One of the most common questions I get regarding non-toxic products is whether I've found a natural deodorant that ACTUALLY works. Natural deodorants have gotten a bad rep for being ineffective. Since starting my non-toxic journey, I've had the chance to try several top-rated natural deodorants, and frankly, not all are created equal!
No one likes mosquitoes! They're annoying, ugly and the itchy welts left in their wake can be so uncomfortable, they might cause you to descend into madness. Other than being a food source for certain fish, mosquitos serve no real purpose in our ecosystem and generally have zero redeeming qualities. But mosquitoes aren't the only critters you should be concerned about. Ticks have become a source of great concern as well, particularly in recent years as the deer population has increased. If you thought mosquitoes and ticks were bad before, hang on to your bug spray, because I've got some bad news for you…
The average woman may use nearly 17,000 tampons in her lifetime. A staggering number by all considerations, so why are so many of us blithely unaware of what is actually in them? When you think of tampons or menstrual pads, what ingredients comes to mind? Probably cotton. While that is the main ingredient in feminine hygiene products, cotton also happens to be the most heavily treated crop in the United States.
Parabens are a group of compounds used as preservatives in personal care products, cosmetics and even medicine like Advil. They help to prolong the shelf life of the products they’re contained in because they are antifungals and antimicrobials. The problem with parabens is that they are xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic estrogen in the body. Elevated estrogen in the body can lead to all kinds of health problems...
Four months ago, I went to Sephora to buy some mascara. Being a makeup junkie, I had accumulated lots of points and was eligible for a free gift. I chose a Laura Mercier set with three products. When I got home, I looked at the ingredients. This wasn't something I did often, but nevertheless-- I noticed that in my new makeup set were some sketchy ingredients (parabens). At the time, I didn't know much about chemicals, but I had heard of parabens and knew to avoid them.
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