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  1. Hey Molly ! Been super busy this week and had guests from out of town, but I want to send you a message tomorrow...but I wanted to jump in on this. I've done a LOT of research on fluoride, and truthfully fluoride needing to be in water to help teeth is more of an old wives tale. It has been shown that topical application of fluoride can help prevent cavities, but there is really no benefit or reason to drink it internally. More and more former (vocal) fluoride supporters have now come out in
  2. Yeah, sounds like its just the temperature you are storing it at. Trying running the bottle under the hot water for a bit until the liquid thins.
  3. Dreft is nice, but can get very expensive. Try getting a "FREE" detergent, one without dyes or fragrances. Also I when I was younger I had lots of issues with sensitivity to things like detergents and good old Wisk was the only thing that my mom could use. You could also try Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps. Use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load (adjust as needed depending on hardness of water). You can add a dash of baking soda to get even better results.
  4. I moisturize morning and night with the Terressentials daily renewal lotion, and then use the Terressentials Terrific Tush on old spots and scars. This lotion not only moisturizes, but has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients (aloe, calendula, camellia, murillo bark extract, lavender, bergamot just to name a few) I had a tough time finding a lotion that did not break me out. Neutrogena, ProActiv, Cetaphil, Olay, all had something in it that irritated my skin. The only lo
  5. Coconut oil is a solid under 76 degrees. Most negative press done on coconut oil in the past was the result of one study conducted four decades ago, using hydrogenated oil (which has been processed and altered from its original form), not on virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is the highest source of saturated medium chain triglycerides (62%) of any naturally occurring vegan food source. Around 50% of these medium chain triglycerides are made up of lauric acid, the most important essential f
  6. Wearing contacts and suffering from allergies, a lot of mascaras make my eyes sting after a couple hours. I've always had the best luck with Almay mascaras. My favorite is the one coat nourishing mascara thickening. They also have a waterproof one
  7. I had the same fear when I switched to my all natural regime. I stopped BP, and I didn't get breakouts. In fact I saw great improvements in the first week or so. Everyday Minerals, Joppa, Signature Minerals, the list goes on and on. Check out the cosmetic section and you can find a ton of companies that people on here have used. A lot of acne prone people have problems with Bare Minerals because it contains Bismuth Oxychloride. I had a horrible experience with it, so I check the ingr
  8. 2010!!! Geez, I would've changed my mind too many times if I had that long to prepare for my wedding! My wedding was planned in 3 months and my sister did hers in 6 weeks! We often joke that we should be wedding planners Beautiful dresses btw.
  9. Start by writing down the dietary changes you made when you first started noticing the problems. Did you by any chance cut out coffee at that time? Coffee intake can help stimulate BM's. Here are some natural jump starts you may want to try (don't try to do all of them at once though--pick a couple and stick with it): -Increase fiber intake to twenty-five to thirty-five grams a day by eating fruits, vegetables, dried beans, and peas (but don't count whole grains as part of this formula) -Dr
  10. Have you had your thyroid levels checked lately? Thyroid imbalances can cause a bloated appearance, especially in the face and around the eyes and unhealthy looking skin. Also makes you feel sluggish. You may not have a thyroid problem per se, but possibly a problem with maintaining a good iodine level for thyroid function. The trick is to have enough, but not too much. My doc only wants half of my iodine intake a day to be from supplements, and the rest from food sources. I know that iodin
  11. No-Poo aka no shampoo. Why? The US EPA concluded in 1997 that hormone-disrupting chemicals found in shampoo, lotion, and other beauty care products can lead to disturbing health effects, including cancer, sterility, metabolic disruptions and developmental problems. Shampoo alternative: baking soda and water. I have long, thick hair so I use about 1/4 cup of baking soda in about 26 oz of warm water. Mix in cup, pour over hair, massage and let sit for a couple minutes, then rinse. I do this
  12. I stopped using BP and AHA on my skin, although that had been the only thing that seemed to help my acne in over 10 years. I switched to a natural skin care line, and that was the best thing I ever did.