Potent Information for a Toxic World
"Healthier, safer living is a choice. Now make it your reality."
Jen Eden, Home Detox Expert & Green Living Advocate
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Nutrient Moisturizer, developed for all skin types (although I tend to the dry). Botanicals plant oils and antioxidants are whipped together into a rich lotion that is free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and other unwanted ingredients like petroleum and endocrine disruptive phthalates (yes, lots of lotions are full of that stuff). Available at Whole Foods and juicebeauty.com.

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When you tell your kids to wash their hands, you’re helping to ensure that chemicals and contaminants on their hands go down the drain. But if they’re washing with a chem-filled soap, you’re kinda defeating the purpose. Enter Better Life’s Dish It Out dish soap, which doubles in our home as a hand wash. Its plant based ingredient list, as well as the fact that it’s formulated without dyes, fragrances or parabens, makes it a real winner in our kitchen and our bathrooms. Look for it at cleanhappens.com or soap.com.

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The EPA estimates that indoor air can be 2-5 times more toxic than outdoor air and while there are many things you can purchase to mitigate this problem, one thing you can do that won’t cost you a cent is to bring some fresh air from the outside into your home. So go ahead and open that window – even for a couple of minutes a day – and breathe easy.

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Durable and safe, stainless steel water bottles are a trendy and on-target addition to any backpack, purse or briefcase. Chugging filtered water from a Klean Kanteen will keep you hydrated, while keeping you away from plastic bottles that can leach harmful chemicals and that encourage our reliance on petroleum. Stainless steel doesn’t emit anything hazardous and is easily cleaned with soap and warm water. My kids bring Klean Kanteens to school with them every day and I use them after I work out. They’re easily ordered at kleankanteen.com and can be purchased at stores such as Whole Foods.

 

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I hope I’ve passed down lots of good qualities to my kids — but hey, no one’s perfect, and so I know I’ve also handed down a few less good ones, including my tendency for dry skin, especially on the lips. Luckily, I’ve found a safe and effective lip balm that soothes even the driest of kissers: Now Solutions Completely Kissable Lip Balms. My kids give it a thumbs up – for its flavor (they like the vanilla one, but there’s also pomegranate and peppermint ) and for the way it works. And the safe ingredients, including sunflower seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter, get great ratings from me. You can buy it online at nowfoods.com, but I found them at our local Manhattan supermarket and I stock up often, so my lips and my kids’ lips stay safely hydrated during the dry winter months.

 

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Argan oil, olive oil, avocado oil, pumpkin seed oil…lots of rich oils equals lots of benefits. Take it from me – someone whose daily swims don’t do her hair any favors – this Acure Organics “moroccan argan oil + argan stem cell moisture repairing” shampoo and conditioner combo is fantastic. I use it regularly, as it moisturizes and adds shine. And, of course, I love what it doesn’t have: parabens, phthaltes, sulfates or synthetic fragrances. Available on many websites including  acureorganics.com,  spiritbeautylounge.com  and luckyvitamin.com.