If you’re not social selling, you need to be.

I know this isn’t my usual toxin free content but HEY, inflation is toxic too ❌🥴

It’s nearly 2023. If you’re on social media & you’re not making money talking about products you love, you need to be.

🤌🏼 I’m selling products I would be using & sharing about anyway, I’m not using products just to sell them. It’s that simple.

With the current rate of inflation, you can never have too many income streams.

4 years ago, I took a HUGE leap of faith & joined Crunchi because their foundation absolutely blew me away.

Reasons why I love Crunchi –
✨ the products (the performance, packaging, ingredients, & standards are truly unmatched)
✨ no autoship, no purchase requirements, no inventory, & no mandatory team building
✨ incredible compensation plan where you start earning on your first $1 sold
✨ 20% discount, with up to 40% off skincare sets
✨ customer rewards & referral program

If you want to build to a full time income like I have, I can show you how to do that. But if you want to earn –
▫️just enough to cover your own Crunchi products
▫️$300 a month to cover some organic groceries
▫️$500 a month to cover inflation
▫️$1000 to take some stress off bills
🌟 I can show you how to do that too

Network Marketing has the ability to change your life in all the best ways if you’re open to stepping out of your comfort zone & doing something new ♥️

➡️ if you’ve ever thought about joining me in the clean beauty movement, now is the PERFECT time!
💰 advocate collections are an ADDITIONAL 20% off for the next 2 days (savings of up to $585!)!
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Time to swap to toxin free!

When you ditch the toxins in conventional makeup and switch to toxin free you won’t ever want to go back 💜
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You may notice:
✨better skin
✨more confidence
✨improved health
… and more
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Are you happy with the ingredients in your makeup?
Do you know what is in your makeup?

Like what you see here and want to join a community of like-minded women with the same goal – living our best, healthiest, happiest lives? Hop over to the Raising Clean Facebook Community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean

toxin free nursery

Time to start diving into a mama and baby series as I have 7 weeks left in this pregnancy and I know it may be helpful for other mamas or soon to be mamas to see what kinds of things we’re buying and what things we are staying away from.

So, I figured we’d start with a few quick tips when you’re doing your shopping.

Here are some things I am looking for when I’m shopping for the nursery:

✅ Low/No VOCs for things such as the paint, crib, dresser, rocking chair, etc.

✅ BPA & Phthalate Free for anything with plastic parts

✅ Flame Retardant Free for anything with fabric

have suggestions? drop them below!

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Safe Swap – Exfoliator

Because I’ve recently added this product to my skincare regimen, I decided to look into the conventional ones that a lot of women are using. As I scoured labels, I found a plethora of Exfoliators containing:

✖️Methylisothiazolinone: Lab studies suggest this may be neurotoxic. Additional studies have shown it to be toxic during neural developmental stages to fetus, increasing the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. The EWG also states that MI is a skin sensitizer and irritant, which means that it can cause contact allergies such as eczema.

✖️Phenoxyethanol: The product of the reaction of highly corrosive phenol with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. Not worth the risk!

✖️EDTA: This ingredient, although not toxic, breaks down the outer layer of the skin to INCREASE penetration of other ingredients. This is of major concern when toxic ingredients are part of the rest of the formula.

✖️Parfum (Fragrance): A sketchy loophole which allows hundreds of additional ingredients to hide under that single word on a label.

✖️Japanese Honeysuckle: Sounds very natural and innocent, but it contains parahydroxy benzoic acid, which is found to behave in a very similar way (with very similar molecular structure) as a paraben in the body.

✖️Parabens: Possess significant estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals, directly implicated in breast tumors, are ABSORBED through the skin. 𝘼 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙮 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙅𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙏𝙤𝙭𝙞𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 99% 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙪𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 60% 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩.

☑️ Not to worry… I have a safe swap coming for you SOON!

To be the first to hear when a safe, toxin free, insanely high performing Exfoliator is available, text raisingclean to (607) 662-7060

Ditch & Switch – Lipstick

There’s so much excitement this week as my favorite company (and the only truly toxin free, high performing, and eco-friendly company) launched its ✨𝙉𝙀𝙒✨ Everluxe Lip Crayons yesterday, so I figured a super fun Ditch & Switch post was in order!!

