My friend reached out to me last week and mentioned her brother’s mother-in-law was just returning home from her first round of chemo. She wanted to gift her some nontoxic personal care items to support her and set her up for success at home.
It’s definitely a shock to the system when we discover that every thing from our lotions to our toothpaste to our deodorant is formulated with health compromising toxins. It’s even more enraging when you have to find out the hard way by overcoming cancer or debilitating eczema or go under again and again and again for a reoccurring brain tumor – totally speaking from experience here.
But all that aside, I love what my friend is doing. There are several gaps in our health care system and supporting and educating people about the importance of what we use in and on our body is one of them. Is it so hard to hand someone a nontoxic personal care package along with their hospital bill at discharge? Apparently. I mean, it’s hard enough to keep your head on straight through life threatening illness but to expect people to go home and start to make long-term lifestyle changes? We all need help with that.
All of this to say, it’s really an act of love to gift someone the tools they need to lessen their everyday toxic load. Especially after a life scare like this. I love my friend’s idea so I wanted to share it with you all here. This is the text that started it all:
Where To Start
If you are just starting to switch out your personal care items or looking to gift a loved one, I recommend starting with the ones that stay on your skin all day because:
Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin. EWG.org
- The FDA has no power to review cosmetics (under federal law, skin moisturizers are considered cosmetics) before they hit the shelves and companies do not have to list all the ingredients in their products on their labels.
- The average adult uses 9 personal care products each day with 126 unique ingredients.
- The EWG says one out of every five adults are potentially exposed everyday to ALL of the top seven carcinogenic impurities common to personal care products.
- If you are skeptical about chemicals making their way through your skin and into your bloodstream, consider the nicotine patch, the birth control patch or topical hormone therapies. It’s happening!
So here’s the gift basket we put together. Also, you can pick up all of these from ONE store, Aillea, which makes it even easier. Oh and if you are interested in checking out the Berkey water filter, this is the one we have and love. More on water filters here.
Deodorant – You guys know this one is my FAVE! It’s the only natural formula that is truly effective but not only that it leaves me smelling like roses!
Hand Cream – Love that this one comes in a traditional squeeze tube. Great to throw in your purse. Moisturizing without being greasy.
Body Lotion – This is a new product for me but I’m loving it. Fast absorbing, soothing and good for all skin types.
Face Cream – This is a lightweight face cream for sensitive to normal skin, good for day and night.
Lip Balm – Moisturizing, creamy and long lasting. This ain’t your mama’s Chapstick, it’s better!
Toothpaste – Fluoride free, SLS free, no artificial flavors, preservatives etc…this is a mild minty toothpaste that gets the job done. Love that it comes in an old fashioned metal tube with a push roller included to make sure you get all of the product out.
Sunscreen – This is a family friendly sunscreen that smells UNREAL! Goes on a little white but you can totally rub it in. I love it.
Foundation – This is hands-down my fave foundation right now. Great for mature skin because it goes on even, has medium coverage and has a dewy, healthy finish!
Clean personal care for all!
And I fully recognize the above list may not meet everyone’s budget. It drives me crazy that healthy living can so easily become classist – don’t even get me started! So I’m including my Target Shopping Guide here for some more affordable options. Simply subscribe to my newsletter and grab your download!
What would you add to this list? Or what goodies do you like to gift when someone comes home from the hospital?