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

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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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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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Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

What is Borax? Is Borax safe?

Borax    As you go about the business of detoxing your home you’ll come across a few questions about natural products like Borax.  I say ‘natural wonder’ as you may wonder if, as a natural product, it is completely safe or not.  If you research Borax you’ll find lots of conflicting opinions about it; some use it lots, others won’t, calling it toxic or unnecessary, while many use it for some purposes and not others.  Confusing, huh?

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Chemical Info, House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

Homemade Natural Laundry Powder

Washing Powder posterPopular store-bought laundry powder is a quiet chemical storm that many know nothing about.  There are some real doozies in laundry detergent and fabric softeners, including ‘fragrance’ where the chemicals used to make ‘fragrance’ are not defined and commonly include pthalates which are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, they are known to cause asthma and to be a neurotoxin. This is just the tip of the iceberg on ‘fragrance’.  Fragrance can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals, none of which need to be listed on packaging and sit comfortably under the blanket of the lovely, harmless sounding word ‘fragrance’ (also known as ‘parfum’).  

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Chemical Info, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

What’s in Our Water?

glass of water

About 12 months ago I noticed that our tap water started to smell like a swimming pool.  It tasted like a swimming pool too.  We always had great tasting water, but all at once that changed.  I was always aware that our water had been fluoridated but had little knowledge about what else was being added to treat our drinking water.  It was obvious that chlorine was included, among other things.  I was always told that fluoride was good for me and I believed it.  Since I could now taste chlorine and other weirdness I became suspicious and started looking further.  Wow, was I surprised by what I found!

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Chemical Info, House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living

Mould Be Gone!

Let’s explore some of the chemicals commonly found around the home in some of the most popular cleaning products.  Prepare to be a little shocked, and hopefully motivated to make a few changes the next time you’re buying cleaning products!

Mould ‘killer’ and other similar products…

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