I have read that women can end up eating a few pounds of lipstick over their lifetime. 🥴

That’s pretty scary when you think about how lip products typically contain some ugly ingredient offenders like…

❌ Petroleum

❌ Synthetic Fragrances/Flavors

❌ Mineral Oil

❌ Phenoxyethanol

❌ Parabens

❌ BHT

❌ Artificial Dyes

❌ Heavy Metals (alongside mineral pigments)

All of theses have links to being cancer causing carcinogens, endocrine disrupters, or organ system toxicants 👎🏼

I’m beyond grateful to have SAFE, high performance, and eco-friendly options to share!

CRUNCHI’S NEW EVERLUXE LIP CRAYON INGREDIENTS :

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Copernicia Cerifera Cera*, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Kaolin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, May Contain (-/+): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Manganese Violet (Cl 77742)

*Certified Organic Ingredients

These beauties launch to the public tomorrow, are available to Insiders now, and are free when you grab an enrollment collection this week!

If you want to grab some, you’ll want to use this link to be entered to win tons of rewards and get $10 off your first order of $50+ : http://ltl.is/v5ps7ft

I’m here to help you choose a shade, take advantage of the Insider freebie, and/or help you grab your lip crayons for free with our biggest and best bundles! Reach out -> M.me/Jessie.rae.31

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why we avoid fragrance

Are you still using conventional candles, wall plug-ins, wax melts, perfumes, laundry detergent, and anything else with “fragrance” in it?

I’m here to tell you it is just. not. worth. it.

The risks are very real and there are enough safe alternatives that there is no reason to keep supporting brands who use this harmful ingredient or to subject yourself and family to it. 

Bath and Body Work’s safety sheet literally states that its products are known to be harmful to an unborn baby.

The one ingredient “fragrance” can hold thousands of other undisclosed ingredients that together wreak havoc on your health. 

Fragrance has been linked to a variety of adverse health effects such as:

headaches

nausea 

neurotoxic symptoms 

asthma attacks 

hormone disruption 

… and more

You can switch to safer products! Is there something in your home that you haven’t been able to break up with yet? Drop it in a comment and I will recommend safe alternatives for you!

I hope this was helpful for you! If you like what you see here, you’ll love the Raising Clean Facebook Community –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean

Detox on a Budget!

Happy Friday, friends!

I don’t often share about the makeup and skincare that I’m truly obsessed with and honestly changed my life. But when they’re having a bigger than Black Friday sale, I feel I owe it to anyone who follows me to shout it from the rooftops!

I know how expensive everything is right now. I also know how incredibly important it is for our health to continue to invest in it the best we can by choosing safe, organic foods as well as safe, clean products. This is why I’m so stinkin’ excited that I can help you detox a couple of your makeup products, a few of your skincare products, and even your little’s soap at a huge discount this weekend!

If you use or need a morning moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer, facial essence, facial cleanser, baby/kid’s soap, bronzer, or eyeliner, I’ve got you covered at 30 or 40% off until midnight on Sunday.

Comment below or shoot me a Facebook message M.me/Jessie.rae.31 to get a custom shade match or skincare recommendation based on your skin type, tone, and needs! You can also shop with this link and get entered to win up to 6 half priced coupons and a free Facial essence: crunchi.com/jessicaderico/event/32434

What’s in your wine?

Who else likes to wind down after a long day with a glass of wine and some Disney+? The kid in me and the adult in me come together to enjoy a beverage and a movie 😅

Wine is something that has been in the back of my mind for a long time now… Not in a weird, “I can’t stop thinking about wine” way, but in a “I know my wine isn’t toxin free and I have to do something about it” kind of way. 

In March of 2019 (I’m not kidding guys, this has been on my radar for awhile now 😁😁), I saw a post come up in a toxin free group about wine and the Roundup Weed Killer found in it. There was an article linked and I did not open it… I just couldn’t. I had given up my candles, my wax melts, changed up my diet completely, and thrown away hundreds of dollars worth of personal care products, but not my wine. 

Well, now here we are two years later and I know I have to stop living in blissful ignorance. 

Let’s review what’s in the type of wines you’re probably drinking…

Hello Pesticides

Most vineyards are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides to protect their crops from insects and infection. These chemicals get in the soil, the grapes, and ultimately in the wine you drink. Grapes are near the top of the “Dirty Dozen” foods sprayed with the most chemicals. You avoid these chemicals in your food (that’s why you shop for organic produce) and you should avoid them in your wine.

