Have a great Summer!

The sunny months are finally here! Make the most of the return of great weather. Don’t let bugs and neglected grills, decks and other outdoor surfaces spoil all the fun. Our June specials on Bugz Spray and Super Powerz, are two must-haves for your next summer cookout! But be quick—the June Specials sale ends June 30th!
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Make Super Powerz Your Summer Sidekick

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Individually, the active ingredients in SuperPowerz are known to be effective against many types of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Together, they represent a powerful formula for tough cleaning jobs and stain removal, making Super Powerz your perfect partner for fighting grime, especially outdoors on your patio furniture, grill or pool area.
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Say No to Mosquitos!

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Protect your family from mosquitos and other bug bites with our all-natural, DEET-FREE bug spray. Made from organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients, Bugz Spray Bug Repellant & Bite Relief contains Amazonian Andiroba Seed Oil, which has shown to be effective against both mosquitos and flies. Bugz Spray also features Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary, and other essential oils to help keep the bugs at bay and serves a dual purpose to help relieve and soothe itching from bug bites.

Bugz Spray is safe for the whole family, including children, infants, and pets!
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ToxicFree May Madness Sale! Ends 5/31

Though this sale is over, we rotate new specials along with standard LOW prices on effective, ToxicFree, certified organic products at the beginning of each month! So bookmark the site!

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Get FREE Products When You Shop Our May Madness Sale!

The countdown to summer is officially on! Don’t miss this chance to stock up and save on some of our customer favorites: Neroli Mist, Vanilla Cream Body Lotion, Lemon Verbena Body Moisturizer and Travel Kit. For a limited time only, you’ll get a free product when you shop these deals. But be quick—the May Madness sale ends May 31st!

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Keep Calm & Neroli On

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Neroli Mist is a dual-action toner whose formula is derived from orange blossoms. Spray the mist to help lift the mind and body or apply topically to help balance skin—it’s fantastic for all skin types!

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A Cream Come True

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Vanilla Cream is an all-over body lotion that revitalizes, rejuvenates and hydrates all day long. Its unique blend of organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients will help improve your overall skin health, leaving your skin looking and feeling younger. Vanilla Cream is emulsifier-free, non-greasy, and infused with naturally occurring beta-carotene and essential fatty acids. All over body lotion that revitalizes rejuvenates and hydrates all day long. Its unique blend of organic, Ecocert and ToxicFree® ingredients will help improve your overall skin health, leaving your skin looking and feeling younger. Vanilla Cream is emulsifier-free, non-greasy, and infused with naturally occurring beta-carotene and essential fatty acids.

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Add Some Zest to Your Daily Routine

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Lemon Verbena Body Moisturizer is a light, super-moisturizing lotion that’s easy to apply and absorbs quickly, making it ideal as an all-over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long, all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long.all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long..all over body moisturizer. Infused with the refreshing and zesty scent of Lemon Verbena, it revitalizes, rejuvenates, and hydrates all day long.

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Adventure is Waiting

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A must-have collection of Chaéssentials crafted with all natural, organic and ToxicFree® ingredients. Products found in the travel kit are the perfect size to take on family vacations, summer camps, camping trips or for people who live on the go!

Travel Kit Includes:

Tooth Polish 10 packets
Vanilla Cream Body Lotion 2oz
Sanitize On the Go 1oz
Wild Thing Shower Gel 2oz
D-Odor Spray 1oz
Bugz Spray 1oz
Perfection Serum .25oz sample pot .25oz sample pot .25oz sample pot
Lip Balm – Everyone’s Favorite!
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Healthy makeup makes me blush…

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Now announcing: Crunchi Make Me Blush is now available for purchase at Crunchi.com/perlamiddleton

Blushing has never been better, with the natural wonders of cold pressed, Virgin Organic Argan Oil. Pressed from the fruits of the Argan Tree (Argania spinosa), native to Morocco, Argan Oil is known for its significant nutritive and antioxidant properties. No need to cover up a dull, pale complexion when you can heal it from the inside out. This talc free formula infuses your skin with powerful nutrients while adding soft color to enhance your natural beauty.

