Summer is coming! Are you stocked up on toxin-free sunscreen yet?

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Ahhh, summer. Sometimes there is nothing better than being out in the bright, warm sun on a summer day. Especially after many months of the cold!

But here comes the controversial arguments: what sunscreen do you use? Do you even use sunscreen? Are you afraid of the sun (like we’ve been conditioned to for decades)?

Well, here is my take on this topic!

 We need sunlight for our health!

The sun helps us create vitamin D, can combat depression, helps to regulate our circadian rhythm, actually protects us against certain cancers, kills bad bacteria (and can help with eradicating internal pathogens!), lowers cholesterol (because it allows us to use it for hormone creation), lowers blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, and more. (source) What a list of benefits! No wonder why we’ve been taught to fear the sun- it is such a natural healer of many things! And you know how “health care” is truly all about keeping us sick.

Have you been told you have a vitamin D deficiency and are being told to take oral vitamin D? PLEASE read this article of mine about how to really raise vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is a hormone, not something we are meant to consume orally. We CANNOT bottle sunshine!

So what is Smart Sun exposure?

The sun is NOT our enemy. But we have to be smart about sun exposure. If you are going to be outside for 10 minutes, you’ll likely be OK to just soak in the rays for a bit. In fact, most people only really need about 10-15 minutes of direct exposure to make enough vitamin D for the day. You only need enough exposure to make your skin a little pink.  Your skin can only absorb so much at once, which is why people burn- that means you have gone over your limit! Some say the best time to get sun is between 10AM and 2PM. This is when UVB rays are more powerful so you wouldn’t need to sit out as long to get your appropriate shade of pink.

If you’re going to be out for HOURS at the beach, then you will definitely need some protection. There are so many options out there now for staying safe in the sun: clothes with SPF protection, hats, sunglasses, and of course, toxin free sunscreen.

My TOP choice for sunscreen is THE Sunscreen from Poofy Organics.  They offer a typical lotion type or even a stick for easy face application. Both have an SPF of 30.  Poofy also has tanning oil, after sun spray, hand sanitizer, and bug spray as well, which you can check out here!

Poofy’s sunscreen is free of: Para amino benzoic acid… Octyl salicyclate… Avobenzone… Oxybenzone… Cinoxate… Padimate O… Dioxybenzone… Phenylbenzimidazole… Homosalate… Sulisobenzone… Menthyl anthranilate… Trolamine salicyclate… Octocrylene.

Their ingredients include: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, NON-NANO, NON-Micronized Zinc Oxide, Organic Rosemary Extract.

The Environmental Working Group puts out a list each year that shows the best and worst sunscreens (it’s not out for this year yet, but both of Poofy’s sunscreen options have a nice low score of 1 on their chart!). You can sign up through their site to get an email once the 2017 list is up if you want to learn the rest of the best sunscreens to choose!

 

Toxic Candles: Do you know the truth about popular candle brands?

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Do you know the toxic truth about candles?

If you don’t know already, most of the popular candle brands use toxic ingredients that can be carcinogenic. Most candles are made of paraffin, which is a petroleum waste product- when it burns, it lets off the same chemicals as diesel gas. On top of that, they add synthetic fragrances that are also terrible for our health. So candles might seem innocent, but they are just another thing that is in our environment that can cause us health issues.

Biggest issues with popular candles:

  1. Can emit lead when burning if the core is lead based (source)
  2. Carcinogenic soot from paraffin wax candles (source)
  3. They produce similar chemicals to cigarette smoke (source)
  4. Increase indoor pollution, especially because of the synthetic fragrances (source)
  5. Increase risk of asthma, eczema, and skin complaints (source)
  6. Plus: once you start cleaning up your life, you can just start to FEEL the toxic effect of things like candles. The smell can become unbearable!

So what do I recommend for Cleaner Candles?

