Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No More Toxins: In My Bathroom

If you don't know about me loosing my first daughter to the toxin, mercury.  You should start with my post; Joy- Who Truly Made Me Healthy.  This will better explain why I have gone to such extremes with getting rid of toxins in my house.

I started with the things I use most in the bathroom.

We got a cheaper general water filter for the whole house.  If you are taking a hot bath or shower and your pores are open, you don't want chlorine and many other toxins soaking into your skin.  You can get a very cheap filter just for your bath tube.  My Contractor husband bought the filter at Lowes and installed it.

I bought all paraben free (these alter your hormones), aluminum free (this can effect your brain) and chemical free (these can cause allergies)  Shampoo, Conditioner, Hairspray, Make-Up, Deodorant, Lotion, Toothpaste and Soap.  You have to be very careful with these products because they are not regulated so they can claim whatever they want (i.e. all natural ingredients and still have chemicals in them). 

My Favorite Products:

Shampoo, Condition and LotionDessert Essence and Pure Life

Hairspray or Gel Giovanni

Make-Up-  I order all of my products from Saffron  This company makes sure all of the products they sell are legit.  I have even seen them remove products when they don't meet their standards.  They also have great deals where you can get free samples. : )

DeodorantNaturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal

ToothpasteJason and Tom's

Soap-  I try to buy from a local soap makerDr. Bronner's is a wonderful brand too.

You can find these products at your local health food store, Publix in the Greenwise section or online.  If you want to look for a different brand, I always look at the last couple of ingredients and make sure they aren't a foreign language.  Also, make sure they say Paraben Free because they will use other words to sneak this chemical in.

I am very passionate about using these products because our skin is so porous.  We leave these products on all day, year after year.  These chemicals will add up (read- How I Rid My Body Of Mercury).

I also got Organic Cotton and Bamboo Towels.  Make sure the dyes are natural too.  The dyes have formaldehyde in them.  Non-organic uses bleach and their are tons of pesticides on regular cotton.  Again, you get out of the hot bath and your pores are open and you use a towel. 

I use Chlorine Free Pads and Tampons.  The reason people were having toxic shock syndom was because of the toxins that their body was absorbing from the regular tampons.  We use also recycled tissue paper that is not bleached.

This all might seem a little bit extreme but it does all add up.  I have learned the hard way.  It feels so good to know that I am doing what is best for me and my family.

Feel free to ask me any question.  Even if you change a couple of things, it will make a difference.




  1. Thanks for this post Tara. Some of the things above I have not done but I have made many changes to try to improve our health and quality of life. You are right ..... every little thing you can do will help. Keep up the good work and example.

  2. Something that I did years and years first dabbling with getting rid of toxins in my bathroom/ body... were chlorine free tampons.

  3. Your welcome Janice. That is so good to hear that you are making a better place for your beautiful grandson! : )

    Thanks for the reminder Lia. I use those and the chlorine free pads. I can't thank you enough for reminding me. : )

  4. Tara, I just wanted you to know that I have really been enjoying your posts. Your experience with losing your daughter was such an eye opener and touched me in a way I can't really put into words. We are not a "green" family but I want to start changing some of that. The concept has always been appealing to me but almost like a challenge that was too big and I had no ideas about how to start. I plan to start implementing some of your changes and am excited about improving our health ( if only in small doses at a time ;)

    Christina (Chason) Read :)

  5. Hi Tara,

    I noticed your post and wanted to say thank you for being a fan of the 100% pure and natural Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal. Also thank you for sharing your journey to get rid of the toxins in your life!

    I would love to speak with you. If you could send me a email cori(at)redletterpr(dot)com we can chat a little more.


    Cori for Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal

  6. Thank you Christina for your comment. It made me smile not only on the outside but on the inside too. : ) I am beyond excited that I can help you and your family. Every small change makes a big difference! Good luck! Love, Tara

    Hi Cori, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I do LOVE your products! I will definitely e-mail you to chat more. Thank you! Tara