Category Archives: fragrance free

Toxins in Air Fresheners

Our local television news last week had an item about the toxins in air fresheners. I always have to remind myself that the general public isn’t aware of things like this – so it really is news to many people.

The news article was based on research by Anne Steinemann, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs. She did a study of some top-selling laundry products and air fresheners after having many people tell how these products made them sick. Her study found nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from the six products studied. And, of course, none of them were listed on the labels.

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More Fragrance Free Stuff

As requested, I have added a variety of t-shirts in Cafe Press. So far, I’ve added 3 designs in a variety of colors and shirt styles. I also added more colors for the posters. I’m working on more that I hope to have up this week. I have at least two more t-shirts planned and some coffee mugs.

Check out my shop: Mariposa Naturals Shop.

Leave a comment below if there is something else you would like to see.

Oh, The Irony

Tuesday’s post was actually written last week. So I found it interesting that the Cathy comic on Sunday addressed the same topic.

I’m not sure how long the comic will be up, so I’ll describe it here. Cathy and her girlfriends are at a restaurant. The waitress asks “What will you have?” The first 3 ladies say “Diet Soda!” But the last lady announces that she no longer drinks diet soda. She goes on to tell the group that the aspartame in diet soda has been linked to migraines, panic attacks, seizures, skin problems, weight gain, intestinal disorders, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, blindness and death! At that point, Cathy escorts her away from their table. And they start over. And again they each order diet soda. And then from another table, the fourth lady says, “Also denial and memory loss.”

I’m not trying to say that I’m any better than any of them. I’ve been as guilty as anyone of continuing habits that I know are bad for me. It’s just part of human nature, it seems. If it’s something we like or we perceive is good, then no amount of evidence will change it. It seems the only time we change those bad habits is when they threaten our health. (Even then, we don’t always heed the warnings.)

Do Unto Others…

Yes, the Golden Rule applies here: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

If you had an allergy or other condition that was worsened in the presence of some substance, you would want to avoid it. And it should be reasonable to ask friends, family and co-workers to help by not using it in your presence. Yet it seems that when it comes to fragrance, the Golden Rule goes out the window. Honestly, I’ve had friends, family and co-workers that thought that I just didn’t *like* fragrance. So it was really OK to wear them in my presence. Which is baffling. People so often equate an allergy with dislike, which isn’t what it’s about. If it were something I just didn’t like, I would endure it. But there are serious health issues for those sensitive to perfume.

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Non-Toxic Housecleaning

I just found this article online that should be helpful to many of us. I always see suggestions to use vinegar in cleaning, but this article – Good Housecleaning: Five Non-Toxic, Get-the-Dirt Out Basicsa by Annie Berthold-Bond includes her seven favorite recipes. I especially liked her recommendation:

My rule of thumb about nontoxic cleaning is this: use only ingredients that have been used without harm for so many years that they are “generally regarded as safe”; otherwise they would have long since been abandoned.

I think my favorite is her oven cleaning as I’ve been struggling with how to clean our oven lately.

Gotta run for now so I can print the article!

Whole Foods Rocks!

At first I wasn’t so fond of Whole Foods. Mainly because their prices are high. But that’s a fact of buying organic and buying the lesser known brands. When I first learned to really like them was when I learned that they don’t carry anything containing MSG or nitrates. That’s actually a very small subset of the items they don’t allow, but those 2 are important to me because they trigger migraines in me. Finally I had a place that I could buy soups and salad dressings and lunch meats and bacon and the occasional pepperoni without worry.

I also now use them for a lot of other products – especially cleaning and personal care products.

This past weekend I was there looking for my shampoo. I’ve used Earth Sciences for years. They make a fragrance free one that truly has no added fragrance of any kind.

Couldn’t find it. I typically forget that name and just look for the bottle. While looking, I found a “365 Everyday Value” Shampoo that is fragrance free. “365 Everyday Value” is Whole Foods own brand and tends to be a lot cheaper. A Whole Foods employee came up to me to see if she could help me. I told her what I had been looking for. She asked me what the bottle looked like. Then she showed me where that shampoo was. They had totally changed their packaging. Instead of a green rectangular bottle, it was now in a white tear shaped bottled.

But by then I was more interested in the Whole Foods brand. She said they make shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and shower gels. They come in scented varieties, but also in truly fragrance free varieties. The label says they are specially formulated with 100% natural, biodegradable ingredients; free of parabens, animal ingredients, artificial fragrance and unnecessary chemicals. And they are not tested on animals.

The Whole Foods brand items are reasonably priced. In fact, I wound up saving a TON of money:

The Earth Sciences I used to by (the green bottle) was $5.99 for 17 oz. OR $ .35 per ounce.

Their new, improved bottle is only 12 oz and cost $6.49 OR a whopping $ .54 per ounce.

The shampoo I bought was 32 oz. for $4.99 == $ .1559 per ounce!

So, Earth Sciences new label resulted in lost sales for them.

Now, if only Whole Foods would start carrying items with reduced sodium…