And unlike other fruits, which have a protective rind you don’t eat… grapes have a thin and porous skin. That means they absorb the chemicals sprayed on them. And because wine is concentrated from so many grapes (600-800 per bottle) – the end result is a condensed source of harmful cancer-promoting chemical compounds.

Dump in the Additives

In the US, wine producers can use 76 different additives in wine without disclosing any of them on the bottle. Things like:

defoaming agents

artificial coloring (virtually every red wine under $20 has the colorant “mega purple”)

extra sugar

high fructose corn syrup

ammonia

GMO bacteria and yeasts

Fining and Clarifying Agents like fish bladder, casein or polyvinyl-polpyr-rolidone (PVPP)

sulfites

and a lot more

There’s one additive called Velcorin that’s particularly insane. It must be applied by people with special training while wearing hazmat suits. It’s so toxic it will burn your skin if you touch it and will kill you if consumed before it’s broken down in the wine. But even after it breaks down, I’d rather not put that in my body…

What’s even worse than learning about all these additives used in winemaking is realizing that there is no labeling or transparency about their use. Wine has no ingredient label.

A wine can have 76 additives and you would have no idea!

Why do we passionately read the label for all the foods we buy and only purchase items with organic, clean ingredients, and yet we don’t pay any attention to what’s in our wine?!

Safe Option: Dry Farm Wines

If a Dry Farm Wine subscription isn’t in your budget, you can:

• Look for the USDA organic label on the bottle. This means that the grapes used to make the wine were grown organically, but does not mean the wine won’t contain other problematic additives. 

• Ask the staff at your local Whole Foods or even a good wine store to point you to the organic or biodynamic wines, some of which won’t be labeled as such. 

• When in doubt, choose wines from France, Switzerland, and Austria instead of California, as European wines are more likely to be organic and dry-farmed.

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Melaleuca Review

I’m gonna be completely honest here. This is a company that truly infuriates me. I’m not sure how they’ve accomplished their brainwashing, but they have people swearing up and down that they are safe despite the fact that every single ingredient label on their website proves otherwise. This is one of the worst greenwashing offenders I’ve ever seen and if I can help just one person realize it, than at least I’m making a difference!

Just SOME of the ingredients you will find in this brand that I would not personally use or recommend are (there’s legit too many to list here):

• Fragrance ❌ this is a loophole that needs to be avoided. There are NO laws requiring the ingredients in fragrance to be disclosed to consumers and it’s always a toxic storm that compromises your health.

• Loose titanium dioxide ❌ The health concern involving use of titanium dioxide involves inhalation of the loose powder form. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identifies inhalable titanium dioxide as possibly carcinogenic.

• Mineral Oil ❌ The EU mandates that the full refining history of the petrolatum must be known and proven to be non-carcinogenic. The US however sets no requirements on refinement. Some of the ways this might appear on ingredients labels include: Mineral oil, Petrolatum, Liquid paraffin, Paraffin oil. There is strong evidence that mineral oil hydrocarbons are the greatest contaminant of the human body, amounting to approximately 1 g per person. There have been studies done on women post delivery and scientists have found these contaminants in breast milk as well! The scariest of these possible contaminants is called 1,4 dioxane, an impurity found in 22 percent of all petroleum-based cosmetics that is a known human and animal carcinogen.

• PEGs ❌ While PEGs can be mild irritants, they’re less than desirable primarily because they help traffic funky chemicals across your epidermis, including a slug of impurities they’re often contaminated with. 😱According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, pollutants found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic).”

• Petroleum Bases ❌ see Mineral Oil above

• Phenoxyethanol ❌ is used as a preservative in cosmetic products to limit bacterial growth. Skin exposure to phenoxyethanol has been linked to allergic reactions ranging from eczema and hives to anaphylaxis. Infants exposed to phenoxyethanol can experience a depressed central nervous system leading to a decreased appetite, difficulty waking, skin color change, damaged DNA, and limpness of extremities.

