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The Best Nontoxic Cookware

The Best Nontoxic Cookware

I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware!  I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post.  It’s crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!

So What’s In The Average Pot or Pan?

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional non-stick cookware, allow me to share some facts with you.  It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it’s an important one!

Non-stick cookware or even many stainless steel cookware may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it’s easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. It has been trademarked as Teflon and contains the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It’s a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it’s non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant.  It basically is a cooks dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it’s releasing every time you cook with it!

A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and it’s claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances was debunked by research stating that in fact, Teflon did know that it releases harmful fumes for a very long time and can cause illness. Read the full article here.

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA), in the 1950’s, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8 to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body.  It is present in the air, and water.  Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (McGarvey)

According to research from National Center For Biotechnology, (2003), Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid, 11.1.9. 

It has been suggested that there is a significant dose response relationship between PFOA levels and ADHD. 

This substance is not something you want to be cooking with!  Research shows that it takes only 5 minutes for a pan to heat up to 750 degrees.  Once heated it then releases toxic gases.  Not only that but as soon as the pan is scratched it also releases toxins into your food.  Even birds are affected by the chemicals at the lowest temperatures, completely dying. (EWG)

As you probably know, most people aren’t cooking with low temperatures but exceedingly high temperatures!  Creating a recipe for toxic chemicals to be released into the air.

The thing is Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) isn’t just found in cookware but in SO many other products.  So the accumulative affect is great.  From irons, microwave popcorn bags, floss, baking cookware, curling irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas, waffle makers, rice cookers- just to name a few. There are so many safe alternatives to these products that will help keep you and your family safe from this ingredient.  One of them is making the switch to safe cookware!

 

So What Is Safe?

There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it.  These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won’t carry the toxic burden.

Cast Iron-

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that’s one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you’ve worked with it you figure it out.  I really love the Lodge cast iron pans.  They’re easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They’re also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  Also, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you’re unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it’s basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that’s been made on the cast iron.  Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually not.  You don’t want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.

While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much.  The one thing I don’t like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can’t use soap on it.  I don’t always feel it gets as clean. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I’ve been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

Nontoxic Cookware

The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I’ve used!

Stainless Steel-

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here. Now, I’ve always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food.  I wasn’t so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I’m convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it’s surgical grade stainless steel!  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it’s also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they’re sourcing the product and how it’s being made.  360 doesn’t spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you’ve looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth.  More layers isn’t better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you’re cooking your food in! Can’t recommend 360 Cookware enough!  Check out my full review of 360 Cookware here.

Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

Caraway Cookware

I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here.  Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek but they perform so well too.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food.  They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings.  They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food.  The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon.  As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.

People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that.  It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time.  As I like to say- you get what you pay for!

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware.  It’s also very easy to clean.  All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.  Check out my full review here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This is an all ceramic cookware line.

Xtrema

While I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall after years of working with it.  There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it.  It is different than both stainless steel and cast iron.  From the glaze on the cookware to the core it’s made with 100% ceramic.  Ceramic is awesome because it’s completely inert- meaning it won’t leach any harmful toxins.  All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  It heats very evenly.  You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it’s very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It’s easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it’s so great at heat conduction you don’t need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It’s best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it’s heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don’t add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it’s heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It’s nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with.   Xtrema

Nontoxic Cookware

Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.

Porcelain Enamel-

There has been a lot of confusion I’ve noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it’s differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won’t leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it’s seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that’s stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too.  It’s great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I’m a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

Nontoxic Cookware

Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.

Glass Cookware-

This is a great nontoxic cookware budget friendly option that’s available almost anywhere cookware is sold.  One of the most common glass cookware is called Anchor Hockings.  It is inert, meaning it doesn’t add or take away from the food.  I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them.  I use them for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that’s great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I really love Anchor Hockings because it’s made in the U.S.!Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn’t contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.

