My New Non-Toxic Dental Routine

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Before starting this new routine, I was using Honest Co. fluoride-free toothpaste and before that Dr. Brite toothpaste. They were both good and non-toxic, but I was ready to try something new along with adding in some extra steps specifically for whitening. Before deciding to go non-toxic, I used Crest white strips religiously, so much so that I got the comments even from my dentist, “Wow, how did you get your teeth so white?” Well it’s been a couple years since I used those (because hello chemicals), and the bleaching lasted a long time until recently when I finally noticed them not looking so pearly. When I started to run low on my Honest Co. toothpaste bottle, I knew I wanted to start my research for implementing a new non-toxic routine to not only support the health of my teeth and gums, but also with a focus of whitening naturally and here it is!

Thieves Dentradome Plus Toothpaste

Young Living has a few different toothpaste options, but I gravitated to this one because of the description “Naturally derived ingredients gently lift stains for vivid, brilliantly clean teeth” along with recommendations from friends who have used it. I also like that it has a minty taste from Peppermint and Wintergreen essential oils and also contains baking soda. It’s free from fluoride, synthetic dyes and preservatives. Check check check.

So, you may be wondering, what’s dangerous about conventional toothpaste brands? Think Colgate, Crest, you know the ones… The following are just some of the common harmful ingredients:

  • Fluoride
  • SLS ( Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
  • Artificial Flavors / Colors
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • DEA
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Triclosan
  • BPA
  • Parabens
  • Carrageenan

Some of these ingredients are known to be toxic to reproduction, cause antibiotic resistance and infertility, impaired muscle function, altered thyroid function and allergies. And that’s just a small list of the many side effects.  And you may say, “Okay, but it’s just my toothpaste…” Well, you are using your toothpaste twice a day, every single day hopefully, which creates consistent exposure to these chemicals. Not only that, but these toxic ingredients are found in other things we use often as well, like hand and dish soap and a host of other personal care products.

If you want to read more on the dangers of fluoride specifically, you can go visit a past post of mine here called “What’s hiding in your toothpaste?” But on to the rest of my new routine…

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash

I’ve never been a huge mouthwash fan, but my husband is so I thought we could both give this a try. I’ve also heard great things about putting a little bit of this in your dog’s water bowl to promote good dental health naturally. Our chihuahua has horrible teeth and breathe so we are giving that a shot too. This mouthwash is free from alcohol, synthetic dyes, and artificial flavors. It’s made with the signature Thieves® oil blend—a carefully crafted mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. It has a pretty intense spicy flavor, but you get used to it and your mouth feels so clean afterwards!

All Natural Bamboo Toothbrush

Aside from being eco-friendly, which is a world I’d like to dive more into this year, this all natural bamboo toothbrush from Crunchy Mama Bear repels water, does not splinter and is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial! Yes.

Remineralizing Tooth Powder

I got a sample of this remineralizing tooth powder with my last order from Crunchy Mama Bear and had read all about charcoal for teeth whitening, but never tried it. There’s a reason charcoal is used to filter water…It acts as a magnet attracting and sucking out toxins. It works the same way on teeth and along with pulling out toxins, it also pulls out tannins, which are the teeth staining culprits that lurk in many foods and drinks. You may look ridiculous when you use this and it feels pretty weird, but I dig it. Wet your brush, dip it in the powder, and it says use twice a day, but I have been doing this more like a couple times a week.

Orange Essential Oil & Coconut Oil Pulling

Didn’t know orange essential oil is great for promoting whiter teeth? Yes! How? Orange essential oil is actually made by cold pressing the rinds of oranges. The white part of an orange peel (called the albedo) contains a natural solvent called limonene. Aside from the amazing health benefits of limonene, you’ve probably see limonene on bottles of household cleaning products because it works to…you guessed it…remove stains! You can either add a drop on top of your toothpaste OR what I do is add a drop to some coconut oil and do oil pulling! Learn more about oil pulling here, but in general coconut oil pulling is a great way to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. Do that and whiten at the same time? WIN WIN.

