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Everyday Toxic Chemicals

Everyday Toxic Chemicals

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley



Our environment is full of chemicals we are breathing in, eating, drinking, and rubbing on our skin multiple times a day. Just one hundred years ago we didn’t have THOUSANDS of the chemical laden products that we have today. As you walk down a grocery store aisle do you ever try to wrap your head around what it’s all made of? Below are some important ones to know about:


Beauty Products

Makeup, shampoo, body wash, moisturizer, toothpaste, hair products, perfume, sunscreen, most of these products are filled with chemicals. Beauty products can be even worse than chemicals from your food because they are absorbed directly into your blood stream instead of having the chance to first be broken down by saliva and enzymes. So what do you want to look out for? SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is classified by the EWG Cosmetics Database as a “moderate hazard.” It is a very inexpensive foaming agent, therefore used in everything.According to the Environmental Working Group research studies on SLS have shown potential links to irritation of eyes, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, possible mutations and cancer.

SLS is in almost everything, even some ‘organic’ products. In the product world even if it says organic or natural the labeling is very lenient, still allowing many preservatives and chemical into it. Some contain only a single-digit percentage of actual organic ingredients.

The most clean and natural beauty products I have found are from the Annmarie Gianni skincare line. Right now I only use her products because I haven’t found anything to match its quality. It’s made from pure, raw, wild, whole foods.


Household Cleaners

Bleach can damage your respiratory system. Ammonia can cause skin burns and can create a poison gas when combined with bleach. Laundry detergents and dishwashing soaps are absorbed in small amounts through your skin or inhalation. Look out for SLS in these products as well. I like Dr. Bronner’s as it can be used for just about anything. You can even make your own household cleaners with vinegar or lemons, like this recipe here.



One of the first ingredients in almost all deodorants is aluminum. Aluminum is highly toxic and has very strong links to Alzheimer’s. You are rubbing it right into your lymph system every single day. Through a search of different brands, my favorite deodorant that really works can be found online at Simply Divine Botanicals.



We can live without food for weeks, water for days, but air – only minutes. It only makes sense that the quality of air is important. Living in a place where you never breathe fresh air can be harmful to your health. I recommend as often as you can taking time to get out into open areas where you aren’t constantly inhaling industrial fumes. Open your windows in your house once in a while to get the stale air out or buy an air ionizer to clean the air.


FAST FACT: Many products that you use on a daily basis are filled with chemicals that over time your body just can’t handle. Not only are they bad for us and can cause all different sorts of issues in your body but they are just as bad for the environment. If something is produced in a plant (meaning a building, not one that grows out of the ground) it needs a plant to break it down. Another interesting fact, toxins are stored in our fat cells, so if our body is loaded with toxins our body will protect us by NOT breaking down that fat cell (no matter how many miles you run) so the toxin cannot then float around to other parts of our body. While working out is very important, cleaning out our toxic load is a more efficient way to lose weight. Crazy!

ACTION: Stack the cards in your favor. Start to use products that you can actually understand what the ingredients are. I promise you they work just as well (I’ve done a lot of trial and error research before recommending products). Using whole real products on your body will make your skin, organs, and mind so much happier.


Love and brussels sprouts,


  1. heather b. says:

    brenna! thank you so much for posting this! i’ve done a lot of trial & error myself over the past few years with natural/organic househould & body products. i’ve especially struggled with deodorant and had considered asking you if you had any recommendations. i stopped using aluminum containing deodorants, because i was getting large, painful swellings under my arms. other, more natural deodorants i’ve tried coat my skin and make it break out. i’ve been using crystal deodorant but it only works for half the day. i’m glad to see you’ve recommended one, and i’m definitely going to try it! thank you!!! now, for a naturally sourced makeup concealer…

  2. this post taught me alot…..and thanks for the link to the “healthy” deodorant…I have been looking for something like that for a long time

    Are doedorant sticks also bad?

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