Bakeware-

When it comes to nontoxic cookware and baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too.  For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you’re still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals.  I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes.  You can also get stainless steel muffin trays.  Another option I haven’t talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven’t used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can’t use soap or get them wet.  They’re also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free.  *When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.  I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners. 

I really like this nontoxic griddle.  It has worked great for us when cooking pancakes, tortillas and crepes.  I also love this Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker that is free from PFOA and PTFE.

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn’t enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I’m going to stick with using silicone when food isn’t heated or cooked.  

I’ve personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most!  I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things.  I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left.  With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.

I do think it’s important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!

What nontoxic cookware option do you love?

If you liked this post on nontoxic cookware check out past posts below:

 

Nontoxic Cookware

Sharing my full review on all the nontoxic cookware options.

 

Best Clean Beauty Boxes

Best Clean Beauty Boxes

In my newest video, I’m sharing the best clean beauty boxes!  I get four boxes a month and they’re all a little different.  I’m breaking down their differences in my new video.  From the most budget friendly box, the skincare fave box, an artisan box and more.  I get asked often which box would be best, so I thought showcasing each box and sharing their differences would help paint a better picture of what makes them different and what box would be best depending on your needs.  I’ve been getting all four of these boxes for several years, so I’ve had lots of experience using them.  I’m even breaking down what boxes are just skincare boxes mainly and which boxes are skincare, hair products and makeup.  You’re not going to want to miss this video!

Natural beauty boxes are also a great way to save a ton of money when you’re just switching over your skincare products.  You’re able to get a ton of products for half the price, if not more!  This month is especially great for natural beauty boxes- all of them hit it out of the park with their selections.  I’m sharing full reviews of each box here

 

Check out the best clean beauty boxes video here!

 

Also, if you liked this video, check out past videos below:

 

Have you subscribed to a natural beauty box?  

Check out my fave natural beauty boxes below:

The Clean Beauty Box 

Beauty Heroes Box 

Boxwalla Box

The Detox Box

 

 

 

Best Natural Beauty boxes

Sharing my favorite natural beauty subscription boxes on the blog!

Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide

Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide

My natural baby/child gift guide is here!  I hope it helps you get some ideas on gifts for that special baby or child in your life. I have everything from toys, to bedding, and practical items.  Leave me a comment on what you love getting baby or kids as gifts.  Would love to hear!

 

Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide:

 

 

Cuddle + Kind Dolls- 

I got these as a gift for Finley, Gracie and SJ and absolutely love them!  They love them too. They are handmade in Peru and for every doll purchased they feed 10 children.  Pretty awesome!  They are so intricately made and have so much character.  The perfect doll your kids will love for years to come.  Check them out here!

 

Pottery Barn Organic Bedding- 

We love Pottery Barn’s organic kid’s bedding.  We have their organic crib sheets, their organic twin size sheets and organic duvet covers.  I love how they are all organic and still so cute with their fun designs and prints to choose from.  Also, they’re always having sales, making them a great deal too!  Check them out here!

 

White Lotus Home-

We have an organic twin size bed from White Lotus Home for one of my girls and we love it!  It’s super soft and comfortable and will grow with them as they grow.  We also have all of their pillows from White Lotus Home too.  Each of my girls have their kapok pillows.  We also had their toddler pillow when they were younger.  I love knowing they’re not exposed to toxins as they’re sleeping.  Especially since they sleep a lot! Use coupon code: GGG25 for 25% off!  Check them out here!

 

Plan Toy Tea Set-

This is a great all wood tea set that kids will play with from toddler to big kid. I love that it’s made with all wood and no crazy additives.  Get it here!

 

Aprons- 

I couldn’t not include these in my natural baby/child gift guide! Minted makes the cutest monogrammed aprons.  I swooned over these this year!  They come in small sizes for even toddlers.  Every year we do a baking day with my sister and a gingerbread house day with my mom.  These are perfect for wearing as they’re baking.  The prints are too cute and designed by an artist.  I love how Minted showcases the artist and really promotes supporting artists around the world.  Can’t think of a better gift for kiddos!  Especially getting them in the kitchen!  Check them out here!

