Even though our skin is our largest organ, most people ignore personal care product ingredients and don’t pay attention to what they are putting on their body. Certain personal care ingredients have been linked to cancer, they can cause developmental and reproductive toxicity, they can be endocrine disruptors, and can be common allergens.
Aluminum in deodorant/antiperspirant has been linked to breast cancer. Aluminum can cause estrogen-like effects that can promote the growth of breast cancer cells. Parabens (also common in other personal care items) are preservatives found in deodorants/antiperspirants that mimic the activity of estrogen. In a study, 18 of 20 breast tumor samples contained parabens. This is why it is important to read your product labels and find a safe, and effective alternative- especially for teens!
Most people wouldn’t think to read their toothpaste labels, but lots of major brands have endocrine disruptors, allergens, and ingredients that can cause organ system toxicity. Some toothpaste contains parabens- even children’s brands! Which is why we switched to Tom’s.
Tom’s of Maine was created by Tom Chappell in the 70’s when he and his wife couldn’t find natural personal care items. Over the past 40 years their brand has expanded to oral care, body care, baby care and more. Tom’s of Maine can be easily found in health food stores, drug stores, grocery stores, Target, and online.
Tom’s of Maine partnered with Stonyfield’s YoGetters this month and we got an awesome package full of healthy habits for the whole family.
Tom’s of Maine has a large variety of toothpastes for adults and children ranging from sensitive care to enamel strength, with and without fluoride, and even whiteners. Their toothbrushes are made with recyclable plant-based handles that were made with renewable castor oil instead of petroleum.
Tom’s of Maine also has a line of deodorant and antiperspirants for teens, women, and men. All deodorants and antiperspirants are free of aluminum, artificial fragrance, preservatives, and animal ingredients. They have plant based ingredients backed by product gaureentees!
What are some of your favorite Tom’s of Maine items? Or what do you want to try?