Non-Toxic Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a beauty products company with a mission we can stand behind:

“To get safe products into the hands of everyone.”

Unknowingly, we lather toxic chemicals onto our largest organ, our skin, everyday. What we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream and impacts our long-term health (and more importantly, the health of our children). Our seemingly mundane choices in our beauty care regimen add to our daily chemical burden. Did you know that the US has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? 1

One of my biggest product shocks was when I found out my beloved “Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser” contained three endocrine disrupting parabens: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. Or another time, when I found out that Desitin Diaper Rash Cream, #1 choice of pediatricians, contains Methylparaben and Propylparaben, as well as an unidentified “fragrance” which most likely contains harmful phthalates (plasticizers that can affect the reproductive system).

“Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.” 2

Most of the 80,000 chemicals found in our personal care products today don’t have any safety data, and the ones that have been deemed as “harmful” (such as lead, formaldehyde, phthalates, and parabens) are allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (which regulates cosmetics). You will find these toxic chemicals lurking in your children’s products. And, companies are not required to tell us that these known toxins are in their products.  It’s egregious.

Beautycounter thought it was time for a change. We agree.

“The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.” 3

Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients and is setting a new health and safety standard.

Their products fill a gap. It is a luxe beauty line, more comparable to department store beauty products rather than health-food store lines of make-up and beauty products. While maintaining the upmost quality, Beautycounter products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, SLS, or secrets.  And, that is difficult to find with most name-brand, trusted beauty products. Just read the labels.

We love the Countertime line; most notably, their restorative night cream and eye cream – decadent. We also love their make-up (the color sweep blush duo is a favorite) and kids’ bath and sunscreen products…all non-toxic and grade 1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which means they are SAFE and won’t cause cancer or disrupt your hormone system.

Beautycounter’s mission is inspiring and they have a team devoted to progress and change to our industry standards.

I want my dollars to support more organizations like this. Time to revamp the old go-to beauty regimen.

 

Notes:

  1.  http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story/
  2. http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story/
  3. http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story

DIY Antibacterial Spray

This is one of our most favorite things to make with essential oils. It’s 99.96% effective at killing bacteria and it smells good enough to eat. It’s safe for your children and perfect to spray on baby toys after a playdate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the oils we use to make this spray.

Enjoy!

Dr. Mom

F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. A flu remedy that seems to work!

It was only a matter of time before I would inevitably stumble into the world of essential oils. Essential oils are a natural fit for a parent seeking alternative and healthy solutions for her family. I was a skeptic, until we all got sick last November and a friend recommended I try using oils. I would have bought snake oil at that point; I was desperate! We used them and quickly regained our strength…and maintained it. Through flu season. With two children in preschool.

DIY Flu Bomb Recipe: 2 drops frankincense, 3 drops oregano, 4 drops Thieves, 4 drops lemon. Drop into an empty veggie capsule. Take 1 capsule every 12 or 24 hours, depending on the severity of your symptoms. You can also combine the oils in a roller bottle, along with a carrier oil (i.e. fractionated coconut oil) and roll onto your wrists, spine, chest, and/or the bottoms of your feet.

From that point on, I became our family’s witch doctor, creating custom blends depending on the ailment. I felt a greater sense of control for our household. Bruises and boo boos quickly healed with lavender; my daughter’s eczema cleared with a blend of coconut oil, Melaleuca-A oil and lavender oil; belly aches and 2-year old tantrums were cured. You know it’s a “win” when your toddler asks for oils when she falls down and scrapes her knee. I started adding a drop of frankincense oil to my moisturizer and started seeing a difference in my skin (read: less wrinkles). All extremely positive results over a short period of time. These oils got my attention and became another tool for our non-toxic arsenal.

Favorite Oil

I could diffuse Thieves oil all day long. Not only do I love the smell of this blend of cloves, cinnamon, eucalyptus, citrus and rosemary, but I like that it’s antimicrobial and helps to eliminate airborne bacteria. I plan on diffusing this throughout flu season to help boost our immunity and to help keep my family healthy.

Essential oils are not just for making your house smell good (I mean, really good). Most people have no idea that essential oils can help restore balance back into the body; I certainly didn’t before I started them a few months ago. These oils have been used for their healing properties for centuries, and people have been using plants as medicine since the beginning of time. It’s like coming full circle; back-to-basics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge proponent of western medicine, and yes, I vaccinate my children. But, I do like integrating in eastern medicine modalities and holistic approaches. I’m not touting essential oils as a panacea, but they are awfully handy to have in your medicine cabinet.

Click here if you would like to know where you can buy oils. You can always send a private email if you have questions (jo@littlegreenmoments.com), or comment below.

**Please only purchase oils through a reputable distributor, (i.e. not on Amazon, as tempting as it may be. Many oils sold on Amazon contain as little as 5% essential oil and the rest is a filler as many are sold for recreational/aromatic use only; not for medicinal use or ingestion). Little Green Moments recommends Young Living oils since they are unadulterated, therapeutic-grade, with no fillers, and the plants are grown on their own sustainable and non-GMO farms. There are other reputable oil companies as well, whom we are confident make quality oils, but we have done the most amount of research specifically on YL oils and have been extremely happy with their results. If you are going to use oils on your children, make sure you follow instructions carefully and dilute them first. The safest way to apply oils to children is to apply diluted to the bottoms of their feet.*

Disclaimer

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any disease, illness, or condition, and should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional medical care and advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

A Year of Silence

 

After a year-long hiatus, while healing a broken heart after losing my mother, I am picking up the pieces and starting to write again. Slowly.

