How To Be Smart In a World of Uninformed Painters

How to be Smart in a World of Uninformed Painters

You’ve been looking forward to painting for a while now. It took some work, but you found the perfect hue for the room. Then, there was the hassle of painting preparation.

Finally, you’re done with all the hard work, and it looks great, but you’ve got a problem.

The paint fumes are awful. You wonder if the fumes are dangerous.


Are Paint Fumes Dangerous?


Yes, paints can release chemicals that are carcinogens, reproductive toxins or ozone depleting compounds.

Standard paints give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs released into the air can cause immediate problems like eye and throat or lung irritation, headaches, dizziness, and vision problems.

And, the chemicals can cause longer term problems. Some chemicals cause cancer or reproductive and developmental effects in laboratory animals.

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?


Are Safe Paints Available?


Yes! You just need to know which ones to buy.

You can find safe interior and exterior paints and primers.


Three Quick Facts About Paint & VOCs


It’s pretty simple.

You only need to know three facts to keep yourself safe.

1. Low VOC paints actually have a lot of VOCs.

<<< Don’t buy low VOC paints.>>>

2. Zero VOC paints have 5 grams/liter or less of VOCs, but these paints may include other chemicals that simply aren’t good for you.

<<< Look for Zero VOC and the Green Seal 11 -2008 certification.>>>

3. It’s not just about the odor.

<<< Paint releases VOCs long after the paint is dry and you can no longer smell the odor.>>>


The Best Zero VOC Paints


Try paints made from natural raw ingredients like water, plant oils, plant dyes, clay, milk protein, bees’ wax, earth and mineral dyes. These are some of the safest products you can use.

Look into ECOS Paints – ecospaints.net. While not green seal certified, they publish their testing documents on their website, and they are a leader in VOC-free, organic paints and will ship to you.

You can buy safe paints locally if you shop smart. Look for Zero VOC as well as the Green Seal 11 2008 Certification.

It’ll take some label reading, but it’s worth it.

Here’s a good head start for you:

Benjamin Moore Natura™ and Aura™ interior latex paints are both good choices because the paints are Zero VOC as well as Green Seal certified.

The Green Seal certification will make sure that your paint has none of the following bad guys:

  • carcinogens
  • reproductive toxins
  • mutagens
  • hazardous air pollutants
  • ozone depleting compounds

One last tip!

Remember to opt for Zero VOC primer.


So, now you’re informed with the facts about safe paints. You can paint your nursery, children’s rooms or any room in your house confidently knowing that you’re using the best non-toxic, zero VOC paints.

Good job.

Zero VOC Paints

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Favorite Products – Lip Care Products that Work Well and Are Good For You

Favorite Non-Toxic Lip Care

Lip Balm – Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick

Review: Dr. Hauschka’s lip care stick is hands down the best lip balm I’ve ever used. It softens lips and protects against chapping and dryness. I wear it alone or under lip color to keep my lips hydrated. Since this is a bit more expensive than most lip balms, I’ve tried others and keep coming back to Dr. Hauschka. No funky scent or taste, this lip balm is simply perfect.

Where to Buy: You can buy Dr. Hauschka’s Lip Care Stick at most natural grocery stores.

Price: About $14 for 0.17 oz.


Fever Blister/Cold Sore Remedy – Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment

Review: Although this product is not marketed as a fever blister remedy, it is the best product I’ve used to head off fever blisters. It contains lavender oil, tea tree oil, jojoba seed oil, almond oil, Vitamin E and beeswax. Lavender and tea tree oil are recommended to soothe and reduce fever blisters. I apply this ointment at first sign of a problem and typically, I am able to reduce the inflammation and shorten the blister duration or avoid it altogether.  This is always in my bag when I travel. Of course, this product is free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum compounds and is also gluten and cruelty-free.

Where to Buy: You can buy Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment at most natural grocers.

Price: About $8 for 1.0 oz.

