I personally do give my kids juice to drink but occasionally they will get juice from somebody else. Up until now I have allowed them to have that treat. However, after being notified that some juices have LEAD in them, they will not be allowed to have at least individual, single serving sized store bought juice any longer. It appears that only the kid size serving juices were tested. Who knows what may be in the larger plastic containers of juice?
I know there are many people who think my crunchiness is a bit “overboard” but I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows that LEAD is bad! It is not just a little bit of lead in the juice either, it actually EXCEEDS the Prop 65 limit of 0.5 micrograms!
Thankfully the Environmental Law Foundation has a nice long list of juices that contain lead and those that do not. Both Apple and Grape juices have lead in them apparently and not even organic juices are free of lead! If you would like to read the full list check out this Environmental Law Foundation page. For the quick reference of which Apple juices have lead, read below.
The following Apple juices that EXCEED the Prop 65 limit of 0.5 micrograms of lead per serving:
Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
Earth's Best Organics Apple
Juice First Street 100% Apple Cider from concentrate
First Street Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
Full Circle Organic Apple Juice
Gerber 100% Juice Apple Juice
Great Value 100% No Sugar Added Apple Juice
Hansen's Natural Apple Juice
Kroger 100% Juice Apple Juice
Langers Apple Juice 100% Juice
Minute Maid Juice Apple - 100% Apple Juice
Motts 100% Apple Juice
O Organics Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Not From Concentrate
Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice
Parade 100% Juice Apple
Raley's Premium 100% Apple Juice not from Concentrate
Safeway 100% Juice Apple Cider
Safeway 100% Juice Apple Juice
Stater Bros. 100% Juice Apple
Juice Sunny Select 100% Apple Juice
Trader Joe's Certified Organic Apple Juice, pasteurized
Tree Top 100% Juice Apple Cider
Walgreens Apple Juice from concentrate 100% juice
Walnut Grove Market 100% Apple Juice
After learning about lead being in juices that my kids have had in the past, I will not be allowing them to have individual serving size juices again. Sure there are some juices on the safe list but I'd rather ban all single size servings of juices then to carry a list around with me so that I can buy the safe juices.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
I first found 100% Pure Cosmetics when I was searching for crunchy makeup. I did not plan on trying out the face wash but my mother-in-law bought it for me last Christmas and I am quite glad she did. My face has never looked better. Now I can’t actually say for sure if it’s their makeup or the face wash or the combination of the two that is helping my face out but either way, I’m not going to stop using this face wash to find out!
100% Pure’s face wash has nothing bad in it. As the label states it’s 100% pure and most of the ingredients are ones that you could eat! Most of the ingredients are teas, fruits or herbs. The fact that the ingredients are so rich in antioxidants is why I believe my skin is finally happy! There are no sulfates, artificial fragrances, or preservatives, just good natural ingredients! It’s also vegetarian and some of the varieties are even vegan!
There are quite a few face wash varieties and I have not tried them all. The Organic Cranberry (for all skin types) is my favorite so far. I’m currently using the Lemon Juice (to brighten dull skin) cleansing foam because I know that lemon can help fade scars. The Lemon cleansing foam smells just like a fresh squeeze lemon! However, I do think I’ll switch back to the Organic Cranberry when I am out of the Lemon, as my face seems to prefer Cranberry. Other varieties in the foam cleansers include Organic Lavender Honey and Cucumber Juice.
If you are looking for a great crunchy face wash, I suggest giving 100% Pure a try! I’m glad I received one for Christmas and now I’m hooked.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Now that it’s getting closer to summer, I need to buy a new sunscreen. Generally we never use sunscreen. However, when my boys are outside all day in the hot sun we do put some on. There is no way they would not get burnt otherwise.
I need to buy new sunscreen this year, as I am now getting crunchy and since my old sunscreen really should not be used as it’s from last year. However, sunscreen it seems is very un-crunchy. Most sunscreens are full of parabens, phthalates, and PEG’s. Most also contain synthetic oxybenzone which is an endocrine disruptor and can effect the nervous system. It also releases free-radicals when exposed to the sun which are harmful. The newest concern about sunscreens is the vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) that most companies put in. The FDA has recently found that retinyl palmitate may speed up the growth of skin lesions and tumors. Yikes! Isn't that what we are trying to avoid by wearing sunscreen?!
Finding a crunchy sunscreen sounds like a lot of work so I’m very thankfully that the lovely people at safemama.com have taken the time to do the research for me!
Safemama.com put out a sunscreen cheat sheet every year that has the safest sunscreens. They also include their personal reviews of the sunscreens as well as the price of them. Very nice when you want to buy a crunchy sunscreen but you don’t want to waste money on one that you will hate.
I’m now off to find a crunchy sunscreen before we start spending massive amounts of time in the sun.