I am nowhere near perfect, but I do strive to make healthy choices for our family. When I was diagnosed with Thyroid Disease after Skye was born, one of the first things I learned is that toxic chemicals in my home and personal care products could interfere with my bodies ability to heal itself.
What?! I mean, I knew that toxic chemicals weren’t good for me. But when my healthcare professional suggested that in addition to medication that I make some lifestyle changes that went beyond diet and exercise, I was shocked. I immediately began researching, and to be honest; I quickly got overwhelmed.
Is it me or does it sometimes seem like you need a graduate level chemistry degree to decipher what is on the back of most products? (And lets not even get into the fact that once I have my contacts in it is near impossible to even read what is on most labels. I usually have to ask my oldest son to read labels in stores for me. Am I the only one with this problem? Ok….moving on!)
Still, I pushed through.
I learned why fragrances were bad and which preservatives are the most important to avoid. These days, much of what you will find in our home is natural. One brand we’ve been using is Tom’s of Maine . Recently, I checked out the Tom’s of Maine Made to Matter Collection, which is available only at Target. There is something for most everyone in the family from this collection, which is free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors, and preservatives. Check it out!
Luminous White™ Toothpaste
This paraben free whitening toothpaste is also gluten free and safe for enamel. I never thought about needing a gluten free toothpaste, but since I follow a gluten free diet, it makes sense.
Wicked CoolDeodorant for Boys and Girls
Can you believe I am going to have a teenager in a little over a year? We aren’t ready for deodorant just yet, but those days are coming soon. I was excited to find this natural deodorant that was made just for boys and girls. It provides 24-hour odor protection and is free of artificial fragrances, aluminum, and parabens. It is great to know that this product is out there whenever the boys are ready. (Bonus points: they like the name so that will be one battle I don’t have to fight when the time comes.)
Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant
We live in Florida most of the year. If you have never been here, much of the time it feels like living on the face of the sun. Guys, it gets HOT. And with our active lifestyle, that heat means that hubby needs a little help if he wants to ride in the car with me stay fresh. Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant is natural antiperspirant that provides all day odor and wetness protection. It is free of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and is non-irritating. Make sure you check out the Tom’s of Maine Made to Matter Collection next time you head to Target.