 

Kiddobloom- 

I love these plates, bowls, cups and utensils for everyday use! They have toddler size utensils and then bigger kid utensils. No plastic leaching!  We’ve had ours for over 4 years and they’re still in great condition.  Get it here!

 

Reuasble Stainless Steel Cup and Straw-

I got these for my girls a couple months ago and haven’t looked back! I love that they come with a lid and a silicone straw. We take these with us when we get drinks at places and we also use them for smoothies. I like that they can’t take the lids off!  Get it here!

 

Zutano Booties-

These booties are the best for babies! They actually stay on their feet and keep their little tootsies warm. I tried socks and little shoes but nothing stayed on my girls feet. These booties are a game changer! Can’t recommend them enough. Get them here!

 

Bamboo Washcloths-

I’ve had these with both my girls and love how soft they are. They are great for in the bath when they’re little but also when they get older too.  Get them here!

 

Organic Bath Fizzies-

If your kids are anything like mine then they love bath fizzles! As a mom I don’t love what’s in most bath fizzies. However, these are a cut above!  Get them here!

 

Hunter Boots-  

My kids still go outside even when the weather gets wet- I mean we live in Washington state so we don’t have much of a choice! 😉  We love how durable Hunter boots are.  My oldest gets a new pair every year and then we pass them down to her younger sister.  They are still in such great condition!  They’re having a sale right now too.  Check them out here!  

 

Burt’s Bees Organic Jammies-

I’ve gotten the girls these organic jammies the last couple years and love them!  They even have family organic jammies.  So not only your kids can get them but even the adults too!  They have some of the cutest prints too.  Even baby jammies! I love how they are a little less expensive then other organic jammies too.  Check them out here! 

 

Ergo Embrace Carrier-

I didn’t realize all the new products Ergo has since my last baby!  I’ve been using the new Embrace Carrier and absolutely love it!  Even my hubs is obsessed. It can fit infants from 7-25lbs.  It’s so soft and comfortable for them as newborns.  It’s also not as big and bulky as the Omni 360.  I love the Omni as they get older but the new Embrace has quickly become my new favorite for when they’re smaller.  It’s similar to a wrap but not as cumbersome to put on.  You just use the buckles to snap it on- so easy!  Trust me if you have a friend or relative that’s having a baby they need this!  Check them out here!

 

Magnetic Tiles-

My kids love building things with these magnetic tiles.  They are great for taking places too.  It’s nice because you can add to them as you want more.  Check them out here!

 

Imagination Magnets-

This is also a great toy that helps kids to use their minds.  It comes with cards that have designs on them and you create the design with the magnet shapes.  It’s also a great travel one in the car too.  Get it here!

 

Uppa Baby Nontoxic Car Seat-

We love our Uppa baby Infant flame retardant free car seat!   I love knowing that my baby isn’t being exposed to harmful flame retardants and that it still looks sleek.  We have this one and we also have this stroller!  This Cruz stroller is awesome because it makes it so easy to pop into places easily.  It also folds up and lays flat.  The car seat just attaches right in.  No additional attachments needed.  Love them both!  Get them here!

 

Toms Shoes-

I got these for Gracie and now I got a pair for SJ.  They are the perfect little booties to keep their feet warm and yet look stylish still.  They come in a variety of colors.  When you buy a pair of Toms, then they give a pair of shoes to someone in need.  Check them out here!

 

Night Light- 

My kids have this night light and love it!  It looks so chic in their room but is also a great night light as well.  I like that it’s made from ceramic and not plastic.  Check it out here!

 

Little Partners Learning Tower-

I’ve been wanting to get one of these for years and I think this year I’m finally going to do it.  My kids will use chairs in the kitchen to help me but I would love a tower like this because it’s so much safer.  Such  great thing to have for kids to be able to help learn their way around the kitchen.  Check it out here!

