Better Skincare Choices, Low Tox Living, Skincare, Uncategorized, Your Home

GREAT PRODUCT ALERT! Melrose Liquid Soap

Melrose Liquid Soaps

Why we love it?  It’s Australian made, certified organic by ACO, 100% biodegradable, it has no synthetic detergents, is not tested on animals, contains no animal ingredients, and no preservatives.  It’s also glorious to use, it’s gentle on the skin, non-drying.  It’s also non-toxic, safe, and contains no carcinogens, no artificial fragrances or parfum, no hormone disruptors, and can be used for (or in) so other things such as: shampoo (dilute 1:3); body wash, put on a loofah or wash cloth and use in the shower; laundry soap, as a liquid soap; cleaning, as part of a multi-purpose spray  (click here for a cheap, easy, homemade recipe which is so much cheaper and safer than store bought varieties); floor cleaner, squish some in a bucket and dilute with warm water and mop away.  Oh, and it’s cheaper than Dr Bronner’s which is good to know for us Australians!   The other part I like is that the dispenser comes with a foam pump, so it’s lovely and fluffy to use.  Be warned, if you use a regular soap pump it will be runny (and not as nice or fun to use, but it will still be effective).  Buy the dispenser and then refill as needed.

Ingredients:  Purified Water, Potassium soaps of Organic Olive Oil (potassium hydroxide is used to saponify olive oil), Organic Flaxseed Oil, Organic Palm Olein (from sustainable plantations in Columbia), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Orange Oil, Citric Acid.

Price:  $12.50 for a 500ml Pump.

The Great News for Bulk Buyers: If you love using it you can buy 9 litre casks and they range in price between $118-145.  That brings the price for 500mls from $12.50 to $6.50 (that’s $1.30 per 100mls which is WAY cheaper than ALL the popular store-bought varieties that are filled with toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors… are you catching my drift?  Even if you only use it for washing your hands you’ll use it eventually, and you’ll never get caught short again!! Buy the ‘original’ and add your own essential oils if you want variety.

Where can you buy it? Well that’s the slightly tricky part but it’s worth hunting down (and here’s where interested people start to lose focus, but please do stay with me)…  Click here for stores around Australia and to buy online.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  If I find a product and it fits with my strict criteria (being that it contains no toxins, no carcinogens, no hormone disruptors, and no poisons) then I’ll tell everyone about it.  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, 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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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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Better Skincare Choices, Skincare, Uncategorized

Safe Hand Sanitizers

Safe Hand Sanitizers

Here are some much safer options for hand sanitizers.  The good news is they have minimal ingredients (all easy to recognise and pronounce – which is a good start), and all do a great job as a quick hand sanitizer for those moments that you’re not close to soap & water.  The bad news is they’re not readily available at your local big-name supermarket BUT they are readily available online (links attached), or in person at smaller specialty health stores.

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

Mould Spray

 

Mould Spray

This safe and effective clove oil spray will kill mould at the spores.  Keep a spray bottle on hand and spray once a week or so.  I suggest wiping clean with a wet sponge.   You can buy oil of cloves (clove essential oil, clove bud oil) from most chemists, organic stores or health shops.  I use the Young Living brand.

For stubborn mould you may need to scrub the effected area, spray again and leave overnight.

Some precautions when using clove oil include:   Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor. Check with your health care provider if taking a blood-thinning medication. Always dilute before using on skin. Keep out of reach of children.

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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