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Time to Think Pink Everyone - Rally!
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Daily retreat & renew tip
October 06, 2011 

Pink It Up
Jolene Hart, Beauty Editor



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, when everything from NFL armbands to soup cans turn pink.

But we want you to keep these 4 tips in mind all year (we will start with two tips and link to the last 2), not just over the next few weeks, to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful, cancer-causing chemicals.

 1.) Pay special attention to the household cleaners and air fresheners you use.

 A 2010 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health linked regular, combined exposure to household cleaners and air fresheners to a higher incidence of breast cancer. Purchase natural cleansers or try making your own spray cleaner by combining equal parts white vinegar and water.

For air freshener, I add a few drops of ginger bergamot (choose your scent) to some water in a spritzer, a few squirts, and my house smells as fresh as daisies! 

2.) Go natural when choosing cosmetics.

“The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) organization has assessed fewer than 20 % of the ingredients found in cosmetic products. The rest have never been tested for safety by any public organization. Meanwhile, companies use many products that have been linked with health problems because they are inexpensive, readily available, and allowed,” writes Britta Aragon, cancer survivor and author of When Cancer Hits.

Check Healing Lifestyles updates for our own natural cosmetic picks and use our Safe Skin Care Guide as a resource.
 
Read on for our other two tips plus spa it up with a few of our favorite natural ways to treat yourself and feel beautiful while contributing to breast cancer-related fundraising…

We can't leave you without a recipe! While we usually stick to veggie recipes, sometimes we offer up options to those meat eaters out there. Remember you can always substitute. Miraval (seems to be Miraval week for us!) has a fantastic pork tendeloin lettuce wrap recipe that you need to check out below, a perfect creative weekend dish!


Melo Studios, located in Ardmore, PA is owned and operated by Olivia Lotz. I strive to live sustainably, and enjoy the challenge of applying this philosophy to my products. I buy domestic soy wax from a local distributor, use almost all recycled materials, and spend my weekends trolling yard sales and thrift stores for my coveted vintage glass. In keeping with my all-natural spirit, I use essential oils and cotton wicks, and hand-pour all of my candles.


Recipe - Top
 
  Lettuce Cups
 
 Who needs Asian restaurants
 when you can make these
 delicious lettuce cups with
 Asian mairnated Kurobuta pork
 tenderloin in your own
 kitchen?! 


 

 
  

 

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