Lots of companies claim their products are natural, non-toxic and never tested on animals. But, if you check the ingredients, something as simple as shampoo can contain loads of toxins. .
This quest for organic and responsibly resourced products began when my sister, Alicia, experienced failing health. She was nearly overcome with a barrage of symptoms that were indicative of three illnesses, rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism and Lupus.
Although she was being seen by several specialists, who were bouncing her from one set of meds to another, her health continued to decline. Finally, she became proactive and started doing her own research on pinning down the causes of the illnesses and what she could do to fight back when modern medicine was failing her.
She began studying organics, and getting rid of foods, household cleaners and toiletries that contained toxins. This didn't come about overnight but was a gradual replacement as she learned about the massive array of toxins in ordinary foods and daily-used products that can make us sick. It's amazing though, how our bodies will maximize on even little things we do to help them get healthier and grow stronger.
Exchanging Rx for no Rx needed
From the get-go, even with her small changes, Alicia started getting better. Within a few months she went from not being able to dress herself and having to crawl up her stairs to throwing hay and grooming horses at a local farm for rescued equines.
Today, although she has the diagnoses listed above, the only prescription med she takes is one for her thyroid. She maintains turmeric, ginger and cilantro in her diet to keep away the majority of the symptoms produced by the illnesses she was diagnosed with. She's also careful to not groom herself with toxins, or use them in cleaning supplies.
No Rx was needed to move to an organic lifestyle and help her get her health back and as time goes on, she continues to improve and gain ground.
Okay ... I've said all that to tell you about a company and its products she and I were recently introduced to called Ava Anderson - quality without harmful chemicals.
We've not only researched the resourcing, ingredients and manufacturing information on this company, we've tested several of its products and we love them.
Reputation and integrity
Ava Anderson's company gained our interest because a local artist we have great respect for, who also has a professional background in the luxury cosmetics and beauty industries, brought Ava Anderson's organic product line to our attention.
Her name is Rita Davis, and she's a well known and respected business woman with a wonderful array of expertise in beauty products. In doing some research for organic products, she found Ava Anderson's company and after a great deal of investigation was impressed with the company enough to not only use their products but to work as an Ava Anderson consultant.
We are sooooo happy she did, and that she invited us to an Ava Hour where we were able to gain a wider scope of the many products Ava Anderson's company is offering for those who desire to step away from main-stream name brands that are selling products either laced or outright saturated with synthetic chemical compounds, are resourcing in a non-friendly or sustainable fashion and are animal testing, even when they broadcast they aren't.
Recent Avon, Revlon, Noxelle (makers of Noxema and Cover Girl cosmetics), Faberge, Mary Kay and Amway caught international media attention for animal testing. These have at least stopped. Proctor & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive say they've reduced animal testing but not stopped it.
I was so disgusted with the companies above who stopped their horrible practice because they got caught and their sales plummeted, I'll never purchase another product from them again regardless. Integrity is what's maintained when no one is watching. They rated a huge-whopping fail in that area and I feel I'm soiling my site just to even mention them here.
Ava Anderson not only passed, but gets a big gold star of approval not just from flashPress and me personally but the company name is popping up all over the internet in articles and videos made by people who love her products' quality in providing toxin-free products that eco-friendly and cruelty-free.
The scoop on dirt
Being pro-active and questioning practices is a good bit of what turned my sister's health around. She started checking labels. If you want to be healthy, it's your responsibility to be watch-dogging the products you use, at least to the extent that you're capable of.
Just because a product is FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved, DOESN'T mean it's safe to use.
While Europe bans 1,371 listed toxins from their personal care products, the U.S. bans only 11. For more in-depth information on this and other not-so-nice practices putting you at risk, read The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard.
Not only are we at risk by doing our laundry, washing our bodies and our pets with toxic elements, when we're done with them they usually go down our drain. We've not only contaminated ourselves and the indoors with them, we've contaminated the outdoors with them too.
Sharing is caring? Not when it comes to toxins.
The Why-Factor of Ava Anderson company
When Ava Anderson was a very young woman, in fact a teen, she got it in mind to do some label-scoping of the daily cosmetics her mama and grand-mama were using. She was appalled at the ingredients on the products she was looking at and started tossing them one by one, as she finished the ingredients list, into the trash.
Many of them were high-end luxury-line cosmetics. Regardless of the price, to her they were poison and the best place for them was the garbage bin.
Her mother and grandma weren't too happy and one of them even began retrieving the products as Ava was tossing them.
Exasperated and concerned the teen began a mission to not only get the products removed but replaced with non-toxic alternatives, and so the research began and ultimately, the mission accomplished.
Her once-small company is growing rapidly and the products are of such luxurious quality that many consumers are replacing their old toxin-laden products with those produced by Ava Anderson's company, even if they have to do it in in sections. It might start with household cleaners and from there bath and body products, then on to candles or pet products.
Ava Anderson's on an organic roll and her clients are loving the work she's doing.
Below is a short video that portrays a fun interpretation of Ava Anderson's continued goal to provide non-toxic alternatives to the free market.
Rita Davis did an exquisite job of presenting both Ava Anderson as a company but also in educating us on the specific products Ava offers, how they work, what her experience has been with them, and the ingredients used.
Her passion and enthusiasm about the non-toxic and cruelty-free aspects was palpable as was her relation of how beautifully the products have performed in her own use of them.
Since then, Nee and I have both tried and immediately LOVED the Ava products we tested and subsequently purchased and personally, I've developed big love for the Ava hair care products and I plan to be spreading the word about them to others in the dreadlock community. More on that another time, though!
That's it for this one! If you'd like more information on Ava Anderson's awesome products, have a look at Rita's Ava-link (CLICK HERE). She's available by appointment for private consults in the home or business as well as for Ava Hour parties and can also be reached via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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