Chemo is Over! | Are your personal products safe?

Well, chemo is officially O-V-E-R! Yay! I promised pictures from our party so here they are!

Now that chemo is over, I have about a month off before I begin 33 rounds of radiation. I will need to do a mapping session and get my tattoos. (Yes, they are real, permanent tattoos that maybe I will design into a heart. Hmmm… ;))

I also wanted to share an app that I heard about at the Stupid CancerΒ (PLEASE check out this organization if you haven’t. They support the young adult cancer survivor community and are AMAZING!)Β conference that I attended. I think it is so important to share this with others because I am really wondering if personal products caused my cancer. The app is called “Think Dirty” and you can download it from the App store if you have an iPhone. (I’m sure it’s available for Droid as well.) You simply scan your product and it will rate it from a 1-10 and show how carcinogenic the product is. This completely amazed me. ALL of my products rated a 9 or a 10 and I couldn’t believe it. Who knew that Aveeno body wash that is supposedly “natural and good for your skin” rated a 9 and mimics hormones in the body? (And my tumor was hormone positive – a bit scary.) Below is a picture of what the app looks like:

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I’m now switching to all natural and organic products such as body washes and lotions. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments. I’m always searching for a favorite that doesn’t break the bank! I recommend everyone download this app and think twice about what we are putting on our skin!

I recently purchased the following natural products and they rated a 1. I’m in search for an all-natural face moisturizer, body lotion and shampoo/conditioner. I’ll be sure to let you know how they are:

Stay strong and beautiful! (Also prayers for my hair to grow are welcome! ;))

xo,

Monique

8 thoughts on “Chemo is Over! | Are your personal products safe?

  1. Thinking of you Monique!! I found an awesome (I think!) face care line called Ann Webb Skin. Found it at Whole Foods. I’ll download the app and hopefully it’s fabulous for you πŸ™‚

    1. I’ll have to try that! Thanks so much, Lily, and hope you are doing well! πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on finishing Chemo!!!
    Check out my bath & body products post. Lots of clean products.

    1. Thank you, Jenn! I’ll have to check it out! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Monique!! Congrats on ending chemo! I know you don’t know me. I used to work with Steve at town spa. I have been following your blogs and am amazed at how strong you are. Anyway, my sister is very into holistic healing and she started me on the AVA ANDERSON company which has now switched names to pure haven essentials. I use their whole face line. I didn’t love their body wash though. They have everything-even house hold cleaners and things for pets!! Hope that helps a little πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jamie! Thanks for following me! I have heard of that company but I haven’t tried it yet! Do you like their ace moisturizer? πŸ™‚

  4. Monique, Thank you for reaching out to me on Instagram. I am so glad you found me and my blog. It’s great to find other young women who are going through the same experience and facing the same challenges. I will have to check out that app. I have used another database online that rates products in the same way. I am trying to incorporate more organic and natural products into my daily routine. Which facial moisturizer are you using now? I am seeing a new esthetician later this month that specialized in natural products and I am looking forward to getting some good recommendations for natural products.

    1. Thank you, Anna! Thanks for reading my blog! I’m currently using Neutrogena (and I have for years). I’m trying to find a good all natural one with SPF. I received a recommendation to try BeautyCounter. They are an all natural makeup company. I haven’t tried it yet but want to. I’m curious to see what your esthetician recommends! πŸ™‚

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