So that’s it! What natural toothpaste or natural whitening remedies are you loving right now? I would love to hear them so please let me know in the comments.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

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My “No List”: What I Avoid When Choosing Beauty Products

My “No List” – The things I say NO to in my beauty, bath and skin care products and a simple explanation of WHY. I did an Instagram series in December on this topic and promised to put them all together in a blog post for one easy point of reference. So here it is, better late than never!

No Mineral Oils

What is Mineral Oil?

Mineral oil is a colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum – as a by product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in lotions, creams, ointments and cosmetics.

Why I avoid it?

First, mineral oil is considered comedogenic which means it can clog pores. Not only can that cause acne and blackheads but it’s also trapping the harmful chemicals and and bacteria already present on your skin since mineral oil actually creates a physical barrier over the skin.

A report by the National Toxicology Program stated that mineral oils are known to be human carcinogens and another study stated, there is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting at 1 gram per person with the biggest route of contamination being dermal (skin) absorption.

Mineral oil may reduce moisture loss, but it doesn’t give your skin any nutrients or actual hydration. More like a band-aid over a problem. Why settle for a film over your skin vs. actually hydrating and giving your skin what it needs like natural oils with fatty acids and antioxidants?

Check the ingredient label to tell if the product is free of mineral oil—liquid paraffin, liquid petroleum, paraffin oil, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum liquid, petroleum oil, white mineral oil, and white oil are all mineral oils.

No Phthalates

What are Phthalates?

Phthalates are a group of chemicals most commonly used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. However, phthalates are also used in hundreds of cosmetic and personal care products. In the U.S. you can’t tell if there are phthalates in personal care products without laboratory testing. Companies can put phthalates in products and hide the ingredient. For example, if the label says “fragrance,” it may have phthalates.

Why I avoid them?

They are linked to endocrine disruption and developmental and reproductive toxicity. Highest at risk are pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and studies have shown that high exposure to phthalates during this time have caused birth defects.

The easiest way to avoid phthalates is to look for products that directly state, “No Phthalates” on their branding or packaging. Examples: Savvy Minerals makeup and the Shea Moisture brands both do this. Or read your labels and avoid products when the ingredients phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance (synthetic) are listed.

No Synthetic Fragrances

What are Synthetic Fragrances?

Synthetic fragrances are aroma chemicals, created in a lab to mimic more expensive, natural scents.

Why I avoid them?

95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a bunch of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies. No thanks!

Not all fragrance is synthetic so be cautious, but open-minded when reading labels. If you see fragrance listed on a label, do the research to find out if it is a natural fragrance, for example natural fragrance from essential oils. Think Dirty app and EWG’s skin deep database are great places to start, but sometimes don’t have the product fully vetted. If you’re just not sure if a fragrance is natural or synthetic, reach out and ask the company directly. If the company is using truly all-natural ingredients, fragrance included then they should have no problem explaining exactly where the ingredients came from.

No Sulfates

What are Sulfates?

In simple terms, Sulfates are the cheap detergents that are added to shampoo, soap and other cosmetics to create a high lather product. The most common and familiar are sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate.

Why I avoid them?

Sulfates are classified as a skin and membrane irritant. The lather that is created from them can actually strip away moisture and protective layers of the skin and hair, causing damage, dryness and irritation. They also can cause an offspring of toxins when combined with other ingredients.

Two chemicals called 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide are commonly found as contaminants in sulfate detergents. These are known carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and classified as developmental and nervous system toxins.

No Parabens

What are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives found in a variety of personal care products and cosmetics.

Why I avoid them?

These chemicals are absorbed by the skin, even into your blood stream and disrupt the endocrine system due to their ability to mimic estrogen. They are linked to reproductive and developmental toxicity as well as cancer. If you’re new to green beauty, go through your most commonly used every day items and check the ingredient list for anything ending in “paraben” as these are very common and one of the easiest toxic ingredients to find on labels.

