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Toxins. Are. EVERYWHERE!

Did you know:

-only 10% of cancer is supposedly genetically based?  That means 90% is environmental.


  • 1/3 of personal care products contain ingredients linked to cancer
  • 45% of products have an ingredient that may harm baby’s development or your reproductive system (Kind of makes you wonder about why everywhere you turn it seems like women are having difficulty conceiving, doesn’t it?)
  • 60% of products have chemicals known to disrupt hormones or act like estrogen in the body
  • 56% of products contain chemicals that help other chemicals penetrate faster and deeper into the body
  • Only 13% of ingredients have been assessed for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, meaning a full 87% have never been examined for safety.

Source:  Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry)

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Toxins.  In the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and — in what we put on our bodies.

We can’t control all of this, but we can control a lot of it.

We can:

  • filter our water
  • get healthier food without GMOs and with fewer pesticides, and
  • we can get the toxins out of our homes and off of our skin.

Now, I’m a DIY frugalista type, and love making many things like dishwasher rinse aidDIY Eye Makeup Remover, Hair Spray, and Body Wash, but if you’re like me, you can’t. do. it. all.  And, some of the things I’ve tried to “DIY” have been flops.  Mostly that’s been true about my personal care and beauty products. And even DIY color cosmetics can have heavy metals in them

For years, I used some regular “drug store brand” cosmetics and higher end beauty products.

I had NO idea that what I was putting on my skin might be dangerous to my health.

I found out otherwise.  In fact, most of the ingredients in personal care products have never — NEVER — been tested for safety.

And some that HAVE been tested for safety, haven’t been tested for multiple uses, from multiple products, or for use with other chemicals.  So alone, in 1 use, they might not cause cancer, but if you use a bunch of products with that ingredient in it or with other ingredients, then who knows?!?

Did you know……

  • The US has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetic industry since 1938
  • The Food and Drug Administration does not require that cosmetics ingredients or products be approved before they go on the market, and FDA has no power to recall a product from the market
  • The European Union has banned nearly 1400 ingredients from cosmetics and personal care products
  • The US has only banned or restricted 11 ingredients from cosmetics and personal care products
  • More than 85,000 chemicals are registered for use in commerce, and about 10,500 are used in the cosmetics industry
  • Women use an average of 12 personal care products containing 168 ingredients every day
  • Men use about 6 personal care products containing 85 unique ingredients every day
  • Teenage girls use an average of 17 personal care products a day
  • Scientific studies over the past 40 years have suggested that exposure to toxic chemicals plays a role in the incidence and prevalence of many diseases and disorders in the US

Unbelievable, right?!

First, go to the Environmental Working Group and see how YOUR personal care products and makeup rate for safety.


What You WON’T Find in Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR Organics) Products:

  • Parabens
  • PEG’s
  • Synthetic “Fragrance”
  • Dyes
  • Hidden Ingredients or Contaminants i.e. phthalates, nitrosamines, formaldehyde
  • Glycol
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Petroleum Products
  • Phenoxyethanol

Gluten-free and More

  • They use many organic ingredients
  • No animal testing
  • All products are gluten free
  • Most are vegan
  • Seriously, they perform as well, if not better than, many of the high end department store type brands — and they do this without compromising your health or safety.
  • Certified by The Soil Association – certification in the UK is much stricter than in the US, with their being high penalties for mislabeling, etc.
  • Enhanced with high quality essential oils, many of which they sell as part of their aromatherapy offering.
  • TRANSPARENCY – This company has transparency about their ingredients and processes like none other.  I am just in awe of how they have answered anything and everything that I have asked them.  No “just go share the message, Adrienne.  Come on and focus on the positive.”  And I ask a LOT of questions :).

It’s time to look at what you are putting on your skin–and what you are using in your home–and make a change.

Ways to Save

Of course, high quality, ethical products cost money to make.

Right now, Neal’s Yard products are all made by hand by 6 people in the UK.

They care.

But you can save by:

  1.  Having an online party
  2. I would be more than happy to help you set up an online party where you can earn lots of free and discounted products – right from the comfort of your own home – and you can even stay in your jammies :).
  3. Shopping their salesEvery month, Neal’s Yard Remedies has great discounts on fabulous products.This month, you can get the highly acclaimed Beauty Sleep Concentrate, for only $25 (a $53 value) with your purchase of $60 or more)Neal's Yard Remedies - Beauty Sleep Concentrate
  4. Becoming a representative

    Join me as a rep and save 25% on EVERYTHING – with no monthly fees – no annual fees – and no crazy monthly sales requirements.


