We are well aware there is much out of our control. We live in a broken world where cancer not only now exists, but is all too common. Who doesn't know someone who is battling cancer.
We also live in a world that allows anti-depressants + contraceptive pills to make it in our tap water, pesticides + herbicides to be sprayed in the hills behind our homes, cell towers in our towns admitting high frequency EMFs, polluted air from fossil fuels, and if you live in the United States you live in a country that has close to no regulations when it comes to beauty + personal care products.
The European Union has banned 1328 chemicals from their personal care products and the US has only banned 30. Doesn't this sound like a problem? There are over 80,000 chemicals that can make it into the products we are using everyday on ourselves + our littles. As a mom you don't have the time to do all the research on which chemicals are toxic and which products are they in, so let us do the dirty work for you.
Here are our top three tips when choosing your + your littles personal care products:
-First there is no government regulations on the terms pure or natural and plant based means very little so it's important to read labels. Most of the time when you can't pronounce a product it's a safe bet you shouldn't wear it.
-Choose products full of fats that can be found in nature, like coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, and tallow paired with essential oils.
-Stay away from fragrance and talc. Fragrance is defined by the FDA as "a combo of chemicals" which can literally mean anything; many of which are endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic. Talc is also a highly toxic mineral that the literature says has serious cancer risks, and it is very common in baby powder!
We are certainly no longer in the Garden, therefore it is incredibly wise to make your home as much of a safe-haven as you possibly can. This takes time + money so start small, with the aim of making a big impact. We suggest making 1-2 swaps each month and always replacing a product you finish with a non-toxic version. This way you won't feel overwhelmed having to do all the things at once, but overtime you will make lasting changes. Below are our favorite products for the entire family. They are 100% toxic free and actually work! You'll notice we love Primally Pure and we want you to love their products too! So our gift to you is a 10% off discount with code: happyhealthylittles at checkout!
-Body + bum cream (great for nursing nipples too)
-Specific baby care products
For Mom + Dad:
-Facial care products for momma
-Facial care for men
For the Family:
-laundry detergent (check out the EWG for recs)
If you are questioning a product that you currently use we recommend heading over to The Environmental Working Group who's entire mission is to share which toxins + chemicals are harmful and what products you should or shouldn't be using.
Xo Dani and Whitney