#ToxicThursday & #ToxicTuesday Roundup: December 2016

ToxicTuesday Roundup December 2016

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I show some options for safer swaps you can make with your products. Here’s the roundup from December!

❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: @aveenous @aveenoactivenaturals Positively Radiant Cleanser. Made with anything-but-natural {PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soyamidopropyl Betaine, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Polyethylene Glycol 25 Soy Sterol, Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean), Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Ethanol, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth 10 Hydroxypropyl Dimonium Chloride, Mica, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Polymethylmethacrylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium 10, PEG 14M, Quaternium 15, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance}. Ditch this if you have it! These ingredients are harmful preservatives, hormone disruptors, skin irritants, and synthetic polymers. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @farmaesthetics Fine Herbal Cleanser made with {witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, acylglutamate (a natural amino acid derived from sugarcane), geranium essential oil, & lavender essential oil}. I have been using this stuff for over a year and my skin has dramatically gotten better! It's gentle but effective, washes away impurities and excess oil, without ever changing the skin’s natural PH balance or washing away the wanted outer layer of natural oils. It's [$39] from Farmaesthetics or [$33.50] on Amazon Prime. They do also make a small travel size if you want to try it!

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: @pantene Pro-V Classic Clean Daily Shampoo. These ingredients 😖 {Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone}. NOT GOOD! I don't even know where to start. This is full of carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and harmful chemicals. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @acureorganics Clarifying Shampoo for [$10]. I use this one and looooove the lemongrass smell. Made with {aloe, organic acai, blackberry, rosehip, pomegranate, argan, lemongrass} and lots of other yummy fruits. I have super thick hair and this does a good job of cleaning it! Acure has other types of shampoos and conditioners as well. You can find these at Target.

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: Dial Antioxidant Cranberry Bar Soap. I am surprised there is actual cranberry extract and juice in here, but the other ingredients are pretty bad such as {Fragrance, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol, Trideceth-9, Pentasodium Pentetate And/Or Tetrasodium Etidronate, Red 40, Ext. Violet 2}. Artificial scents and colors are a big no-no! ————————— USE INSTEAD: @drbronner Pure Castile Bar Soap. A bar is [$4] and you can find these at Target and Whole Foods or online. Made with {organic coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, and sea salt}. Not tested on animals, Non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, Vegan, and use biodegradable packaging.

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: Deodorant with {aluminum} is one of the first things you should swap if trying to go more natural. Aluminum and heavy metals are extremely dangerous for our bodies. It is a neurotoxin and has been linked with many types of cancers and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Putting it on our armpits every day causes toxins in our bodies to be trapped in and soak into our lymph nodes. Dove is just one of many brands that contain aluminum. Other harmful ingredients in this are {cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, polyethylene, and fragrance}. So so SO important that you swap! ————————— USE INSTEAD: There are a lot of natural deodorants out there, it's amazing! I personally love @schmidtsdeo. Free of {aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates}. This one is made with {essential oils, arrowroot powder, shea butter} and other natural ingredients. These are usually around [$8] and can be found online, at Whole Foods, or your local health food store. ————————— For more info and other natural deodorant options, read my post 👉 https://organicallybecca.com/safer-deodorant

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ Holiday edition! ————————— YUCKY: It's almost Christmas and that might mean you'll be enjoying some 'nog! (if you like it, that is!) But beware of the ingredients! Let's look at some ickies lurking in Kemp's Eggnog such as {High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Carrageenan, Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Phosphate, and Sodium Citrate}. Hmmm. Not the best! Not to mention non-organic milk which could have hormones and antibiotics in it. ————————— DRINK INSTEAD: @organicvalley Eggnog. A MUCH better version! Made with {Organic Grade A Milk, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Cream, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Flavor, Organic Fair Trade Nutmeg, and Gellan Gum.} Absolutely NO antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, or GMO anything. ————————— If you want a dairy-free version, I would go with @califiafarms Almond Milk Nog which has pretty good ingredients and is {soy free, dairy free, gluten free, carrageenan free, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, BPA free}. ————————— These can be found at Whole Foods or health food stores. Or if you're up to it, go on Pinterest and make your own Eggnog! 👍

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: Did you know that laundry detergents such as Tide have a ton of harmful chemicals and carcinogens in them? When you wash your clothes and then wear them, those chemicals are going directly onto your skin! And that "clean laundry smell" is actually the result of fake fragrances that can be dangerous to breathe in. Some of the ingredients in Tide include {dioxane, propylene glycol, borax, ethanol, fragrance, dyes, and dimethicone}. The EPA says that exposure to dioxane can cause irritation to your eyes, lungs, skin, liver, and kidneys, as well as lead to tumors. And when you sweat, these chemicals leach into those areas of the body even more. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @mollys_suds Laundry Powder or Liquid Detergent. All of their products are made with earth and plant-derived ingredients and NO carcinogens, synthetic fragrances, or dyes. Or go on Pinterest and find a recipe to make your own!

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ ————————— TOXIC: Do you have plastic containers or tupperware? And do you heat them up in the microwave? Well sadly plastic is full of dangerous chemicals such as BPA (bisphenol A). Even if you buy "BPA-Free" there are harmful ingredients in that plastic. Plastic can leach into your food and water, especially when it is heated up. It's FULL of endocrine disruptors which mess with your hormones and can lead to infertility and cancer. Not to mention, it's really bad for the environment. ————————— USE INSTEAD: Glass or ceramic containers. You can find these all over the place. Or invest in some mason jars! I wrote a whole blog post about this topic if you want to learn more 👉 https://organicallybecca.com/purge-the-plastic

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