Thursday, May 10, 2018

Don't Gift Hormone Disrupting Chemicals for Mothers Day nor Teacher Appreciation Week!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week AND Mothers Day (also- the end of the school year is also approaching! ).   Many of us look to gift our moms and teachers something that let's them know we love them, appreciate them and are thankful.  Some of the most popular gifts for these special women in our lives (yes, I know men make wonderful teachers too!   but generally speaking these are better matches for women!)  on both special days are candles, luxurious body/face lotions and fragrant body washes.

If going this route- remember to avoid buying items that contain the words "fragrance" or "perfum" or that smell artificial.   Seek out products that specify in the ingredients that they use pure organic essential oils.  Otherwise?   We are gifting these special women items filled with hormone mimicking chemicals called phthalates !!

Scroll down to the end of this story for some of my favorites!

......And, because I know how popular candles are, here is a blog post from last year with my candle buying guide.


Need some time to unwind this weekend?  How many of us will turn to candles?

Women, especially, love them.  We love to gift them and we  love to receive them as gifts. Lighting candles can instantly transport you to a remote tropical island, a snow capped chalet, a spa like atmosphere,  a romantic set or a childless, organized quiet home!  They are quite powerful, candles.

Unfortunately most of the candles we find in stores - yes, even the expensive ones with the glorious smells and designer cases- are made of paraffin wax a petroleum byproduct that gives of the same chemicals that diesel fuel fumes give off (benzene and toluene).  EECK. Not to mention the undisclosed list of fragrance chemicals they give off some of which are known hormone disruptors!   

Not quite that romantic or relaxing now that you know the truth right?

The good news is that there are safer less toxic options:  beeswax candles (make sure you find 100% beeswax since some companies have been known to mixing with paraffin), coconut oil candles and even soy candles (although pretty much all soybeans are genetically modified which require huge amounts of toxic pesticides - so try to find non GMO soybeans).  Also, look for cotton wicks!


Here are some of our favorites (candles and luxurious personal care items for MOM!) 

Pure Beeswax Coconut Oil Candle Glass Apothecary Jar Double Wicked - Unscented, Handmade, 10oz

Wild Beautiful Free Citrus and Floral Organic Aromatherapy Candle with Pure Essential Oils for Energy and Motivation - Hope Lion Luxury Candle by

Annmarie Skin Care - Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin, 15ml

Annmarie Skin Care - Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion, 100ml

Tata Harper Luminous Glow Collection

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