1)Poofy Organics also has awesome candle melts made from coconut wax and essential oils. They have the BEST quality candle alternatives that I have ever seen. Another great thing about candle melts is that you get to find cute wax warmers like this one, or this dragon one if you’re fancy like that!

Some of their popular scents include:

  • Island Getaway
  • Pest Protector (great for summertime!)
  • Spirited Mint

You can see all of the candle melts Poofy offers here!

2)When I first researched this issue, I found Root Candles. Root Candles use 100% pure beeswax and natural essential oils for their candles. They have both beeswax and soy blends for their candles, they use essential oils for their fragrances, they have cotton wicks, and some of their candles have an 80 hour burn time. I’ve used about 5 or so of their candles, and I love them! Root has interesting scents like Tiramisu or traditional scents like English Lavender, so you won’t be missing those usual unique scents that would be from a more toxic brand.

Avoiding all environmental toxins is a hard thing to do, but it is our responsibility to do what we can to fix what we CAN control. We vote with our dollars as well: if we stop buying from these huge companies that care more for profit than our health, then slowly things will continue to change and we’ll have even more better options.

Valentine’s Day Sale at Poofy Organics!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yay! Poofy Organics is having a sale starting tomorrow until the 14th of February for 14% off of all of their red and pink products.  Pretty much anything Valentine’s day related is included: massage oils, bubble bath, and plenty of make-up options: lipsticks, blush, eye shadows, and more. Treat yourself to a relaxing VDay with Poofy’s awesome, organic beauty products!

The code to use at checkout is VDAY2017

Check out their product catalog here!

I’m especially excited for the bubble bath and Poofy polish (pink is my favorite!)

Here is a full list of what will be on sale:

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

The BEST Toxin Free Baby and New Mama Products

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5 Reasons to love Poofy Organics!

Most parents these days are becoming aware of the crazy amount of toxic chemicals used in everyday products, even ones that are used in the few few hours of life on newborns! It can be so hard to find products that are truly all natural because so many companies are still not being transparent when it comes to their labels.

This is where Poofy Organics comes in. They offer so many amazing products for babies, toddlers, and even for mama! As an independent guide for Poofy, I truly love and recommend them to everyone.

Some of the best things that Poofy offers are:

  • Cradle Cap Relief lotion
  • Unscented Lotion for Baby
  • “Happy Tush” Diaper Cream
  • “Happy Boobies Nipple Cream”
  • Sleepy Sleep bubble bath
  • Vapor Rub-a-dub-dub
  • And more!

Check out all of the Baby line here!

 

Looking for Truly Organic Cosmetics?

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Poofy Organics is my go-to for the best cosmetics now! I went make-up free for years once I learned about the toxic ingredients that most make-up uses, and could never find a truly all-natural replacement so I gave up. But when I signed up to be an independent guie with Poofy last summer, I was so excited to try their beauty products!

I’m absolutely in love with what Poofy offers. So far I have some of their eyeshadow and one of their mascaras. I was so happy that they were just as amazing as I though they would be. With popular mascara brands, I would always feel my eyes burn for awhile after I put it on (which I should have seen as a red flag back then, duh!). But Poofy’s mascara is not the same! It still makes lashes stand out quite a bit, it lasts all day, and there is no side effects like other brands.

Check out all of their awesome options here.

They have lip glosses/sticks/balms, eyeliner, mascara, nail polish (my favorite is Mama Mia!), concealer, blush, and more. They have everything you need to make the switch to a truly organic cosmetic line and reduce your environmental toxins.

My Favorite Eye Shadow, Blue Nile:

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Not sure what ingredients you should avoiding in cosmetics? Take a look at this handy chart! This is a great start.

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Do you know what is in your deodorant? (Hint: It’s likely not something good!)

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I am a big proponent for reducing the environmental toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Making baby steps is great, and usually the first step people take is to switch out their person care products. Deodorant is definitely a big one to change as it gets applied right onto our lymph nodes and there are so many known toxins in most conventional deodorants. Let’s go over the main things you need to avoid, and what our options are!

