Clean Up Your Chemical “Body Burden” from Personal Care Products

by Guest Blogger on May 31, 2012 · 60 comments

1. LET’S GET STARTED!  Line up your personal care product bottles; ingredient labels facing you.
Ignore pretty packaging and dazzling claims like “pure,” “natural,” and “organic” on the front.  Manufactures spend millions on what to say on this front label to get you to buy.  Here is your new mantra – “It’s all about the ingredients.”

2. PUT TO THE SIDE all products with any one of these below ingredients.  It is just a start, but a good one (make your own list, as you learn, of what you are unwilling to expose yourself and your family to).

  • Fragrance – manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of toxic chemicals in this one word, including endocrine disrupting/potentially carcinogenic phthalates [THAL-ates].
    Parabens – (methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens).  These can mimic hormones in the body and disrupt functions of the endocrine system.  Research reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk.
  • Propylene Glycol (PEG)/ Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) – potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that can alter and reduce skin’s natural moisture factor.
  • Nanoparticles – tiny particles which have been shown to cross cell barriers, enter organs, including the human brain.  Regardless of outstanding research, common sense tells me to avoid being a guinea pig on this one; driving metals deep into our cells and organs seems like a bad idea (you may have to email the manufacturer to ask if they use nanoparticles).
  • Petroleum/Petrolatum/Mineral Oil/Liquid ParaImidazolidinyl Urea/Diazolidinyl Urea – may degrade to formaldehyde and are very toxic.
  • Formaldehyde – is a human carcinogen, and also causes a variety of ailments including skin irritation, respiratory problems, and immune system toxicities. You will not see formaldehyde on the label; it is a contaminant of the manufacturing process or formulation.  Be wary of and avoid these ingredients: Quaternium, DMDM Hydantoin, and Ureas.
  • Retinyl Palmitate – FDA report warns of enhanced skin cancer lesions in the presence of sunlight from this vitamin A ingredient.
  • Oxybenzone – chemical that is “active ingredient” in sunscreen and many products are shown to produce harmful free radicals and the ability to attack DNA cells.  Some studies have shown it to behave similarly to the hormone estrogen, suggesting that it may cause breast cancer. It has also been linked to eczema.


What’s left of the products that you’re still willing to use? Probably not much.  Visit my Facebook page to learn more, as we post articles on this issue daily.

4. REPLACE with truly organic and natural products. You are looking for shorter ingredient lists of certified organic botanical ingredients and less harmful chemicals.  Use the Cosmetics Database to find safer solutions which ranks toxicity levels from 0-10; lowest to “highest toxic hazard.”

5. REDUCE the number of products you use, by looking at what you really need. Many products serve double duty.

6. STAY AWAY from the beauty aisles. Once you find products that you like and that fit your harmless, chemical-free criteria – resist the urge to purchase more.

7. ENJOY The new, healthier, cleaner you!

Guest blogger, Ava Anderson, founded Ava Anderson Non Toxic with the support of her family after learning about the dangers of toxic chemicals in personal care products. At the age of 18, her company is a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics “Champion”, and “Trusted Partner” of Healthy Child Healthy World.  Her goal is to share this message in every family room in this country, and provide safe, organic and natural products without harmful chemicals for humans and the environment.  She now has many product categories for men, women and children – avaSKIN,  avaBODY, avaHAIR, avaSUN, avaBABY, avaSCENTS, avaFACE and avaHOME!   Learn more about Ava and visit her company online HERE!

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Jessica May 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thank you Ava for navigating the maze of toxic chemicals for me! Your suggestions on how to clean up my home and personal care products are fabulous!!


Sophia May 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Ava is an amazing young woman. She and her company are changing and empowering so many of by raising awareness.
I use this entire line of products and am a consultant for her company. So proud to represent her name, and be apart of this movement.


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for sharing Sophia! She is an amazing & inspiring young lady indeed :)


Millicent May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

These products are amazing! I have been using them for over a year. I also use them on my 3yo and my 5mo!


Kristin May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Wow, 18 years old, and changing the world! So proud of you! Love your skin care products. They are not damaging to my skin or the environment! My face has done a complete 180 and I tell everyone I know!


sylvia May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

thanks Ava for being a leader in this field with all the work you have done. makes it less confusing for the rest of us.


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Hi Sylvia,
Yes, she did such a great job of clearing through the clutter by providing 7 simple steps and perfect solutions to follow up with. Thanks Ava!


