Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare

Chafers Anonymous

Summer Saviour!  Cotton rich, breathable undies to prevent chafing.  Brilliant!
Summer Saviour! Cotton rich, breathable undies to prevent chafing. Brilliant!

Chafers unite!  As the summer months approach we of fleshy thighs must find a way to combat the dreaded chafe.  Move on if you’re one of those lucky folk that were born with non-touching thighs, but if you’re one of the many that were not (or perhaps enjoy the odd scone too many) then read on.

In July we planned a sunny holiday in steamy and exotic Singapore and Indonesia.  In a frantic pre-packing panic I went searching for something like bike shorts that I could wear under light coloured dresses and skirts in a climate where chafing is a given.  The only thing I could find was skimpy gym pants in black, or sometimes the odd festive, bright-coloured print.  You know the type I’m talking about, the little short-shorts that women with buns of steel (and never a chafing day in their life) could wear, in public on their way to the gym.  These ‘solutions’ were both unsuitable and not fit for purpose.

In a stroke of genius I remembered Etsy!  Sadly it was too late to order and receive international delivery in time for a holiday only a few days away, but the good part was that I found solutions.  I bought those horrid gym pants, strictly for wearing under black skirts and dresses, they did the job, ‘sort of’… It was a sweaty affair all that black, tight, polyester fabric in tropical heat.  I also bought some too-bulky cotton shorty-shorts made of terry towelling fabric in a makeshift ‘skin’ tone (better described as apricot) and flashes of apricot and bulk (on top of my bulk) could be spotted underneath the wispy light fabrics of lighter dresses and skirts.  Ugh!!  The frustration!  Even skinny friends suffer from chafing so why the hell is it so hard to find solutions?  Especially in a sunny country like Australia?

If you are a chafer please share this information with your chafing friends.  Unfortunately it’s one of those things people don’t talk about but it’s real and this is a community service.  

Yesterday I received delivery of my favourite solution from Intertwined Designs on Etsy (see the main picture).  Betsy is the maker.  She’s ‘Betsy from Etsy’ to me.  She makes these attractive, high quality undergarments and they are perfect for the problem (they even have a gusset), different colours to choose from, excellent size guides for a perfect fit and they are comfy.  I bought the nude/natural colour and it is completely acceptable under light fabrics.  Find a link to her store below.

Intertwined Designs on Etsy

Long UNdies
Other long underwear solutions that caught my eye include:
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You can choose bamboo jersey fabric over spandex which is great if you’d rather choose a cooler (and healthier) fabric.
il_570xN.653169715_qzp4il_570xN.230432411These pantaloons have a really cute vintage appeal.  I like them for not being a clingy fabric.  You know how it is on some days when you just don’t want to feel restricted?!
Unfortunately until retail catches up (especially in places like Australia) we need to buy online to find our obscure little solutions to life’s little problems.  Allow 2 weeks for delivery so plan ahead!!  If you want your undies or pantaloons to be shorter, less bows, etc you can contact the makers and have them even more customised.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do. 

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Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare, Uncategorized

10 Dirty Beauty Surprises

Beauty SurprisesDo these products look familiar?

They sure do to me!  And I bet they do to you too!  At some stage I’ve had each of these in my daily routine, even until very recently – thinking I was choosing the best, safest, least toxic products.  Some I even chose, in good faith, in the name of chemical free, safe, non-toxic, and even healthy… Boy, was I wrong!

You might be surprised to know that every single one of the above products rate either 9/10 or 10/10 for DIRTY!  According to the Think Dirty app (FREE in the app store) these products rate the highest in in 1) Carcinogenicity, 2) Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity, and 3) Allergenicity & Immunotoxicity.  Scary huh?

Worse, have a look at the labels.  You’ll see all sorts of healthy, safe, ‘good for you’ claims.  This is why we must look at labels and educate ourselves on what’s inside our every day products, especially if we value our long term health, and the health of our families.

What to do?  

At the very least download the Think Dirty app, and the others mentioned in my previous post on 5 Apps to Help you Live Clean, and start reading labels.  Most of the apps are free so they’re costing you big fat nothing.  What’s better than that?

