After developing hypothyroidism and some hormone changes due to stress and gut health several years ago, I made the decision to begin swapping many household and personal care items to things that will better serve my health, my family, and our home. I have seen first hand the difference these have made in my own health and I am passionate about helping others make the swap to a reduced toxin lifestyle easier.
What is an endocrine disruptor? Essentially, they are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormone) systems at certain doses. The U.S. is notorious for allowing these in our skin care, make-up, cleaning products, and other everyday products.
So many of our products will unknowingly affect our body’s endocrine system and in return, can affect your success to hosting a healthy home, family, and self. When it comes to healthy food swaps, beauty, home cleaning, cooking, and items for the littles I have become quite the researcher. Below I will continue to update products I use, along with my family, to keep a reduced toxic load in our home and hopefully yours!
Makeup and Skin care: Beauty Counter
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day.
Beauty Counter has created what they consider the “never list”. This list consists of almost 1500 harmful ingredients that are prohibited from being used in their products, including nearly 1400 ingredients also banned in the European union. The company is verified on EWG.org and is my absolute favorite skin care and makeup line. When I began swapping out skin care and makeup I looked for a couple years and tried several options, not loving everything I found, until this.
How to swap to Beauty Counter…
- The most cost effective way to begin is to swap out your products as you run out using this link. You can also browse the page and add some options individually to try out.
- If you know you will use the products, my suggestion is signing up as a beauty band member. As a member you receive product credit for your orders, free shipping, and being a member requires no minimum commitments!
- If you need help or have a question about my favorite products or which may be best for you, connect with me.
Womens Hygiene: L. Tampons
Tampons!? Yes. Most well-known brands of tampons will bleach their tampons with chlorine. This leaves a byproduct in the tampon called dioxin, women can be exposed to small doses of this toxin while using the tampons. Dioxin can cause immune system depression, abnormal tissue and cell growth, and hormonal disruption.
100% organic tampons are made with cotton that has not been treated with insecticides and are free from perfumes or dyes. L. Tampons are one of the brands I have found to make the swap easy and are available at the link above!
Home Cleaning: Thieves by Young Living
Not only does this smell fantastic and makes our home smell great, but I immediately swapped all our cleaning products with this line when I found out we were pregnant. I love that our daughter can crawl around the floors right after I have cleaned and I don’t need to worry about her inhaling harsh chemicals.
Thieves contains lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils. This blend provides a deep clean without dangerous ingredients that is safe to be used around everyone in your family, including pets.
I have found this to be much more cost effective than even options for chemical free cleaning at popular stores. One bottle of the concentrated home cleaning formula is $22.50 for wholesale members. To give you an idea on how long it lasts, I only need to re-purchase this bottle 2-3x yearly.
To purchase a Thieves home cleaning kit I recommend becoming a Young Living member.
The best quality meats: Butcher Box delivery service
Butcher box does the shopping for you! You can choose monthly or bi-monthly delivery options as well as what you would like your box to contain. They only use grass fed and finished beef, heritage breed pork, organic pasture raised chicken, or wild caught fish.
BIOHM health: Gut health testing and probiotic supplements
Gut health is extremely important for all of our bodies functions. History of antibiotic use, over consumption of sugars, stress, processed foods, and many more things can disrupt our gut microbiome. I have partnered with BIOHM health for any clients struggling with gut issues to dive deeper and get to the source of the issue.
Use code BEETSANDBABES at checkout!