Laurie May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I have battled moderate acne my whole life (am now 34) and have finally gotten it under control by using Ava’s skin care line. The cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are perfect for everyone regardless of skin type. And the diaper cream is a great multipurpose product – has become the “miracle cream” in our house.


Audrey May 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Ava – you are such an inspiration to so many! Thank you for giving the world an OPTION to be chemical-free. Once you learn the black and white facts, you can then decide how to proceed. My choice…my dollar. Thanks Ave!


Lori May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Ava for opening my eyes to the myriad of toxins in my products.


Trina May 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Ava Anderson Non Toxic products mean never having to worry about what you are putting on your skin. The products are not only non toxic but work amazingly well which surprised me! I thought I would have to lose out if I chose non toxic products but boy was I wrong! my face and skin have never been better and now my whole house is safe and non toxic, including my 4 and 2 year olds and my husband! There is nothing better than knowing you are doing everything in your power to keep your family safe. Ava makes it easy to do it! No more staring at shelves and ingredients in the market for this girl!


Ginger May 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Ava! Great clear and concise information hope everyone reads this! Removing toxins has helped me get rid of my asthma! Keep up the good work creating wonderful products and getting the word out there!


Tanya May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks so much for featuring Ava! As a consultant for her company I can only say what a tremendous difference Ava has made everyday in not only the health of our nation my own family and the environment but of course in the fight against CANCER. Ava’s toxic message will open your eyes!!! I want to tell everyone out there what wonderful products Ava has in her line. Her skin care set is unbelievable and has returned my skin to a healthy glow along with her soaps and hair care products. She recently released the most awesome baby line including an all-in-one shampoo/ baby wash/ bubble bath and her diaper cream is getting rave reviews. My children use Ava only products and they are the picture of health. Ava’s cleaning products clean better than the toxic ones I’ve used in the past. I encourage everyone to check out Ava’s website TODAY and check out her sun care products including the safest sunscreen out there and to use this only on your children and throw away the toxic spray sunscreens! Ava has changed our lives for the better!


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi Tanya,
Absolutely! We are proud to have Ava here as a guest sharing her valuable information with so many :) Ron & I are thrilled to see the barriers being broken down of the old paradigm that ‘toxic’ products work better. They of course DO NOT. This applies to everything we use…baby, skin, home, pest control, food, etc. We all have so much power in our purchases and we are ALL making change, together, by supporting amazing & non-toxic companies and products like Ava Anderson Non-Toxic :)


Beth May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thanks for all of the great tips Ava!


Jean May 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Ava – your products are AMAZING! Thank you for all of your efforts and for always teaching us about the dangers in everyday products. ps – I’m addicted to your lemon sugar body scrub!


Veronica May 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Ava products changed my life. The simplicity of using one brand that has proven time and again that they use the best non-toxic ingredients with the guarantee of reformulation if needed. The absolute best part of using Ava products for the whole family is that they work and they work better than the toxic chemical laden products. I love the hand and body lotion in combination with the body butter! The toner is great for deodorant to spraying on my kids booboos. And I can’t speak highly enough of the cleaning products, they work wonders!!!!


Beverly May 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

These products are awesome ~ and a great value.

Plain and simple~ check them out and you will never look back. Great for all ages!

The baby line is beyond wonderful. The skin care is wonderful…the household products are wonderful…the body line is wonderful….Oh, did I mentioned the products are WONDERFUL!

Thanks, Ava.


Tirsa May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I have been using Ava products for 3 months now and I love them. I wish I had an endless amount of money so I could give it to all my friends to show them how healthy safe products make a difference. Thank you for sharing Ava!


Megan May 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Wow, such simple steps! Thanks for breaking it down for us and providing such a great product! Everyone needs to know about this and Ava. Here’s to making Ava Anderson a household name!


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

We agree and think she already is! Thanks for sharing Megan :)


Robyn May 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Even if you don’t have the time or are not interested in learning about the issues of toxic products, Ava has done the work and made it simple to clean up your home and body. The products are wonderful and everyone I have shared them with agree.
If a 16-year old can accomplish this certainly we can follow her and educate ourselves. Thank you Ava for your dedication !