Crunchi Make Me Blush is Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Toxin Free, Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Consciously Packaged and Thoughtfully Produced!

Available in four gorgeous shades!

Palm Beachy: A coral, peach shade with a matte finish, perfect for all skin types.

Pretty Please: A beautiful combination of light pink with a hint of lavender undertone with a perfect matte finish. Best for fair complexion or for someone just starting off using blush. Will show up on the majority of skin tones but will appear lighter on people with medium to dark complexions then it would on people with fair skin tones.

Royal Flush: This gorgeous matte, rich pink shade, closely resembles its sister shade, Crave but without the shimmer. This shade is perfect for all skin tones.

Crave: A gorgeous blush that will be flattering on all skin tones. Crave a beautiful pink shade with finely milled, mineral shimmer to give your cheeks a radiant, enlivened complexion.

Share your pictures in comments below! Which shade is your favorite?

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WHO KNEW? SILICONE BRACELETS TRACK CHEMICAL EXPOSURE!

A REASON TO BRING THEM BACK INTO FASHION

By Alexandra Ossola

Those Livestrong bracelets might have gone out of fashion after Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, but scientists have come up with a new reason to bring them back. The bracelets are made of silicone, which can trap toxic pollutants that the wearer encounters. Researchers from Oregon State University recently tested the bracelets on 92 preschool children and were surprised by the number of harmful toxins the kids encountered in a week. The researchers published a study in the May issue of the journal Environmental Research, as Chemical and Engineering News reports this week.

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The silicone wristbands are ideal sampling tools because they are comfortable and easy to wear for extended periods of time without harming the person, the researchers write (they had tested necklaces in previous studies but those weren’t as appealing). In the study, the researchers were looking for 41 types of flame retardants, as childhood exposure to these chemicals has been linked to health problems including decreased cognitive ability, hyperactivity, and obesity. After the children wore the wristbands for a week, the researchers performed an analysis of the chemicals absorbed by the silicone. They found that 60 percent of the samples contained 11 of those compounds. They detected half the chemicals they were looking for, including several that are no longer produced in the United States. Just which flame retardants the kids were exposed to depended on the age of their house and how often their parents vacuumed.

With any luck, those findings can help parents and regulators make substantive changes to reduce kids’ exposure to harmful flame retardants. It’s happened before—when scientists figured out that roofers were exposed to more dangerous chemicals at a training site than during their regular jobs, the union of workers insisted on better ventilation in the training facility, according to Vocativ.

The researchers are using the same silicone bracelets to pursue a number of different questions about the interaction between environmental chemicals and health, according to C&EN. They are currently working on a study evaluating prenatal exposure to some chemicals (putting the wristbands on mothers in their last trimester) and the incidence of childhood asthma. Other projects are looking at farmers’ exposure to pesticide chemicals on four continents.

So go ahead and dig yours out of the closet and start wearing it again, it may just save your life… To reduce and replace products that expose you to harmful chemicals click on the banner below.

*Adapted from a piece posted on http://www.popsci.com/

Perla Middleton

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Show us your SPRING Clean!

Springtime is synonymous with beauty, flowers, and renewal. I associate those things with cleaning because I find beauty in clean things and typically decorate my home with fresh flowers after I organize a have everything sparkling. While it might be tempting to spray your whole place with bleach or disinfectant spray (that make things “clean,” right?), a lot of common household cleaning products are actually pretty toxic to our health. Luckily, there are ways to keep things fresh and sanitary. Read on for the low-down when selecting better and safer products for you, your family and your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution among the top environmental dangers, and much of this pollution comes from common cleaning products (or what we’ll call “indoor pollutants”). Immediate effects of exposure to indoor pollutants can include headaches, foggy thinking, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as exacerbated symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Long-term effects (following long or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants) include respiratory diseases, autism spectrum disorder, heart disease, learning disabilities, ADHD, cancer, infertility, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, obesity, early puberty, immune system diseases and even cancer. Small particles of dust and toxins can infest your home. Be sure to stay informed about your house and learn about any contaminants that could affect your health. For example, asbestos is a mineral that was used in housing materials. Left alone, it is harmless, but damaged it could pose a serious health concern such as mesothelioma cancer. The indoor pollutants that can cause these reactions are so common that the EPA strongly recommends everyone improve the air quality of their home, regardless of whether symptoms are currently present. (See tips throughout infographic).

