These Are A Few of My Favorite Things (and I expect you to sing that song the rest of the day)

Like I’ve said before, I’ve been on a detoxifying journey for over 7 years.  I’ve put in a lot of leg work, time researching, and years testing some really awful products to get to a place where I’m pretty happy with the non-toxic health and beauty items we use in our home.  In case any of you out there are searching for some of these, I wanted to make a comprehensive list of what I use, their toxicity level according to Skin Deep, and what they’ll cost you.  Sound good?  Here goes…

Toothpaste:  Jason’s Powersmile

Toxicity level: 1

Price: $17 for a pack of 3

Why I like it:  We don’t use anything with fluoride for reasons you can read about       here.  Jason’s fits the bill on this, has a low toxicity level, and I just like the results.

Deodorant:  Naturally Fresh Deodorant, Unscented

Toxicity level: 1

Price: $6.37

Why I like it:  Deodorant is a tough one.  I’ve tried lots that smell really funny or just plain don’t work.  This one seems to work for both my husband and I.  We get the unscented because the toxicity level increases with the ones that have fragrance.

Skin Care:  Beautycounter

 Toxicity level: 1-2 depending on what you get.

Price – Varies depending on what you buy.

Why I love it:  I’ve been using Beautycounter on my face for a month or so and my skin looks better than it has in years!  I’ve tried everything from cheaper products to much more expensive, and none of them would get rid of the breakouts on my forehead. Now, I have NOTHING on my forehead.  I honestly can’t remember the last time that happened!  Just for reference, I use the Cleansing Balm, Nourishing Cleanser, Countermatch Moisturizer, Nourishing Cream Exfoliator, and the Nourishing Eye Cream.  These are just products I’ve fallen in love with.  If you want to know what will work best for you, shoot me a message with your skin concerns and I can either send samples or help determine what would work best!

Sunscreen:  Coola, Unscented Spray and Beautycounter Face stick

Toxicity Level: Both level 1

Price: Around $35

Why I love it:  Although these both have a steep price tag, the low toxicity level and ease at which I can put it on my 7-year old make it worth it!  I don’t know about you, but I basically have to do a drive by spray in order to get him covered.  And the face stick is clear so you don’t have to fight with all those white streaks on your face that usually come from natural sunscreens.

A decent alternative I’ve found is KINeSYS.  It’s also a spray, but a pump spray instead of aerosol, so you still have to get your kid to sit still to rub it in.  That one is much more affordable at around $8, but the toxicity is a little higher at a 3.

Room/Carpet Deodorizer:  Young Living Essential Oils

Toxicity Level: Although they are not listed on the Skin Deep website, these are non-toxic oils.

Price: Varies depending on which oils you get.

Why I like it: I love that I can customize how my house smells by what essential oils I put in my diffuser!  Did you know that scented candles are pretty dang toxic?!  I mean, they smell heavenly, sure, but at what cost?  The essential oils are a great way to have your house smelling wonderful without crazy chemicals.

Another way I like to use them is by mixing several drops (I use the Purification Blend) into some baking soda.  I then spread it on my carpets and let sit for a few minutes before I vacuum it.  Such an amazing way to freshen your home!

Water Filter: Berkey Filters

Price: Starting around $250 depending on the size you get.

Why I like it: Unfortunately tap water is just no good for long term consumption (see my previous article like about fluoride).  My husband was the one that took the reigns on water filter choice.  He says the Berkey is the best you can get!  Apparently you can put sewer water in it and it will come out clean enough to drink (I really don’t plan on trying that anytime soon).  And although it has a high price tag, you only have to change the filters every 4-5 years, so your cost really evens out in comparison to systems like Britta.

 

I hope that this has helped you in your quest for a less toxic home!  If there’s anything I’ve left out that you’re curious about, please let me know and I’ll post about what I use!  Happy de-toxifying 🙂

 

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