#ToxicTuesday & #ToxicThursday Roundup: March 2017

ToxicTuesday Roundup March 2017

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

❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ since it's March, I thought it would be fun to talk about the #ShamrockShake from McDonald's! Their size SMALL has 470 calories and 65 grams of sugar! 😲 let's look at some of the ingredients: • {CORN SYRUP & HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP} are artificial sweeteners 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…and a lot more. • {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! • {NATURAL FLAVORS} can cause a lot of allergic reactions and problems like dizziness, nausea, fatigue, high blood pressure, etc. This shake doesn't even have real mint or peppermint in it…just chemicals that "taste" like mint. • {PRESERVATIVES & DYES} can be really harmful, especially to children. They have been linked with attention problems, tumors, allergic reactions, and hyperactivity. • And not to mention their milk is not organic, so it likely has hormones and antibiotics in it. And the amount of sugar in this thing is crazy! ————————— USE INSTEAD: make your own! Here's a recipe I like by @mydarlingvegan: http://mydarlingvegan.com/2014/03/raw-shamrock-shake (I use honey instead of agave) If you want sweeter/creamier, use a scoop of organic vanilla ice cream instead of almond milk. Yum! 🍀

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ what's in your liquid eyeliner? This E.L.F liquid liner might only be $2, but that's because the ingredients are cheap and dirty! • {STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER} is used as a binding agent. Linked with skin irritation, redness, and itchiness. • {METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE} (MIT) and {METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE} (CMIT) are preservatives found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions, and possible neurotoxicity. • {PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL} is a polyethylene glycol derivative of castor oil; may be contaminated with potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. • {TRIETHANOLAMINE} also known as TEA, is a reactionary byproduct of two toxic substances: ethylene oxide and ammonia. Triethanolamine can be found in up to 40% of beauty items currently on the market. Can cause skin, hair and eye irritation and inflammation on a short term and long term basis. Its immediate effects include itchy, watery eyes, dry and brittle hair, and itchy skin. Over time, Triethanolamine use can cause chemical damage to skin such as blisters, a hot, burning sensation, hives, and flakiness. • {ARTIFICIAL DYES} which we know are not good! ————————— USE INSTEAD: @janeiredale Liquid Eyeliner [$21] which has {rosemary leaf extract and radish root extract} and only a few other ingredients. A much cleaner option!

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ okay I'm about to get REAL intimate with you all but bear with me it's important! Summer's Eve feminine wash is SO bad for your lady parts! It has a 9 on @thinkdirty. • {FRAGRANCE} as we know is a major hormone disruptor. • {AMMONIUM CHLORIDE} is used as a fragrance ingredient and is toxic to your organs and can cause skin irritation. • {AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE} is a surfactant that contains PEG (polyethylene glycol) in its structure which can make you more susceptible to bacteria. May be contaminated with potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. • {SYNTHETIC DYES} are usually derived from coal tar, which is a byproduct of petroleum. Coal tar dyes have been known to cause cancer and are carcinogenic. Some dyes are also derived from aluminum which is a neurotoxin. • {METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE} (MIT) and {METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE} (CMIT) are chemicals used to prevent bacteria from developing, which may have detrimental effects on your nervous system. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @_sliquid Splash Gentle Feminine Wash [$13] on Amazon. Made with {coconut oil derivatives, sea salt, organic aloe, hibiscus, flax, green tea, and sunflower seed extracts}. Super gentle and nothing that will irritate your private parts!

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ this one is for the dudes! (or show this to your dude 😎) Men need to be careful about what products they use too! This 3-in-1 wash for example. • {FRAGRANCE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, PEG-7 AND PEG-40, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, and HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL} are just some of the ingredients in here. • These are synthetic chemicals that are carcinogenic, hormone-disrupting (even for men!), and can cause irritation. Sodium laureth sulfate may damage the skin's immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Hydrogenated castor oil is a polyethylene glycol derivative of castor oil; may be contaminated with potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane. Propylene glycol is a petroleum plastic product (ew) that acts as a preservative and is also found in antifreeze and acetone. It easily penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. So lots of nasty stuff in here! ————————— USE INSTEAD: This #everyonesoap for men. It's {cruelty-free, paraben free, polysorbate free, disodium EDTA free, gluten free, sodium laureth and lauryl sulfate free, and non-GMO}. No fake fragrances either! The ingredients in this aren't perfect (phenoxyethanol, for example) but still WAYYYYY better than Nivea! And only [$9]. Make the swap! • (PS, this one was requested by @beccavoelker! If any of you have something you want me to review for a #ToxicTuesday just let me know!)