 

Counting Ladybug Montessori Toy-

This toy is awesome!  It helps kids learn to count with lady bugs.  The lady bug has a number on the bottom of it. Also comes with a carrying bag.  A great way to get kids to have fun while learning!  Check it out here!

 

Buckle Backpack-

This backpack is perfect for helping kids gain fine motor skills.  Gracie was obsessed with it and still loves it!  It’s great for car rides or travel in general. Keeps them busy but learning!  Check it out here!

 

Crate and Kids Teepee-

My girls love this!  They use it to hide in, to read books, to play house- so many things.  It look so inviting too.  It really is something they use all the time. Check it out here!

 

Skiphop Floor Tiles-

These really make a playroom standout but are also super practical.  They help keep the room a little cleaner.  Sometimes things spill and it’s nice to be able to just wipe it up, especially if the room has carpet.  Plus, my kids like to take them apart and put them back together.  It’s like one big puzzle.  Check them out here!  

 

Northface Reveresible Jacket-

I want to get one of these for Finley!  I love that they are reversible.  One side works for when she is wearing something nicer and the other side is great for just play.  I always feel like I need two jackets for her but this solves the problem!  Plus, I love North Face quality. We have a jacket from them when she was younger and Gracie still uses it now!  Check it out here!

 

Scooters-

My girls love their scooters! They are such a great investment.  I love that it keeps them active but also is easier to bring with us instead of a bike.  We got Gracie one when she was 2 and she still loves it!  We love the brand we have too.  Super durable.  Check them out here!

 

Hope my natural baby/child gift guide was helpful!  If you need more ideas for gifts when it comes to natural beauty- check them out below!

 

 

natural baby/child gifts

Sharing my favorite natural baby and kids gifts on the blog.

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

I wanted to share a new online retailer I came across recently, Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living.  LuckyVitamin is different than any online retailer I’ve used in the past.

*This post is sponsored by LuckyVitamin, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I was so intrigued reading LuckyVitamin’s story!  It started as a pharmacy and has turned into an online natural wellness store.  A legacy that’s been passed down for 3 generations.   They have a passion for health, community, and spreading wellness.  

LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of living a natural lifestyle.  It’s your one stop shop for all things wellness.  From natural and organic foods, supplements, herbs, baby, health aids, exercise and more!  They literally have it all. 

One thing that I loved when shopping LuckyVitamin was how smooth the whole experience was.  They make it so simple with their easy to navigate website.  You can shop by health concern, by brand, department, by diet and they even offer a specialty tab for those who may have specific needs such as wanting products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.  They really have thought of it all!  

They also have a tab called “Deals” that indicates what sales and promos are happening.  Making sure you don’t miss a thing!

I love their mission statement!

Mission Statement:

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin’s Mission Statement.

 

They also have a new membership program called LuckyVitamin+ that I joined.  I was so excited to learn of all the perks that came when becoming a member!

You can become a member for $49.95 a year.  This includes so much!

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin takes your health to heart!

 

What A LuckyVitamin+ Membership Includes:

  • You get an extra 10% off savings that can be stacked with promotions and offers
  • Free standard shipping on orders over $25 (continental US only)
  • A certified personal Wellness Consultant
  • Member exclusive gifts
  • Content and other member-only perks

It’s so easy to become a LuckyVitamin+ Member!  You just add the membership to your cart when shopping and it automatically gives you your savings.  Check out all that the LuckyVitamin+ Membership offers here!

I love that you can also use other rewards with the membership which increases your overall savings.  

The wellness consultant is another huge perk of membership.  Being able to ask an expert about a product or diet really helps so much.  It can seem so confusing sometimes with labels and knowing really what the best option is.  LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of it all with wellness consultants.  I love that it’s actually a phone consultation too and not just by email- makes it so much more personable. 

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

In your order you get a copy of WellPower, a mini publication filled with health inspiration.

