Going green and using safer, more organically sourced products has become more and more popular over the last few years. I’m sure we are all familiar with terms like “BPA free” for plastics and “paraben free” for personal care items. It is AMAZING that the truth about harmful chemicals in our everyday products is finally coming to light, however it is not always the actual truth… This is our story of switching over to non toxic, chemical free products and what urged us to explore this route and dive right in.
Why Non Toxic?
Why did we look into safer products in the first place? Well, my boyfriend Tim was diagnosed with cancer right at the start of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Think the Tiger King and no toilet paper stage of the Covid chaos ????. Life likes to smack us in the face all at once, but hey it could have been much, much worse and we are very thankful it wasn’t. My boyfriend had to go to every scan, doctors appointment, his surgery, hospital visit and blood test alone. It really was such a crazy time! Today Tim is doing great, the cancer was removed, he and his doctors decided that radiation was not the best option for him at this time. He will be closely monitored over the next few years to make sure the cancer does not come back.
While all of this is “great news” I couldn’t help but wonder why a relatively healthy person in their late 20’s had cancer. We are only social drinkers, we drink soda maybe once a month, we hardly ever eat fast food, and he doesn’t smoke so where did the cancer come from?!? It didn’t make sense to me. I started doing some digging and read that a large majority of cancer is caused by ENVIRONMENTAL factors. That includes the products we use and the food we eat every single day. YIKES.
Changes Must be Made!
After reading more and more into this topic I realized that we can’t sit here and do nothing. Tim had cancer in his TWENTIES!!! What the heck will the rest of our lives look like? Article after article mentioned chemicals in deodorants and soaps that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, eczema, and even toxicity in the brain. I took a trash can into the bathroom and threw away almost everything. Our body soap was the first to go, followed by face wash, deodorants and all of our “organic” lotions.
I reached out to my Aunt who had posted about non toxic products in the past. What I didn’t know is how bad even the “safe” products are for us. I had no idea that companies are allowed to hide chemicals they put in their products by calling a group of chemicals “fragrance”. They are also allowed to say a product is “safe” or “organically sourced” all while eliminating only a few chemicals but still sneaking some dangerous ones in!
I had absorbed so much new information and I had a pit in my stomach. We have been lied to and misled by our own government who supposedly has systems in place to keep us “safe”. I decided to buy a few Pure Haven products to replace the old toxic ones I had tossed. Tim and I tried the new products out for a few days and we fell in love. We even began to toss our cleaning supplies. We replaced them with all non toxic products from Pure Haven as well. I didn’t want to be wiping down counters or washing our clothes in the very chemicals we were trying to avoid.
The Dirty Details
I still can’t wrap my head around a lot of the information I learned. Did you know that over 1,300 chemicals are banned in Europe but only 11 are banned in the United States!! Read that again! WHY are Americans getting sicker and sicker while the rest of the world is decreasing their premature death rates? The answer is surprisingly right in front of us.
The harsh reality is that America capitalizes on cancer while doing very little to stop it. I’m not talking about advances in research, procedures and treatment plans. What I’m talking about has to do with the corporate companies making big money off the lack of education on our part. I’m sure you know about Breast Cancer Awareness month. All the big brands add pink ribbons to their products in their support to find a cure. Those same big brands create and sell the very products that have been known to CAUSE CANCER. Of course I still support this month. While I have nothing against the cause, it seems weird to me that companies capitalize on supporting the very cancer that their products have been known to cause.
I know I sound like a crazy person but please if you just look at the ingredients and the statistics it all starts to make sense. I hope after reading this you will make the decision to look a bit closer at what you are putting on and in your body every day, and don’t forget your skin is your largest organ!!
Helpful Non Toxic Resources:
Ingredients to Avoid- https://purehaven.com/ingredients-to-avoid/
Shop Non Toxic Products- https://shop.bydesign.com/PureHaven/#/shop/from/29534?categoryID=51
My Favorite Pure Haven Products:
***Before you say “No way am I spending $___ on soap!!” You can’t put a price on your health and as we have learned, cancer is very expensive.
The Deodorant- I was skeptical about this one. I have never been able to find an aluminum free deodorant that actually works. Every “all natural” deodorant I have tried out chafes my under arms or does absolutely nothing. I have been using the Pure Haven Deodorant for weeks and it keeps my stress sweat stink away. Therefore, I don’t need to reapply mid day anymore and making me one happy lady!
Body Lotion (citrus scent)- The FRESHEST smelling lotion EVER. Oh my lanta please just buy this for the scent alone. I love the consistency as I don’t feel slimy after applying like some lotions make you feel. It does a great job at keeping your skin moisturized too.
Surface Cleaner- Another citrus scent that fills the room (safely) while you clean. We use this in the kitchen, bathrooms and on nearly any hard surface that needs a good cleaning. Works great and I love not inhaling all the fumes while cleaning!
Body Scrub- The one skin exfoliant that doesn’t make you feel all dried out after using it. I use a small scoop to exfoliate in the shower. After rinsing the product off my skin feels super smooth and moisturized. This one also smells great thanks to essential oils!
Just a small note: By becoming a Pure Haven Consultant I am able to save money on all of our non toxic purchases. Not only that but I get to help other families make safer choices on which products they use in their homes. Similarly, when you click and buy with my links you are not only supporting my business but you are also supporting a healthier lifestyle for me and my family! (and help pay off Tim’s medical bills) 😉