October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For anyone not familiar with what this entails, all you need to do is take a little stroll through your local drug/pharmacy store. Anything from chocolate bars to shampoo can be found with the incredibly recognizable pink cancer ribbon. I’ve seen pink tools for sale, pink candy, and even wine, all supposedly helping to raise awareness about breast cancer. But the thing that always got me was the irony in the campaign. I’m all for raising awareness, but it’s important to focus on the right things. We need to be raising awareness about prevention and what women can do to help minimize their risks of developing cancer. We need to be educating each other on what to look out for when it comes to cancer symptoms. And we need to be ensuring we know our bodies and are in tune with them. Prevention and knowledge are key. And ensuring that the items and ingredients we put into our bodies as well as on our skin are safe and free of toxic ingredients goes a long way.
Unfortunately, many of the companies splashing pink ribbons across their products are, in fact, contributing to the cause. Say what?? Yes, it’s true! Think about it. Our skin is our largest organ, and everything we put on it is absorbed right into our bodies and our bloodstreams. Many conventional beauty products (the same ones with the pink ribbons) actually contain toxic ingredients that are contributing to the vast amount of toxins in our body. These toxins have been proven to lead to diseases like cancer. Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to meet someone that has not been affected by cancer, either first-hand or personally by having a family member or close friend been stricken with the disease. We’ve watched close family members suffer through cancer and it’s not something you ever forget. Because of this and because we have little ones at home that are even more susceptible to toxins, we try to live as naturally as possible. This includes really looking at the ingredients in the products we are using and taking the time to ensure we aren’t using items that contain the top ten worst offending ingredients.
Going Green with Your Beauty Routine
To help focus on the right issues, I’ve joined up with some other awesome green mamas through Green Moms Collective to help turn this month GREEN. Move over Pink. October for us is all about raising awareness and helping women take control over the products we put on our skin and ultimately, into our bodies.
What does this mean? For the next few weeks, we’ll be teaming up with some totally cool Canadian eco beauty companies. We want you to understand the top ten toxic ingredients to avoid. We’ll be connecting our readers with these great brands to help you choose safer alternatives. Let’s turn October green together by ditching toxic beauty products while simultaneously reducing our health risks.
Because we all so strongly believe in reducing our exposure to toxic ingredients and supporting companies that are doing the same, we are so excited to be giving away over $1200 worth of amazing natural beauty products!
We’ll be hosting an amazing Instagram Loop Giveaway, with natural beauty prizes given away from Tuesday October 20th to Friday October 23rd. Watch @GreenMomsCo for the announcement.
Also, don’t forget to join the #GMCBeauty Twitter Party on Thursday, October 29th from 9pm-10m EST, where you’ll have a chance at winning the wonderful Rafflecopter prizes. Make sure you RSVP by entering the giveaway in this post.
Check out our Canadian natural beauty sponsors and show them some love so they know how much we appreciate having great natural beauty alternatives.
- Petal and Post
- Cocoon Apothecary
- Chorus Supernatural
- Pure + Simple
- Stark Skincare
- Ella’s Botanicals
- Clementine Fields
- Province Apothecary
- Les Coconuts
- Clinical Luxury
I can’t wait to help spread the October Green Beauty #GMCBeauty awareness and give away these amazing natural beauty products to the lucky winners. Please stop by and check out my fellow green mamas who I’ll be working alongside for this event:
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