Toxins to Avoid in Deodorant

  1. Aluminum:Aluminum toxicity is most commonly related to Alzheimer’s disease, but it is also involved in ALS, Parkinson’s, kidney and liver dysfunction, dental cavities, anemia, and peptic ulcers. Aluminum can also be passed from the mother to their unborn baby in the womb.
  2. Parabens:One of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. You may actually be seeing now that some products claim to be “paraben free!” on their labels. Parabens are easily absorbed into your skin and they are known to mimic estrogen! There is a strong link between parabens and breast cancer because of the effects it has on humans. (source)
  3. Propylene Glycol: This is part of a group called PEGs, which are known carcinogens. You’ll see propylene glycol in anti-freeze, to cake, to beauty products. Yes you read that right: an ingredient used in anti-freeze is also found in food!
  4. Triclosan: A common anti-bacterial used in many products, but it has been proven to not only be ineffective but unsafe. Triclosan can actually make some bacteria resistant to antibiotics. (source)

So What Deodorants can we switch to?

  • I went on a wild goose chase for years to find the best deodorant. Nearly every deodorant that we tried either didn’t work well or it gave us a bad reaction, or we realized that it still had questionable ingredients. We use Poofy Organics now, and we’re never going back! Poofy has many scents to choose from, plus they have a sensitive DEO, as well as some powders or sprays!
  • Some do fine with magnesium oil or even milk of magnesia. I don’t recommend this for those that are trying to limit magnesium due to adrenal exhaustion though.
  • Make your own! Most recipes will involve baking soda, coconut oil, and some essential oils.
  • The other major brand I’ve heard great things about is Primal Pit Paste, which you can find in most health food stores at this point.
  • Take a look on the Skin Deep Guide on the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how your current deodorant ranks and find other options. They have about 60,000 total products listed!

Love essential oils? Check out Poofy Organics’ selection!

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Who doesn’t love essential oils?! I’ve never been a huge fan of the big MLM essential oil companies, mostly because I do NOT agree with ingesting oils. Some of the information out there about oils is absolutely terrible. I would only recommend ingesting essential oils under the supervision of a TRAINED aromatherapist (I highly recommend Learningabouteos.com to learn more about essential oils). Because of this dangerous info, I refuse to support those big companies and I’m so glad that Poofy has great information on safe essential oil use.

One thing I love is that they have a guide on how to properly dilute the essential oils. Using oils neat on the skin can actually lead to chemical burns or even create an allergic reaction after a certain amounts of time (not always on the first use, but it can happen with frequent use) (source)

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Some of the most popular blends (that already have a carrier oil) that Poofy has include: essential oils

Check out all of Poofy Organic’s available blends and single essential oils here.

You can also “like” my Poofy Organics with Sassy Holistics page on FB to see more pictures on safe essential oils for kids, pregnancy, and even more info on reducing environmental toxins.

Are there endocrine disruptors in your nail polish?

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When you think of nail polish, what is the first thing to come to your mind? The SMELL, right? Some people just accept that smell as normal, but it’s just another sign of the toxins in our everyday environment. It is a scary thought that we can absorb about 60% of the chemicals that we put on our skin. Considering that the average woman can use nearly 500 chemicals just in her morning routine, it is no wonder that these toxins can build up and wreak havoc.

So what are the main offenders to avoid in Nail Polish?

*Toluene- A human reproductive toxin.
*Formaldehyde- A known carcinogen, plus they pickle dead bodies in it. YUCK!
*Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)- Known to cause infertility, uterine cancer, testicular cancer & fetal defects.
*Camphor – Poisonous & can cause liver damage.

Poofy Organics offers the BEST nail polish that does not have any of these major toxins!