Be sure to change your air filter on the recommended schedule to reduce pet dander, dust, and other pollutants from circulating through your home. While cleaning may be more economical than replacing the shower liner in your home, if it is old, you may just need to replace it. Look carefully at the materials the new liner is made of so that you do not bring more hazardous chemicals to your home.  Beware of PVC-containing shower curtains which can emit 108 chemicals in the air according to studies by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, CHEJ. Avoid their cousins made from PEVA or EVA, though less harmful, recent studies have proven them to be harmful nonetheless. Other PVC based products such as flooring can create further issues, so it considering a remodel be sure to consult an expert. Especially if your home was built prior to 1970, as it can contain asbestos. If you are still inclined to be a DIYer, be sure to wear protective masks, gloves and ventilate your home.

For those of us who do not want to spend money on an air purifier, NASA has provided us with great insight to plants, such as:

  • Garden Mum
  • Spider Plant
  • Dracaena
  • Ficus/Weeping Fig
  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Aloe Vera

All of whom will purify the air of the following pollutants, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. (Thanks to the greatist.com for this fantastic list!)

Don’t rely on the government to protect you when it comes to hazardous chemicals in cleaning products, DO YOUR RESEARCH! They don’t regulate or assess the safety (or even labeling) of the vast majority of cleaning products on the market. The EPA, meanwhile, only regulates cleaners that contain registered pesticides. This means that consumers are basically on their own when it comes to choosing safe cleaning products — a task that’s way easier said than done. (For reviews of the toxicity of household cleaners and even personal care products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s database at www.EWG.com).

Here are some facts about cleaning and cleaners that you may not be aware of:

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, over 11,000 of which are banned overseas.
  • Manufacturers of cleaning products and laundry detergents we use every day (unlike food, beverage and other personal care products) are not regulated by federal law to list their ingredients.
  • It takes approximately 26 seconds for any substance to be absorbed through your skin and enter your bloodstream or inhaled and entered into your lungs.
  • We are the first generation ever exposed to an unprecedented amount of toxic chemicals on a daily basis, a number which is on the rise.
  • Luckily, chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means to keep a home sparkly. Before you purchase anything, arm yourself with information and research on the products you currently use.

Beware of the words Non-Toxic vs Toxic-Free, they mean two different things. While we may use them interchangeably, there is no regulation regarding the Non-Toxic term, even after passing the cut off where something could be considered Non-Toxic does not make it safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who created The Federal Hazardous Substance Act, deems a product toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In other words, if a substance kills ONLY 49% of the test subjects, could be legally labeled non-toxic. Makes you feel really safe, right? However, Toxic-Free cannot produce any reaction or harm their subjects in any way shape or form. The solution is to minimize what you can control and prevent exposure in the first place. The first place to start is in your home.

If you are looking for the best of the best, be on the lookout for products that have the Certified Toxic Free seal, like the ones found at www.MyToxicFreeClub.com, next look for EcoCert, Certified Organic, and USDA Certified Biobased. These certifications will insure that the products were produced by conscientious companies and guarantee that all ingredients have been researched, tested and do not cause negative health effects. A lot of us have made homemade cleaning products at some point thinking they are better for us or that they can help save us money and protect the environment; this may not necessarily be true. Research the ingredients first and make sure you will not end up with a worse product in comparison to a store-bought one.