No Animal Testing!!

This is something I am passionate about and an absolute no brainer in my opinion. I think it’s truly insane that it’s still happening here in the United States. The European Union (EU), Israel, and India have banned the sale of any cosmetics or cosmetics ingredients that have been tested on animals, yet animal experiments for cosmetics and household products continue here and elsewhere even though non-animal tests are now widely available.

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for animal testing. Our technology has beyond surpassed any arguable need for animal testing. If you want to argue about this topic, I’m up for it. You should see pictures of what these poor animals endure. The cruelty alone along with their terrible reactions to the toxic chemicals should make you never want to use a brand or product that tests on animals.

While most cosmetics companies no longer conduct animal testing in the United States, animal testing is required by law in China. If a company’s products are sold there, then required animal testing is still happening with their products.

One way to stop companies from using animals is to refuse to purchase their products. Visit PETA.org for a current list of the companies that are still testing on animals. There are so many BETTER, amazing, non-toxic and cruelty-free brands out there! Let’s support them and make a change for these innocent animals!

 

There are obviously other toxic ingredients I avoid, but these are my top “No’s.” I challenge you to go through your most commonly used every day items and check for these harmful ingredients. Need ideas for a swap? I’m happy to help with my own favorites! Just ask!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

My 2017 Beauty & Skincare Favorites

Last year I did a 2016 Roundup of my Beauty & Skincare Favorites. You can check that out here. I hadn’t been in the natural/non-toxic game very long at that point, but was starting to build my favorites after a little over half a year of really diving in. With another year under my belt, I thought I’d do a 2017 Roundup with my current non-toxic and natural favorites in makeup, haircare and skincare. I’ve included links on all items so you can go shop or learn more about the products and brands. There are a few that are the same as last year, which remain my “tried and trues”, with a lot of new additions I have discovered after a whole year of trying new products. This year I’ve also gotten a lot more into DIY beauty as well. I’ve saved money and my skin and hair have reacted nicely to the simple, natural at-home creations with minimal ingredients.

Makeup:

Primer- Luminous Primer by 100% Pure & Pot of Shade Heliotropic Sunscreen & Primer by Kypris

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Foundation- Mineral Foundation by Savvy Minerals & Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream by Jane Iredale

Tinted Moisturizer- Everything Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by Honest Beauty

Concealer- Un-Cover Up 11 by RMS

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Powder- Beyond Matte Powder by Jane Iredale

Highlighter- Luminizing Powder in Dawn Reflection by Honest Beauty

Bronzer- Baked Foundation “Dark” by Antonym

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Blush- I Do Believe You’re Blushin Blush by Savvy Minerals & Baked Blush “Peach” by Antonym

Lip Crayon/Liner- Lipstick Pencil “Naturelle” by Antonym

Lip Gloss- Lip Gloss by Lily Lolo & Lip Gloss by Savvy Minerals

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Lip Stain- Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink by Jane Iredale

Lip Stick- Lipstick by Ilia & Lipstick by Savvy Minerals

Eyeliner- True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black by Honest Beauty & Long Last Liquid Liner by 100% Pure

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Mascara- Organic Wear Mascara by Physicians Formula

Eyelashes- 3D Handmade Silk Eyelashes by Battington Lashes

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Eye Shadow- Eyeshadow Trio  by Honest Beauty & Triple Purepressed Eyeshadows by Jane Iredale

Eyebrows- Liz Brow by Ecobrow

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Lip Balm- Strawberry Lip Balm by Kiss Me Honey & VanillaMint Lip Balm by Young Living

Haircare:

Shampoo & Conditioner- Juice Organics Volumizing Shampoo And Conditioner & The Monat Haircare Line

Leave-in Conditioner- Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner by Yarok Hair & Sweet Spirit Leave-in Conditioner by Innersense