Just look at all of these choices for colors! I actually went to the Poofy Organics store recently and it was so cool to see this whole selection of colors. I ended up picking Mamma Mia (middle of the second row). I’m very impressed with their polish. It has a slight nail polish scent but it doesn’t linger, nor is it headache inducing like other popular brands of polish. The color is great and definitely can withstand quite a bit (doing dishes, etc) and it dries pretty quickly.

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Want to take a closer look at these colors? Check them out here! Don’t forget to check out the toxin free nail polish remover too. It has NO smell, and the ingredients all have a rating of ZERO on the EWG site.

It’s easy to start reducing your toxin load with Poofy, whether it is one step at a time or all at once!

My Favorite Personal Care Products!

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I first learned about Poofy Organics about a year ago, and I quickly fell in love with them. I am very, very picky when it comes to what products I choose for my family so Poofy makes it much easier for me now- everything is in one place! I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into a health food store for something like shampoo, deodorant, or even nail polish and I left empty handed because nothing passed my “test”.

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Yikes! What a list! What’s even worse is that so many of the products in stores that claim to be natural or even organic are full of baloney! They can claim that they are natural or organic even if only a certain percentage is natural- and then fill the rest with junk.

I often get asked about what toxic chemicals we should be avoiding in personal care products, and honestly it gets overwhelming when you realize how much there is to stay away from. So instead of wasting time reading labels and hoping the company is telling the truth, I decided to finally become an independent guide for Poofy Organics because I can truly get behind what their main message is: to teach people that there are too many toxins in our personal care products!

So what are my new favorite personal care items?

I cannot live without body spray. It’s always been one of my favorite things, and I cried the day I got rid of my collection of toxic perfume! But I absolutely LOVE the I AM GODDESS Lemony Lavender Body Spray from Poofy.Lavender spray.jpg

Deodorant is probably one of the most important personal care products to switch. Conventional deodorant can have parabens (linked to breast cancer) and even aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s!). Poofy has several different options for deodorants- sprays, powder, and regular sticks. I like the Sweet Lemon Grass MAX Deo. I’ve also tried the Lavender and now the Almond Clove (currently my favorite!).

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Eye-shadow is another old addiction of mine, but it was something that I lived without for a LONG time because most “natural” make-ups are so overpriced.. I used to love bright colors especially, and I was so excited to find that Poofy has so many colors to choose from. My favorites are Blue Nile (pictured below) and Poofy Bug. Check out all of their eye products here, including mascara and eye liner!

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Facial Care items haven’t really be in my routine for awhile. My skin was pretty clear for a long time. Recently, I’ve been dealing with a lot more detox as my metabolism shifts (which is so exciting!). Because of this, my face has been dealing with breakouts and large pores- yuck. So I just decided to try the Activated Charcoal Facial Soap (pictured below). I was expecting it to take a few uses to notice the difference, but within the first use my pores were smaller! I am super impressed. Poofy also has anti-aging serum, facial moisturizer, a dead sea salt mud mask, and a whole line for acne called Zippy Zit Zappers: check those out here.

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And lastly- toothpaste. We simply can’t live without toothpaste these days! But regular toothpaste is full of fluoride (a known neurotoxin), artificial colors, and other nasty things that don’t have any place in our mouths. Poofy has a few awesome options for toothpaste, including this amazing tooth powder (a jar will last one person up to 6 months, and it whitens better than any other toothpaste I have tried) as well as  Toddler Toothpaste! Toddler toothpaste

So these are just some of my FAVORITE Poofy products. They offer over 500 different products right now, which is more than most other companies like them. Everything is made in small batches, and everything is truly amazing!

You can check out their whole catalog here– I promise you’ll fall in love as much as I have 🙂

How to Reduce Environmental Toxins

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Toxins are everywhere so it is truly hard to avoid them all.  What we can do is just reduce the amount of toxins that we come into contact with on a daily basis.  Many people argue that there is no such thing as “toxins” and that these harsh chemicals don’t affect our health.  But it is becoming more apparent that many chemicals found in common household products are actually carcinogenic.  Not only do they cause cancer, but they mess up our hormones and they are very hard on our livers.

