Avoiding Toxins for a Healthier You


I remember in 6th grade being told by the health nurse to avoid touching my face during the day to keep acne away. Her point was to keep dirt away from the face so it wouldn’t clog the pores. But there’s another good reason to keep your hands away from your face while you are out and about. You never know what is on your hands that can be spread to your face, lips, eyes, etc. People are exposed to toxins by swallowing chemicals on the lips or hands, absorbing them through the skin, and by breathing in sprays and powders.

Most personal care products and household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause serious damage over time. Toxins will accumulate in the body. So what’s a body to do? Avoiding as many toxins as you can is your first line of defense.

Below, you will find a list of the common toxins to look for in the products you use. They can be lurking in baby wipes, diaper cream, hair dyes, acne treatments, soaps, hair care products, aftershave, lotions, cleaning products, body sprays, toothpaste, and many other consumer products.

Parabens: New research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99% of breast cancer tissues sampled. They can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, hormonal and neurological disorders, various cancers, and male breast growth.

Metals: Metals can be found in thousands of consumer products. One of the biggest metal containing consumer product is aluminum-based antiperspirants. Avoid aluminum, antimony, arsenite, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenite, tin, and vanadate.

Triclosan: Triclosan alters hormonal regulation and can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps, and household cleaning products. It is showing up in our water supplies and our soil at alarming rates.

Phthlates: Phthlates are linked to male reproductive system disorders, they disrupt the endocrine system, and have been linked to liver cancer. Phthlates can be found in many fragrances so it may not be listed in the ingredients of the consumer products.

Fragrances: Fragrance is a mixture of many chemicals often containing compounds known to be associated with allergic reaction and hormone disruption.

The best way to avoid these harmful toxins is to use natural cleaners. You can find many natural homemade cleaning recipes on the internet. They range from DIY laundry soap to DIY deodrant. Vinegar and baking soda work wonders! Wash your hands with good old soap and water. Natural and/or organic soap is the best option. Friction works great when scrubbing dishes or cleaning house. Old-fashioned elbow grease is the best! Most important of all, make sure you read the labels of the products you use.

Rosanne Muncy is the Founder of Bare Body Soaps Organics, a company committed to the environment, using sustainable and fair trade ingredients and eco-friendly packaging made from recycled paper.

After she became conscious of minimizing the toxins her family was exposed to she began making Bare Body Soaps Organics.  These organic soaps were created to provide high-quality, non-toxic skin care. Rosanne handcrafts affordable and luxurious soaps with certified organic oils, essential oils, and botanicals to produce vegan and cruelty-free soaps using the cold-process method of soap making.  Visit www.BareBodySoaps.com to find out where you can get your own.


  1. Great information! I will definitely have to check out Rosanne Muncy’s Bare Body Soap Organics. I’ve been trying to find non-toxic products to use. Thanks
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