 

The community you gain from LuckyVitamin is also huge!  When you join you are invited to a members only community where you’re able to share healthy tips, recipes and learn from one another in your own health journey.  This is also where you can really get to know your wellness consultants.  

The membership really creates an environment for those wanting to take their health journey to the next level and get all they can from a natural lifestyle.  

Membership is kind of a no brainer!  The amount of savings and benefits you receive really makes such a difference.  Check out LuckyVitamin+ Membership here!

 

Lucky Vitamin review

I was so excited LuckyVitamin had some of my favorite collagen powder!

 

On my first order I bought some Primal Kitchen Collagen Powder.  I love knowing that they offer one of my favorite natural proteins.  Plus, I got it for such a deal!   My order was so easy to process and I received it quickly and intact.  

I can’t wait to shop from them again!  They really bridge the gap between so many stores for me and make it so easy to just shop in one place for everything!  I love knowing that I’m also saving time and money.  

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Lucky Vitamin review

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Aluminum Free Deodorant

Aluminum Free Deodorant

I’m sharing my favorite aluminum free deodorant with you today!  Primally Pure! I have tried my fair share of natural deodorants in my day.  Trust me, it seems a new deodorant shows up on my doorstep every week.  But I didn’t land one that was great for everyone until Primally Pure.

Their deodorant takes the cake for my husband and I!  (Scroll to the bottom for my full review on my faves).  They not only create amazing deodorant but also provide so much education on natural deodorant in general.  I wanted to share what sets them apart and why it’s so important to make the switch to a natural deodorant. 

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure is the best aluminum free deodorant I’ve found in natural beauty!

 

Now let’s back the truck up and talk about why you want an aluminum free deodorant in the first place. 

I really wanted to share the toxic burden mainstream deodorants carry.  This is one area of going green that I want to shout from the rooftops!  Why?  Because people use deodorant everyday, or at least most of us should.  Maybe you can get away with every other day, but you get my point.  Multiply that by 365 days and you’re rubbing toxins on yourself daily!

So what is this toxic load I speak of?  Well, let’s first talk about the biggest offender when it comes to mainstream deodorant, aluminum.  Aluminum is put in deodorant for the sole purpose of blocking your pores from sweating.  In essence, so you don’t get wet.  There’s a problem though, we were made to sweat, and our body uses sweat as a way to rid ourselves of toxins.

So where does the aluminum go?  Into our blood stream, fatty tissue, and can settle into breast tissue.  Unlike toxic food that can be broken down once digested, chemicals we put on our body cannot.  Instead they find a home in our fat and can wreak havoc.  Specifically in breast tissue.  A quote from the Journal of Inorganic Bio-chemistry states, “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region.” Although, that doesn’t equate to aluminum causing breast cancer, it certainly lays a case for it.  Plus, it’s not just the application of the antiperspirant but the application onto underarms that have just been shaven.  The broken skin makes it even more permeable for the aluminum to get into the body.  Why take the risk if you don’t have too?!

And the crazy part about it all?  Aluminum isn’t the only toxic ingredient in your mainstream anti-perspirant.  Even if you’re using a mainstream deodorant without the aluminum you’re still putting harmful toxins in your body.  I can’t forget triclosan, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and fragrance.  These all do a number in your body too, and I’m not talking a happy number!  Your best bet is to make the switch over to a non-toxic deodorant that’s free from all the toxic offenders.

Now, I know this can be a tricky thing to do-trust me.  I sweat and I sweat a lot!  However, I have picked up some tips to make the transition easier.

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure’s Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!

 

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO A NATURAL DEODORANT:

 

 

  • DRINK WATER– Sounds like a no brainer but not drinking enough water can leave your body stagnat-nothings moving and that’s not good.  Make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body weight and having consistent bowel movements.

 

  • CONSIDER YOUR FOOD- Often times what we eat has a direct effect on our smell.  If you’re putting junk into your body, i.e. refined sugar, white flour, processed foods etc. then chances are you’re going to smell it too.  Eating more leafy greens and fruits causes your body to have a sweeter smell.  Also, some foods even if they are healthy can cause you to smell just because of their makeup. Be mindful of when you eat odor causing foods that may take your stench to a whole new level. Avoid these foods for a bit to see if your odor improves.  