• Methylisothiazolinone ❌ The biggest concern came to light when researchers conducted two recent laboratory studies on rat brain cells, and found that MI caused damage to those cells. The researchers stated, “a brief exposure to MI is highly toxic to cultured neurons.” The scientists went on to state that these toxic effects had been reported previously, and because of their widespread use, the consequences of chronic human exposure need to be evaluated. What was most concerning about this study was that the exposure was only 10 MINUTES long. Sadly, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CFTA) issued a response stating that MI is safe as it is already widely used in cosmetic formulas. In 2004 Europe limited the use of MI to 0.01 percent, or 100 parts per million (ppm), but U.S. companies still remain UNREGULATED. Additional studies have shown MI to cause dermatitis, and a 2012 study found it to be toxic during neural developmental stages to fetus, increasing the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities. The EWG also states that MI is a skin sensitizer and irritant, which means that it can cause contact allergies such as eczema. What’s crazy is a tonnnn of Mela gals were bashing a company not long ago for using this ingredient… Because the ingredient labels in this brand are so completely not transparent, most people don’t actually know what is in the products without doing some digging. Do the digging and you’ll find the exact ingredient they were educating to avoid. Crazy!

Some additional things that I recommend taking into consideration when deciding to support a brand:

– No certified organic ingredients are used  Certified organic cosmetic ingredients insure a higher level of purity and peace of mind. Many women with sensitive skin also prefer cosmetics made with as many organic ingredients as possible because the organic certification removes the risk of concentrated pesticide residue – a potential irritant that holds additional health concerns with repeat exposure. 

– Unspecified if minerals used are non-nano  Non-Nano and EcoCert are the most pure and safe options that you can look for. One of the many scary things about nanoparticles is that the materials are small enough to penetrate the skin or get inside the body through inhalation. Just to list a few common nanoparticles they are: titanium dioxide, zinc, silver, and fullerene. When these nanoparticles are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried around the body it can cause DNA and cell function damage, brain damage, liver damage, and affects on the immune system. On top of all of that, titanium dioxide specifically has shown MAJOR potential repercussions in offspring.

-Unspecified if plastics used are toxin free (all packaging)  Not only is plastic significantly worse for the environment, but not knowing if plastic packaging is toxin free means you risk toxins from the packaging leeching into your product. 

All this from a company that constantly preaches the importance of clean ingredients and swears up and down to be safe. This genuinely hurts my heart while also firing me up. My passion is helping others become conscious consumers who are confident in the products they are using!

If you’re ready to start detoxing your products and making the change to a more toxin free life, please head over to https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisingclean/ where you will find tons of resources and support!

Melanoma Awareness Month

Sun Protection is SO important… but not all sunscreen is safe.

Who’s looking to preserve their skin AND stay as healthy as possible??

If you want to have beautiful skin AND decrease your risk of melanoma- sunscreen is ESSENTIAL.

Melanoma might be the least common form of cancer, but it is also the deadliest. 

In 2022 in the United States, it is estimated that:

  • There will be 197,700 cases of melanoma diagnosed. Of those, 97,920 cases will be noninvasive and 99,780 cases will be invasive. Of the invasive cases,
    • 57,180 cases will occur in men.
    • 42,600 cases will occur in women.
  • There will be 7,650 deaths from the disease.
    • 5,080 will be men.
    • 2,570 will be women.

The link between melanoma and sun—especially sunburn—is abundantly clear:

  • The vast majority of melanomas are caused by UV exposure from the sun.
  • Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than five sunburns.
  • One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma later in life.

This is the product you DO NOT skip, friends. You, your partners, your kids, and anyone else you care about should be wearing a toxin free facial SPF every single day of the year and a toxin free body SPF when you’re going to be outside in the sun for any amount of time. 

Why is choosing safe sunscreen so important?

Did you know that 78 popular sunscreens were recently found to contain 3 X the FDA restricted levels of Benzene? Did you also know that Benzene is known to cause >> CANCER << in humans according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and other regulatory agencies?

*Source: study by Valisure May 2021

Additionally, these⚠️toxic ingredients are also commonly found in chemical sunscreens👇

❌ oxybenzone

❌ octinoxate

❌ parabens

❌ propylene glycol

❌ phenoxyethanol

❌ BHT

❌ fragrance

…also linked to cancer & other health concerns!

So which sunscreens should you go with?

My favorite Facial SPF (every human should be wearing everyday of the year) can be found here and is currently on sale for Memorial Day (Just got to “shop” “skincare” “sunlight facial SPF”) 👇

crunchi.com/jessicaderico/event/31720

My favorite body SPFs are the Think brand and All Good 👇

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