Our livers are responsible for rendering toxic chemicals inert- so if we are overloading ourselves with toxins, and not nourishing ourselves with a proper diet then our livers start to get slow and these toxins can recirculate longer before they are eliminated.  Some people have such slow livers that these toxins are never eliminated, and they are stored in fat until the liver can function normally again.

What are these “toxins”?

A majority of the toxins that we come into contact with on a daily basis are products that we use ourselves: deodorant, makeup, perfume, hair dye, shampoo, dish soap, shaving cream, and more.  The average woman puts on about 515 different synthetic chemicals daily – and most of that is just in the morning! There are about 82,000 known chemicals used in everyday household items, and most of them have never been tested for safety.

These chemicals are cancer causing, hormone disrupting (especially causing infertility), and skin irritants. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and using these harsh products on our skin daily is truly wreaking havoc for our health.

Here are some of the most common chemicals to avoid:

1)     BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers. They are also used in food products (a lot of them!! Think crackers, chips, and processed meats).

BHA is a probable carcinogen and has been shown to mess with hormone     function.

BHT is also a hormone disruptor, as well as promoting tumor growth and has been shown to be extremely toxic to rats.

Both of these have been shown to have negative effects on hormones, especially reproductive hormones in both women and men.

2)     Anything you can’t pronounce is probably something you shouldn’t be consuming or putting on your skin. P-phenylenediamine would be an example. This is a coal-tar dye used in hair dyes. It is derived from petroleum. Coal-tar is a recognized carcinogen to humans and yet most colored cosmetics contain it. This is why when you dye your hair, there is that crazy warning that no one ever reads about how you shouldn’t use it longer than it says to and if you get it near your eyes, it could cause blindness.

3)     Parabens are one of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics. You may actually be seeing now that some products claim to be “paraben free!” on their labels. Parabens are easily absorbed into your skin and they are known to mimic estrogen! There is a strong link between parabens and breast cancer because of the effects it has on humans.

4) One of the worst preservatives you’ll see are PEGs. PEGs stands for polyethylene glycols. I see glycols everywhere. The most common one I see is propylene glycol. I have seen this ingredient not only in lotions and other cosmetics but also in multiple food products and antifreeze. Now, why the heck is something that is in antifreeze in our food??  That scares me because unless you are truly reading all ingredients in everything, you have no idea what kind of poison you can be ingesting! PEGs are also known carcinogens and it is more than likely you are getting at least a dose of it through the day between food and cosmetics.

5) Other major offenders include triclosan (in anti-bacterial items, but it has been proven to not only be ineffective but unsafe), toulene (often found in nail polish), Pthalates ( another endocrine disruptor), oxybenzone, Formaldehyde ( do I need to explain why this one should be avoided?!)  and Hydroquinone.

Take a look on the Skin Deep Guide on the Environmental Working Group’s website to see how your favorite products rank. They have about 60,000 products listed!

So what products are SAFE?

It’s easy to quickly glance at a label that claims to be “all-natural” and assume that it is truly all-natural, but unfortunately there are not many companies that are truly transparent when it comes to their ingredients. Many products that claim to be “natural” might have a few natural ingredients, but they tend to have even more toxic chemicals.

This is why we LOVE Poofy Organics and why we are now an independent guide for them. Poofy is dedicated to creating products that are USDA Organic Certified so you know they will be free of harmful synthetics, GMOs, parabens, propylene glycol, ethoxylated compounds,aluminum, SLS, fragrance, artificial colors, micas, oxides, and all of the other harmful chemicals that conventional beauty products have.

You can check Poofy Organics out here!

So it may be time to do a complete overhaul on the products that you use, or you might want to just start replacing one thing at a time. Whatever you choose, Poofy will have what you are looking for 🙂