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I honestly never thought I’d be writing a blog post on more natural products. I’ve never considered myself and advocate or very knowledgable on this topic, but as of late, I’ve been doing some serious research into the topic. I’m absolutely amazed, appalled and dumbfounded with some of the things I’ve discovered. Since discovering some of these detrimental ingredients I’ve also recently started purchasing more natural cleaning products, I’ve been working on making over our medicine cabinet with essential oils, and now I’m moving on to our personal care products. Call me a hippie, call me crunchy, call me whatever you’d like, but my family’s health is of utmost importance and I’m honestly concerned with what we’re putting into our immediate environment, putting onto or into our bodies.
It’s absolutely frightening when you think about it.
Chances are if you take a look at your deodorant, toothpaste, make-up and other personal care products you keep in your medicine cabinet in your bathroom, you’ll find at least one of these ingredients listed. Here are a couple of those ingredients that just might grab your attention:
1. Propylene Glycol (synthetic): This is an ingredient that is typically found in most non-natural toothpastes, soaps, deodorant and make-up. It’s actually the main, active ingredient in anti-freeze. If that doesn’t perk up your ears, nothing will. This is an FDA-approved ingredient, but can cause kidney, liver, and brain abnormalities. And to think we put this on our skin, under our arms, and in our mouths. Yikes! (Toms of Maine includes a natural form of this ingredient that is derived from vegetables.)
2. Aluminum: Aluminum is used in deodorant to essentially “plug” your sweat ducts to decrease the flow of sweat. This ingredient is then absorbed into one’s skin and can cause estrogen-like hormone effects. An increase in estrogen can help promote the growth and replication of breast cancer cells. Being that this ingredient is placed under the arms, very close to the breasts only makes this occurrence even more likely. Aluminum is also known to be linked to Alzheimers disease.
3. Triclosan: This synthetic antibacterial ingredient can be found in antibacterial cleaning products, toothpaste and other household products. It’s classified as a “chlorophenol” which essentially means it’s classified as a known carcinogen and is known to cause cancer. This ingredient can disrupt hormones, inhibit fertility, and can also cause birth defects. If that’s not scary enough, it can also lead to paralysis, suppression of the immune system (so much for being antibacterial), and can cause heart problems.
Thankfully, upon reading the labels of the Toms of Maine products I just recently picked-up from Walmart, I found none of these toxic ingredients. (Insert praise hands emoji here!) Like I said previously, I’m trying to slowly incorporate more natural products into our daily lives and into our routine. It’s a slow and gradual process, because I also don’t believe in being wasteful of the products we do currently have and use, but as we run out of things, I’m replacing them with a more natural alternative.
As far as our personal care products, I’ve decided to go with Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste for Alea, Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste for Cory & I (They also have: Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste available if you’d prefer a toothpaste with fluoride), and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant.
I honestly used to roll my eyes at these natural products, but after doing some of my own research into the harmful ingredients that are found in common products throughout our home, I’m absolutely in awe of the effects they can have on our health and well being.
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Which products are you switching out in your home for a more natural variety?