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As the weather warms up, more of us remember about putting on sun protection. Of course living in San Diego, we are out in the sun a lot!  In the back of my mind I realize that the sun's rays actually get to me while I'm driving my car every day, but I don't think about sun protection until
I'm going to an event and I'll know I'll be outside.

It really surprised me when I first started becoming an "Ingredient Geek" that one of the most popular ingredients
in many sunscreens and moisturizers is Retinyl Palmitate.
I was SHOCKED to learn that it actually is like a sun magnet to draw the sun's rays to you, and has been linked to skin cancer, accelerating the process (WHAT?!)

Some other common ingredients to avoid are:
  • Oxybenzone (EWG Rating 8: a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Endocrine disruption and Persistence and bioaccumulation)
  • Octinoxate (EWG Rating 6:  ingredient is shown to have hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. Endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity, organ system toxicity) 
  • Octisalate (EWG Rating 4: Suspected to be an environmental toxin.  May cause contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals) 
  • Octocrylene (EWG Rating 3: HIGH CONCERNS: Biochemical or cellular level changes. Also, ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in people. Suspected to be an environmental toxin.  It may cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals.) 
  • Avobenzone (EWG Rating 2: Sunlight can cause this ingredient to break down and lose its effectiveness for skin protection).  A recent study found when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. (WHAT?!)
I'm also not crazy about nano-particles because I don't want unknown ingredients & chemicals going all the way into my cells ~ who knows what that will do to me years down the road?  The nano-particles are ending up in our oceans and waterways wreaking havoc on our coral and marine life.
The top ingredient I look for is NON-Nano Zinc Oxide.  I suggest looking for a Physical Sunscreen rather than a Chemical Sunscreen. Chemical based sunscreens must be absorbed into the skin to be effective via a chemical reaction with the UV rays. Since most have crazy ingredients (as noted above) that often degrade in sunlight and can have lasting ill effects, I don't recommend them.  

Physical sunscreens work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect damaging UV rays. They are kind of like wearing hats and long sleeves to physically block the sun. Zinc Oxide seems to be the safest sun protection available since it protects from the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays and doesn't degrade in the sun.

PUREhaven Essentials has a new lightweight sunscreen formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  Tested and registered to meet SPF 30 FDA standards.  It has clean ingredients, including Aloe Vera Gel, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Almond Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter.
Item #16500

Here's a great quick video from Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship who's family tested over 80 sunscreens.  Her 3rd point was frightening!!
Overwhelmed? Don't know where to start? The Essentials Bundle No. 8 is one of the easiest ways to get started on your non-toxic journey, and you will eliminate an average of 125 toxic chemicals from your daily routine!  This bundle includes our top essential products:  
  • Face Cleanser 
  • Face Moisturizer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shave Gel
  • Dream Cream
  • Spearmint Lip Balm (set of 4)
  • Surface Cleaner
and BONUS item:  
  • mini Master Blaster

That's $136 worth of product for only $99!
Shop Here Item #10007
If you’re looking to make your home a healthy, toxic-free haven, look no further than our Essentials Bundle No. 5. This bundle includes five essential items that will leave your home feeling cleaner, fresher, and safer. Like all our products, these products contain NO HARMFUL INGREDIENTS. Start on the path to living toxic-free today with big savings. This bundle contains:
  • Two bags of Laundry Detergent
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Master Blaster
  • Dish Soap. 
and BONUS gifts:
  • set of two organic wool Dryer Balls
    (made in the USA)
  • 0.2 fl oz bottle of USDA Certified
    Lavender Essential Oil
Value of $126.00 for only $99.00
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Fragrance is everywhere and it's not just in your perfume, it's also in your personal care products. Because it's classified as a "trade secret" companies DO NOT have to disclose what's included and usually it's hiding toxic chemicals.

Why use synthetic fragrances that can contain hundreds of toxic chemicals, when you can create your own?  I like to put the scent blends that I create in a rollerball for ease of use. 
My current favorite coming out of winter and into spring is: 
  • Base Note ~ 10 drops Cedarwood 
    (Rich, woody aroma... calming, soothing, grounding for mind & body)
  • Middle Note ~ 6 drops Peppermint
    (Cooling sensation ... calming effect on the body, boosts energy, improves mental focus)
  • Top Note ~ 4 drops Sweet Orange
    (Citrusy yet sweet smell ... helps uplift and energize the mind and body)
  • Fill rollerball with Jojoba Oil 
    (Jojoba is the perfect “carrier” to mix with any essential oil or oil recipe that comes into contact with the skin. The properties of Jojoba closely resemble the body’s own natural skin)
Here's a great chart about Top, Middle and Base “fragrance notes” in the classification of essential oils
Let me know if you'd like get together to experiment making your own fragrance.

