveries – everything I have learned has been a journey, an unfolding. One day I felt the light bulb come on, and since that time an entire landscape has emerged. Seeing the truth of our world can be disturbing. It can make one feel out of control, overwhelmed, and somewhat helpless. There’s simply no way to avoid every bit of chemical exposure from every source. The one thing I do know is that since stepping onto this path I feel better, my mind is more clear, my energy is more clear. I promise you all that I step off the path occasionally. Sometimes… I just want ice cream. Sometimes I go back to my old ways for one meal or one day or whatever it may be. I find that flexibility is the only way I can navigate this challenge. I don’t always have the budget to eat 100% organic 100% of the time. I do what I can, and I share what I’m learning while trying not to sound too preachy or judgmental. This is important to me – not to be perfect but to share what I’ve discovered. I keep a running list of topics for blogs and articles to come. If you have something you’d like to ask, or a topic you’ve always wondered about that you need me to dig into, please – say the word! I write this blog for two reasons, for me, and for you.

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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