5 Non Toxic Safe Cleaning Products For Your Home

Let me provide my rationale, thinking, and opinions behind today’s post – 5 Non Toxic Safe Cleaning Products For Your Home.

I’m the girl who moves recyclable products from the trash to the correct bin.  Being “green” has always been important to me.  I try not to waste, I reuse, and I’m pretty into “natural” ways, as well.  I try not to take medicine (unless medically necessary!), and I try my best to live a healthy life… my version of a healthy life as everyone’s is different.

Ever since William was born, I’ve begun learning even more about this green, natural lifestyle (if you’d like to call it that).  I placed more of an importance on what I put in my body when I was pregnant with him, currently as I’m still nursing, and what I feed him.  I’m careful with what I put ON my body, too.  Did you know our SKIN is our largest organ and toxic chemicals go through our skin and get absorbed into our bloodstream so quickly?  It’s more dangerous to put a product on your skin than to eat because our bodies detoxify what we eat. Our skin does not.  Sorry for the side note there.  But alas, today’s post focuses on 5 non-toxic, safe cleaning products for your home.

5 safe nontoxic cleaning products for your home

All of these products can be found on the Ava Anderson Non Toxic site.  Email me – itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com prior to ordering for free shipping!

Since William is a baby (ok, toddler), he’s everywhere and into everything.  And a good majority still goes in his mouth.  He’s getting better about that, but especially in his younger days, literally everything went in his mouth.  That meant that whatever products I cleaned his toys or books with was going in his mouth.  UGH!  That’s when Ava Anderson Non Toxic entered our lives.  I feel good about using these products in every room of my house knowing full well that William will be in there.  Everywhere from the kitchen to the laundry room to our bedrooms, you name it!  Alright, here are the magical safe, non-toxic products:

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 1)  avaHOME Laundry Detergent Pods: ($23.90, set of 2 bags, 24 pods each) These are life changing!  I’d always bought “natural” or “baby” or unscented laundry detergent before, but after learning that there was nothing natural about them, I made the switch.  William gets patches of eczema and it was suggested to switch laundry detergents to prevent it from irritating his skin further.  Along with lotion and non-toxic soap, William’s eczema is completely managed.  Also, I don’t have to buy two separate laundry detergents anymore (one for him, one for me).  Now I wash ALL our laundry with these pods.

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2) avaHOME All Purpose & Glass Cleaner Spray: ($18.95, set of 2, 17 oz each) I use these EVERYWHERE!  I constantly wipe down the kitchen counters, I clean the mirrors, and too frequently, I have to clean up William’s throw up in his room.  (Yes, he’s still a puker.)  It’s great on hardwood floors, and I even use it on his crib.  I feel good about it because there are no toxic chemicals that linger in a room where he spends so much time (sleeping).  I definitely don’t want him breathing in toxic chemicals.

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3) avaHOME Organic Liquid Dish Soap: ($21.95, set of 2, 16 oz each) I feel like people talk all the time about organic food. No matter what your opinion is on the issue, I think we can agree that we should all be cognizant about what we put in our body most of the time.  Well, think about the dishes that you eat from.  The food sits on there which goes into your body. Soap is more important than you think.  Plus, just a drop or two lifts grease with no harmful chemicals.  Again, I use this on everything, including William’s bottles, sippy cups, and dishes. (I do recommend purchasing the pump for an addition dollar.)

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4) avaBODY Moisturizing Hand Soap: ($24.95, 8 oz soap with pump & 16 oz refill, $13.95 for just the 16 oz refill)  How many times a day do you wash your hands, especially in the winter or if you have kids?  For me, it’s probably close a million. (Possible slight exaggeration.) I don’t want my hands to get dried out yet I do want them clean without the toxic chemicals, so this moisturizing hand soap is wonderful.  I have one in each of my bathrooms, as well as by the kitchen sink.

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5) avaHOME Dishwasher Detergent Pods: ($25.90, set of 2, 24 pods each)  We talked about the importance of soap on dishes earlier, and dishwasher detergent is no different.  In addition, these pods are biodegradable, fragrance free, and highly effective.  They make your dishes sparkle! 😉

When viewing the prices, keeping in mind that many items come in sets of two.  Usually you pay a lot more for “natural” or “organic” or whatever, but these truly are safe and non-toxic for a really great price!  When I first learned about Ava Anderson, I was baffled at how reasonable the prices were.  Most of the time, it was actually less expensive than what I was already spending!

And now, the main reason for my desire to have safe and non-toxic products in my home, on our bodies, and all around:

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My main squeeze!  (Obviously we use avaBABY body wash & shampoo! Haha)

All of these products can be found on the Ava Anderson Non Toxic site.  Email me – itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com prior to ordering for free shipping! Enter January’s party number 125145 when ordering or email me for the current party number.

Whenever you spend $95 or more, you receive a free product!  This month, it’s the avaSKIN Moisturizer ($19.95 value!).

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm and stay healthy! xo, Linz

Have you heard of…

I was scrolling through my phone and found a few random photos of some new-to-me products that I thought were worth sharing.  Some are brands I was previously unfamiliar with and others are brands I currently use, but new items.  So let’s play a game today called: Have you heard of…

Have you heard of… fresh & co goji berry protein bar?

goji berry protein bar

I received this in my MizzFit Quarterly Co box and ate it yesterday.  It is AMAZING!  I love that there are just a few ingredients, and recognizable ones at that.  Plus, goji berries are known to be “super foods” as they deliver many benefits.  It kind of reminds me of a Larabar because it’s chewy and naturally sweet.  I’m going to have to find out where I can purchase more of these bad boys!

