A Cleaner with a "Purpose"

Many of the cleaners we use have harsh chemicals.  If you have a strong sense of smell like me, you can probably smell them when you get home after your cleaners were in or want to gag when you have to clean up a spill or stain. 

Well, gag no more because there are some alternatives that actually work. 

I have a few personal favorites.  They aren't perfect, however they are a better alternative to the common brands like Lysol and Clorox.  

Today I'll tell you about one of them- Seventh Generation All Purpose Natural Cleaner

The first thing you'll like about it is that it doesn't smell toxic like many of the others.  In fact, it does not have much of a smell at all because of the minimal amount of chemicals, lack of chlorine bleach and because it does not contain synthetic fragrance (believed to be harmful to health).  Secondly, you'll appreciate that it does the job.  

According to the packaging, Seventh Generation only contains 6 ingredients, 5 of which are considered "clean" (no pun intended).  The only one that is of some concern is Methylisothiazolinone which is a synthetic chemical that is potentially an allergenic.  A report released by the European Scientific Committee in 2003 concluded that insufficient information was available to allow for an adequate risk assessment analysis of this chemical.

I like that the first ingredient is water and the next 3 are plant based or plant derived.    

The best part of all is that's it's inexpensive!  I buy it from Target, however you can also find it on Amazon with prime pantry.  


Are you ARMED with the Right Deodorant?

According to the American Cancer Society, there are no strong studies in medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use; however, it's definitely a concern, especially among the breast cancer community.  

Before I continue sniffing into this topic, let me explain difference between antiperspirant and deodorant.  Antiperspirant keeps you from sweating while deodorant cut down on what makes you smell when you do sweat.  

Why is this a concern?  Antiperspirants do their job clogging and blocking your sweat pores with aluminum salts.  Some research suggests that when aluminum is absorbed by the skin, it can cause changes to estrogen receptors of breast cells. Because estrogen can promote the growth of cancer breast cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer.

Finding the right Deodorant/Antiperspirant has been quite the challenge for me.  I've tested many and some worked initially, but later became what I thought was a stinky purchase.    

I finally stumbled on a brand called UNDERARMED on Amazon.  It had a close to 5 star rating and reviews seemed far from unauthentic.  After researching, I found that UNDERARMED was created by small family business (started by Sean McLellan).  They hand make each stick and took over two years and over 200 attempts to formulate the perfect product!  Ingredients are limited (that's usually a good sign) and include natural stuff like organic coconut oil, beeswax, all natural aluminum free sodium bicarbonate, organic avocado butter and a few more they list in the packaging.  

How did they get it right?  Sean isn't a scholarly chemist nor did he go to the Harvard of Deodorant School.  He simply did this by asking all his purchasers to send him feedback after using.  As a gift for the information, he provides a trial size deodorant for $1 (the small payment is to help with the cost of shipping).  Today, after all his trial and error, he says it's finally perfect!  And so far, I think it is too.