Dawn ~ RN May 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

My family (including 3 teenagers) has been using Ava’s products for 10 months now & LOVE them all. As a nurse who has been teaching people about healthier living for the past 5 years, I could not find the products Ava offers under 1 roof. I was spending a lot of time researching products & buying products that I did not like. Now I leave all that up to Ava :) I feel absolutely confident that they are free of harmful chemicals. We need to start taking responsibility for our own health, including what we put on our skin & hair. Remember ~ your skin is the largest organ of your body! Thanks so much Ava :)


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Wonderful Dawn! Great coming from an RN. Now…let’s get healthy products into these hospitals! My mother is also a nurse and it is truly astonishing the amount of toxic products used in hospitals…especially the cleaners.
We agree…it is up to all of us to take charge of our health and stop relying on untested products and ingredients to line our store shelves and own homes! As you are well aware, just because it is on a store shelf – doesn’t mean it’s safe.


Jenn May 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Ava is an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. I have been using her products exclusively for about 2 months and am thrilled to say I have been able to stop steriod creams that I had to use for years. Clean living, green living is becoming easier to do then ever with companies like Ava Anderson Non Toxic out there! Go girl!


Ron & Lisa May 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for sharing your story Jenn! Ava is an inspiration to us all indeed! But, you are ALL an inspiration as well. Your first hand testimonials of how great these products are will help others make the switch from toxic clean to healthy green!


Jamie May 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Great blog post! Ava, I am grateful for these products. I ca not say enough. I started out with one simple step: sunscreen. If I changed nothing else, had to start there. I am so glad that my quest for safe sunscreen has led to a home full of non-toxic soap, shampoo, cleaners and beauty products.


Cheryl May 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I love all your products Ava. I have been using only Ava products in My shower for three months now and I have no more soap scum and the shower is a breeze to clean. Just spray with the bathroom cleaner and wipe. No scrubbing or toxic smell. I love cleaning now. My family does not have to leave the house because of the smell. Thanks Ava


Pamela Burley May 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thank you for having Ava Anderson as a guest Blogger. She is very knowledgable and her company is way ahead of the curve when it comes to providing products for the entire family, and their home, that are completely toxic-free, and trustworthy. I am excited for the new baby line that I insist my daughter use on her two babies! Who knew that the popular baby product lines concealed so many toxins that absorb into babies skin and accumulate in their fatty tissues! Ava Anderson Non-Toxic is making a difference, not on ly in individual lives, but in the industry as well. Way to go Ava!


Ron & Lisa June 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

You’re welcome Pamela! We are thrilled to have Ava join us as a guest and share her valuable knowledge :) Yes, it is shocking (to say the least) to discover how many hidden toxins are in trusted, everyday products…let alone baby items! Kudos to companies like Ava Anderson Non-Toxic for shedding light on such important issues and raising the bar in product standards!


Stephanie May 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I discovered Ava Anderson and her products several months ago and I can not stop bragging about them! I especially love the shampoo and conditioner! It has totally repaired my damaged hair! The baby products are also favorites of mine! The scent is amazing and the diaper cream is so versatile. The whole family uses it. Thank you Ava!


Frannie May 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m am a breast cancer survivor so totally grateful to Ava for introducing safe products to the market. The information that she has shared has been life changing for me. I will never know for sure what caused my cancer but I do know now what might have, and that’s very scary.


Ron & Lisa June 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for sharing your personal story Frannie! A big hurrah to you as a survivor! The amount of research becoming available on breast cancer and links to endocrine disruptors is staggering. Here is a helpful article for anyone interested: Have Human Hormones Been Eclipsed by Synthetic Ones? 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Samples Contain them


Carissa May 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I love these products so much and think that company is inspirational in terms of the message that they’re devoted to sharing and the standards they are committed to, that I decided to join on as a consultant so that I could take part in this incredible journey with Ava. It’s a great business opportunity, and it has been so empowering to not only use such great and SAFE products, but also to take part in sharing this message. I encourage you to try out the products and then join us!

My skin has NEVER been so clear!


Karen May 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thank you for having Ava Anderson as a guest blogger. I found her site several months ago and was excited that she proved you don’t have to use all the chemical additives to have a quality and luxurious line. I was prepared to compromise somewhere to have non-toxic products and with the Ava Anderson line, there was no compromise. Many of the product are out performing what I used to use.


Ana May 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I discovered Ava Anderson products 2 years ago when I found out the “all natural” and “safe” products I was using on my children weren’t safe. I began researching for truly “safe” products and found Ava Anderson Non-Toxic. I loved the idea of sharing this information with others (especially mothers) and providing them a possible solution. I became a consultant in MO. Since then, I’ve become an advocate for Safer Chemicals. I recently went to D.C. to advocate to our senators for safer chemicals in everyday products.


