Non-toxic Living

Have you ever actually read the ingredients in your personal care products? What about your cleaning supplies? Probably not, because let’s be honest, we don’t know what any of those ingredients are, or how to even pronounce them for that matter. We all use them though, because they are sold in stores, so obviously they are safe right?

Wrong!

I’m not an expert, but I am a mom. When I was pregnant, I did enough research to understand that I needed to create a better and safer environment for Myla. And it all started with her very first home: my body.

Our epidermis, or outer layer of our skin, is our body’s most largest organ. And it absorbs everything.

With that being said, I quickly realized I could not trust a majority of the products I had been using daily, like my lotions, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, perfumes, etc. Not only where these products pumped with loads of unnecessary chemicals and fillers, they all contained synthetic fragrances which actually do much more harm than good to our bodies.

I don’t want to sound all “research paper” here, but I want to include this: “U.S. researchers report that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.” https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals-avoid/

I found that article by simply typing in “chemicals in beauty products.” And don’t even get me started on household cleaning supplies. Trust me when I say that bleach is not the only ingredient that’s going to kill germs. But that’s a topic for another time.

I’m in no way bashing anyone for the products they use or don’t use, I’m just simply putting this information out there in hopes that it will bring awareness.

If we don’t educate ourselves, no one will.

So what products should we be using instead?They have great, non-toxic products out there, you just have to know where to find them.

I trust Young Living for a lot of my beauty products. They use pure essential oils, clean ingredients, and zero toxins. They have everything, from shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and makeup. I use their products on myself, and on Myla, and I feel great doing it.

If you come shopping with me, you’ll most certainly think I’m “extra.” I read the labels on EVERYTHING. But now that I know better, why wouldn’t I do better?

I didn’t make this change overnight. It took me many months to transition my beauty and self-care products to non-toxic ones. And I’m far from perfect. But I continue to change and do better for myself and for my family. I knew that by eliminating the toxicity in my home, I was off to a great start.✔️

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