Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Why Its Worth Switching to Safer Personal Care Products and What I Am Using Now



Is it worth switching to non-toxic and cleaner beauty products? 

YES!

But don't take my word for it- a study conducted not too long ago followed teenaged girls that used conventional cosmetic and personal care products and had them switch to cosmetic products, shampoos and soaps that DO NOT contained phthalates and parabens.

After just 3 days the levels of these hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of these teenage girls plunged ( by up to 44%!) - just by making the switch.


These hormone mimicking chemicals are especially dangerous when you are pregnant and during prepuberty and puberty - these periods are called windows of susceptibility and - in a nutshell- it is when we are more vulnerable to the effects of chemicals. 

As the study proved, while there are chemicals that will accumulate inside of our bodies and stay there for years, many of the most common and harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals (like parabens, phthalates and bisphenols) can be eliminated from your system quickly - which is great news!  Small switches will make an impact in you and your family's body's chemical load.

Because I always get asked what do I use at home - here is a list of what we are currently using.   I am working on developing a Non-Toxic Munchkin approved store where you can shop all non-toxic products that I have investigated and used and approved - I hope to get that up and running over the summer so check back soon!

Shampoo/ Conditioner
Rahua:    I have color treated hair and have been using Rahua's shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair since it launched.  It is hard to find a non-toxic shampoo that does not overdry color treated hair so this has worked well for now.... I cut my hair at a very well known and very good hair salon in Beverly Hills and they also often use Rahua!
Amazon Beauty Rahua Color Full Shampoo 275 ml

Rahua by Amazon Beauty Rahua Conditioner, 275 ml

California Baby:  Shampoo and Conditioner
WE have been using California baby pretty regularly since my boys were born- I can find it at almost every store which makes it ultra convenient and it is a brand I trust.   The conditioner is great for knots- although my older sons curly hair could use a bit more conditioning.   My younger son doesn't need conditioner so we skip it. California Baby has a large line of products - do to precautions and links between lavender and tea tree oil with endocrine disrupting properties we skip the products that contain these essential oils
California Baby Calendula Shampoo & Bodywash - 19 oz

California Baby hair Conditioner - Super Sensitive, 8.5 Ounce




Body Wash
Dr. Bronner's is my go to for everything.  It is pure, and I absolutely love the almond scent.    My boys don't love it, but my husband and I use as our main body wash for years.
Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented 32oz.

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Almond 32oz.

Alaffia:   I purchased this after hearing it was Made Safe Approved and very "clean" , My boys hated the smell so we now have it in the guest bathroom (we have had a lot of overnight and extended stay family guests lately)...  Once our guests leave I am going to try it out!
Alaffia - Everyday Shea Shampoo and Body Wash, Babies and Kids, Gentle and Calming Support for Soft Hair and Skin with Shea Butter, Neem, and Coconut Oil, Fair Trade, Lemon Lavender, 16 Ounces


Hand wash

Everyone Hand Soap, Meyer Lemon plus Mandarin, 12.75oz, 3 Count





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