Peach bellini, dark cherry merlot, and warm vanilla sugar were some of my favorite hand soap scents growing up. A pump of foaming soap each time I washed my hands would leave my hands smelling amazing for hours! Recently, I have realized that these soaps are extremely toxic and have a lot of chemicals in them that I am no longer interested in putting on my body regardless of how great they smell.
Exogenous toxins are becoming a huge issue these days as they are some of the main contributors to many health conditions. Check out my post on The Toxic Twelve to learn more about the chemicals you should try and avoid putting on your body.
Fragrance (parfum) — what makes your soap smell lovely
Endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, allergies, asthma, cancer, neurotoxicity
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — what causes the soap to be foamy
Irritation to the eyes, lungs, and skin
Cocamidopropyl betaine — makes the foam foamier
Methylchloroisothiazolinone + Methylisothiazolinone — prevents the growth of bacteria in the soap
Irritation to skin and lungs, neurotoxicity
Benzyl alcohol — makes the soap smooth + gentle and a preservative
Irritation of the skin, neurotoxicity, not safe for infants
Brands to Avoid:
Bath + Body Works
Brand to Enjoy:
Attitude sensitive skin
Environmental Working Group
A nice resource when checking to see if your soap is okay for use is the Environmental Working Group’s Deep Skin Cosmetic Database. This allows you to type in the brand name of the product and it will rank it on a scale of 1-10. The scale is:
1-2 (low hazard)
3-6 (moderate hazard)
7-10 (high hazard)
You want to avoid product in the moderate and high categories and limit your use of products in the low category. Try your very best to only use products that are EWG certified to ensure that everything you are putting on your body (also in your body) is clean as can be!
Try making your own foaming hand soap! It only requires 3 ingredients!!!! SO SIMPLE! This way you will know exactly what you are putting on your body and know it’s clean and healthy!
Dull, red, dry, scarred, and acne covered skin… this is not what anyone wants! Our skin is the first thing that people see when they look at us and I think its everyone’s dream to have perfectly glowing, dewy, and acne free skin (I know that is my dream🙌🏻)! For most of my life, I have suffered from pretty severe acne and tried everything from prescription topical creams, antibiotics, proactive skin care, and ended up resorting to Accutane to try and clear my skin. Acne made me very self-conscious and I don’t think I am the only person to say that. Continue Reading
Winter is the most WONDERFUL time of the year because of the snow… obviously!!! In Vancouver that may be a little different but in the rest of Canada there is snow and cold temperatures! The winter is amazing because you get to enjoy so many outdoor activities, some of my favs are snowboarding, snowshoeing + skating! Furry little friends tend to like snowy activities as much as I do. This winter was Zeus’ first time seeing snow and we weren’t sure what to expect but boy oh boy does he LOVE the snow so much! We took him to the ski hill and to all the local trails to go on winter hikes and snowshoes with us. It was important to us to make sure that his paws were protected while hanging out in the snow. In this post, I want to give you a few quick and easy ways to help protect your pup this winter season! Continue Reading
Italy is probably one of the most AMAZING places I have been able to travel! The whole trip just seems like a dream and I am beyond grateful that I was able to spend time there with the person I love most, Morgan. The lifestyle is so relaxed the food is so delicious (and perfect for people that can’t normally have gluten and dairy… it’s just different in Italy!). This was my first trip to Europe and boy oh boy did it require a lot of planning and researching, which took up a lot of time and took away from us enjoying the Italian culture to its fullest extent! Don’t get me wrong… we still had an amazing time but spending an hour each day finding all the places we want to go is a long time!!!. We tried to book all our accommodations and trains before we left but finding all the places to eat + explore takes lots of time. So let me help you plan your dream vacation to ITALY🇮🇹
After learning about all the toxic chemicals that are found in the beauty products we apply to our bodies every single day, I knew it was time to make a change! There are so many additives in these products and they are very harmful to the body and our overall health. If you want to learn more about some of the key players check out my post about the toxic twelve! After realizing how much crap is in several beauty products I decided from now on homemade was the only way to go!!! This simple recipe uses soothing rose water and is so much more satisfying when you can create your own cleaning products.
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Next time you pick up your favorite beauty product take a minute to read all those tiny words on the back of the bottle you never really notice or cared about before. Do you recognize any of those long words? Heck if you’re anything like me you probably can’t even pronounce any of them either! Well, guess what, those are all the ingredients that are inside that favorite little bottle of yours and chances are if you can’t pronounce it then you shouldn’t be applying it to your body! Continue Reading
This page is intended for educational and personal use only and it is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure anything rather focused on promoting optimal health and general well being. Always be sure to consult with your primary care physician about your individual wellness goals.