One of the more unpleasant aspects of cleaning house is coming into contact with abrasive cleansers or inhaling fumes from powerful chemicals. Not only are natural substances kinder to the environment, but they have less impact on your wallet, as well. Many eco-friendly substitutes can be easily found at any store—and for a lot less than mass-market household cleaners.
You’d be shocked if you knew what’s actually in the air you’re breathing. The average person inhales at least 20 billion particles every day, making exposure to potential allergens inevitable. Whether you experience sinus congestion, itchy watery eyes or other sensitivities, experts agree that skyrocketing rates of asthma and allergies appear closely linked to poll
Vegetarians and chemical-shunning consumers take note: Many popular brands of soy burgers may contain the chemical hexane, a known neurotoxin and classified air pollutant, according to a recent study conducted by the sustainable and organic agriculture nonprofit Cornucopia Institute.
To save a few dollars (and to mix things up), I turn to my kitchen for inspiration for my beauty regimen. Here are some fun, natural, kitchen-based ingredients for beautifying on a budget:
Get this: While the European Union has banned over 1,100 ingredients from cosmetics, the United States has blacklisted only 10. That’s a jaw-dropping difference, if you ask me. So what gives? Are our chaps across the pond overly cautious in weeding out potentially harmful chemicals or is America taking a slack approach to nixing major health hazards?
There are days when curly is really code for out of control—a mass of undifferentiated locks that are like a rain forest growing on top of my head.