Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and that means (let’s just say it) some of us are prepping to get lucky. So what better time to talk about what’s in sexual health products like lube and condoms, and feminine products like wipes and washes?
These are products that rarely get talked about, for obvious reasons. But we have to discuss what’s in them, because some of the common ingredients are harmful chemicals that come into contact with some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies—and in the case of women, some of the most absorptive. (more…)
We live in a world of unprecedented toxic exposure. A world where babies are born pre-polluted, exposed to cocktail of harmful chemicals in utero. A world where diseases linked to toxic chemicals like cancer, auto-immune disorders, early-onset puberty, infertility, Alzheimers, ADHD, diabetes, and obesity are on the rise. (more…)
This holiday season, I’m thrilled to give you this guide of healthier options to make your shopping easier. No one wants to accidentally give a toxic gift, but it can be confusing to figure out what’s safe and what’s not.
I developed the MADE SAFE™ seal because I believe it shouldn’t be so hard to find things that are made with safe ingredients. While only the gift recommendations in bold are MADE SAFE certified, I generally like the direction all of these companies are taking and trust that they are making better products than many on the market. (more…)
The body does important rejuvenation, repair and detoxification work when resting. But if the environment you sleep in is toxic, you’re adding unnecessary work to the load limiting the body’s innate ability to preserve our health and prepare us for the new day ahead. (more…)
Our skin is our largest organ, and absorbs much of what we put on it. When it comes to personal care products things like deodorant, sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm are meant to stay on our skin for a long time, which means a longer period for our skin to absorb some of what’s in those products.
The Green Science Policy Institute found that 80% of baby products tested contain flame retardants include nursing pillows, car seats, portable crib mattresses, baby carriers, strollers, and changing table pads. Studies show that these toxic chemicals appear immediately in the bloodstream and urine, and are to long-term impacts like endocrine disruption, lower IQ, ADD, fertility issues, thyroid disease and cancer. They are heavy polymers and wind up in common household dust; they’re inhaled and consumed and then stored in our fat, and they bio-accumulate and increase through the food chain, according to numerous studies.
It can be hard to find a safe laundry detergent that you can trust. Some detergents can contain 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing chemical that’s a common contaminant from ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate. Laundry detergents can also contain synthetic fragrance ingredients that can get into our bodies and harm our health. One study showed that women who use fragranced laundry detergent during pregnancy had higher levels of tonalide, a common fragrance ingredient that’s a hormone disruptor, in their breast milk. (more…)
A quick glance at a product’s ingredient list can tell you a lot about its safety – if you know what to look for! With over 85,000 chemicals used in an array of products today, it can be hard for anyone to effectively track safe vs. toxic ingredients without a database at your fingertips, but we recognize it’s an excellent place to start. Read ingredients and jot down anything you don’t understand to look up later. You’ll learn a lot.
Then we have good news for you! We’ve just certified the first MADE SAFE™ cleaning products in the world: soap flakes and laundry powder from Meliora Cleaning Products.
Why is this a big deal? Household cleaning products have come under fire in recent years for commonly containing chemicals linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, hormone disruption, and respiratory problems. Laundry detergent in particular can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen listed on California’s Proposition 65 list. What’s more, ingredients aren’t required by law to be listed on cleaners, leaving consumers in the dark on toxic chemicals and how to choose safer products. (more…)
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