Get Better Hair!

Haircare was not first on my list of products to switch when I started to switch to safer personal care products - I figured, hey it's not on my head that long and then I wash it out - it's not like I'm eating it, or slathering it all over my skin to be absorbed.  There have been two articles posted by NPR and Times Magazine that highlighted the dangers of the ingredients in our hair care products.  Prefer to watch a video, check out this 12 minute speech from Gregg Renfrew (Beautycounter's … [Read more...]

What the F?! Fragrance is a four letter word

Yes, I know that fragrance actually has 9 letters, not 4, but the point here is that fragrance is actually something that is bad for your health.  On top of that it's in virtually everything we use - lotion, face and personal care products, household cleaners, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, shampoo, sunscreen...   You see "fragrance" listed on virtually everything, and unfortunately this seemingly benign ingredient is anything but, and in fact it can be … [Read more...]

Do you have formaldehyde in your face lotion?

Living in the United States, a developed country, you would never think that that you would have to watch out for buying unsafe products in the store. Unfortunately the personal care industry the personal care products industry is not well regulated, there's only one law that was passed in 1938 where a total of 11 ingredients are banned by the FDA from being used and products - compared to the 1,400 by the EU you'll realize how paltry our regulations are. Since then there have been over … [Read more...]

Getting ready for cold weather

There are a few things that I start to change up once the leaves start to change color and the weather starts to cool down (is this ever happening this Fall here outside of Philly?!). First my cooking routine changes, and I go back to making a pot of soup or chili almost every week.  I love having soup as my go-to lunch, so I have fewer leftover dinner lunches and many soup and salad lunches.  When I make soup, I mean starting with bones, making my own broth, and then adding in veggies … [Read more...]