Leasel June 1, 2012 at 6:29 am

Ava Anderson Non Toxic products have become the only items I will use on myself and my family. I am so grateful for Ava and her vision! Thanks to this innovative company, I have peace of mind that my family and I are taking care of ourselves and skin without overwhelming our systems with harmful chemicals. I really believe in these products & share the message with everyone I encounter. I’d feel so guilty keeping this awesome company to myself!


Shauna Freiberger June 1, 2012 at 7:55 am

Ava has made it very easy to clean up my home for myself and my family! Added bonus, we all have amazing, soft, problem free skin! Cleaning is also way more simple with a delightful peppermint pick me up! Love the message and the products! Thanks for sharing!


Emily June 1, 2012 at 8:29 am

Ava Anderson skin care has completely transformed my skin. I started to get adult acne breakouts when I turned 40. I had turned to getting professional facials, but the effects were only temporary. After I started using the Ava line, I honestly think my sking went through a ‘detox’ and my skin is now so clear that I hardly ever wear any foundation whatsoever. Thank for highlighting this issue. It should be discussed more often.


Amy June 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Love all of your products! My kids and husband use them too, and now I use the cleaning products and my dog can lick the windows as much as he likes!


Christine June 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thank you Ava for opening my eyes to an issue I had no idea about. I first discovered Ava Anderson Non Toxic while I was 5 months pregnant with my second child and was outraged that I had never been warned by my doctors that the products I was putting on my skin could be harming my unborn son. I tell everyone I meet now to check their ingredient labels and know what they are putting on their bodies and their children- it’s up to us because the government sure isn’t doing anything about it.


Cindy June 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

Wow I love the 1,2,3 steps to weed out bad ingredient list and why you should avoid them. I wish I had this informational article 3 years ago when I started looking for safer products. Thank you for starting this living green website and for having such a great guest blogger. I hope you’ll have more articles by Ava.


Ron & Lisa June 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

You’re very welcome Cindy. Keep up the good work yourself :)


Sarah Slaby, DVM June 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

As an organic veterinarian and organic dairy farmer it is my passsion to grow and provide non toxic food for my family and consumers and as a result I am overjoyed to provide natural options for treatment and prevention of diseases to the animals I care for.
I am so so pleased that finaly there is company, Ava Anderson that provides non toxic house hold products that are truly wonderful products that work and are SAFE for my family!


Christy June 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

THANK YOU Ava!!! WONDERFUL advice! You truly inspire me to clean up my act for my health and my family’s health. It is shocking that personal care products are not more regulated for safety. Thank you for all you’re doing to not only create quality, safe products, but educating others.


Andrea June 2, 2012 at 5:24 am

I have run a Naturopathic DOctor’s Office and medicinally (like a natural pharmacy of over 2,000 prescription quality tinctures and supplements that can be used to treat everything under the sun – successfully). It took me two YEARS to find a company that offered a personal care products line that WE could stand behind as an office.

While we found some good products, we never found a full line until we came across Ava, just after the company opened. Immediately, I started using and selling the skin care line.

Ava is such an incredible person and entrepreneur. As someone in the field of natural medicine, I commend this young woman. While I was spending years LOOKING for safe products to use, she was CREATING them in her teenage years. THANK YOU , AVA!


Shelby June 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

Thank you for this wonderful post! I will be sharing it with everyone I know.


Ron & Lisa June 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

You’re welcome Shelby & thanks to YOU for sharing!!


Cindy June 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thank you for creating the Ava Anderson Non-toxic line of personal, health and beauty products and home cleaning products! They are fabulous. I have been living “green” and using non toxic products for about 20 years. I went to non harmful products like baking soda, vinegar, essential oils etc. for home cleaning and botanicals and natural organic oils for body care and let me tell you, it is costly and not always easy to do and keep up! But with Ava products, it is now easy, convenient and affordable! Brilliant endevour to create A.A.N.T. I love to see young women who “get it” regarding healthy living and the impact it has, not only on our well being, but to the environment around us for future generations. We need to teach the young about these issues of toxic chemicals in our food and evironment. It cannot be ignored any longer. We do all we can (my daugther is a consultant now after trying some products and loving them!) to promote the Ava message, which is a message of health and hope for future generations. Thank you for offering such a great opportunity for young women to get involved and teach others to make right choices in health, beauty and home products. It is an awesome feeling to put Ava Anderson N.T. products into the hands of families and friends we know.


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