I remember when I was a teenager, I would use whatever product was popular, regardless of whether it was safe or not. All the little bottles and pretty makeup colors caught my eyes and I wanted to try them all. I didn't think about the long-term effects of the chemicals I was putting on my skin or in my hair. Now years later, I realize how important it is to use toxic free and safe products, especially on and around my children...and they know it too.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, it absorbs everything that is put on it in just 22 seconds. So, when you use products that contain harmful chemicals, those chemicals go directly into your bloodstream. That's why it's so important to use toxic free and safe products, especially if you have young children. 

There are a lot of toxic chemicals in common household products, like cleaning supplies, personal care products, and even some children's toys. These chemicals can lead to serious health problems, like cancer, reproductive issues, and neurological disorders. So, it's important to be aware of the ingredients in the products you use and to choose toxic free and safe alternatives whenever possible.

How do you know what is bad and what is safe? These are David Sazuki's Dirty Dozen...we will look at a couple in depth below.EAD THE “DI DOZEN”BACKGROUNDER

Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

One of the most common toxic chemicals found in household products is phthalates. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and make them more pliable. They're found in everything from shampoo and soap to toys and food packaging. Studies have shown that exposure to phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system and cause developmental and reproductive problems.  

Another common toxic chemical is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is used in hard plastics and the lining of canned foods. It's been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as developmental problems in fetuses and young children.

Most fragrance is made from a mixture of chemicals that can cause a variety of health problems. These chemicals are easily absorbed into the body through the skin, and they can enter the bloodstream and travel to different organs. Some of the most common health problems caused by exposure to fragrance include headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. In addition, certain chemicals found in fragrance have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption. For these reasons, it is important to be aware of the potential risks before using any product that contains fragrance. Many people choose to avoid fragrance altogether, or opt for products that only contain natural fragrances.

These are just three examples of the many toxic chemicals that are found in everyday household products. When you use these products, you're exposing yourself and your family to these dangerous chemicals. That's why it's so important to switch to safe, toxic-free alternatives. 

Toxic free and safe products are important for everyone to use but especially for children. Their skin is more absorbent than adults so they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals. There are a lot of great companies that make toxic free and safe products so there is no excuse not to switch to them. Your skin will thank you!

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  1. Consumers don’t realize plug-in air fresheners And air freshener sprays carry unhealthy components that trigger hormonal receiving systems in our bodies in a negative way.

    Thank you and I look forward to the tough topics you will uncover. I’ve tried telling a friend who combats regular migraines to throw out her febreeze and the plug-ins! Impossible for them to believe one small action can free their body from harm.

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