I’m ready for summer, are you?
For many, this was a long and hard winter, so the idea of soaking up some vitamin D at the beach or lake sounds delightful. As many of you already know, toxic chemicals have crept into the products we use everyday, even the ones that are designed to keep us safe, like sunscreen. Here is a list of my favorite picks for a safe, healthy and fun summer!
Non-toxic summer supplies
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I wear sunscreen every morning on my face, and apply loads of it when I’m at the beach or lake. If you’re like me, you want a sunscreen that works, won’t make you look white as a ghost, is easy to spread on and is free of harmful chemicals. This is a tall order and many companies have been doing their best to find the perfect formula.
For your face: I am prone to sunspots, especially on my face, so I need a very strong sunscreen. But I also break out from traditional sunblock, so it’s been really frustrating to find something for my face that prevents sunspots, isn’t toxic and doesn’t make me break out. Beautycounter recently launched a new line of suncare products and their face suncream is high-performance, non-toxic and great from a users standpoint (finally!). This is the best mineral face sunscreen I have used. It applies smoothly, doesn’t smell, protects you from the sun and they have the highest standards of safety.
You can view Beautycounter’s suncare line including face, body and kids sunscreen can be purchased here.
Mosquitoes love me. My family jokes that they don’t need bug repellent when I’m around since the bugs are chomping my legs to bits. By using a simple concoction of essential oils, you can create a non-toxic and better smelling version of bug spray.
Essential oil recipe from my friend Jenny Bradford at Conscientious Confusion:
- 1.5 oz. organic olive oil
- 20 drops Purification oil blend from Young Living
- 20 drops Lemongrass oil from Young Living
Get your essential oils here (not all EO’s are created equal, Young Living is the real deal). If you purchase oils from this link, simply fill out the information and sign up as a ‘retail customer’ and you can purchase your own oils.
Pro tip: Have a bug bite that won’t stop itching? I like to rub some of the Purification oil and have found the itching dissipates.
Note on Lyme’s Disease: This is serious business and most be addressed with care. If you live in a hot spot area (Wisconsin, New England and Virginia), wear long sleeves, hats and avoid running through long grass etc. You can watch an interesting interview with the Green Sisterhood and EWG about DEET (in no higher concentrations than 30% for kids over 12 years old) in preventing exposure to mosquitoes and ticks.
Spending the day outside is fun but can easily lead to sunburn, dehydration or windburn. When my beau and I purchased this sports umbrella, we weren’t sure how often we’d use it. Turns out it is the best beach purchase we made! Not only does this block the sun rays, it protects you from wind (and stays put in high winds unlike regular beach umbrellas), allows a safe place to read, nap and relax. Best yet, it’s compact, durable and easy to set up and take down. You can use this on the beach, at a soccer game, park or cabin. I can easily imagine setting up a little nap station for kids who need to take breaks to sleep, rehydrate and snack.
You can purchase the Sport-Brella Umbrella.
PVC-Free pool toys
My friends at The Soft Landing have created another useful article of how to find pool toys free of the toxic plastic PVC. If you remember, PVC is nicknamed “the poison plastic” and is commonly known as vinyl. PVC is toxic all along its lifecycle including production, during the use of the product and after disposal. Check out The Soft Landing’s PVC-free pool guide here.
Eco-Novice also pulled together useful information for maintaining a safe backyard this summer including avoiding pesticides, building a non-toxic sand box and more!
Ever since I started experiencing sun spots (melasma) I’ve been diligent about applying sunscreen and protecting my face from the sun. I’ve owned a variety of visors and hats and have been looking for the perfect hat. One that has a wide bill to protect my face from the sun, is classy and has a strap to stay on in the wind.
My beau found this great hat, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. It’s classy and has a strap to keep it from flying off when I’m on the boat or walking on the beach.
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Disclaimer: These are testimonials from my experience using essential oils, these claims have not been backed up by the FDA and are not intended to cure, treat or diagnose.
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