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Should We Be So Tickled Pink This Month?


This is a very special post written by the gorgeous Monique Reavis of  Monique Reavis is a menswear designer by day, a beauty blogger by night and an information aficionada 24-7. She is the founder of, where she promotes toxin-free beauty for all its longevity and disease-prevention benefits. When she is not fighting cancer-causing villains, you can find her at a karaoke bar.

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As you very well know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It seems like the whole country is draped in Breast Cancer Awareness pink. One of the biggest contributors to Breast Cancer Awareness is the beauty industry. While I’m all for the contributing to the advancement of breast cancer research and women’s health, there is some integrity missing in the movement.


Many of the biggest beauty contributors to the cause sell products with not-so-lovely toxins in them; some of these toxins are carcinogens linked to breast cancer. Gasp. I’d rather send my money lovingly to breast cancer awareness funds on my own and toss out the “pinkwashed” makeup completely!

But guess what? It isn’t all beauty gloom and doom…there is some relief! There are some great beauty companies out there that are creating a healthy change with toxin-free/low-toxin products and raising money for this great cause. Look beautiful, absorb some beauty goodness, and contribute this month with some of these greats: Josie Maran Cosmetics, Jane Iredale, Soleil Organique, and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

So, now that you are a more discerning Breast Cancer Awareness customer, let’s talk about a couple of toxins you should avoid from here on out in prevention of breast cancer. It’s time to squint and read those beauty ingredients!

Parabens: Look for any ingredient that ends in “paraben”. Parabens are estrogen mimickers, meaning when absorbed it takes on the qualities of estrogen. It is key not to increase our estrogen levels in prevention of breast cancer. Here is the kicker: parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors and it makes healthy breast cells act as cancer cells.

Phthalates: Phthalates are linked to early puberty in girls, which significantly increases the chance of breast cancer later in life.

  • Phthalates disrupt our glands. Look for any ingredient that ends in “phthalate”. A common carrier of phthalates is nail polish and synthetic fragrances. Make sure your nail polishes are free of the nasties by buying dibutyl phthalate (or DBP) free nail polishes. Luckily, the nail polish brands free of this chemical nasty happily advertise their clean formulations.
  • Stay away from the vague ingredient “fragrance” on every one of your personal care products, from shampoo to deodorant to detergents. Think twice before you spray your coveted bottle from the fragrance counter. Look for “naturally derived fragrance”. Rely on essential oils to make you irresistible!

Just as we keep our diets clean for maximum health, our skin and respiratory system needs to absorb the clean stuff too for our overall health and breast health. Breasts totally rock, so let’s treat them that way!

Let me know in the comments how you are going to increase your breast health!


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