Be an "Ingredient Detective" and check the labels on all your home and personal care products ~ even so-called "green" companies hide behind the word "fragrance"! My previous blog post What to Avoid: Fragrance gives you more information about this.  We disclose all our ingredients so you will not see the word "fragrance" used in any of our products.  We use unadulterated essential oils, tested for purity, at recommended safe levels in combination with time-tested, beneficial botanical butters, powders, extracts, oils, and waxes, to create our well-loved line of safe products.

Let's gather a few friends together and I can show you a few products you can easily replace with nontoxic alternatives, or I can share a DIY recipe or two 😊 
According to this article ~ The Most Toxic Cosmetic? Traditional Lip Glosses, Finds Study, you won’t see heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury listed on your beauty product labels. But that doesn’t mean your skin care and makeup is free of them. A Canadian environmental group recently had 49 popular beauty products tested for heavy metals...Lead was detected in 96 percent of the products, arsenic in 20 percent, and cadmium in 51 percent!

According to What’s In Your Lip Balm? 6 Scary Ingredients To Avoid  Did you know that many common lip balms contain several endocrine disruptors (parabens, BHT, and chemical sunscreens), coal tar dyes linked to cancer, artificial fragrance and flavor, and petroleum-derived oils that can lock it all in.

We have some great ways to love your lips without adding harmful chemicals.

Our SUGAR LIP SCRUB is the perfect start to beautiful, kissable lips! Gently exfoliates. Leaves lips soft, smooth and nourished.  Pure Ingredients include: organic fair trade sugar, organic shea butter, organic olive fruit oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic spearmint leaf oil.

Our LIP GLOSSES are moisturizing and long-lasting, infused with organic botanicals, and offer vibrant color, with no synthetic dyes or fragrance.

Our LIP BALMS keep lips healthy, hydrated and soft with organic shea butter and essential oils. Available in plain and tinted.
Have you ever looked at the label on your kid’s toothpaste (or yours)?  Many are filled with toxic chemicals

Dr. Mercola talks about 7 Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients
1.     Triclosan
2.     Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
3.     Artificial Sweeteners
4.     Fluoride
5.     Propylene Glycol
6.     Diethanolamine (DEA)
7.     Microbeads

I'd like to add…

Blue and red dyes (you didn’t think there were real blueberries or strawberries in there, did you? ~ linked with many health problems like headaches, ADHD, asthma attacks, nausea & more…oh, and it’s a synthesized petroleum based product (eww!!)

~ which effect the endocrine system, disrupt hormones, and are even linked to cancer!

So thankful we offer a safe, clean and effective alternative (and it's yummy orange flavor comes from essential oils!)

Kid's Toothpaste (Item #: 43040)

Orange essential oil 🍊 has a fresh, sweet, citrus smell.

Here are a few benefits:
🍊 Strong anti-inflammatory & anti-septic properties.
🍊 It inhibits microbial growth 
🍊 Uplifting properties
🍊 Soothing to the mind
🍊 Helps to relieve stress 
🍊 Refreshing & relaxing
🍊 Helps with reducing anxiety
🍊 Promotes the production of collagen
🍊 Increases the blood flow to the skin
🍊 Soothes dry, irritated skin
🍊 Soothes acne-prone skin

My favorite way to "Wake-up Happy" is with my diffuser blend of Certified Organic Sweet Orange & Peppermint Essential Oils.

Also with rainy weather... I love to use the Kid's Body Wash and finish with the Kid's Body Lotion because it has the yummy orange/vanilla scent that makes me happy!

We've been diffusing the Tranquility Blend at night (Cedarwood, Lavender, Frankincense, Sweet Orange & Chamomile) for sweet dreams.

Learn more about Orange Oil here:
✔ Organic Facts  Health Benefits of Orange Essential Oil
✔ Natural Living Ideas 19 Reasons Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Orange Essential Oil
✔ Dr. Axe Orange Oil — Enhance Your Immunity, Skin & Kitchen!

Orange Essential Oil can be found in these products:

🍊 Sweet Orange Essential Oil
🍊 Tranquility Essential Oil Blend (Cedarwood, Lavender, Frankincense, Sweet Orange & Chamomile)
🍊 Cleanser (face)
🍊 Conditioner 
🍊 Detangler 
🍊 Dream Cream
🍊 Exfoliator (face)
🍊 Hand Soap 
🍊 Hands-on-the-go
🍊 Hyaluronic Acid
🍊 Kid's Body Wash and Shampoo 
🍊 Kid's Massage and Body Lotion 
🍊 Kid's Toothpaste 
🍊 Makeup Remover
🍊 Moisturizer (face)
🍊 Shampoo 
🍊 Spray Deodorant
🍊 Tinted Moisturizers
Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market, packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fiber. Whether you are eating them by themselves, using almond milk, pasta, flour, butter, oil or meal, almonds offer a delicious flavor along with many health benefits.  