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Moisturizers for Body, Face and Hands: Favorites That Work Well and Are Good For You

Favorite Non-Toxic Moisturizers

All Purpose Skin Cream – Egyptian Magic

Review: Egyptian Magic is a great find for an all-purpose skin cream. The ingredients are simple and natural — olive oil, beeswax, honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis extract. Royal jelly is a liquid made by bees for the queen bee and was used by the ancient Egyptians as a skin cream. Egyptian Magic is an ideal facial moisturizer that will make your skin glow and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, but it can also be used to help heal scars, burns, eczema and other skin rashes, tame frizzy hair, soothe chapped lips, and moisturize dry skin on elbows and feet. It also works great as an eye cream or eye make up remover. This cream has appeared in numerous beauty magazines as a favorite beauty secret and I can see why. To use, simply rub the cream between your palms to turn into a liquid and smooth over your skin. It takes about 15 minutes to be absorbed.

Where to Buy: You can purchase Egyptian Magic on their website www.egyptianmagic.com or at many natural food stores.

Price: About $35 for a 4 oz. jar (it lasts a long time).


Body Lotion: Andalou Naturals Body Lotion

Review: Once you try this body lotion, you won’t want to use any other. For starters, it is a completely clean product with no GMOs, petrochemicals, phthalates, paraben, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes, fragrances, triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA which you find in many personal care products. It is also vegan, gluten and cruelty free. The key ingredients are aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, argan oils, advanced fruit stem cells and bioactive 8 berry complex. Advanced fruit stem cells are derived from apple and grape and provide universal cells to increase longevity of skin’s stem cells and combat the visible signs of aging. Bioactive 8 berry complex are antioxidants to increase collagen and elastin. I love the Citrus Verbena but it also comes in other formulations like 1000 Roses and Clementine Ginger. You don’t need to worry about this lotion sitting on top of your skin and feeling oily because it is quickly absorbed and your skin looks and feels great.

Where to Buy: You can purchase Andalou Body Lotion on their website www.andalou.com or at many natural food stores.

Price: About $10 for 8 oz.


Tinted Face Moisturizer with SPF: Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30

Review: This product is amazing. I had looked for years for a tinted moisturizer that wouldn’t clog my pores and would give me just a hint of color and finally found this product. Of course, I love the fact that it is a completely clean product with no GMOs, petrochemicals, phthalates, paraben, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes, fragrances, triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA which you find in many personal care products. It is also vegan, gluten and cruelty free. This product provides a naturally sheer, mineral-tint color and while I usually wear it alone, it can also be worn under make-up. Once I began using this product, I started getting compliments on my skin because the tint and the minerals catch the light and make your skin look luminous. Since this offers sheer coverage, for those who want more complete coverage, you will need to add some mineral powder. The product also includes fruit stem cell complex to reduce visible signs of aging.

Where to Buy: You can purchase Andalou Naturals All in One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30 on their website www.andalou.com or at many natural food stores.

Price: About $20 for 2 oz.


Hand Cream: Andalou Naturals Shea Butter + Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

Review: If you are like me, you hate having greasy hands after applying hand cream. This product solves that problem and your hands will look amazing. The key ingredients are aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, and advanced fruit stem cells. Advanced fruit stem cells are derived from apple and grape and provide universal cells to increase longevity of skin’s stem cells and combat the visible signs of aging. It is also great for your nails and cuticle. I find that it is long-lasting even after hand washings. You’ll love how smooth your hands will look even in winter. Available in lavender, Clementine and lime blossom. As with all Andalou products, this product contains no GMOs, petrochemicals, phthalates, paraben, sulfates, synthetic colors, dyes, fragrances, triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA which you find in many personal care products. It is also vegan, gluten and cruelty free

Where to Buy: You can purchase Andalou Naturals Shea Butter + Cocoa Butter Hand Cream on their website www.andalou.com or at many natural food stores.

Price: About $10 for 3.4 oz.


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Pure Living Space is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers listed in Favorite Products so you can be certain that these reviews are unbiased.