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ Did you know that there is literally a PLASTIC ISLAND floating around in the ocean? Yep. No joke. Plastic is horrible for YOU and the environment! Which is why I try to reduce my use of it! • Plastic is full of toxic chemicals such as BPA (bisphenol A). Even if plastic is “BPA free” there are still other chemicals in there that are harmful. Plastic leaches into your food and water, especially when you heat it in the microwave. It is full of endocrine disruptors, which mess with your hormones. That can lead to: -Infertility -Cancer -More specifically breast cancer because it raises your estrogen levels Replace those plastic straws whenever you can! ————————— USE INSTEAD: Glass straws! They are super cheap, I found some for [$6] on Amazon. I also have a blog post that talks more about why plastic is bad for you! 👉 https://organicallybecca.com/purge-the-plastic

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ what's in your concealer? Why yes, I did choose this Becca Cosmetics one for the name 🤓 too bad the ingredients are not the best 😖 • {POLYBUTENE} is an oil that is sometimes derived from petroleum, used as a thickening agent. It's a carcinogen and doesn't let your skin breathe! So when you think about concealing a "problem" area like a pimple, putting polybutene on it and not letting it breathe, will NOT help it at all! It will probably make the pimple worse. • {PHENOXYETHANOL} is a preservative and an irritant, it has been linked to eczema, and may be contaminated with carcinogenic toxin 1,4-Dioxane. • There are also lots of synthetic preservatives in here, and the pigments are not natural! ————————— USE INSTEAD: @aunaturalelife Creme Concealer [$24]. Made with lots of organic ingredients like {meadowfoam seed oil, castor seed oil, jojoba, pumpkin seed extract, and lavender oil}. My fave concealer!

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ Okay this is NOT hating on vegans/vegetarians at all. I happen to love a good veggie burger. What I want to point out though, is to check the ingredients in "substitute" foods! Make sure what you are eating is REAL and not just filler ingredients and preservatives. Here's what is in a Boca veggie burger: • {GENETICALLY MODIFIED SOY} is in a LOT of substitute products. A little bit of organic soy here and there is fine, but eating too much is not. Especially when it is GMO. Soybeans contain phytoestrogens, which mimic the body’s natural estrogen hormones and can cause hormonal imbalance. • {METHYLCELLULOSE} is used to add "bulk" to the veggie burger and hold everything together. It is derived from cellulose, and cellulose is…wood pulp! Your body cannot digest it, and it can cause gas and bloating. • {CARAMEL COLOR} is artificial coloring that contains a potentially carcinogenic chemical called 4-methylimidazole. • {ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS} are just chemicals that trick your brain into thinking it is eating a certain food. • There are also a lot of preservatives in here. If it sounds like it was made in a lab, it probably was. A lot of veggie burgers out there also contain CANOLA OIL, which is highly GMO and highly processed, bleached, and chemically washed. Canola is very high in omega-6s which causes inflammation. ————————— EAT INSTEAD: @hilaryseatwell Veggie Burger. I love these! They are organic, non-GMO, and do not contain soy. Made with REAL ingredients like {millet, quinoa, coconut oil, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, onions, salt, ACV, garlic, psyllium husk powder, and arrowroot}. That's it! Simple and delicious, real ingredients.

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❌ #ToxicTuesday ❌ what's in your mouthwash? Some of the ingredients in this Crest 3D White mouthwash are: • {PROPYLENE GLYCOL} is a petroleum plastic product that acts as a preservative and is also found in antifreeze and acetone. It easily penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. • {ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS} • {SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE} can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and gastrointestinal irritation if swallowed. • {POLOXAMER 407} anything with a number is scary to me! It's a detergent that caused bladder cancer when tested on animals! • Some mouthwashes have FLUORIDE too which can actually cause stains on your teeth (among some other bad health effects…but that's a different story). Some have dyes as well. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @dr_brite Mint Mouthwash. Made with {organic aloe, coconut oil, activated white charcoal, essential oils, menthol, and stevia}. Also comes in Strawberry flavor! Vegan, gluten-free, EWG verified, and natural. The activated white charcoal naturally whitens your teeth. You can buy a travel size for [$6], regular for [$9], or large for [$15]. Link to buy these on my Faves page on my blog!

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❌ #ToxicThursday ❌ going to pick on Becca Cosmetics again 😳 lots of questionable ingredients in their foundation stick like {fragrance, benzophenone-3, polyethylene, petrolatum, bisabolol, and dyes}. These ingredients are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, plastics, or make it easier for harmful chemicals to creep further into your skin. ————————— USE INSTEAD: @w3llpeople Narcissist Foundation Stick. I love this stuff! [$29] and available at some Targets or Whole Foods, or online. Made with really good ingredients like {organic castor seed oil, organic safflower seed oil, and organic carnauba wax}. Being able to apply this in stick format is awesome, and it glides on easily and provides pretty good coverage. #IAMW3LL

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