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Do You Want To Reduce The Toxins In Your Everyday Life? Your Handbag Is A Great Place To Start, These Are 2 Simple Swaps To Make Right Now!

Hand Sanitizer

There are just way too many chemicals in hand sanitizer. The main antibacterial ingredient in nonalcoholic hand sanitizers, Triclosan or Triclocarban, has been linked in studies to cause cancer and may lead to hormonal disruptions in your body. Some of the ingredients in alcohol based hand sanitizers can also be equally alarming, while studies have been done for adults there is hardly any research and documentation on children’s daily use. Why not try an organic spray sanitizer made with essential oils instead? I use Dr Bronner’s Organic Lavender Spray Hand Sanitizer.

Ingredients To Avoid

  • Triclosan/Triclocarban
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Carbomer – Petrochemical Acrylic Acid
  • Fragrance
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Benzalkonium Chloride

Lip Balm

If someone asked you to apply petroleum to your lips, my guess, is that you would say no in a heartbeat. Unfortunately lots of lip balms contain petrolatum/petroleum and parabens. The safety of petrolatum (petroleum jelly) in cosmetics has come into question because it’s derived from oil which needs to be refined, some refining methods use toxic compounds. If the petroleum jelly becomes contaminated during the manufacturing process, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons may find their way into the jelly. PAHs are potentially carcinogenic and have links to breast cancer. There are companies like Dr Hauschka and Dr Bronner’s that produce balms and sticks that contain no chemicals or parabens and synthetic dyes.

Ingredients To Avoid

  • Parabens
  • Petrolatum or Petroleum
  • Chemical Fragrance or Flavour – Listed as Fragrance or Perfume
  • Chemical Dyes
  • Mineral Oil

What Changes Are You Making In Your Life To Reduce Toxins?