It’s The Pits

My last real hold-out on personal products containing chemicals has been deodorant.  I’ve found great toxic-free alternatives for everything from shampoo to nail polish.  But fresh-smelling underarms was the one thing  that I was unwilling to sacrifice in my quest to use products without toxic chemicals.  (I don’t want to scare off my friends by stinking!)Continue reading “It’s The Pits”

Smell Ya Later: Perfume & Toxic Chemicals

“I love to stink!” said nobody, ever.  Let’s face it, we live in a relatively vain and materialistic society where we are drawn to products that make us smell good — perfume, lotion, body wash.  And not just women.  Men use cologne, body spray, etc.  The thing is, that floral perfume or fruity body washContinue reading “Smell Ya Later: Perfume & Toxic Chemicals”

Favorite Thing: Non-Toxic Personal Products

When I first took an interest in avoiding allergenic/carcinogenic/hormone-disrupting chemicals, I sat down one night with a legal pad and wrote down every category of product I regularly used, from hand soap to facial moisturizer to deodorant. For a few weeks, I researched other blogs, online stores like Amazon.com and Vitacost.com, and organic grocery retailersContinue reading “Favorite Thing: Non-Toxic Personal Products”

Friday Favorite: Environmental Working Group

My favorite resource for researching the ingredients in my make-up and shower products is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.  The website (there’s also a free app!) allows you to search tens of thousands of products from mascara to toothpaste to sunscreen to see how they are rated in terms of toxicity.  For exampleContinue reading “Friday Favorite: Environmental Working Group”

My Chemical Reaction

My initial interest in toxic-free products and foods was fueled by my realization that there were so many potentially harmful chemicals in the foods and products I was consuming on a daily basis.  Have you noticed recently that some products you pick up have a label that say something like, “formulated without sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals,Continue reading “My Chemical Reaction”