organic sweet almond oil
Not only are almonds great to eat, but our cold-pressed oil is rich in oils and fatty acids, which provide several benefits for the skin. According to the "Physicians' Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines," sweet almonds contain up to 77% oleic acid, a form of omega-9 fatty acid. In addition to being a moisturizer, it is also an emollient providing softness for skin. It acts as a humectant to help prevent the loss of moisture. The oil is also reputed to relieve dry, flaking and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis and rashes. Sweet almond oil is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It's also suitable for all skin types.

Our Organic Sweet Almond Oil can be found in these products:
🌿 Deep Conditioner
🌿 Spearmint Lip Balm
🌿 Tinted Lip Balms
🌿 Cheeky Color Sticks
🌿 Cheeky Bronzer
Lavender is one of the most beloved of nature’s fragrances and its essential oil is among the most versatile, blending well with many other essential oils.  

Here are just a few of the benefits:
🌿 calming, reduces anxiety & emotional stress
🌿 helps heal burns, cuts, wounds
🌿 improves sleep
🌿 reduces inflammation
🌿 prevents scarring
🌿 improves eczema & psoriasis
🌿 cuts down on localized pain
🌿 helps when fighting acne & problem skin
🌿 helps w/ itching & swelling from insect bites
🌿 relieve tension in sore muscles
🌿 slows aging with powerful antioxidants

We usually diffuse our Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil most nights, but for a change we recently switched to our Tranquility Blend.  Both help relax & calm body and mind, as well as aiding in more restful sleep.  I especially love using in the Lavender Bath Soak in the tub before bed. 

Our Lavender Essential Oil can be found in these products:
(Valentine's Bundle on Special Sale extended thru 02/28/17)
💜 Lavender Essential Oil ~ Certified Organic (#49027)
💜 Tranquility Essential Oil Blend (Cedarwood, Lavender, Frankincense, Sweet Orange & Chamomile) ~ (#49032)
💜 Five Defense Essential Oil Blend (Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Rosemary, Lavender & Eucalyptus) ~ Certified Organic (#49028)
💜 Lavender Bar Soap (#16091)
💜 Lavender Bath Soak (#25020)
💜 Lavender Dream Cream (#16031)
💜 Baby Cream (#13010)
💜 Baby Massage & Body Lotion (#13020)
💜 Baby Wash & Shampoo (#13000)
💜 Boo Boo Stick (#43000)
💜 Eye Cream (#58020)
💜 Hands on the Go (#16081)
💜 Hair Spray (#37061)
💜 Monster Spray (#43030)
💜 Neem-O (#43001)
💜 Spray Deodorant (#16130)
Toothache pain ... just typing that makes my mouth cringe! How sensitive are your teeth to cold foods or drinks?  When a tooth hurts, it's hard to do anything else :-(  I've tried many holistic remedies over the years... here are just a few.

My go to product when I have pain is the Tooth & Gum Formula from Dr. Schulze ~ it truly is a miracle worker! 

Here are some other holistic ideas
✔️  Homeopathic Remedies for Toothache
✔️  Tooth Pain and Toothache Natural Remedies 
✔️  7 Natural Toothache Treatments 

Of course I brush with PUREhaven's nontoxic toothpaste, which is great if you have sensitive teeth!  It is safe and effective for healthy teeth & gums.  It does not contain SLS, triclosan, fluoride, fragrance, carrageenan, xylitol, added sweeteners, artificial preservatives, harsh abrasives, or harmful chemicals ~ Did you know those ingredients are in most toothpastes?!

Ingredients - aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) juice, vegetable glycerin, calcium carbonate (filtered), water (purified), bentonite clay, xanthan gum, bambusa vulgaris (bamboo) powder, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), calendula officinalis (calendula) extract, echinacea angustifolia (echinacea) extract, hydrastis canadensis (organic goldenseal) extract, mentha piperita (organic peppermint) essential oil, mentha spicata (organic spearmint) essential oil, cinnamomum zeylanicum (organic cinnamon) leaf essential oil, eugenia caryophyllus (organic clove) oil 

Item #: 16010

"You shouldn't have to have a PhD in biochemistry to go buy products for your family" Hannah Cary, The Human Experiment

Let me teach you how to switch to safer products. If you had one area to replace that was toxin-free it would be...
a) Skincare
b) Personal - deodorant, toothpaste
c) Body - body wash, hand soap, lotion
d) Hair - shampoo, hair spray
e) Baby/Kid - bath & body
f) Household - cleaning products

Helping Families Live Toxic Free