Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Not All Stainless Steel Thermal Containers Are Created Equal

Guess what? 
Not all stainless steel thermal containers are created equal.
You might already know that you want to avoid placing hot food in plastic thermal containers ( the reason? The heat could cause the plastic to leach worrisome chemicals like BPA, or similar chemicals sometimes found in BPA free plastics, into the food).

You would be correct to, then, opt for a stainless steel thermal container- but guess what?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Non-Toxic Beauty Products Available at Target NOW! Run Don't Walk!

Beautycounter for Target is here! 

 I made a Target run last night  and ran into the Beautycounter for Target display at our local City Target. They have some nice options available at much lower prices ( smaller sizes too);  there really are no excuses not to try safe beauty products - i mean, its available at Target!

Remind me- Why is Beautycounter a good brand to try?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Antibacterial Ingredients Banned in Soap - But They're Still in your Toothpaste, Toys, Hand Sanitizer and More

After years of debate, we can finally say bye-bye to antibacterial soap and washes.... but what about antibacterial gels and other products with similar ingredients?   

This past week, the FDA  announced a final rule establishing that over-the-counter antiseptic wash products that  contain any of a list of 20 specifically banned ingredients, including the very popular triclosan  can no longer be sold.

What is the reason for this new ban? 

The FDA issued this ban after concluding that " manufacturers did not demonstrate that (these) ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections."

Adding to this, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Janet Woodcock, M.D., said, “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

Sunday, August 28, 2016

No One Regulates The Ingredients In Your Family's Shampoo, Bath Gel, Moisturizer, Makeup etc Should You?

Did you know that most products we buy over the counter in a store or pharmacy are not regulated by anyone?   

There is absolutely no legal requirement that cosmetic companies ensure their products are safe before selling them... they don't even have to publish what ingredients are in their products... so, yes, even chemicals linked to cancer, chemicals that mess with your hormones and are linked to other serious illnesses can be - and are - found in everyday products.

Let me say that again:  no one is regulating the "personal care " products sold over the counter for  babies, children and adults. Companies can put whatever they want in these products and not tell anyone.  


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Non-Toxic and Cool 2016 Back to School Guide!

It is officially that time of the year again- as we prepare to say goodbye to the long hot summer days, parents and children everywhere are getting ready for the new school year. 

Back to school shopping might have already started at your house.... or if you are like me - this weekend and next week will be a busy one getting ready for the start of the new school year!

Because all kids want school supplies that fit their personalities and we parents want them to have safe products that wont expose them to nasty toxic chemicals, here is your 2016 Non-Toxic Munchkin Back To School Guide for kids of all ages.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our Fav Non-Toxic Sunscreens Right Now- Have You Tried Them?

Summer is well underway, and we have had plenty of time to try a couple of new safe sunblocks.   Some we have loved, whie others - truth be told- have left us a bit too white and oily.   If you are currently looking for your next fav sunblock - here are 3 to try.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pucker Up: Why Lipstick Should Be The First Non-Toxic Cosmetic You Switch Too

'Clean' Beautycounter lipstick in Scarlet 

Do you use lipstick?  
If so, here is something to think about :
The average women applies lipstick from 2 - 14 times every day

How much lipstick is the average woman ingesting?  
As much as 87 milligrams of product a day… every single day for years, even decades.  

Something more to think about? 
A 2010 FDA study  found lead in 400 lipsticks at levels up to 7.19 ppm.  a UC Berkley 2013 study went on to find more chemicals of concern in common lipsticks.  In addition to lead they found cadmium, chromium, aluminum and titanium.

If you are a daily user of lipstick you might want to think twice before you use it again today - especially if you are pregnant since these heavy metals (especially lead) can be particularly bad for the developing fetus.   Some studies have found (obviously, depending on the lipstick) in some cases women who slathered lipstick on (14 times a day or more) were meeting or surpassing the daily recommended exposure to chromium, aluminum, and manganese. 

Should you care?   Yes!