Less is More -Strip Down & Cheer Up!

Calvin Klein models have made simple look sexy since the 90s. It’s easy for them, they’re Calvin Klein models. As someone who is not a model, I struggle with simple. When my cover up isn’t covering enough, I’m tempted to add another layer. If I feel a little flabby I throw on a sweater – problem solved. At the same time I can’t help but feel weighed down by those layers, like stripping down would make me feel lighter and a bit more cheerful and carefree; the same way that I feel when I help someone.


 

Although I’m not ready to clear out my shoe collection or throw away my cover up just yet, I have found some ways to Go-Nayked and give back at the same time:

1. Detoxify
If we strip away the toxins in our body, you will feel revitalized, but detox programs are challenging. In the spirit of simplicity, detoxification without a strict program is necessary and the simplest way to reduce toxic build up is to avoid exposure to chemicals. Long-term exposure to the chemicals found in many cosmetics for example, is associated with cancer and hormone disruption. At Go-Nayked we can reduce the burden on our bodies by purchasing cosmetics that are free of toxins, while supporting companies that truly care about their customers’ health.

2. Declutter
We’re all guilty of holding on to clothes that we no longer wear, whether it’s a favorite jacket that’s gone out of style, or our favorite pair of skinny jeans that are meant to motivate us but really just make us feel fat. It’s time to let go of the junk and embrace who we are in this moment. Donate those skinny jeans to someone who needs them and buy a new pair that fit well and look good. Take a cue from Emma Watson and purchase your new pair of jeans from a socially responsible, sustainable fashion designer, and you will look and feel like a million bucks.

3. Destress
Mental clutter leads to stress, and it can even be dangerous. I once rear-ended someone when I was going through my to-do list in my head while driving. Since then I’ve taken up meditation and yoga which help me destress. Organizing my life and eliminating unnecessary tasks has also made a huge difference in my mental state. I started at Go-Nayked, where I buy all of my health and beauty products in one place. It feels good to know that the products are safe and good for the environment. The best part is that the products are delivered to me so I don’t even have to leave the house. With the extra time, I like to strip down and take a nice relaxing bath.

 

I still have a long way to go but I feel lighter already. Going Nayked has taught me that less really is more, and that’s a good thing because simplicity never goes out of style!

The Government is Finally Coming Around…ish

For the first time since the 1930s, the US government has decided to update the regulations that govern the FDA’s authority over personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act (PCPA) was introduced last spring; this act is kind of a big deal because it’s a bipartisan bill. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking “a bi-pardon-me-what-now?”


Law and politics; bear with me for a moment

Ugh legalese, nothing puts me to sleep faster. Alas, this is a highly relevant and controversial bill and it’s important to start a dialogue about it in our GO NAYKED community. Fortunately, it’s not all that complicated. ‘Bipartisan’ simply means that two major political parties (who rarely agree on anything) have agreed on this bill. A rare and wonderful event indeed! Yet, this bill still has a long way to go before it becomes a law; I’m not sure why, something about the senate or the chamber, voting, yada, yada, politics. More importantly, let’s talk about what will happen if and when it does pass.

The Good…

The first thing that this act will do is reverse coal tar’s protected status, allowing the FDA to ban hair dyes that contain this toxic ingredient (read more about coal tar in hair dye here). Right now hair dye boxes are only required to show a warning label if they contain coal tar, which is basically useless if you get your hair coloured at a salon. This change would certainly constitute a win for the non-toxic product movement. The PCPA would also require personal care products that are sold on the internet to include the same labelling as products sold in retail stores. This is good news since nearly 40% of personal care products are purchased over the internet. These are changes that GO NAYKED can get behind!

The Meh…

This bill will give the FDA the authority to issue mandatory recalls of unsafe products and companies will be required to report adverse events. But most companies voluntary comply with recalls and adverse event reporting anyways, because they would lose customers if they didn’t. The PCPA will also require the FDA to review the safety of five chemicals that are commonly found in personal care products each year. This is great, but the Cosmetic Ingredient Review is already doing that in consultation with the FDA, so it’s not clear how this will make any difference. In my humble opinion, these supposedly major changes are a step in the right direction; they just aren’t very awe-inspiring.

And the Ugly

This act apparently calls for more stringent labelling; it requires manufacturers to provide contact information on their labels, and warnings on products that are not suitable for vulnerable populations. I don’t know about you, but to me this sounds like an attempt to placate consumers and advocacy groups rather than to evoke real change. What we really need are regulations around the use of terms like ‘organic’ and ‘natural’. At the very least, the government needs to set a standard for the safety of ingredients used in fragrances and flavours, as corporations have been hiding toxins behind these labels for far too long.

Ultimately, our staff at GO-NAYKED are glad the US government is making strides to regulate the personal care product industry. But when it comes to product labelling, we think they can do a whole lot better. What do you think?  Let us know in the comments section below, and continue to protect yourself by shopping for safe personal care products at our marketplace.

Toxins in Small Doses are Still Toxins

Does Small Equal Safe?


 

During our fight to rid the personal products market of toxins, one opposing argument keeps popping up over and over again. Even though companies admit that their products contain toxins, they argue that the amounts of toxins in their products are too small to cause any damage. ‘Small is safe’ seems to be the motto of the personal care and cosmetics industries. This argument isn’t about evil companies trying to pull the wool over our eyes; in fact, their argument is backed by evidence. Many studies have shown that small amounts of toxins are not bad for us. Unfortunately, these studies have failed to observe the long-term effects of exposure and they investigate each chemical in isolation. This kind of important information is often lost in translation between scientific reports and the mainstream media. That is why our staff members at GO-NAYKED.com are working hard to translate the latest evidence for you!

I’ve seen the Proof; Now I’m a mean Belieber… I mean believer

Does anyone else have Bieber brain right now? I can’t help but notice how Parabens (found in many personal care products) are kind of similar to Justin Bieber. I’m not saying that the Biebs is toxic (I’m a fan). It’s just that, like Bieber, parabens elicit fervent responses from people who either love them and avidly defend them, or hate them and want them eliminated from the face of the earth. Haters worry because they are a well-known hormone disrupter with links to breast cancer. Advocates love them because they work as preservatives, keeping bacteria away; they say that we should ignore these scare tactics, since the small amounts of parabens in our products can’t possibly harm us. But the evidence suggests otherwise.

I hate to be a hater but . . .

In light of recent evidence, I’m going to have to join the hater camp. The purpose of science is to isolate, control, and predict. Yet, in real life nothing occurs in isolation and conditions cannot be controlled; the chemicals that we are exposed to interact with other chemicals, nutrients, and enzymes in our bodies. With this concept in mind, researchers recently studied the combined effects of parabens and heregulin, which is naturally produced in breast cells. They found that in the presence of heregulin, parabens turned on cancer genes, even at low doses. Yikes! Clearly these parabens are more potent than we thought. While this is scary, it’s a huge breakthrough for advocates of natural products like us. Corporations will not be able to hide behind their ‘small is safe’ argument for much longer.

But, it takes a long time for legislation to catch up with the media and parabens are only one of many known toxins used in personal care products. In the meantime you can keep you and your family safe by shopping at our marketplace where we screen all of our products to make sure there are no toxins – not even in small amounts!

Break Out Your Happy Dance: Microbeads are Banned!

Microbeads are the tiny, abrasive balls that you may have in noticed in your toothpaste or exfoliant. These plastic balls are too small for water filters to remove and nineteen tonnes of them are dumped down drains each year in New York alone!


 

They’re polluting our water ways and blocking the digestive system’s of the turtles, seabirds, fish, and invertebrates who are consuming them. If you enjoy dining on mussels or fish, there’s a good chance you’ve been consuming them too. Though the microbeads themselves are not toxic, they accumulate in the environment and absorb toxic chemicals like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are linked to harmful effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. First mercury in tuna, then radiation from Fukushima, now plastic and PCBs; as an avid seafood lover, I’m as disappointed as you are.

So…why are we doing a happy dance?

At GO-NAYKED, we’re well aware of the negative effects that many personal care products have on our health and the environment. But, instead of dwelling on the damage that has been done, we’re choosing to focus on how we can make a difference. If we don’t celebrate the small victories along the way then we might lose the mojo that we need to keep fighting and when it comes to microbeads, a happy dance is in order.

Through consumer driven change agents like ‘beatthemicrobead.org’, ‘the story of stuff project’, ‘change.org’, ‘citizenscampaign.org’, and many more, our voices have been heard. The US federal government has finally passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act, banning microbeads and their biodegradable plastic alternatives. The best part: it’s not just the government that’s listening to us; big businesses like Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oreal, The Body Shop, and Loblaws have realized that they need to meet the demands of their consumers and are voluntarily phasing microbeads out of their products. That my friends, is a true victory! So dance with a friend, dance alone, you can even dance Nayked, because the personal care industry is about to get a little bit greener and a little bit safer.

Don’t Lose Your Mojo

The micro-bead phase-out will begin in July 2017 and the full ban will take effect in January 2018; we can keep the momentum going in the meantime by refusing to use products that contain microbeads. To see if your products contain plastic, check the list of ingredients in your cosmetics, sunscreen, body wash, toothpaste, skincare, and household cleaning products for polyethylene or polypropylene.

You can also fight for change by joining consumer driven campaigns like those mentioned above and refusing buy toxic products. Check out our blacklist to see which ingredients you should avoid and support companies who refuse to use toxins in their products by shopping at GO-Nayked.com. We’ll do our part to keep you dancing, by providing updates about positive changes in the industry that you can share with your family and friends.

Choosing a Better Soap for Body, Hair, Mind, and the Planet

“In all we do, let us be generous, fair, and loving to spaceship earth and all it’s inhabitants. For we’re all-one or none.” This is Dr. Bronner’s slogan, and it is as relevant today as it was in 1948 when the company was founded. At Go-Nayked.com, we value people from all walks of life and all corners of the world, and we proudly support other companies that share this view. That’s why we’re shining the spotlight on an independent company that lives and breathes this ideology. Dr. Bronner’s uses their amazing soaps to spread a message of peace and unity, reminding us all that little things can make a big difference.


The People

The Bronners are an eccentric family who have embraced their quirks to create a brand that is unlike any other. Thanks to their unconventional products and business practices, they’ve created the top-selling organic soap in North America. The company’s founder, Dr. Bronner, was a soap-maker and a passionate activist who was intent on spreading his plan for world peace. After being institutionalized for his apparent rantings (some thought that he was as crazy as a fox), he escaped (ninja style) and created Dr. Bronner’s soap company. This company is currently run by his grandsons, whose similarities to their grandfather are exemplified by their nicknames: ‘The Crazy Fox’ and ‘The Ninja’. These men have remained true to their grandfather’s vision of the company, bringing Dr. Bronner’s unprecedented success.

The Product

Given the fantastic people who run the company, it isn’t surprising that Dr. Bronner’s soaps are nothing short of amazing. Like the brand and the people, the products are one-of-a-kind! Their soaps are much more concentrated than commercial soaps and contain the perfect blend of olive oil for softness and coconut oil for lather. Their products reflect their mission to be fair and loving to spaceship earth, showing that this company practices what they preach. Their soaps are made with natural ingredients that are sustainably produced through ethical sourcing and fair trade, do not contain any animal fat, and are biodegradable and nature friendly. Using their products is a great way to show your love for yourself, other people, other animals, and the planet.

Not to mention the versatility of the product, 18 different uses from hair, laundry, dishes,  body wash to name a few, and their fans have found countless other uses, making a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap a must for every household.

The Packaging

Mixing old school simplicity with progressive activism, Dr. Bronner’s unique packaging is the hallmark of the company. Dr. Bronner’s peace plan that he believed in so passionately is printed in small font across the product labels, spreading his philosophy of peace and oneness. Labels of ‘so-called’ healthful personal care products are of great concern to our staff at Go-Nayked.com; while food products have strict legal requirements for the use of terms like ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ on their labels, those regulations do not extend to the personal care industry. We support Dr. Bronner’s because they advocate for organic integrity in personal care and their ingredients are made from certified organic materials.

Dr. Bronner’s has fought for a marketplace where consumers are not misled into purchasing toxic products in disguise. At Go-Nayked.com we are proud to present such a marketplace. Help support this movement by going nayked before you get clean and purchasing Go-Nayked.com approved Dr. Bronner’s products at our Marketplace.

Pamper Your Skin This Winter

I’m not going to lie; I am not a fan of winter. Salt and ice are meant for margaritas – not my driveway!


 

But this year I’ve taken the Go-Nayked.com pledge to embrace winter, so I’ll be doing my best to put on my big girl pants (or snow pants) and get out in the cold. Getting our daily dose of vitamin D by spending time outside can help us to beat the winter blues, and there’s nothing as cozy as coming inside and warming up those rosy cheeks by a fire or under a nice warm blanket. No matter how hard we try to embrace winter though, there’s no denying the havoc that it wreaks on our skin. To save face (and money), here’s a simple DIY skin care routine that will keep your skin clear, soft, and healthy all winter long:

Step 1: Wash your face – If your skin is oily and prone to acne (like mine is) dab a small amount of honey (about 1 tsp) into your hands. Use warm water to gently massage the honey onto your face and rinse. Honey is a natural moisturizer and it has antibacterial properties; it fights against acne and flaky skin at the same time. If your skin is dry instead of oily, use the same process but replace honey with coconut oil. Coconut oil has similar properties to honey and a stronger hydrating effect.

Step 2: Steam your face – I know it sounds weird but herbal facial steams are my new favorite thing; they work as an alternative to harsh exfoliants. Pour a few cups of boiling water into a metal pot or bowl and add chamomile and green tea. The chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, and green tea has antioxidant properties that provide a protective effect. Hold your face eight inches above the steam for five to ten minutes and rinse with refreshing cool water.

Step 3: Moisturize – Banish flaky skin for good by blending 6 cups of whole fat milk, half an avocado, and 2 tablespoons of honey and applying it as a face cream. Combined, these ingredients contain a powerful blend of essential fatty acids that moisturize, rejuvenate, and fight against aging. This homemade face cream will sooth your skin after a day of exposure to wind and artificial heat, while protecting it from further damage.

By following this skincare routine and keeping your pledge to get outside, turn inward, and eat healthy, your skin will stay soft and vibrant all winter long (to take the pledge check out the Go Nayked winter pledge post and sign your name in the comments section). Of course, everyone’s skin is different and if this routine isn’t for you then you can find lots of non-toxic beauty products at our marketplace. You can use these products to create your own beauty routine. If you already have a non-toxic skin care routine or if you choose to create your own, you can help others by sharing it in the comments section below.

Think Before You Gift – Natural Gift Idea for Christmas and the Holidays

This is the time of year when family and friends come together to exchange thoughtful gifts; it’s also the time of year when we’re all more likely to get sick.


 

Stress and over consumption of unhealthy foods are common causes of holiday illness, but the gifts you’ve been giving and receiving could also be a culprit. Some of the most common gifts that we give during the holidays can harm the ones we love, and most of us don’t even realize it! At GO-NAYKED.com, we’re doing our part to keep you informed, by revealing the hidden dangers in some of the most common gifts that are exchanged over the holidays.

Cancerous Cuisine

Gift baskets filled with processed meats and cheeses have always been one of my go-to gifts for the man in my life; the way to his heart is through his stomach after all. However, the World Health Organization recently classified processed meats as a group 1 carcinogen, meaning that they definitely cause cancer. Many processed cheeses also contain emulsifiers and dyes that promote tumour growth. This year don’t poison the man in your life with a basket of chemicals or bore him with another tie. Instead, surprise him with the Badger Deluxe Wet Shave Set; made from 100% natural products, this gift will keep him looking and feeling great.

Poisonous Perfume

On the surface, buying someone their favorite fragrance is a thoughtful gift that is always well received. However, most perfumes and colognes are a concoction of undisclosed chemicals that are known to trigger allergies and asthma. Many fragrances also contain an ingredient called diethyl phthalate (DEP); this toxin is used to make the scent linger and it is linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men, reproductive defects in the developing male fetus, and obesity and insulin resistance in men. If you want to give your loved one a sweet scent that won’t harm them, try creating a gift basket with 100% Pure shower products; they smell delicious and are 100% non-toxic.

Toxic Tranquility

Holiday stress is bad for your health, and the gift of a spa day for your best friend, wife, or mother will help them start the year feeling revitalized and healthy. But, de-stressing with toxic chemicals is counter-productive and even dangerous. Fortunately, you can give the gift of a spa-day, without putting anyone at risk. If you’re a fan of water spas, stick to places that use natural enzymes and ions rather than chlorine, since absorption of chlorine through the skin is associated with certain types of cancers. You can also opt for a massage package instead of a facial to de-stress in a serene environment without being exposed to a cocktail of mysterious chemicals.

We live in a world where many of the chemicals that we encounter on a daily basis have the potential to harm our health, but we don’t want that to ruin your holidays. That’s why we’re providing the tools you need to think before you gift. You can give your loved ones the gift of health by shopping for natural, healthful products at our Marketplace. You can also help to spread the gift of health and support companies who make safe products by posting one of our Shareables  to your social media pages. From all of us at GO-NAYKED.com have a happy, healthy holiday!

Take the Go-Nayked Winter Pledge

Well friends, hate to say it out loud but we are afraid that winter is on its way. As the weather gets colder, we often (always) find ourselves falling into unhealthy habits. We spend as much time as we can inside with the heat on, which saps the moisture from our skin. We indulge in comfort foods and unhealthy convenience foods and find ourselves binge-watching all of those series that we missed during the summer, when we were too busy enjoying the great outdoors. We know that we are not alone in this, and even if you are one of those rare winter-lovers who we envy, you’re skin probably doesn’t feel the same way about this season as you do.


 

This year is going to be different though, because this winter the staff at Go-Nayked.com are making a pledge to make a change. Rather than let this winter sap our joy and healthy habits with its cold weather and delicious, tempting holiday treats, we’re  pledging to stay healthy – inside and out – and we’re asking you to join us. Winter is supposed to be a time for rejuvenation, so take the Go-Nayked pledge below to embrace the cold and stay healthy by making four promises to yourself and the rest of the Go-Nayked community:

1. I promise to take at least fifteen minutes a day to turn inward and participate in a quiet reflective activity, like meditation, journaling, or prayer.

2. I promise to spend at least thirty minutes a day, five days a week, braving the elements and participating in an outdoor activity.

3. I promise to care for and rejuvenate my skin after daily exposure to the harsh winter elements, using natural, healthful products.

4. I promise to eat healthy snacks throughout the day, so that I don’t binge on unhealthy, convenience foods in the evening.

If you ask us, life is too short to spend four to six months out of every year cooped up inside mistreating our bodies. Commit to embracing the cold this winter by adding your name to the comments below and encourage your friends and family to take the pledge with you.

By spending time outdoors every day we can get our bodies moving and get our daily dose of Vitamin D, just don’t forget to dress warm and protect your skin from UV damage! You can find an array of natural, non-toxic, sunscreens in our marketplace at Go-Nayked.com (check out our blog ‘oxy-benzone the dark side of sunscreen’ to see why it’s important to use a non-toxic sunscreen).


 

One way that I’m going to stay active this winter is by taking snowboarding lessons. To save some money for this and keep my promise to care for my skin, I’ve switched to a DIY winter skincare routine – (Check out the ‘winter skincare’ blog for my exact routine). To fulfill the last two promises, I plan to meditate by the fireplace in the evening and stock up on wholesome, healthy snack bars from Go-Nayked.com. How do you plan to keep your pledge to stay healthy this winter? Share your plans to keep your commitment to turn inward, get outside, care for your skin, and eat healthy during the winter months!

Stay Calm and Shop Nayked with a Nayked Santa Gift Exchange

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Christmakkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus with the rest of us, there is much to be joyful about during the holidays. For many of us though, this joy quickly disappears when the festivities end. All of the spending, cooking, and back-to-back events can leave us feeling physically and financially depleted. At GO-NAYKED.com we can’t take away the stress of dealing with your mother-in-law or your creepy uncle Larry (we’re sorry we wish we could). We can however, help you save time, money, and your health with a Go-Nayked Santa Gift Exchange.


 

Are you familiar with Secret Santa: that awkward holiday tradition where members of a group are randomly assigned to a person for whom they must buy a gift? If you are, you know that these gift exchanges are a great way to save money, but you’ve probably also given or received at least one awful gift. Don’t make that mistake this year, scrap the Secret Santa and organize a Nayked Santa Gift Exchange instead, using the simple tools and features at the GO-NAYKED.com marketplace.

Search the Site to get started; have each person in your group choose items that they love from our selection of safe, natural products. Are you hoping to receive natural lipstick but aren’t sure what specific brand or colour you want? Simply navigate through the intuitive search categories to find all of the options and pick your favourite one. Or you can type lipstick into the search bar, and all of the related products will appear.

Shareable Wish-lists are the perfect way to organize a gift exchange. Once each person in your group has chosen their favourite products, they can add each one to their own customizable wish-list, and then share that list with the rest of the members in the group. We all know that making a list and checking it twice is one of the first steps to successful gift giving, and these lists will ensure that no one receives a gift that they don’t want.

Shop from your phone while you wait. Waiting is annoying at the best of times and it’s downright aggravating around the holidays. Our marketplace makes it easy to purchase products right from your phone, so you can buy your Nayked Santa present while you’re waiting in line for your morning coffee, instead of battling the masses at the mall.

Use the price range filter to set your limit and spend within it. One of the greatest causes of stress during the holidays is overspending and the best way to avoid this is to create a budget and stick to it. Set a spending limit on your Nayked Santa gift exchange to help you stick to your budget. You can then filter all of the products that are above (or below) that limit from your search, eliminating the risk of over spending.

We all have a limited amount of patience, don’t waste yours battling crazed shoppers at the mall or trying to figure out what to buy the co-worker you barely know. You have enough to worry about without that nonsense. Instead, lighten your load by hosting a Go-Nayked Santa Gift Exchange.

It’s Time to Prioritize Prevention

October is breast cancer awareness month and it’s amazing to see the number of organizations, foundations, and companies that are doing their part to raise awareness and money for this cause.


 

There is no doubt that many of these campaigns are effective, since breast cancer is one of the most funded and well researched types of cancers. Unfortunately, some of these campaigns may be counterproductive. Some companies and organizations use the pink ribbon to get support, but have minimal or no effects on the realities of breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Action Organization has coined the term ‘pink washer’, to describe a “company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.”

Currently, advocates are targeting the Look Good Feel Better campaign, run by the Personal Care Products Council and the American Cancer Society. We all know that taking time to beautify ourselves can make a huge difference in the way we feel and improve our quality of life, regardless of our health situation. With that in mind, this well-intentioned campaign provides free makeup kits and beauty advice to women who are battling cancer. However, many of the packages they provide contain products with ingredients that are linked to breast cancer and some of them may even interfere with treatment. Chemicals found in these packages include hormone disrupters; formaldehyde releasers; and even Polytetrafluoroethylene, commonly known as Teflon. Call me crazy, but I’m not sure that ‘looking good’ will help patients feel better when these chemicals are known to cause the same disease that they’re trying to fight.

The ACS says that the benefits of the program outweigh the risks and to be honest I don’t blame them; the program has helped many people and there is no evidence that clearly links these products to cancer. But here’s the thing: human studies on the long-term effects of cosmetics don’t exist! Yet, chemicals that are known to cause cancer are being absorbed through our skin, which is one of the major ways that these chemicals enter our blood stream. On top of that, these products are being applied regularly over a long period of time. So, why is the onus on consumers’ to prove that these products are actually dangerous? Shouldn’t these companies be the ones that have to prove that their products are safe?

A recent report on working women and breast cancer states that the breast cancer risk for cosmetologists and hair dressers is five times higher than the general population. Eliminating or reducing exposure to environmental toxins is not trivial; after reducing exposure to hormone therapy the rate of breast cancer dropped by 7% within five years. That’s over 15 000 women in America alone who didn’t have to fight that grueling battle, and that should be our ultimate goal. Let’s rally together and encourage organizations and companies take prevention seriously, because no amount of makeup can change the ugly reality of breast cancer. At Go-Nayked.com we only support companies who sell beauty products that won’t put you at risk. You can reward these companies for making the right choice by shopping at our market place.


To see which products Go-Nayked.com approves see our Marketplace.