#CleanGreen: Understanding the Toxins in Your Home 0Recently we talked about air quality and how to 'grow' fresh air. So by now, you’re probably wondering what brings these toxins into your home? Here are several toxins found in homes and the culprits that bring them in:
- Household cleaners: contribute to indoor air pollution and, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, harbor more than 150 carcinogenic chemicals that can lead to birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. Consider replacing them with natural, organic, non-toxic products. The EPA reports that household cleaners increase the risk of cancer by 3 times.
- Formaldehyde: carpets, caulking, ceiling tiles, draperies, fabrics, facial tissues, grocery bags, floor coverings, gas stoves, grocery bags, paints, paper towels, permanent press clothing, upholstery.
- Xylene/toluene: adhesives, computer VDU screens, printers, photocopies, floor coverings, particleboard, stains and varnishes, wall coverings.
- Benzene: adhesives, ceiling tiles, printers, floor coverings, paints, particleboard, tobacco smoke, stains and varnishes, wall coverings.
- Chloroform: chlorinated tap water.
- Ammonia: cleaning products, printers, photocopiers.
- Alcohols: carpeting, cosmetics, floor coverings, paints, particleboard, stains and varnishes
- Acetone: cosmetics, nail polish remover, office correction fluid, pre-printed paper forms.
- Pesticides: are harmful to pets, humans and the environment. Use organic pest control measures for home and garden instead.
- Dust and dirt from outside: using a door mat cuts down the toxic lead dust levels in a home virtually in half and taking off your shoes before entering your home cuts the toxic dust down by 60%.
Organic Cleaning Products - A Better Choice for You and Your Family 0
Organic cleaning products allow us to clean our homes without the worry of long term health impacts. Organic cleaning products are free of dangerous toxins.
Organic Cleaning Products - A Better Choice for You and Your Family
Organic cleaning products have seen a drastic uptick in popularity over the past couple of years, and it's no wonder. The cleaners that we all grew up with are filled with harmful chemicals, and people have started moving away from them. It only makes sense. After all, we've all started to monitor the foods we put into our bodies and the grooming and beauty supplies we put onto our bodies. Shouldn't we also be cognizant of the things that we may inhale or get onto our skin when cleaning? That's why organic cleaning products are so important. They allow us to get our homes clean without the worry of long term health impacts.
- Phthalates - Phthalates are found in scented household products like air fresheners, dish soap, cleaners, and even toilet paper. Companies aren't required to disclose the presence of phthalates in their products, but if you see the word "scented", chances are they're in the product. Phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the hormone systems of the body and can cause things like cancer, birth defects, developmental disorders, lowered sperm count in men, and more.
- Perchloroethylene - Also known as PERC, this chemical found in dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, carpet and upholstery cleaners and the like has been identified as a neurotoxin by the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General's office. In addition, PERC has been classified as a "possible carcinogen" by the EPA. Exposure is commonly from inhalation, with symptoms such as dizziness and loss of coordination.
- Triclosan - You've probably heard of this one. At first blush, an antibacterial agent sounds great, but in reality, it's incredibly bad. This aggressive antibacterial agent is found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps with the "antibacterial" label. In addition to there being no evidence that triclosan makes people healthier or safer, it has the concerning property of promoting drug-resistant bacteria.
- Quartenry Ammonium Compounds - QUATS, the shortened name for this antimicrobial, is found in liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, and most household cleaners with the "antibacterial" label. Like tricolosan, QUATS promotes the breeding of antibiotic resistant bacteria. However, they have the added bonus of being a skin irritant. They are also suspected of contributing to asthma.
- 2-Butoxyethanol - This key ingredient in many window, kitchen, and multi-purpose cleaners gives them that classic sweet smell. It's a glycol ether, a powerful solvent. According to the EPA, it can cause sore throats when inhaled and, at high levels, contributes to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. The EPA sets a standard of air concentration for this substance in the workplace. If you clean a confined space like a bathroom without adequate ventilation you can end up breathing air levels that are far higher than established safety standards.
- Ammonia - This powerful irritant is found in polishing cleaners for bathroom fixtures, sinks, and jewelry, as well as glass cleaners. Commonly used because it dries quickly and with no streaks, the trade off for this addition to cleaners is exposure to a highly powerful irritant. Exposure is via inhalation, and it strongly affects people with asthma, the elderly, and those with lung issues.
