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Why You Should Make the Switch from Body Wash to Soap

Bar soap isn't as boring as it used to be

Body wash is super convenient: it's already a liquid so lathers up quickly, you can't accidently drop it, it comes in a plastic bottle so it doesn't leave your shower shelf/edge/floor all messy, you can put it on a luxurious loofa, and it comes in lots of wonderful scents. So, how am I going to convince you to make the switch back to bar soap? Here are a few of the main reasons:


Nasty Chemicals

There are way more unnecessary chemicals in body wash than in soap. Things like phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and sulfates, all of which can mess with the way your body produces hormones or the ways your cells replicate, which can cause cancer. Many other ingredients like fragrance and colors in body wash may also cause skin irritation. That seems counterintuitive, no? Shouldn't the soap remove things that irritate your skin?

Fragrance

The term "fragrance," for now at least, is a term that allows companies to keep their signature scents as proprietary secrets. It means they do not have to disclose all of the ingredients in their products. Many of the ingredients that have been known to fall under the term fragrance have been linked to various diseases including cancers. Be aware, unscented and fragrance free are not the same. Unscented products may still include chemicals used to mask the scent of other ingredients in the product.

Cost

Bars of soap are less expensive than body wash and serve the same purpose. Even if you get fancier bar soap, it will probably still save you money.

Luxury

You can get soap sock things that will help make the soap lather up just as nicely (if not more luxuriously) than body wash on a loofa. This will also help with the slipperiness and mess on the shelf. Another option is to buy felted soap (available in many places), or if you are feeling crafty, you can make your own. This is just one of many tutorials online.

Beautiful Smells

If you do still want your soap to smell pretty, opt for soaps that include natural essentials oils like lavender, peppermint, or rose. These won't be counted under "fragrance" and are safer because they occur naturally in the plants.
Waste. While oftentimes the plastic bottles that body wash comes in are recyclable, recycling for plastic isn't perfect. A lot of plastic still gets into our waterways, which can come back to us in ways we don't want.

So, for your health, consider making the switch from body wash to bars of soap. It will save you money, and protect you from the various chemicals that might lead to cancer and irritation later in life. Hopefully these facts will be enough to convince you to give bar soap another chance.

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Why You Shouldn’t Sleep with Your Phone

At least put it in airplane mode or toss it across the room

We know that scrolling can be a totally mindless way to fall asleep. Look at some random photos on Insta, read an article somewhere, take a quiz to learn what your cheese choices say about your love life, and before you know it, you're drifting softly to sleep. But, that probably also means your phone is your snuggle buddy. You might think it's totally fine, or that random alarm clock app might promise to wake you at the best time in your sleep cycle if you leave your phone under your pillow, but we are thinking that may not be the best idea for a couple of reasons.

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5 Tips To Help Reduce and Properly Recycle Electronic Waste

For when you get a new [insert electronic device]

Getting new gadgets is always exciting. Whether it's a cell phone, an electric toothbrush, or even a blender, it's fun to learn all about the new features. But, what happens to the old ones? If it still works, maybe you resell it, or it goes to a friend, or Goodwill. Other times, it ends up in a drawer with all the old cords you keep around just in case (like that one to plug your old digital camera into your laptop - oh wait, you laptop doesn't have ports anymore… but you never know!). For all of the items that don't end up in either of those categories, many of them end up being thrown out and becoming e-waste.

As technology keeps improving and advancing at a lightning fast pace and electronics become harder to repair, the larger the amount of e-waste will become. So, what does that mean for us and the planet?

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9 Veggies You Can Grow Indoors

Gourmet dinners with fresh veggies and no more plastic herb packets are in your future

What's better than having an indoor plant baby? How about one that gives you food? Even if you don't have a backyard, you can grow some vegetables and herbs on a windowsill inside. We found 9 veggies and herbs that are easy to grow inside and are useful to have on hand.

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Why Creating Your Own Compost Might Be Easier Than You Think

We've got step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks to get you the best looking soil around (seriously!)

You made it! Now that you're here, don't run yet! Gone are the days when composting meant throwing a heap of your leftovers in the dirt and banking on magic to make some soil (not that you still can't). BUT, we've got everything you need to know to jump on the composting train, reduce your carbon footprint and start saving money on fertilizer without all the headache and mess.

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Why You Should Care About Soil Contamination If You're Starting a Garden in Your Backyard

Here's the dirt-y details you're going to want to know and what to do about it

Dreary winter blues might have you dreaming of blue skies, warm weather and some home grown vegetables. But before you go jetting off to your nearest Home Depot or nursery, you might want to take a second and get to know your soil. We're serious! No, not the hello, my name is ____, more like the hey, what's in my soil? Not all soils are created equally and trust us when we say that you'll definitely want to make sure the soil you're using for growing food to eat is top notch!

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What All Those Certifications on Mattresses Actually Mean

Label Education: Decoding what GOTS, GOLS, Greenguard, Organic, and more mean

Choosing the right mattress is so important for sound sleep and health, yet with so many options the shopping can be confusing and stressful! Obviously you want to take comfort and pricing into consideration, but there are some chemical ingredients you might want to consider too. Standard synthetic foam mattresses can contain various harmful chemicals we don't want to be sleeping on. And these chemicals can evaporate into the air, or collect in house dust, which is yucky and no good for your family's health.

The great news is that there are a bunch of healthier alternatives, and these labels below can help you find them. We also have a roundup of 12 non-toxic mattress brands if you just want a quick guide to organic mattresses and natural mattresses you can buy.

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12 Non-Toxic Mattresses

options for every budget that are free of any harsh chemicals and petroleum-based foam, including organic mattresses

Step 1: Start researching organic mattresses or natural mattresses. Step 2: Get confused! Step 3: Look at our roundup where we did all the research on safe, well reviewed, comfy mattresses for you. Step 4: Order a healthy, non-toxic, organic mattress Step 5: Sleep more peacefully. We found options for every budget, so what are you waiting for?

All of the mattress brands we found use natural materials like 100% natural latex, organic cotton, and wool, and do not use petroleum-based foams or no chemical flame retardants. For our budget picks ($), a base model queen retailed for less than $1000. For the quality picks ($), a queen ran between $1000 and $2000. And the splurge picks ($) retailed for above $2000. Some brands use inner coils and some are made of just latex layers. We hope this list of natural mattress brands is a good starting place for a better night's sleep.

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