Hair Oil- Harmonic Healing Oil by Innersense & Rejuvabeads by Monat

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Texturizer- Inner Peace Whipped Creme Texturizer by Innersense

Dry Shampoo- Dry Shampoo by Green & Gorgeous Organics & Dry Shampoo by One Love Organics

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Skincare:

Cleanser- Black Clay Facial Soap by Osmia Organics & Sea Foam Complete Face Wash by Pacifica

Face Oils/Serums – Antioxidant Dew and Moonlight Catalyst by Kypris & Balance Antioxidant Serum by Rustic Maka

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Moisturizer- Day Cream by Acure Organics

Face Scrub- Brightening Facial Scrub by Acure Organics

Face Mask- Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask by Formulary 55 & Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask by Aztec Secret

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Eye Cream- Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream by 100% Pure, Nourishing Eye Cream by Beauty Counter & Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm by Evan Healy

Body Wash- Raw Shea Butter Body Wash w/ Frankincense & Myrrh by Shea Moisture

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Body Lotion- Fragrance Free Ultra- Hydrating Body Lotion by Acure Organics & Orange Lavender Organic Body Lotion by Dr. Bronner’s

Body Butter- Coconut Lime Replenishing Body Butter by Young Living

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Self Tanner- Winter Skin Gradual Tanning Moisturizer by Eco Tan

Deodorant- Pachy Natural Deodorant by Rustic Maka & Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant 

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Hand Soap: Thieves Foaming Hand Soap by Young Living

I would love to hear what some of your non-toxic, natural and organic beauty must-haves from 2017 are! Please comment below and share a product I just have to try.

Thanks for checking out my 2017 Round Up!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Note: These links are not affiliate links and I will not receive any compensation if you use the link and purchase these products. I am just sharing what I love and making it easy for you to shop the items.

If you are interested in any Savvy Minerals makeup or Young Living products however, I am an Independent Distributor and can assist with that as well as help with color matching. Please message me if you are interested in getting more info on ordering those specific items. 😊

 

 

Favorite Essential Oil Hacks

Whenever someone says they don’t know what to do with their essential oils besides diffuse them, I send them straight to Pinterest! Have an oil that you’re not using? Just type it into the search bar. The free resources are endless and that’s how I discovered the majority of my Favorite Essential Oil (EO) Hacks. I’ve found the rest through word of mouth, chatting with my fellow oil users in our supportive community groups. These hacks below are just a few of the many surprising things these oils can do!

  • Use Lemon EO to remove sticky residue left behind from a price tag.
  • Instead of throwing away your old Bath & Body Works plug-ins, save them and make your own Essential Oil mix to put inside.
  • Put 5-10 drops of EO (depending on your strength preference) on your air filter.
  • Put 5-10 drops of EO on a dry log a few days before burning it in the fireplace to allow the oil to permeate the wood. When you burn the log, the scent will fill the air.
  • Put a few drops of your favorite EO in your vacuum cleaner bag or on the vacuum filter.
  • Add 1-2 drops of Lavender EO to your mascara to support longer, stronger, healthier lashes plus extend the life of dried mascara.
  • Put a few drops of Peppermint EO on a cotton ball and rub doorways and window sills to keep bugs away.
  • Put a few drops of Purification EO on a cotton ball and place in stinky shoes overnight.
  • Add a drop of Peppermint EO to your lip gloss for a natural lip plumper.
  • Mix Tea Tree EO or Purification with witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab on blemishes and breakouts.
  • Cut drying time in half and remove dryer sheets from your grocery list by adding a few drops of EO to wool dryer balls.
  • Remove a grease stain by putting a drop of Lemon EO on the stain, rubbing it in and throwing it in the wash. Act quickly!
  • DIY car diffuser- put a few drops of EO on a clothespin and clip to one of the vents.
  • Put a few drops of Purification, Lemon, or Tea Tree EO on a cotton ball and place on the bottom of your trash can to keep it fresh.
  • Add a drop of Orange EO to your toothpaste on your toothbrush daily to support naturally whiter teeth.
  • Create a spa like shower experience by placing a few drops of Eucalyptus EO in the corner of the shower floor and turn up the heat to create steam.
  • Use Lemongrass EO on a cotton ball to replace nail polish remover.
  • Use Lemon EO and hot water to remove crayon from walls.

