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Join the Pure family as they learn about living toxic-free! (fun video < 2 minutes)
 
 
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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.

WHAT TO AVOID
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?!)

Two other ingredients to avoid are Octinoxate (Endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental toxicity, organ system toxicity) and Oxybenzone (allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones).

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?  

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
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.

Until PUREhaven comes out with our sunscreen, my current favorite is Badger Brand's Active Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Cream.  It has clean ingredients, and can be easily found online and in many health food stores.  They also have a tinted unscented active cream that looks good ~ and the thought of not having something so "white" to rub in might be nice!
Here's a great quick video from Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship who's family tested over 80 sunscreens.  Her 3rd point was frightening!!
 
 
This quick video (less than 3 minutes) gives you a great overview!
 
 
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 😊 
 
 
This short video examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal products and helped motivate my crusade to educate everyone!  What are your thoughts?

 
 
Don't be fooled by #Greenwashing Marketing. Ingredients matter, words like #Safe #Organic and #Natural do NOT guarantee your products do NOT contain any toxic chemicals. Your personal and home care products could contain ingredients hazardous to your health.

Click here to see some examples of key ingredients to avoid, and here for a quick way
to help you & your family truly be on the path
to living toxin free. 🌿

Contact me if you'd like a pocket-sized guide with top ingredients to avoid and why to avoid them.
 
 
Phenoxyethanol has become the new darling of the chemical industry as it was once thought to be a safer alternative to parabens. Phenoxyethanol is a glycol ether. Glycols are a series of chemicals that find their way into all sorts of things: paint, lacquer, jet fuel.....  It is used as an anti-bacterial in cosmetics as well as a stabilizer in perfume.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) says that phenoxyethanol is
  • Harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin
  • Can cause reproductive damage  
  • Toxic to kidneys, the nervous system, liver 
  • Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage 
  • Repeated or prolonged inhalation of vapors may lead to chronic respiratory irritation


This is found in baby products, sunscreen, moisturizers, conditioners, cleansers, makeup, etc.


Learn more at: 
✔  Wellness Today by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Phenoxyethanol in Beauty Products: Is It Safe?

✔  EWG's SkinDeep Cosmetic Database
Phenoxyethanol

✔  Truth in Aging
Phenoxyethanol
 
 
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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!!)

Parabens
~ 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)


 
 
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February is American Heart Month.  Are you focusing on your health? This goes so much deeper than just diet and exercise! What about the everyday products we are using or exposed to!? YES! Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, baby wash, toothpaste, and household cleaning supplies! These things are impacting our health in so many ways!

DID YOU KNOW...

- that Europe has banned more than 1300 harmful chemicals from personal care products?! The U.S. has banned just 11?

- "Safe", "Organic" and "Natural does not mean your products do not contain any toxic chemicals?

- That your personal and home care products could contain ingredients hazardous to your health?

- According to the President's cancer panel only 10% of cancer is genetic and 90% is environmental?  That means you have the ability to control what is going into, and onto your body.

My passion is to help people LIVE TOXIC FREE. Small steps CAN make a big impact. I am happy to walk you & your friends through some preventive measures, and help you with a simple path to transition to toxic free living.  Let's chat!

✔️ Symptoms of a Heart Attack and Stroke  

 
 
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METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE is a biocide similar in chemical structure to AGENT ORANGE and has been linked to nerve damage, allergies, immune disorders, and brain cell damage!!! 


✔️CHECK your labels! Found in many 🌎 "GREEN" 🌿 products:  Shampoo, conditioner, hair color, body wash, lotion, sunscreen, mascara, shaving cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo, hairspray, makeup remover, liquid soaps and detergents. 





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Learn more at: 
✔  PUREhaven Essentials Blog
Methylisothiazolinone-The Cosmetics Preservative You Want To Avoid 

✔ Safe Cosmetics Get the Facts, Chemicals of Concern
Methylisothiazolinone  
 
✔ Holistic Help
Common Household Cleaning Ingredients to Avoid