In addition to being an impressive and well-respected Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, loving and selfless mother, caring wife, and snuggly grandma, she was also the de facto editor of Little Green Moments (along with my sister).  She was the grammar queen, and I knew that a comma would never be out of place with her eyes on it. She had the most incredible attention to detail.

She is missed dearly; every moment, every day. She was also in part, the inspiration behind this blog, along with our two daughters. When my mom (a non-smoker,) was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer almost 3 years ago, I felt a sense of urgency to research what environmental factors she could have been exposed to, that may have caused it, since cancer doesn’t run in our family. We were in it together as a family. How could we beat the {grim} odds? How could we prevent others from getting this awful disease?

Cancer took her life, but never her dignity and grace.

So, in honor of my mom, I will start writing again. Because she would have wanted me to.

 

 

Back Soon…

We apologize for our long absence.

It has been a very sad time for the LGM team as we are mourning a great loss in our family. Thank you for your patience and your on-going support. We will be back up and writing soon.

- The Little Green Moments Team

 

A Healthy Halloween Treat

This ghostly fruit platter is a toddler favorite in our household and provides a balance to the influx of sugary treats that will surely be taking your house by storm. Use bananas with chocolate chips (minis for the eyes) and clementines as pumpkins with celery as stems. Simply adorable.

Source: www.weelicious.com

A Healthy Lawn

 

Do you have grass in your backyard? If so, is it treated with pesticides? If you have kids playing in the grass, or babies crawling on it with their hands (that subsequently go into their mouths), consider asking the person who cares for your lawn to stop treating it with chemicals (you, spouse, friend, gardener?). This will also greatly reduce the amount of pesticides tracked into your house on the bottom of shoes or little feet. It is amazing what you can learn by just asking the question. If you don’t specify “no pesticides,” the default will most likely be that your grass is treated with chemicals. Our own lawn is a case in point; it was years before I asked the question.  I cringe when I think about my children playing on it.  As a side note, we have had no brown spots since we stopped treating our lawn and it looks beautiful.  Seems as if we didn’t need those nasty pesticides in the first place. Scientific evidence shows that contact with these chemicals is not healthy for your little ones and has been linked to adverse long-term health effects.

 

Image credit: martinan / 123RF Stock Photo

Summer Garden

 

Spent a glorious summer morning in the garden with the kids. As a first time gardener, it is so incredibly gratifying to go outside everyday and harvest these beauties. The kids love it and the amount of vegetables eaten along the way is incredible. There is something very special about watching a 3-year old and 1-year old grab kale leaves and nibble on them as we go about our morning harvest. I am absolutely hooked! How does your garden grow? #tinytotgardeners #newfamilyritual

Clean Eating

By guest author and friend, Katrina Loop. Katrina is a yoga instructor, nutritionist, physiotherapist, health & wellness expert and founder of Honey Health.Nutrition.Yoga based in Sydney, Australia.

Clean Eating – What exactly is it, and why should I eat clean? 

Chances are you have heard people throwing around the words “clean eating,” but maybe you are not really sure what it is or why you should bother eating clean. If this is you, read on. If you already know the low-down on eating clean but you would like a fresh recipe idea, just skip to Honey’s recipe section to check out the featured “Clean eating chicken salad” recipe. I cooked up this little number the other night and it went down a treat!

What exactly is “clean eating”?

Clean eating is about consuming food as close to its natural state as possible. It is not a fad diet or a quick fix and it does not require calculations of any kind. It is very easy to adopt (so you can breathe a sigh of relief!). Clean eating is a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation that if adopted will help you on your journey to improved well-being through nutrition. Read all »

Safe Sunscreen

SOME TIPS TO HELP NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF SUNSCREEN AND HOW TO AVOID TOXIC CHEMICALS

We are deep into summer now, which typically correlates to ample pool and/or beach time with the kiddos and LOTS of sunscreen. We love summer and have been spending as much time as possible outside – in the garden, going to the pool, hiking, frolicking at the beach, or just playing outdoors.

We generously slather sunscreen onto our kids’ sensitive skin with the intent of protecting it from the sun. One would think that it would be as easy as walking into a store and buying a sunscreen marketed specifically for kids and that these products are seemingly safe. Alas, we live in a day and age where food products marketed to kids are filled with high fructose corn syrup and artificial food coloring, and sunscreens marketed for kids are laden with carcinogenic chemicals. The onus falls on us, as parents, to do the CIA-like detective work and make our own educated choices about what we are feeding our kids and what products we are using on their bodies during a critical time of development for their brain and organs.

Given that skin is our largest organ and that it acts as a giant sponge to any products we apply to it, it is a good practice to avoid putting chemicals on our body that will subsequently be absorbed into our bloodstream. In your quest to protect skin from the sun, arm yourself with the knowledge of how to spot lurking toxic chemicals, which unfortunately are found in most conventional sunscreens; many of which are household names such as the ubiquitous Water Babies or Coppertone Kids Spray, both of which fall into the Hall of Shame for safe sunscreens. Read all »