24 January 2018

The Dirt: Organic Tampons

An easy switch you can make with virtually no dent in your wallet, is to organic tampons. I am starting this series off with the products I find to be the most toxic and most important to switch. So if you switch nothing else but you switch your deodorant and tampons I will be SO happy and SO proud!

There are so many brands on the market but in a Target store last August these Honest boxes caught my eye. I actually thought they were tissue boxes! I grabbed a box without thinking, paid and went home. When I got home I realized I had bought TAMPONS! *blush*

Fast forward and now I don't buy anything BUT organic tampons. I haven't been able to find the Honest brand of organic tampons in Canada but the website does ship here! I have been buying Natracare for years but if I was in a rush and couldn't find organic brands, I would just grab Tampax.

Little did I know, regular tampons are made with cotton, which is grown using pesticides and bleached in the production process, and mixed with Rayon, which has been bleached and whitened (using Chlorine), and has added fragrances - to, well, keep scents at bay down there! Chlorine contains Dioxin which is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to endometriosis. Organic tampons are made with organic cotton, which is pesticide-free, and contain no chemicals or fragrances.

The cost between a box of Tampax tampons and a box of Natracare tampons is virtually the same. A box of Tampax (18 count) at Shoppers is 7.99 (44 cents per tampon) and a box of Natracare (16 count) is 7.99 (49 cents per tampon). Just sayin'...

17 January 2018

The Dirt: Native Deoderant

I couldn't preach what I preach and not practice it. For example, I recently started switching all of my products to cleaner, safer versions. This means safer cleaning products, make-up, shampoo and conditioner, lotions, soaps, food... the list goes on! And since we are moving, there has been no better time than now to PURGE everything chemical-ridden and start fresh.

In order to decide which products I want to switch first I am using the Think Dirty app, and anything with a rating higher than 3 I am tossing out IMMEDIATELY and replacing with a product with healthier, cleaner ingredients. As I have been scanning barcodes to see how my current products hold up, it was refreshing to see some of the products I am already using AND LOVE pass the "under 3" test! But still my goal is to get all of my products as close to 0 as possible.

As I switch new products I will be posting their Think Dirty rating to save you time! The first product I am switch is my deodorant! The Lady SpeedStick I was using for YEARS (cringe!) has been rated 9. It contains carcinogens and ingredients which cause development and reproductive problems. Anti-perspirant contains aluminum which stops you from sweating, and I believe mother nature intended for us to sweat for a reason...

I recently switched to Native deodorant (Lavender and Rose scent! Yum!) and I haven't really noticed a difference from antiperspirant. I don't stink and I don't feel overly sweaty (other than the usual perspiration during my morning workouts). It is not yet rated on Think Dirty but I anticipate they will be adding this product soon. I am a heavy sweater and I had tried MANY other natural deodorants brands before giving in and ordering Native - it annoyed me that I could only get it online. But the company offers FREE SHIPPING so I decided to give it a try and I am hooked.

Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below! If you purchase using the link I provided, you will get a free travel-sized version with your order.

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