So, what did you learn? What are you excited to try? Let me know!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

 

Tips For Staying Healthy & Boosting Your Immune System

In the past month, as the weather has changed, friends and family members around me have gotten sick left and right. Aside from the sniffles and a faint sore throat that passes quickly, I have managed to stay healthy, so I thought I would put together my best tips for staying healthy during this season! These are all things that I have done personally, and feel have contributed to supporting my healthy and strong immune system.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

I take at least a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) a day, first thing in the morning, usually with warm water and a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil. ACV along with lemon is a great daily detox and reset for your body, especially first thing in the morning. The natural minerals, enzymes and vitamins in ACV as well as its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties help ward off illness, balance the body’s PH levels and remove toxins from the body. Already come down with something? In that case I would up the ACV intake as it breaks up mucus throughout the body and cleanses the lymph nodes improving immune system response in no time! Not a fan of the taste? Try diluting more or putting it in some juice or sparkling water.

  1. Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? Feeding your body nutrient rich foods can help keep your immune system strong. The following are great foods to help boost & strengthen immunity:

Citrus Fruits

Peppers

Broccoli

Ginger

Garlic

Spinach

Turmeric

Almonds

Mushroom

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  1. Kombucha & Probiotics

Drinking Kombucha often can help you maintain peak immune health with its naturally occurring probiotics, vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. Due to the fermentation process involved in creating kombucha, it contains a large number of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness. Not a fan of kombucha? Make sure you are taking a daily probiotic or getting probiotics from another source (yogurt, sauerkraut, etc.). I love this probiotic by Klaire Labs.

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  1. Essential Oils

There’s an oil for that! Ya you knew this was comin’! 😉 When people are sick around me, when I feel like I might be coming down with something or if I just want to give my immune system a boost, these are my go to oils/supplements:

Oregano Essential Oil:

Oregano essential oil is known for its healing and immune-boosting properties. It fights infections naturally due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasite compounds. A 2016 study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found that the main compounds in oregano that are responsible for its antimicrobial activity include carvacrol and thymol. Several scientific studies found that oregano oil exhibited antibacterial activity against a number of bacterial isolates and species, including B. laterosporus and S. saprophyticus. I really dislike the taste of this oil, so I usually put a drop daily in a small amount of juice and throw it back.

Thieves Essential Oil:

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Ahh Thieves! I just can’t rave enough about the power of Thieves. Thieves is an essential oil blend with Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus. These oils contain powerful antioxidants, cleansing and purifying properties and promote a healthy immune response. Anytime I feel something coming on, I diffuse it, put some on the bottom of my feet in the morning and before bed and ingest it by taking Thieves tea (recipe below).

Why do people put essential oils on the bottom of their feet you ask? Along with the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet are the only part of your body which don’t contain sebaceous glands. Sebum essentially acts as a barrier. For this reason, it can act as a disablement to the essential oils which you want to absorb into your body.

Thieves Tea:

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Recipe-

1-2 drops of Thieves essential oil

1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil

Warm Water

Honey to Taste

I personally add good ol’ ACV to this recipe too. And I just learned a trick that if you mix the oils with the honey (put honey on spoon, put oils on honey and mix with a toothpick) and then put the honey oil mix in the warm water, it mixes and tastes better!

Inner Defense Essential Oil Supplement:

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Inner Defense supports the body’s natural defenses and healthy immune function through antioxidant support. This supplement is formulated with Eucalyptus radiata, which may help support healthy respiratory function, and infused with Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary and Cinnamon bark essential oils for antioxidant support. I have taken 1 daily for the past month, but you can also take 1 softgel 3-5 times a day when you come down with something.

