#ToxicTuesday & #ToxicThursday Roundup: February 2017

ToxicTuesday Roundup February 2017

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

❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ ————————— DIRTY: Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers might smell really good, but that's because they are loaded with fake fragrances, among other ingredients: • {FRAGRANCE} is incredibly harmful for your body. Avoid them! • {ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL} is a neurotoxin and also dries our your skin. • {SYNTHETIC DYES} why does your hand sanitizer need to have colors in it? It doesn't! They can be irritating to your skin and harmful to your organs. • {PROPYLENE GLYCOL} is a petroleum product, and it's also found in anti-freeze…no thanks. It can be extremely irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs. • {HYDROXYETHYL UREA} is a preservative that can cause dermatitis. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @clean_well Natural Hand Sanitizer. [$6] on Amazon. It won't dry out your hands like the one above! Made with ingredients like {thyme oil, aloe, orange oil, and oregano oil}. Absolutely no alcohol or harsh chemicals! A much safer and natural germ killer than fake hand sanitizers!

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ ————————— DIRTY: Did you know that most honey at supermarkets is not actually honey? 🍯 A lot of them are mixes and contain {high fructose corn syrup} and added {white sugar} to make them cheaper. Or, the bees are fed HFCS and sugar, and therefore are not at their healthiest 🐝 They are also FILTERED which means all the goodies are removed! Filtering gets rid of pollen and a lot of the antioxidants and antibacterial properties that honey naturally has. And since it's not organic, that means there are pesticides in it. Not to mention the plastic containers most of these sit in 👎 You're basically just getting SUGAR in stuff like this. ————————— USE INSTEAD: Pictured here is @madhavasweet Organic Raw Honey which you can buy for [$5.45] on @thrivemkt. I also recommend going to a local health food store and finding some raw, organic honey from someone local. Or I'm sure Whole Foods has great options as well. Just make sure it's raw, unfiltered, and organic, and there are no other ingredients besides HONEY! Trust me, the raw stuff tastes SOOOOOO much better! #MadhavaSweet

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ ————————— DIRTY: Most bug sprays, especially ones with DEET and especially ones that are aerosol, are really toxic! They even have hazardous warning labels on them. • {DEET} is a strong pesticide. The EPA says you should wash it off ASAP when done using it and avoid breathing it in or spraying on your face. It has been shown to cause damage to DNA. And it melts plastic, WHOA. • {ETHANOL, BUTANE, PROPANE, ISOBUTANE} are all very flammable and linked with skin irritation. • {FRAGRANCE} I always talk about how harmful fragrances are, so I won't go into detail but they are endocrine disruptors. • {AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL} is rated a 3 by EWG, and can irritate eyes, skin, and lungs. • {SODIUM BENZOATE} is used to prevent the can from corroding. This really confuses me because if it can corrode a can why would you want to put it on your skin? ————————— USE INSTEAD: US Organic Anti-Bug Spray [$12] made with all organic ingredients: {Soybean Oil, Caster Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Citronella Oil, Cedar Oil, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil, Deionized Water}. And the best part, you don't feel nasty and sticky after applying! I use this all the time when camping and love that I don't feel like I have to shower after using it.

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ what's in your lipstick? 💋 ————————— DIRTY: I can't believe this Chanel Rouge Allure matte lipstick goes for [$37], because the ingredients are 👎 such as: • {FRAGRANCE} Because there are barely any natural ingredients in here, they have to add fake fragrance in it to make it smell good. Major hormone disruptor. • {BHT} is a preservative and is used to mask unpleasant smells. It can cause irritation and is an endocrine disruptor. • {ARTIFICIAL DYES} are really bad for you. They have been associated with a lot of health problems like tumors, hypersensitivity, irritation, and cancer. They can contain heavy metals. • {TALC} can cause irritation, cancer, and organ toxicity. When breathed in, it can cause lung inflammation. • {ALUMINA} is an aluminum product. Aluminum and heavy metals are really dangerous to your body. It is a neurotoxin and has been linked with many types of cancers and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some lipsticks even have lead in them which is even worse. • {PEG} is a carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @100percentpure Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks. I know I talk about these a lot, but I kind of love them 😁 they are vegan and made with {organic cocoa seed butter, shea butter, and fruit extracts}. Want to know how well the color holds up? I swatched them on my wrist one time and I could see the color for the rest of the week 😲 link to buy these are on the Recommendations page on my blog! [$29] #100PercentPure

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ Do you use flavored creamers in your coffee? Did you know that those creamers might contain a ton of artificial and unhealthy ingredients? The one pictured here contains some ickies like: {CORN SYRUP} is a sweetener that can have a lot of negative effects on your health like weight gain, cancer, fatty liver & liver stress, diabetes, increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease…do I need to keep going? • {VEGETABLE OIL} is highly processed and likely GMO. It contains very high levels of polyunsaturated fats and omega-6s, which can lead to inflammation and hormonal problems. • {MALTODEXTRIN} is a highly processed powder used to thicken and act as a preservative. It spikes your blood sugar, suppresses probiotic growth, is made from GMO corn, can cause allergic reactions, and has zero nutritional value. • {NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS AND COLORS} can cause a lot of allergic reactions and problems like dizziness, nausea, fatigue, high blood pressure, etc. This creamer doesn't even have real vanilla in it! It's just a bunch of chemicals made to trick your mind into tasting like vanilla. • {CARRAGEENAN} is derived from seaweed and used as a thickener/stabilizer. However, a lot of people are allergic to this and it actually is linked with gastrointestinal issues and inflammation. Avoid it! • {SUGAR-FREE} is usually a trick. When there is no sugar but is still sweet, it means other artificial sweeteners (like corn syrup) are added instead. Those sweeteners are actually worse for you than sugar and spike your blood sugar and can lead to weight gain. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @organicvalley French Vanilla Half & Half (or just use their plain old half and half, unflavored). This stuff is organic and pasture-raised, meaning the cows get to roam around and are not fed antibiotics or hormones. Made with {organic milk and cream, organic fair trade unrefined cane sugar, organic fair trade vanilla, and organic coconut}. And the bottle is BPA-free. You can also go on Pinterest and look for DIY creamer recipes. If you're looking for a dairy-free creamer, watch out for the ingredients listed above as well!

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ what's in your hairspray? Many hairsprays, like this Healthy Sexy Hair one, contain a lot of really harmful ingredients, especially the aerosol versions. It's rated 10 on @thinkdirty 😳 some of the ingredients: • {CYCLOTETRASILOXANE} is a silicone-based ingredient that is an endocrine disruptor and is toxic to your organs. Also really bad for the environment. • {ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE} also called "oxtinoxate" is toxic as well and mimics hormones in the body. • {FRAGRANCE} is a major hormone disruptor. The term can mean any combination of about 3,000 chemicals. • {OCTYLACRYLAMIDE/ACRYLATES/BUTYLAMINOETHYL METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER} ummm say that 10 times fast…it's used as an anti-static agent but has been shown to cause skin irritation, itchiness, and redness. • {PEG/PPG-17/18 DIMETHICONE} used as a thickener. Can reduce the skin’s natural moisture factor which could leave you more vulnerable to bacteria. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @joshrosebrook Firm Hold Hairspray. When @hairbysmash and I reviewed organic hairsprays a few weeks ago, this was one of the top contenders. It's all organic and made with essential oils like {sage, thyme, and lavender}. It costs [$22]. To see the full review go to my blog 👉 https://organicallybecca.com/organic-hairsprays

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