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

Like this post?  Come and see me on FaceBook and share the love with a ‘like’ or a ‘share’!  Mwah!


Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.  

Better Skincare Choices, Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare

5 Apps To Help You Live Clean

“Each day women are exposed to about 168 chemicals in beauty products”, according to the Environmental Working Group.  Considering it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals in your skincare to enter your bloodstream it makes a plenty of sense to take a closer look at what you’re using on your skin and home every single day.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but lately there’s a real movement around educating ourselves about the ingredients inside of food, skincare, and house cleaning products.  Thankfully the digital age is conveniently supplying us with some fantastic tools to help decipher what’s safe and what’s not.  The toxic products on the market are too extensive to list individually (and their own individual ingredient lists are often even more extensive).  It’s a very confusing exercise trying to work out what’s safe and what’s not.

The good news is some clever people have developed apps that can help you field the differences between different products.  Many of the listed products apply to those stocked in the USA however I have found many product listings apply internationally.

Here are some of the top rated apps for discerning shoppers:

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Healthy Body, Home Remedies, Uncategorized

Combatting Urinary Tract Infections

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Anybody who’s had a urinary tract infection will remember it.  It’s very hard to forget!  If you’ve been unlucky enough to have had them regularly you’ll probably be aware of some protocols to help prevent them.  If one pops up the trick is to quickly recognise the signs and act quick.

What are the symptoms?

Burning with urination, Frequent urges to urinate, Lower abdominal pain or aching, Blood in your urine (sometimes, but not always), Cloudy urine, Weird smelling urine, and also a cold feeling in your lower back.

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Better Skincare Choices, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Skincare Recipes, Uncategorized

Chemical Free Toothpastes

Toothpaste Alternatives

Topical in the news this week are the chemicals found in best selling Colgate Total toothpaste, in particular triclosan (used as a preservative, said to be a carcinogen, immune disruptor, to cause allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation and suspected skin, sense organ and immunotoxicity).

As you probably already know medicines can be quickly and readily absorbed under the tongue.  When your toothpaste contains chemicals you are essentially administering a nice little dose of chemicals to yourself while you’re innocently brushing your teeth.  Dentists recommend a full 2 minutes of brushing to get your pearly whites clean however ‘sublingual administration’ (ie. under the tongue), and also via your cheeks, can ensure chemicals/toxins (and medicines) are hitting your system within as little as 60 seconds!  Does this make you think twice about what’s in your toothpaste?  I do now, that’s for sure!

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Better Skincare Choices, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Skincare, Uncategorized

Flushable Bum Wipes

Bum Wipes

The concept of moist toilet wipes is a ripper.  Like they say about the ad, ‘there isn’t much you wouldn’t clean without water’, and it’s true.  I even heard one friend say they changed his life!  I am a devotee too however recent awareness around the chemicals used to make these products has called for me to look further afield for an alternate, safer solution.  The two most popular, readily available varieties are featured below.  Interestingly they both use less ingredients than most baby wipes out there however they both feature preservatives that can cause contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity.  All things being equal in the bum wiping world these are ingredients I prefer NOT to include in my daily cleaning routine.

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Better Skincare Choices, Chemicals in Skincare, Healthy Body, Skincare, Uncategorized

Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

Today’s spotlight is on baby wipes.  Wow!  There are a lot of different brands out there and whilst I set out on this discovery mission intending to cover them all I soon worked out that I’d be here till next week trying.  My criteria is strict and I say, ‘Rightly so!’  These wipes will be used all through the day and night on your baby’s bum (and precious skin too).

I have a problem with any skin product that contains toxins, and there are lots!

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Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

The Lowdown on Water Filters

Water Filters Confusion

Working out the ins and outs of water filters can be very confusing business!  There are so many opinions; what’s good, what’s not, why, what you’re filtering, costs, what your needs are, the list goes on.  We recently researched the various water filtration options for our house and it’s quite a process (and it took weeks!).  I’ll do my best to summarise the differences between the most popular options here:

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