If you are newbie to essential oils and want to learn more, you can check out my Essential Oils 101 post here.

  1. Get Outdoors, Get Moving

Being a work from home mama, it’s easy to just get wrapped up in things and stay cooped up in the comfort our cozy home, but I always feel better when I get outside multiple times a day. Lane really seems to love the outdoors too. I make it a point to do this to get my body moving and get both of us some fresh air and Vitamin D. Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses and a vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Research shows that vitamin D works to maintain tolerance and promote protective immunity.

Getting at least 20 to 30 minutes of daily physical activity can support many defenses of the immune system. Exercise gets antibodies and white blood cells moving through the body faster, so they may detect illnesses sooner; plus, an increase in circulation may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding pathogens.

Hope these tips help you stay healthy this season! As always, thanks for reading.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Resources:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3598/7-Reasons-to-Love-Apple-Cider-Vinegar.html

https://draxe.com/how-to-boost-your-immune-system/

https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

https://www.today.com/health/7-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-2D80554874

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US

 

Baby Must-Haves: 2-6 Months

Sophie The Giraffe Teether

I don’t know what it is about this (practically a squeaky dog toy) giraffe, but Lane and babies everywhere according to the reviews just love it! It’s easy for him to grasp and hold on to, makes a squeaky noise as mentioned and has smaller soft textured parts that he can fit into his mouth to chew on for sore gum relief. Made of 100% natural rubber and food-grade paints.

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Mommy’s Helper Inflatable Bath Tub

When Lane outgrew the sink and we moved to the bath, it was quite a large jump that we weren’t fully ready for. I felt like we wasted so much water during baths and it was hard to keep him from slipping around all over the place. Then I found this blow up bath tub insert! Genius! Saves water and keeps him contained in one area since he isn’t quite stable enough yet sitting up on his own in a slippery environment. Also made of 100% phthalate free materials.

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Skip Hop Nightime Soother Lamb

Lane loves this adorable little lamb! We put it in the corner of his crib and turn it on to signal nap or bed time. We’ve read about the importance of sleep associations and routines so every time we start the routine we turn on the melody and stars. It has a 20 minute timer too which is pretty convenient since our nap routine usually lasts around 10 minutes and then he gets 10 more minutes once he’s in the crib. He loves looking at the different color stars that project on the wall and the side of his crib and focusing on them helps him gently drift to sleep.

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Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

This toy is super simple. It has multi-colored, flashing lights which are visually appealing to baby and cute classical tunes. The #1 best seller on Amazon for musical toys and only $7… Can’t go wrong!

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Nursing Breastfeeding Cover – Multi-Use Infinity Shawl

This multi-use cover has definitely come in hand and we love that it can be used so many different ways. The one thing I would recommend is to get a solid color and not a high contrast print like black and white stripes which is what we have. I feel like this print stimulates baby too much and I’m usually putting this over his carseat or while breastfeeding when I want him to start winding down and block out distractions. I just saw that the brand Milk Snob came out with some multi-use organic covers similar to this one and will be ordering one soon.

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Ergobaby 360 Cool Mesh Ergonomic Baby Carrier

We have used this carrier around the house, at the grocery store, on hikes, at the airport… and I know this is only scratching the surface of how much we will use this carrier in his first year. The carrier is easy on my back, neck and shoulders, is easily adjustable and fits comfortably. I will say that this version is a bit stiff and takes some time to “break in”. Some of the cotton versions look a little more appealing now looking back. Lane also seems comfortable and content in this, but prefers facing outwards to take in the surroundings. I had to watch a few YouTube videos on how to use it and adjust it for different positions, but once you get it, it’s easy peasy!

