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 Lotion- Dessert Essence and Pure Life
Hairspray or Gel- Giovanni
Make-Up- I order all of my products from Saffron Rouge.com. 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. : )
Deodorant- Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
Toothpaste- Jason and Tom's
Soap- I try to buy from a local soap maker. Dr. 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.