If you want to understand the problem of “Fragrance” better, this is the movie you want to see (even the trailer is quite informative)…

See all of STINK here.


Learn More

Check out the LightenUp Simply Facebook page for more articles related to toxins in commonly used products.

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families is a national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals.

Environmental Working Group  is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Helpful apps and information to help you make safer daily decisions and purchases.

The Detox Project, a professional online conference for personal detoxification education.









Anne Steinemann’s Green Clean Fact Sheet. Quick info on the prevalence and danger of fragranced products.

What is meant by “Body Burden” when referring to toxicity? 

Junk in Your Trunk, an article on how cosmetics and personal care items can harm your health.



Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle Are you considering “lightening up” because of an autoimmune or chronic condition? I have benefitted immensely from Dr. Keesha Ewer’s medical practice.  You won’t want to miss her recently published book Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle. She provides insight and many tools to deepen your healing journey. Her approach is highly effective and recommended! Take a look at some of her resources.

Super Natural Home If you are looking for next steps (after cleaning and personal care) to make your home a safer place, you’ll want to read Beth Greer’s, Super Natural Home. She offers insight into a total home detox including the kitchen, food, water, cosmetics, body care, furnishings and air quality.  She’s thorough and shares many resources.


Essential Oils

Want to learn more about using essential oils? Or already know that you’d like to include them in your new routine? Have a look at my  essential oils page.

photo provided by: Erleen Tilton


Do you Know?

The CDC reports that the average person has 212 chemicals in their blood and urine. 1

Modern Makeup and household cleaning products are largely chemically based and not tested for safety.

The EWG discovered that nearly 400 products sold in the USA contain chemicals that are unsafe and prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries.

According to the EWG, there are potentially hundreds of chemicals in a single product’s secret fragrance mixture. A number of them are potentially hazardous including, acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol…

Most conventional dish and laundry detergents are made from petroleum, a nonrenewable synthetic resource.

The NRDC found that 12 of 14 popular air freshener brands contained phthalates. These are chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems.

Most candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum product, linked with kidney and bladder tumors in animals. When burned, fragrance from these candles emit toxic chemicals as by-products.

Regular household cleaners are a top contributor to indoor air pollution.  They contain chemicals that can be more dangerous than germs themselves. Every time your children roll around on the carpet or your pet licks crumbs off the floor, they are being exposed to noxious chemicals.

Products labeled “natural” or “organic” may still contain toxic chemicals as there is no standard set for this kind of labeling.

(Source: Super Natural Home by Beth Greer, 2009)

My Top 5 Chemical Reducers for your home and Body

Foaming Soap Dispenser

Liquid Castile Soap

Organic Jojoba Oil

Flameless Candles

E-cloth 4 Pack