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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.
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Here's a great quick video from Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship who's family tested over 80 sunscreens.  Her 3rd point was frightening!!
Join the Pure family as they learn about living toxic-free! (fun video < 2 minutes)
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.
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.
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

✔  Truth in Aging
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!


- 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!

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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. 

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

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