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Don’t spend even one more day putting toxic chemicals on your skin — it’s time to protect your health inside and out.

Join NYR Organic - Neal's Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies is helping to reduce the toxic burdens on our bodies and in our homes.

One home at a time — one blue bottle at a time.

Come join me and be part of the movement.

The company is young and growing, but so dedicated to quality of product and quality of life.

Work with me.

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If you’d like to join my NYR Organic team and help get both this message about non toxic living into the hands of everyone, while making money and earning free products, email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com.  I’d love to work with you.

3 Great Reasons to Join:

  •       GREAT Value

The Starter Kit is only $149 and is worth over $370 in products alone (many are award winning), and you get their gorgeous business supplies on top of that.

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  • BIG Savings

Reps get a 25% discount on EVERYTHING, including Sale Items.  PLUS you can set up your own online party with yourself as the host and earn free and half-priced products on top of all that.  That leads to HUGE savings.

  • An Unparalleled Mission

Take a look at this article about Changing the World with NYR and you’ll see what I mean.  This company CARES and the evidence of this is everywhere that you look.

  • Award Winning

Not only has the company’s products won numerous awards including Best Organic Moisturizer from Harper’s Bazaar, but the company itself was voted #1 Ethical Company in the World in 2016 by The Good  Shopping Guide.  Impressive.

  • No Hidden Fees

Unlike most Direct Sales businesses, there are no monthly of annual fees.  None.

  • Low Low Minimums

You only have to sell or purchase $100 in a rolling 12 month period.  That’s it.

 I hope you’ll join me in ditching the toxins and changing the world —
one blue bottle at a time.

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.


  1. Hi Adrienne:

    I apologize. I came in the middle of all this. So in short which were the 2 EO companies you ended up recommending for both purchasing high quality EO’s and to have a busines with and did you have 2 skin care companies you recommended? And are they a company to have a business with? Last question, what were the top 2 probiotics u recommended.

    • Hello Suzy. No apologies needed of course. In short, I ended up with company and then later I joined the other one for their personal care products but they have fabulous oils as well. You can’t do an at home business with the first company. The company for oils that I went with doesn’t have growing designation (organic, etc) on their site any longer and are focusing on purity over organic so I recommend the other oils company for those who are looking for organic.

      As for skincare, this company has great skincare but they have recently announced that they are discontinuing almost all of their cosmetics. I have been with Beautycounter for a long time, just didn’t promote them as much but now, due to the cosmetics decision I am talking about them again and am using their products more. Their cosmetics are a amazing and their skincare and other products are great as well. They are coming out with a mens line and more hair care and other things in the near future. You can read more about them here:

      You can do an at home business with either of them.

      As for probiotics, I would recommend reading this post. I have another post on probiotics in the works:

      I hope that helps. Feel free to ask more questions.

  2. Let me try again since my phone just messed up my grammar. I’m just curious if you’re sticking with the new company after all the information that has come out about the dishonesty of their labeling.

    • Hi Allison.

      Very good question. I am very concerned about all of this and haven’t really promoted them since the information came out. I have been asking tough questions and am looking at other options very seriously, including just having affiliate links on my site instead of going w/ another Direct Sales company. I was looking at the one you are with as well (Poofy). I even purchased one company’s kit (Neal’s Yard Remedies) to check it out since they were having a very good 1/2 off Starter Kit sale. I am talking with different people, and doing a lot of thinking and hope to have my final decision soon. What are your thoughts?