 

  • EXFOLIATE UNDERARMS- It’s time to slough off all that bacteria and make sure your underarms are clean.  Getting rid of the bacteria and creating a clean canvas will help ensure you’re not creating further stench.

 

  • SWEAT- Many people don’t like to hear it but sweating is actually one of the best ways to detox naturally.  It pushes the toxins out of your body.  I’ve noticed myself I always smell better when I’m consistently getting a good sweat on through some form of exercise.  Also, epsom salt baths are great for helping to sweat, as well as saunas.  If your glands have been blocked for so many years chances are they have some mucous and bacteria buildup.  Remember sweating is a good thing!  Your body may even go through a period where you sweat a little more during the transition-totally normal.  Your body will adjust.

 

  •  CLOTHING- For the first several weeks consider the clothes you wear.  Opt for material such as merino wool, bamboo, hemp and cotton-all natural fibers.  Avoid synthetic fibers which can trap sweat and help breed bacteria.  Choose loose fitting, breathable clothing.

 

  • WATCH YOUR SHAVE- To avoid irritation, don’t apply your deodorant right after you shave.  Since your pores will be open and fresh, it’s best to avoid putting the deodorant on right away.  It may cause irritation and redness.  Give it some time.  If you can, shower the night before and apply in the morning or wait an hour to apply after you shower in the morning.  An hour gives your pores a chance to close up.

 

  • DON’T GIVE UP– Just because one natural deodorant doesn’t work or you’re still feeling like you smell, don’t give up!  It takes time for your body to acclimate and this may not be a quick fix.  Ask around, be diligent de-toxing, and eventually you’ll reap the rewards.

 

aluminum free deodorant

Some of my favorite natural beauty products from Primally Pure!

 

Primally Pure as I mentioned takes the natural deodorant cake in all areas.  From an affordable price, squeaky clean ingredients, smell good scents and no irritation.  Overall the formula works so well!  They have a couple blog posts that really help understand natural deodorant.  Check out what you need to know about using natural deodorant and also their blog post on the science of natural deodorant and why their formula works so well. 

My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant.  I love their Blue Tansy.  Although I tried the Charcoal and I have to say I would use that any day too!  It’s crazy because the more I tell people about their deodorants the more feedback I hear on how amazing they are.  It seems to work for the majority of people.  

If you haven’t been able to get your husband to make the switch I recommend grabbing him a Primally Pure Deodorant.  My hubs is picky and when he says it’s his fave, I know it’s good.  The Formula goes on so smooth and doesn’t cause any irritation.  I smell fresh all day long.  The Blue Tansy smell is just so good!  I also love how the charcoal smells minty fresh- you know I’m all about anything mint.

If you’re also wanting to switch your products over in the skincare arena, check out Primally Pure’s skincare products.  I’ve tried a handful of their products and I can’t get enough of their simple ingredients, and effectiveness.

 

Some Favorite Skincare Products From Them Are:

  • Blue Tansy Beauty Cream- This cream soothes skin so well.  Blue Tansy is known for it’s soothing and calming properties.  It also smells divine.  It melts right into the skin and leaves behind complete hydration.  It also has emu oil which is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dry Shampoo- This is my favorite dry shampoo I’ve used in natural beauty!  They have it in a darker shade for dark hair and lighter shade for light hair.  It soaks up excess oil in hair so well and really adds some great volume!
  • Blue Tansy Body Oil- This body oil also has blue tansy…I know can you tell I’m a huge fan of blue tansy.  This oil is so great for the skin and calms irritation or inflammation.  

 

If you’ve been searching for your favorite natural deodorant, then look no further!   Check out all of Primally Pure’s Products here! 

 

aluminum free deodorant

Sharing my favorite aluminum free deodorant in natural beauty.