I am a breast cancer survivor focused on living as physically and emotionally healthy as possible - while still enjoying life! I wanted to share my story and bring safer skincare products to you! All products featured and sold on this site are lovingly curated by me. I have been researching ingredients extensively since my diagnosis. I never allow parabens, phenoxyethanol or other nasties that are questionable to me based on my personal research. See below for a little bit more about my story and why I started this site. Enjoy and be well! xo
In May of 2017 I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I had just turned 48 and was in total shock. Hearing the words spoken to me didn't feel real. The following month was a whirlwind of appointments, surgery and planning for further treatment. I had a lumpectomy with one lymph node removed (thankfully it did not spread), radiation and I have recently completed five years of hormone therapy. To say that I am thankful for all of the doctors and nurses who saved me and were kind to me is an understatement. Cancer did change me. I am calmer and more focused on self care. Life is certainly stressful and always will be. But now I look at everything around me and everything I do and ask, "Is this healthy or is this toxic - physically and emotionally". I am more mindful of my reactions to everything and everyone around me. I truly am thankful for every single day. Even though many days are hard emotionally, I am doing my best.
There are so many toxins in our products and our environment - many of them are carcinogens also (they cause cancer). I wanted to eliminate them from my life as much as possible. Now, I am so happy to make it possible for you to purchase clean products for your self-care journey to a healthier, less toxic lifestyle! Enjoy! :)
After exhausting so many questions of why I got breast cancer and researching possible causes, I realized that there were a few things that I could change and have total control over. I needed to manage stress better and get more sleep for starters. I could continue to eat a healthy diet (even healthier), limit alcohol and continue my exercise. But a huge thing that I could change was ALL the products I was using...hair, makeup, body products, household cleaners - pretty much everything including dental floss! The more I researched the more I was appalled.
There are so many chemicals that we have just accepted as being safe enough because they must be if they are on the store shelves, right? But, no. Our skin absorbs almost everything that we put on it. I had been using "eco-friendly" products and made some small steps towards using safer skincare products but there are still so many toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that are being used - especially in our skin, hair and makeup products. According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the United States trails the rest of the world in banning toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics: https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/2021/08/protecting-consumers-toxics-cosmetics-us-lags-least-80-countries
After researching extensively (to the best of my knowledge) there are in fact much healthier/safer products out there - lots of them. I am grateful to each company who has brought forth beautiful, thoughtful products that work and make you feel so good. I didn't realize there were so many companies out there who care about product safety in addition to caring about the therapeutic effects also. Not surprisingly, many of these companies were started by women who are cancer survivors.
I'll never know for sure what caused my breast cancer. More and more studies link these toxic chemicals to certain cancers and specifically breast cancer. My dream has been to own a shop of my own and technology has been able to make this possible through the magic of drop shipping!! I want to share awareness about the safety of what we put on our skin. New Products will continuously be added. Spread the word and be well! xo