      • To be honest, I never really trusted their company. Something never sat right with me about it. Someone gave me a baby lotion as a gift and it was strange to see organic ingredients listed (without an emulsifier) and it smelled strange. Once I really started doing research, I came to realize that (and I’m just speaking for myself here, everyone can feel differently), that I trust very few companies when it comes to personal care products. I realized after much research, including many facts that you listed above (and I’ve read a lot of your posts and know you research well), that having USDA organic certification is really the only way to prove that your products are what you say they are. There is so much greenwashing going on in the industry and so many companies taking advantage of the “natural” movement, but without certification, they can label a product however they want. I’m sure there are very honest companies out there without certification (especially people who make things in their home) and in order for me to give them business, I would ask a lot of questions. Truthfully, I never really wanted to sell products, but once I found Poofy and realized what a big deal certification is in the cosmetic world, I decided it was a great platform for education. So many people do not realize why certification is important. I think the whole AANT scandal really opened a lot of people’s eyes to this. Plus Poofy is made by hand, it’s a small family company, and they stand for the things I believe in a small business. And their products are amazing, they really are. I know you really put a lot of time and thought into businesses you promote so I was just curious what you made of it all. I don’t blame those who decided to stay, but I also really applaud those who left, simply because they suddenly understood how truly bad it really was. It was so strange how it all went down. All that being said, I don’t want to promote on your feed, but you can feel free to contact me if you want to know any more about Poofy Organics. Thanks for your honesty on the issue.

        • Thanks for replying. I wish I had known more about things such as emulsifiers (and I still have a lot to learn). I actually brought up the concerns that I had read on the ecofriendlymama blog when I started looking into Ava. I was w/ another company that had “safe” synthetics and too many of them. I am willing to deal w/ some, but….. Anyhow, I think that there are certifications in other countries (like Australia and the UK – The Soil Association that NYR uses, for example), but I agree with you. However, now Ava says they are going in that direction. I think that the things that came out in those lab tests are disconcerting and I have been asking other reps and doing my own research to make the best decision.

          I felt that I should really give it a little time and a lot (aka hours and hours and hours) of research before making my final decision b/c I know that anyone can make mistakes and/or be lied to and so I want to give them time to prove themselves / answer my questions, but it seems like a lot of issues to me.

          I really appreciate your vote of confidence and like I said, I think I will have a final determination within a week or so.

          I have looked into Poofy and like much of what the company stands for, but I did find some of the names of the products to be disconcerting. I wonder what you think about that? Such as “Naughty Navy” and “Nude Nymph” and “Femme Fatale” and “Club it Up”. I hope you don’t mind my mentioning that.

          You are more than welcome to contact me by email at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com. I’ve enjoyed talking with you. 🙂

  3. Hi Adrienne,

    In the past I’ve been using The Honest Company products for my baby and after I was getting low on them I was going to switch to something else because they weren’t available in Canada. Just recently they have now become available in Canada, but I’m interested in these Ava Anderson products.. Have you ever looked into The Honest Company products? And if so what was your take on them?
    I also was a regular user of DoTERRA essential oils and will now be switching over to Native American Nutritionals/Rocky Mountain Oils because of your posts:) Thank you!

  4. nasree johnson says:

    i still cant find the ingrediant list.also ant advise which probiotic is the best

  5. nasree johnson says:

    i live in australia can i sell thru parties here love to also like to know the ingrediants how to find out and are they organice they got casteroil in it as i cant use it.?also hav

    • Hi there. They don’t have consultants in Australia, so the only option would be for you to pay me and I could ship to you. You can see all the ingredients on the site – almost everything is organic.


  7. Hi Adrienne,
    Is there a way to get a sample of the bb cream and the foundation? Wanting a sample to try before I buy a large amount and also to color match. Thanks

    • Hello Vanessa.

      They don’t have samples, but I would be happy to help you choose. You can ask here or via email at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com. I’d be happy to chat on the phone as well if need be. They have a very easy return policy so if you end up needing a different color you can get your money back within the first 30 days and even after 30 days you can still get an exchange. Let me know how I can help. What color are you thinking would work for you?

  8. Marilyn Markowitz says:

    Hi Adrienne…I have been very interested in purchasing some of the Ava Anderson products. Can you tell me if the deodorant is a roll-on or a Stick deodorant? . I love reading your blog and appreciate all your research and info. Glad to see you teamed up with Ava Anderson as a consultant. I am looking forward to trying some/all of the products. It’s a great company!

    • Hi there, Marily. There are 2 deodorants. There’s a spray and a stick. The stick is significantly stronger. It depends on your body’s needs which one you should try. I will say that it’s important to wash off the stick at night. I love it, and it works great, but some people get a sensitivity if they leave it on at night. I think it’s typically the baking soda. I have a friend who developed the same thing using another stick natural deodorant. I had it happen to me twice, but only after not washing it off.

      Hope that helps and feel free to ask any other questions. It is a great company.

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