Thursday, January 23, 2014

Is It Really Non Toxic and Why Go Non Toxic

First off lets look at the definition of toxic and non-toxic...
Taken from The Free Dictionary at http://www.thefreedictionary.com

non•tox•ic (nɒnˈtɒk sɪk) 

adj.
1. Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison: a toxic condition; toxic hepatitis.2. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous: food preservatives that are toxic in concentrated amounts; a dump for toxic industrial wastes. See Synonyms at poisonous
tox·ic  (tksk)
1. not toxic; not containing or caused by a toxin or poison: nontoxic prescription drugs; a nontoxic illness.
2. not capable of causing harm.


Im pretty sure you know the definition of toxic and non toxic. However, one has to wonder sometimes, if all the skin care companies and house hold cleaning companies know this. Not a bad idea to school them on it sometimes, I believe. I want to bring to your attention to "Greenwashing". As I go on my own adventure to get my own home green and non-toxic I have came across many articles explaining it. I have then freaked out which companies I can and can not trust to not "Greenwash". I don't want to spend my money on what I DON'T want. Putting it shortly to you, ORGANIC and NATURAL does NOT mean non-toxic (psssst..not even non-toxic means non-toxic in the way we want it in this country). Mother nature can make chemicals that hurt our bodies just  as well as we can. There are no set and strict rules that companies have to follow in order to claim their product is non-toxic. 
To explain to you better...here is a article at Environmental Working Groups Website EWG's Skindeep Cosmetics Database about the myths of cosmetic safety. Click Here To View the List . And here is another article that sheds a little light on on chemical disclosure in cleaning products Click Here to View,"Cleaning Supplies: Secret Ingredients, Hidden Hazards
If you are new to this concept and you are thinking,"Okkkaaaayyy, why does this matter." People making a big deal over nothing. Please follow the links to find out more. Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-up: Toxic Chemicals Threaten Healthy Births---Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-Up: Is Cancer-causing Formaldehyde In Your Cosmetics?
I really wish I had more time to delve deeper into the subject but just look online. You will learn that hundreds of nasty, hormone disrupting, cancer causing, chemicals have been found in the umbilical cords of babies. That your skin is super absorbent and despite being waterproof can absorb tons of toxins as well directly into your bloodstream where your kidneys cannot filter it out. How cleaning products can linger in the air for a very long time and how the air in your house can be 3-4 times more polluted than the air outside. Look up the link between SIDs and toxic crib mattresses. It is scary. I believe the thing that caught my attention most was just how dangerous it could be to my baby. Another plus is if a product is TRULY non toxic, it will pose no danger to your child if they get into the cabinet or you put them to work cleaning. Seriously. Do research. It is all over the place. Do research on your food, bath water, cosmetics, cleaning products, pesticides, etc.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DIY Baby Powder

Wonderful for irritated skin and diaper rash, this healing and soothing herbal powder formula is 100% natural. you'll be able to formulate a less medicative ”everyday” body powder by leaving out out the goldenseal and myrrh powder. Either formula may be lightly scented with a couple of drops of pure organic essential oil if you’d like – simply keep in mind that these oils are extremely concentrated, thus less is best for baby.
Ocean Lullaby Powder
Ocean Lullaby Baby powder by Coastal Classic Creations $7. Non-Toxic. Click picture to visit website 


Ingredients

12 oz White Clay

6 oz Organic Arrowroot Powder
4 tsp Organic Marshmallow Root Powder
4 tsp Organic Comfrey Root Powder
2 tsp Myrrh Gum Powder
1 tsp Organic Goldenseal Root Powder



Optional:  10 drops or LESS of Organic Sweet Orange or Lavender Essential Oil



Directions



Thoroughly blend White Clay and Arrowroot Powder together. Blend together the herbal powders completely. If adding essential oil, add drop by drop and blend well. Keep stored in a sealed container in a dry place till needed. Regular baby powder or cosmetic sifter container will do.



And dont forget to keep some in your diaper bag!

DIY Honey Shampoo/Bodywash/Facewash

  
Why use honey in hair and skin care? Honey acts as a humectant drawing moisture into your hair, skin, and scalp. It can be soothing to itchy skin and scalp and may prevent dandruff. It provides conditioning effects and helps keep your skin looking young. It regulates your bodies natural Ph and may help prevent infections.


Ingredients:
For Hair/Body
  • 2 Cups Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup of Honey
  • 20 Drops Tea Tree Oil
For Face: 
Same as above but either swap out olive oil with grape seed oil or completely exclude the oil. May need to add a little less oil for your face.

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together. Place in a bottle of your choice. May need a funnel to help with this. Ingredients may separate so shake before each use.