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Love to Dream Swaddle

If you saw my newborn must-haves then you know we were all about the swaddles. But there comes a time when baby starts to bust out of them and just won’t stand to have his hands glued to his sides. Enter the Love to Dream perfect transition swaddle. This unique design allows baby’s hands to be up by his head but still contained, and when ready to transition again, you can remove the sleeves so baby’s hands can be free. We still use this for naps and bedtime without the sleeves as another sleep association and he seems to like being snug in a sleep sack.

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Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Lane is obsessed with this! When we first got it at around 4 months, he didn’t know what to do and wasn’t quite sure about it, but once he figured it out he LOVED it. Now we can’t peel him away and it’s his absolute favorite activity. He would literally jump for hours if we let him…. Don’t worry, we don’t! Haha

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Organic Baby Bandana Drool Bibs

I already raved about these on Instagram. Lane is a drooler! Big time. We are talking buckets, not dribbles… so these are necessary if I want to even somewhat preserve his outfit for the day. They are organic and super-absorbant. These linked ones have the cutest monochrome designs too. They didn’t have these when I registered for them, but ours have pretty cute prints too!

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Thanks for reading!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

My Favorite Websites & Apps for Green Beauty and Natural Living

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Now in its eighth year, EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep database provides you with easy-to-navigate ratings for a wide range of personal care/cosmetic products and ingredients on the market. You can search over 70,000 products and 2,000 brands! The American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products, even though just about everyone is exposed to them. Through Skin Deep, they put the power of information in consumers’ hands. When you know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how those chemicals may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace. At the same time, they advocate responsible corporate and governmental policies to protect us. I also love EWG’s Healthy Living App. On the app, you can search food products as well.

All Natural Savings – Organic Coupons & Deals

I’m a deal finder so I love this site! Natural and organic coupons, store matchups, freebies, online deals, and price comparisons. You can even just search a brand to see if there are any recent coupons or deals. Print out coupons or sign up for text alerts if you’re into that too!

Think Dirty App

Think Dirty app is an easy way to learn about potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products on the go. You just scan the product barcode or enter information into the search bar and Think Dirty will give you easy to understand info on the product, its ingredients and you can shop cleaner options. Think Dirty empowers ingredient conscious consumers to choose the safest beauty and personal care products with a database of 550k products, 3.8k brands, and 8.5M unique consumer scans.

Citrine Natural Beauty

I live in Arizona so I can visit the Citrine Beauty Bar here in Phoenix, but this website was my go-to when I started to order green beauty online and it still is today! Citrine offers free shipping for U.S. orders over $75 and free samples with purchase. They do online color matching, skin analysis and consultation, and have an awesome sample program. The website isn’t just an online store but features blog posts, tutorials and green beauty advice. And most important of all, I trust Citrine to only carry the best, super-clean, non-toxic beauty products. If you’re local, make sure you sign up for their newsletter to hear about the great events and classes they have in-store as well.

Mama Natural

Whether you’re pregnant, caring for your baby, interested in gentle parenting, or just want to be more natural yourself, you’ll find resources here to help. This site even has an entire week by week pregnancy guide from a natural perspective. You can sign up for the Mama Natural: 3 Things for Thursday newsletter. Every Thursday Genevieve aka Mama Natural sends an email with three quick tips to brighten your day and help you and your family lead a more natural life.

Food Babe

Through reading the investigations and information posted on FoodBabe.com, you can expect to learn the truth about harmful ingredients in processed foods and how to avoid the stuff the food industry is trying to hide. You will also learn how to make the right purchasing decisions in the grocery store so that you can create a life long habit of choosing healthy food. You can join Vani’s (The Food Babe) personal email list to stay up to date on hidden truths the food industry doesn’t want you to know about and the big changes that are happening in our food supply.

If you’re a non-toxic newbie like I was when I started this natural lifestyle overhaul last year, I suggest also checking out my post Where to start: Making the swap to natural beauty/personal care products

Thanks for reading!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie