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!

Essential Oils in a Everyday Product

Essential oils are all the rage and for good reason. Using naturally occurring and naturally supplied oils from plants with names you can actually pronounce is good for both your body and the planet.


 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils first off are a product with an awesome name. Nothing sounds more perfect, natural, or organic than “essential oils”. Seriously it is “essential” after all… you must have it! The great thing about essential oils is unlike a lot of the great sounding but actually awful for you products out there essential oils are legitimately and truly good for you.

Remember long summer days as a kid when playing up in the hills or out in the fields you would come across a field of flowers and run through the sea of color. After playing for a bit you would return home and your clothes, legs, and shoes were covered with an oily color that matched those flowers? That was essential oils. It is the oils used by plants to serve some sort of purpose such as attracting pollinators, protecting against fungus, or waterproofing (to name a few).

Essential oils are derived from the distillation of natural plants. The oils are the combined secretions and pureness that every natural lover seeks in a product. Anyone looking to live naturally will love essential oils! Some of the best organic and natural products listed on Go-Nayked.com are Essential Oil based products.

Finding the Right Essential Oils for You

Due to their natural derivation you need to use caution when approaching essential oils for the first time. Depending upon how the oil is derived and your personal allergies and reactions essential oils can be dangerous if simply applied without testing. Before using a new essential oil understand the source of the oil, how it was pulled from the plant, and what if any additives have been mixed with it.

We have a product listed on the website right now that is a great starter product to demonstrate the advantages of essential oils Qet – Fresh Body Oil for Shaving, Showering & Massage With an ingredient list filled with great oils including Cold-pressed oils from seeds of vitis vinifera (*grape), olea europaea (*olive), helianthus annuus (*sunflower), brassica oleracea (broccoli), tocopherol (GMO-free vitamin E), essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (*lavender), mentha piperita (*mint), rubus idaeus (wild raspberry), rosmarinus officinalis (*rosemary), jasminum sambac (jasmine). nearly all of which are organic (denoted with the *).

The Qet Fresh Body Oil can be your everyday shower cream replacement for shaving and showering. Apply the oil after shaving and after your showers to keep your skin moist and nourished. The excellent mix of oils works to firm and hydrate your skin. How does it hydrate? By not breaking down the water bond in your skin cells it works to prevent cell destruction and help support the natural skin cycle. This product has met Go-Nayked’s strict product criteria and can be found here for further research and purchase.

For anyone looking to get in on the essential oil craze this product is an excellent way to get in the essential oil mood. You can find more essential oil based products over in the Go-Nayked.com marketplace. Let us know what you think of your favorite essential oil products and we will be happy to share them here.

Travel Healthy – Organic & Natural Travel Kit

Traveling is exciting, relaxing, therapeutic and fun! Don’t we all long for those treasured days of adventure and enchantment, far from the maddening crowd? Unfortunately, packing up for a trip is not always easy; especially for those who are mindful of their health.


 

More often than not, the natural or organic personal care products you use regularly cannot be accommodated in the luggage because the products are not available in travel-friendly sizes. You invariably rush to the nearest convenience store and make do with whatever is available. Not anymore!

Go-Nayked has the best possible news for the health-conscious on the move – You can travel with all your favorite organic and natural personal care products without the fear of having them tossed into trash by security personnel at the airport!

You may choose to travel by car, ship, or an airplane but carrying your personal care products and cosmetics within reach is important. Skin is the largest organ of your body. When we travel, the skin is exposed to the elements and is prone to dryness. So, it is prudent to have a moisturizer close at hand. Extreme weather conditions and pollution take their toll on your skin if the journey is a long one.

Go-Nayked has the perfect remedy to brighten your travel-weary skin in their range of travel-friendly cosmetics and personal care products from the best Organic and All Natural brands. They are eco-friendly, petite wonders that are packaged with 3 oz or less of the formula, thus adhering to the international guidelines. Take a glance at the plethora of products available in the Go Nayked marketplace

  • Moisturizer: Keep your skin from drying by carrying these travel-friendly, natural moisturizers from Go-Nayked marketplace.
  • Sunscreen: You can travel to sunny beaches and desert sand dunes without a worry. Go Nayked offers you a range of natural sunscreens that are chemical free and non-toxic. There are several mineral sunscreens and sunscreens for babies too. There are convenient sunscreen sticks that can fit into your pockets or purses.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner Bar: If you’ve ever had your clothes in your suitcase ruined by a leaking bottle of your favorite shampoo, you’ll jump with joy now! Travel size Organic shampoo and conditioners from popular brands around the world are now available as bars of compact sizes! These convenient shampoo bars and conditioner bars can fit into your travel bags or even your handbag. Have  a look at the range of products at the Go-Nayked marketplace.
  • Lipstick: Color your lips with natural, non-toxic lipsticks and amaze the world. These chemical free lipsticks are made from natural fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Skin Treatment Beauty Bar: Holidays are the best time to treat your skin ailments like acne as you can avoid public glare. You can carry along your natural skin care treatment regimen in a single beauty bar! It is your beautician and dermatologist combo pack.
  • Sleep Balm: When you are traveling, nothing can be more relaxing than a spell of sound sleep. Rejuvenate your skin and revitalize it with natural Sleep balm from Go-Nayked.
  • Deodorant: Smell great, naturally, even as you travel tirelessly! Whether you are camping out or hopping trains, or just relaxing at a scenic spot, you can’t stop smelling good. Make sure you are armed with these travel friendly sizes of deodorants from a host of responsible manufacturers.
  • Face Wash: Travel can be tiring and make your skin dry and dull. A refreshing and natural face wash can brighten your face and uplift your spirits! Check out the travel friendly face wash products from Go-Nayked.
  • Natural Nail Polish: There is no better time than a vacation to pamper your nails. Paint the nails red even before you would the town!
  • Goat’s Milk Shampoo: You don’t have to be Cleopatra to use goat’s milk! Treat your tresses with this unique Shampoo bar.
  • Natural Toothpaste: If you have been with your kid on a journey that has lasted over a couple of hours, you’ll know how invaluable toothpaste is! Brush away stains and freshen your child’s breath naturally with these travel friendly toothpastes.

Visit the Go-Nayked Marketplace for a complete list of natural, organic and non-toxic personal care products that are readily available in travel friendly packs.

Travel healthy! Travel happy!

Natural Baby Care Products

Babies symbolize everything that is pure, fresh, and beautiful. How could anyone resist the temptation of nuzzling a newborn’s soft and smooth skin? But a baby’s skin is also very delicate and is ultra-thin. It has a larger surface area in comparison to an adults’ (owing to lower body weight) and can absorb irritants, pollutants, and toxins more easily! Regular use of cosmetic products that have spurious chemicals in them can cause serious health conditions in the adult years of the infant. So, it is imperative to use safe and healthy baby care products.


 

Advantages of natural baby care

A baby’s skin is soft, supple and blemish-free. Skin has two layers – dermis, the bottom layer and epidermis, the top layer.  Epidermis is still developing and is thin and has smaller cells. Her skin is vulnerable to irritation, bacterial infection, acne and diaper rash. Cleaning the skin and maintaining moisture level is important but using cleansers and moisturizers laden with chemicals can only aggravate the condition… Go-Nayked offers you a large variety of natural baby care products to choose from on our online marketplace. Take a peek at healthy baby care products!

Baby Wipes: Diapers are a boon when it is baby’s day out! But diapers can also cause rashes and leave your baby’s skin sore. It is important to cleanse baby’s bottoms with safe and gentle wipes that are free of chemicals and fragrances. Using natural baby wipes can soothe and moisturize baby’s sensitive skin. Here are two of the baby wipes approved by Go-Nayked:

Jackson Reece All-Natural Unscented Baby Wipes: Award-winning baby wipes enriched with the natural goodness of aloe, essential oils and tea tree oil, these non-toxic and unscented baby wipes are made of biodegradable cloth. They are hypoallergenic and are soothing and gentle on the baby’s skin.

OsoCozy Flannel Baby Wipes (Unbleached): Made of 100% pure cotton, these wipes are eco-friendly, affordable, washable and reusable. These non-toxic baby wipes are highly absorbent and are the best bet to clean up any mess!

Cleanser: Babies have a sensitive skin and there is an increased risk of infections, irritation and bacterial growth. Some common skin ailments in babies and toddlers are diaper rash, baby acne and cradle cap. These conditions can be prevented by following a daily regimen of thoroughly cleaning your child’s skin with a natural cleanser. Protect your child with these Go Nayked-recommended cleansers:

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Liquid Castile Soap: This biodegradable soap is also vegan. It is a natural soap that is gentle on sensitive skin and is ideal for babies. It contains olive oil. This Castile soap is vegetable based and unscented.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Baby Body Wash and Shampoo: This is an organic and non-toxic body wash and shampoo. It has organic oils of coconut, lavender and Shea that gently cleanse and sooth sensitive skin and hair of babies. It is also suitable for all ages and skin types.

Diapers & Diaper Cream: If only babies could talk, they’d tell you how they hate wearing diapers and how they wish to just be! Since babies typically have their diapers on throughout the day, they often develop rashes due to friction and constant contact with urine and feces. Chemicals, drying agents, fragrances and dyes in some disposable diapers can trigger allergic reaction in infants. The bottom line (no pun intended!) is – Go Nayked. Our marketplace offers a choice of safe and chemical-free diapers and diaper cream. Here are a couple of them.

The Honest Company Diapers: These are hypoallergenic diapers that are environmentally friendly. There are 44 diapers of size 1 in a pack. They are chlorine-free and have no fragrance.

Badger- Baby Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream: This is a certified organic and natural mineral ointment for treating diaper rash effectively. The product is certified by pediatrician and contains pharmaceutical grade Zinc Oxide.

Sunscreen: Babies do need Vitamin D from sunlight but it is equally important to protect their tender and sensitive skin from harmful UVA and UVB radiations. Sunscreens available in the market often contain toxic chemicals and artificial ingredients that can be easily absorbed by your baby’s skin and pose a serious threat to her health. Learn more in this article. Thankfully, Go-Nayked provides you with safer alternatives. Here’s one…

Adorable Baby – Sunscreen Stick: Made of few natural and organic ingredients, this sunscreen protects your baby from UVA and UVB radiations. It contains safe mineral, Zinc Oxide. The product is approved by EWG and Go-Nayked!

If you are looking to buy natural and safe products for your baby or wish to take along a meaningful gift on the occasion of a Baby Shower, just log on to www.go-nayked.com – Your convenient, one-stop, online destination for Natural Baby Products.

Buying healthy baby products made so easy, it is child’s play!

The Honest Way to do Business

In our lives, we are knowingly or unknowingly all hunting for the best cosmetics products. 100% organic, 100% non-toxic and 100% natural are labels that will give the majority of us the confidence to buy the cosmetics and make it into a bestseller. Have you considered that our confidence might be misplaced?


 

A Good Example

The Honest Company is one of the most credible distributors of personal care and baby product that are free of toxins in the world. Their whole story revolves about being honest to the world about what they put into their products – and if they put something toxic in there, they will actually state it! Now that is a business strategy that seems doomed to fail because if people really knew what kind of garbage is in the cosmetics they buy, they would never buy it again.

The Honest Company is fully aware of that and this is why they pick only the most mild and non-toxic products to promote. For example, their baby wipes and diapers are by far the safest choice because they investigate fully every ingredient that goes into producing the diapers. Standard diapers come with a tidbit of messy chemicals that might cause allergies and diaper rashes. Being aware of this problem, the company makes chemical-free nappies.

We Had to Use Bad Ingredients… Here is Why

Their Honest liquid hand soap is created with synthetic surfactants and preservatives – and they go out of their way to tell us the toxic effects their products might have. When it comes to soaps, you can add synthetic surfactants or create soap with saponification process which is clean and environmentally friendly. The Honest Company stated the use of three synthetic surfactants because they perform better than saponification process and reduce production prices. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is one of surfactants in the soap which has been linked with allergic reactions and inflammation according to scientific study.

Here is a clean take on The Honest Company. Don’t buy their liquid hand soap. They practically admit it has potentially toxic ingredients in it in order to compete with the bigger cosmetics firms – the soap is not the next step in cosmetics. You will find that we do not list their soap as one of the approved products but we do list others.

In the Details

At Go Nayked we strive to give the same depth and detail of information as The Honest Company. With so much dishonesty and marketing tricks in the cosmetics industry, we believe in a clean and transparent approach. We want to educate the world in what safe and effective cosmetics really consist of and will give you details about the ingredients in an objective way. Use our research as your guide and take the time to leave reviews about your experience.

Honestly Good Diapers

The Honest Company is best known for their revolutionary diapers. When young moms start seeing rashes on their baby’s skin caused by standard diapers, they turn to The Honest Company. They know they have the most eco-friendly and baby-friendly diapers on the market but they are still being honest enough to not call them allergy-free. These are their hypoallergenic Honest Company diapers which you can buy at Go-Nayked Marketplace. Created out of the purest ingredients, the Honest Company still admits there might be some degree of irritation and potential allergies. Companies that create standard diapers with allergic chemicals that cause irritation will usually market them as 100% allergy-free and give you an extra 100% guaranteed no-irritation properties label.

Everybody wants the best for their children. However, the majority of people think best is 100% organic, 100% natural and so on. They will buy sub-standard products with a confidence that they bought the miracle diaper. Be smart and buy from companies with small marketing budgets and a hell of a product.

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.

EOS Lip Balm – A Tale in Natural Reactions

One of the hottest products in skincare is EOS “Evolution of Smooth” lip balm. Very popular and trendy with spokespeople like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears the brand has used clever marketing and packaging to sell millions of lip balm containers in recent years. Being so popular the brand has recently been hit with some seriously bad publicity following a  lawsuit alleging the product caused severe skin irritation to users mouths.


 

As reported by TMZ the lip balm alleged caused reactions on users lips and surrounding skin.

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The lawsuit seeks class action status. Without delving into the case itself we at Go-Nayked.com believe this is a perfect example of the mantra we have been preaching for a while. Just because something is advertised as natural or organic does not necessarily mean it is good for you. CNBC, also reporting on this story, had the following:

“Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. Anthrax is natural but not safe,” said Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Organic refers to food—not skin care products—and no agency regulates whether beauty products are organic, he said.”

Poison Ivy is the perfect example of a natural and organic product that you do not want rubbing on your skin! While EOS is not using Poison Ivy in its products it is using ingredients that could potentially be irritating to some; sell enough of it and someone somewhere will have issues.

How to Deal with Problems

It starts with the stuff inside… the ingredients. Read the label and understand what is on the inside. Surprisingly the push towards more natural and organic products is causing more reactions in people. Suddenly product manufacturers trying to get a leg up on the competition are including ingredients that until now have not been used in wide circulation.

Become the Guinea Pig

We hate to point it out but you are forced in some cases to become the tester of the products. In skin care, unlike food, the laws are a bit looser allowing companies to stretch the boundaries of what they included. For the vast majority this is not a big deal but in the off chance you are sensitive to the product you sure will find out soon enough.

How to Recognize Problems Early

At Go-Nayked.com we do a lot of research about every product we list in our store. If there is a history of reported problems we will research the problems further, see if it has been rectified, or make a note on the product description about the potential issue. Whenever you begin using a new product, whether natural or not, use care the first few times to apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area of your body. Just like an allergy test at the doctor the best spot for cosmetics is to apply a small dab to the inside of your fore-arm.

Go-Nayked.com has yet to add any EOS products to our products list. What do you think about that? We do have a number of approved lip balms listed and invite you to give those products a try. In the world of natural and organic you need to be careful, use common sense, and test any new products to make sure you do not react to them. Go-Nayked.com is your ace in the hole helping you find great products from great companies.

Have you had any negative side effects from natural or organic products? We want to hear from you in the comment section below.

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.

Natural Deodorant that Works

You know what is great about being a kid? Yes all the normal live free, play all day, and make games out of everything kid life but you need to think a bit more obvious. The best thing about being a kid is not stinking! Kids don’t have the stinky armpits. They can run, play all day, dig in the dirt and mud, and still at the end of the day smell like sweet little roses. Unfortunately as adults… we stink… but there are solutions.


 

Solution 1 – Go Hippie

One of the great, or not so great, things about being a true bonafide hippie is that you believe your natural scent is there for all to enjoy. You don’t need, want, nor wear deodorant or perfumes. Your natural scent will do the talking and as long as your meals are pure and your life low stress you can maintain a sweet smell. Some folks can actually pull this one off!

Solution 2 – Hit the Normal Store

For me it was junior high when my dad had to have the “talk”. After a long day of school and gym I came home and apparently didn’t smell as sweet as a hippie. He pulled me aside, handed me a tube of Old Spice and said this is deodorant; you rub it on your pits and your parents, friends, and importantly girls will not want to flee your smell. What dad didn’t think about and probably was unaware of were the crazy chemicals found in that bar of deodorant.

Regular Deodorant Ingredients = Bad

One of the primary ingredients used in all deodorants is Aluminum. The metal is intended to physically block sweat by plugging the pores. It has also been linked to increased breast cancer and potential Alzheimer’s risks. Another toxic ingredient, covered by Marko in detail here, are Parabens. These are simply bad and have huge potential risks to humans.

Deodorants also can contain propylene glycol a petroleum based product, Phthalates, and Triclosan – a freaking pesticide!

To reiterate you now have the choice of smelling like a hippie OR poisoning yourself… what to do?

Solution 3 – Go-Nayked

Honest Deodorant and a few other companies found in our marketplace are producing deodorants using natural ingredients devoid of the harmful chemicals. They even avoid the natural versions of the harmful chemicals and produce a deodorant that keeps you dry and smelling great.

Users have commented that these products work surprisingly well with a few caveats about application and length of stay. It is recommended that you apply and allow to dry before wearing a shirt and that you touch up the application every 10 hours or so. In the end just like regular deodorants there will be a learning curve to find the right product for your body type.

So now you can smell sweet as a kid without poisoning your body with harmful chemicals. That is worth the effort… isn’t it?

Toxins in Baby Products, Mum’s the word?

Your child is the epicenter of your existence. You love your baby unconditionally and the search for suitable baby products starts well before the baby arrives! You want nothing but the best for your precious cherub! You draw a list of the safest bath products, the mildest body lotions and creams, and the gentlest of oils and baby powders from popular brands. The thought of gently massaging her soft skin with these sweet-smelling products brings a smile to your face…


 

What if you learned that the ‘mild’ and ‘gentle’ products actually contain toxic chemicals that are a real threat to the health and wellness of your child? These popular baby products lead us to believe that they’re indispensible for a baby’s soft skin, but nothing can be farther from the truth! Studies show that these toxins are likely to enter the bloodstream if used regularly. In fact, they cause more harm than good. It is better to use fewer chemical-based products and include many that are natural and non-toxic. Go-Nayked.com offers you several such options. Take an informative tour!

Effects of exposure to toxins

The first few years are crucial for your child’s development. At this stage, the baby’s central nervous system and immune systems are still developing and are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of noxious chemicals. Their body is incapable of eliminating toxins. Moreover, children have a skin surface that is almost double that of adults’ per unit of their body weight! So their skin can absorb more chemicals. They also breathe in more air than adults and therefore, expose themself to even more chemicals by inhalation. These can cause long-term health problems in a child. So, it is vital to avoid or limit your baby’s exposure to toxins via personal care products like soap, powder, cream, shampoo, and diaper wipes. Opt for natural alternatives.

Chemicals to watch out for in baby products

  • Mineral oil: This is the byproduct of petroleum processing. It is found in baby oils and it wraps around the baby’s skin like plastic, thus affecting the skin’s ability to release toxic materials. Mineral oils are usually mixed with artificial fragrances.
  • Talc: The mineral talc occurs in rock mass formations in combination with other minerals, including the toxic asbestos. It is almost impossible to isolate talc from asbestos during mining. So, the carcinogenic asbestos is bound to be present in any product containing talc, including baby powder. Talc is a drying agent known to be a lung irritant and a carcinogen.
  • 1, 4 dioxane and ethylated surfactants: This chemical is not intentionally added during manufacture of a beauty product (therefore, conveniently not mentioned on the list of ingredients). It is a by-product that is obtained when ethylene oxide, a known carcinogen, is added to the other chemicals to ‘lessen’ their harsh effect. Almost 57% of all baby soaps are contaminated with this toxin. Steer clear of ingredients with the letters, ‘eth’ – polyethylene glycol, polyethylene, sodium laureth sulfate, ceteareth, and PEG.
  • Parabens: These are preservatives that are added to many personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria. But they are also linked to hormone disruption and skin irritation. They are found in baby soaps, shampoos and moisturizers.
  • Propylene glycol: This chemical enhances penetration and is easily absorbed by the skin. It may be carcinogenic. Used in wiper fluid and also to de-ice airplanes, it is very often found in baby wipes! Watch out for polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polypropylene glycol (PPG).
  • Fragrance:  These are generally made of coal and petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals. They are added to mask the odor of other chemicals in the product or to create a specific fragrance. The loophole is that manufacturers are not required to reveal the chemicals used in the fragrance! Fragrance is added to disposable diapers, baby wash, powder, lotions, diaper ointments and shampoo. Exposure to fragrance may lead to asthma in babies.
  • Triclosan: Many products labeled as ‘antibacterial’ contains this chemical. It is an endocrine disruptor. Found in antibacterial soaps and body wash for babies.

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