- Chlorine - Found in scouring powders, toilet cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even household tap water, chlorine is known to be an acute respiratory irritant, and research is now suggesting that it may be a thyroid disruptor, as well.
- Sodium Hydroxide - More commonly known as lye, this substance is most often found in oven cleaners and drain openers. It is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns if it touches the skin or gets in the eyes. When inhaled, it can cause a sore throat that can last for several days.
- Kimberly Cornwell
3 Reasons To Use a Face Mask, Right Now 0Incorporating a face mask 1 to 2 times weekly can have some surprising results, and not just for women.
Oil...For Your Face? 0
Remember the first time that you heard of face oils? You probably gasped in shock, wondering why anyone would want a skin treatment made from the very stuff you're trying to prevent. But believe it or not, adding the right oil to your skincare regime can actually help prevent a slick situation. The proper product can soothe skin, reduce fine lines and prevent breakouts -- and that's just what Celadon Road's Certified Organic Face Oil is created to do. Your skin will glow from circulation-stimulating, cell-growth encouraging jojoba and almond oils that owe their beneficial properties to powerful antioxidants, along with fresh, calming essentials like rosehip and clary sage.
To help you get started we're sharing out favorite ways to leverage face oil and nourish gorgeous skin:
- As a night cap. After cleansing, warm a few drops of Celadon Road's Certified Organic Face Oil in your palm and massage gently into your face and neck. We also love to add a bit of moisturizer on top; try our Clearly Lemon or Age Defying Moisturizer for a special, green treat!
- Smooth sailing. Your face holds tension, and it shows! Use your facial oil to give yourself the ultimate facial massage -- even just five minutes can make a world of a difference. Start by adding a few drops to your palms and inhale deeply, extending the your breath as you let tension drain away. Next, using your finger tips, circle around your eyes, across your forehead and along your jaw-line. Work around tense areas with soft, sweeping movements as you literally smooth away the stress.
- Before you lather up. Protect, soften skin and enjoy the aroma of your facial oil by smoothing it over your face, and neck before hopping in the shower. Allow the oil to sink in while you run warm water, then enjoy a silky aromatic shower.
3 Fabulous Summer Hair Care Tips to Adopt Now 0As the weather warms and the sun shines a bit brighter, for many of us our first thought is sunscreen. We’ve been educated on the harsh side effects of constant sun exposure on our skin – but what about our hair? Did you know that, excessive sun exposure is the most frequent cause of hair shaft's structural impairment? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), photochemical impairment of the hair includes degradation and loss of hair proteins as well as damage to hair pigment. Luckily, there are a handful of all-natural, easy-to-follow tips to prevent damage to your scalp and locks; check out our favorites as you prep for the Spring and Summer months:
Wash you hair immediately after excessive exposure. Whether it was a simple, quick dip in the pool or you spent a long day at the beach, washing your hair right away is one of the best things you can do to prevent further damage to your hair. Washing your hair helps to eliminate further UV damage while ridding your locks of any impurities. With that said, washing your hair doesn’t necessarily mean loading up on shampoo – cutting back on shampoo during the warmer months is actually recommended! Using less shampoo, or switching to an all-natural, chemical-free solution, will actually allow your scalp’s natural oil production to re-balance itself. This is especially vital for natural moisture during summer weather.
In need of a safe, organic shampoo? Celadon Road Shampoo is here to save the day…with a fresh crisp scent and a thoughtful blend of wild-crafted, therapeutic grade essential oils, our shampoo is a fabulous way to bring an organic shine to your already luminous locks! Better yet, our special formula is made up of an ingredient list you actually recognize and can pronounce.
- Keep it loose and protected. You may not realize it, but how you wear your hair matter too. Extended heat from straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers add to the damage already created by the sun. Not to mention that tight twists and extensive up-dos can cause brittle, dry hair to break. Your best bet – loose and flow-y. Try a gentle braid or low, relaxed bun. It’s also recommended, for days where you’ll be outside for extra sun-soaked hours, that you protect your scalp with a hat or scarf.
- When in doubt, deep condition. For those of you who have ever doubted the idea that adding oil to your hair can actually be beneficial…meet your new secret weapon. Celadon Road Certified Organic Hair Oil features a near-miraculous combination of almond, jojoba, argan, citrus and other essential oils and is designed to slow hair loss, thinning and even greying, thanks to powerful antioxidants that also encourage new cells and strengthen hair to reduce breakage as it grows. Use it as a hot oil treatment, an overnight hair mask, or a smoothing serum.