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If you are still unsure of how to get started down the path to a healthier toxic-free lifestyle this spring season, feel free to drop me an email at dnp1515@gmail.com and I will answer your more specific questions. Thank you to the Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center for this amazing infographic.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Perla Middleton
*I was not compensated by maacenter.org for writing this article, however they gave me the rights to utilize this amazing infographic.

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Hit the farmers market for better health!

Spring is here and the heat will soon set in and before the Summer begins, I want to make sure that I take full advantage of the light, fluffy and seasonal fruits and veggies into my recipes and have them as part of my restorative and nutritive repertoire. What should you do to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck and get the juiciest and tastiest, but most importantly healthiest fruits and veggies this season?
Start by visiting your local farmers market; our local market is open every Saturday.
If you can’t make it to the farmers market and must get it from a grocery store, get your fruits and veggies early, doing so ensures that you get the best pick. It also means you will get the most nutrition out of your food because it did not have to sit in a truck or warehouse for long periods of time. Download FoodScores from EWG.org to ensure you get the best-rated food.

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Look for seasonal foods. They vary from region to region, but your local farmers can let you in on the secret. Here are some of my favorites:

Strawberries– I LOVE strawberries, they are such a versatile fruit! You can make smoothies, you can decorate cakes, you can make jelly, or you can eat them as is… Believe it or not, they are also a great source of Vitamin C and act as a fast-working antioxidant. You have heard that carrots help with your vision, but I bet you have not heard that strawberries also promote eye health. It is that same vitamin C that helps protect our eyes from cataracts and damage to our eyes. One thing to keep in mind is that strawberries tend to be treated heavily with pesticides because of its propensity to go bad so fast or for it to be attacked by bugs, so get some good toxicfree fruit and veggie cleaner and soak/wash your strawberries well before eating.

Oranges– though thought as of a winter fruit by some, I think of it as an all year round fruit. The benefits of Oranges and their Vitamin C are fantastic. One medium size orange can contain up to 70% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C helps strengthen your immune system and during spring time, while allergy season is in full swing, this is especially important. It accomplishes this task by eliminating free-radicals that damage things like your skin. It also helps with brain development, the folic acid or Vitamin B9 in oranges helps keep your brain in working order. One added benefit that most of us do not normally practice is eating the orange peel. Orange peels have over 60 types of flavonoids and over 170 different types of phytonutrients and lots of fiber and these compounds are vital to roles carried out by various systems in your body.

Broccoli– Broccoli aids in the reduction of cholesterol because of all the fiber it contains, which binds to the nasty cholesterol in your blood and helps it exit your body much faster. Broccoli contains high levels of calcium and vitamin K and both are needed to have strong bones and ward off osteoporosis. It also helps with other types of heart health, surprise, surprise… it also helps with eye health and digestion in general. Did you know that broccoli has as much protein as a cup or rice or corn but half the calories? I didn’t and probably none of the GMO (well when it comes to corn that is).

There are many other fruits and vegies I could talk about like asparagus, artichokes, greens, mangoes (though not native to this area), peaches, and so on…. But I am almost out of space!

So… how about I end with my favorite smoothie recipe….

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Fresh strawberries (hulled and diced)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk (not Silk, because it contains soy)
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1/2 tbsp Honey (get some from the local farmers market, if you suffer from allergies, wildflower honey from your particular region is supposed to help and this is a great way to incorporate it into your diet)

Instructions:
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
2. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency.
3. Adjust honey to taste.
4. Serve immediately.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay toxicfree! And enjoy the yummy recipe!

As published in Moments August 2015

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Never Buy Produce With a Sticker That Begins With # 8

An apple a day the serial starting with 8 does not keep the doctor away.

WARNING: Why You Should Never Buy Produce With a Sticker That Begins With 8 Have you ever stared at the sticker on your beautiful fuji apple and wondered what the numbers meant? Turns out….. More info @ https://t.co/NxAinxIDc8

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