Have you heard of… Halo Top protein ice cream?

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I’m not going to lie… I did not have high expectations for this ice cream.  Real ice cream is pretty much the best thing in the world, so a “healthier” version didn’t sound too promising.  The verdict? I was thoroughly impressed!  It wasn’t protein-y at all and the nutritional stats rock as there’s 240 calories, 24 grams of protein, 20 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of fat.  And that’s for the WHOLE pint.  I wish my grocery store carried their birthday cake flavor, but since that’s a newer flavor they don’t.  I’ll keep looking.

Have you heard of… Skoop performance beet blend?

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This healthy Skoop Ignite berry beet Performance Beet Blend is to be taken 30 minutes prior to working out by mixing it with water.  The benefits include:

  • Endurance: Increased blood flow means you can run longer, swim with fewer breaths, cycle further, you name it.
  • Resilience: Helps reduce recovery times DURING your workout–so you can bounce back quicker from bursts of activity, like sprints.
  • Energy: D-Ribose provides lasting, sustained energy throughout your workout.

How’s the taste?  Well… it does taste like beets.  I like beets, but combining it with just water does not taste like the best thing.  However, I usually take it in the morning, so I mix it in with my oatmeal or smoothie so other flavors take over.  If I want to take it in the afternoon or later in the day when I’m not eating right before, I gulp it down pretty quickly.  I do like the benefits and the slight jolt it gives me without the caffeine.  I like how it’s a “natural” product.

Have you heard of… goodness knows peach & cherry almond dark chocolate bar?

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The cherries sweetened this bar perfectly!  It was harder than the other bar, but I still enjoyed it as a crunchy snack.  This was another new-to-me brand and I was a big fan of this flavor!

Have you heard of… Ava Anderson Non Toxic Body Scrub?

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Ava Anderson Non Toxic has the safest products around.  I originally started purchasing them for baby William as I was concerned with the ingredients in typical baby products, but quickly fell in love with all of their lines.  My current obsession is their body scrub.  It is the most moisturizing scrub I’ve ever used.  I use it right before I shave my legs and I don’t even need shaving cream, not to mention it exfoliates perfectly.  The new candy cane is PERFECT for this upcoming holiday season.  I will be gifting lots of these to my girl friends.  Ava Anderson Non Toxic also has a new peppermint candle which will pair nicely for a gift.  I love holiday scents!

~Use code 111759 when placing your order.  E-mail me to receive free shipping.

Which of these brands / products have you heard of? What’s something new to you that’s worth sharing?

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Non Toxic August Specials

Is it Friday yet?  I try to stay positive, but this week has wiped me out.  I woke up Tuesday morning feeling absolutely sick, so I had to call into work – something that usually only happens once or twice a year.  I slept the great majority of the day and night, and felt mostly better yesterday, but had to play catch up at school.  I still felt run down, but have been going to bed earlier, and am getting my energy back.  It’s amazing what sleep (or lack of) will do for you, am I right or am I right?

So just wanted to pop in today and share the Non Toxic August Specials before the month is over.  I’ve been getting tons of emails inquiring about them and I think it’s one of the best I’ve seen yet, so definitely hop on it while it’s still available!  Don’t forget, I do offer free shipping, so email me when you’re ready to place your order.

As you know, I’m an Ava Anderson Non Toxic Independent Consultant.  I’ve slowly switched my entire skin care over to AANT, and am loving it.  Each month, I’ve added a couple new products to try, and as I use them, I realize they’re keepers.  Ava Anderson is overtaking my bathroom counter!

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My newest obsessions are the avaSKIN moisturizing mask and the avaSKIN night serum.  I bought the blemish stick, but I’ve literally never used it since my skin is so clear from my new routine.

Last month, I purchased the avaSKIN hyaluronic acid.  I use it every morning before moisturizing and it really brightens up my skin.  This month, you can get it for FREE with any $95 order or more.  This is the second month in a row that the special item is something I bought the last month haha.  Well, now I’ll be stocked up!  I’ve been using it over a month now, and have barely made a dent in the bottle.  These products go a long way because they’re so pure.

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I love that the hyaluronic acid protects against the UVB rays because, even though I constantly wear SPF, I’m outside a lot.  It’s an all around great product and it’s never too early to be proactive in protecting and taking care of your skin!  This pairs perfectly with the night serum too!

And since there were over 1,000 new consultants that joined in July (yes, 1,000+!!!), Ava Anderson created this awesome August only deal.  It’s a FREE “rewards-start now” product pack (almost a $75 value!) when you have two parties of $300+ in the first 30 days (not hard to do!).  Pretty sweet.

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And then because it’s August and it’s back to school time, here’s the back to school essentials poster, as well.  Something for everyone.

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There ya have it.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Truthfully, the avaSKIN and the avaBABY are my absolutely favorite lines from Ava Anderson.  Without a doubt, they surpass any other brands I’ve used, not to mention they’re completely and truly non toxic and organic, which means I don’t have a worry in the world when using them on myself and baby William.

Check it all out HERE and email me for free shipping.  I do offer free shipping out of my own pocket because I believe it’s worth it and I want to get the products in your hands and make you an Ava Anderson lover, too!

What products have you been loving in August?

What’s in the Ava Anderson Non Toxic Business Kit?

I’ve been getting an overwhelming response ever since I announced Ava Anderson Non Toxic on the blog.  It’s awesome!  Keep the questions and orders coming!  I’m so happy to help share a message about the dangers of toxic chemicals and what we can do about them.  Ava Anderson Non Toxic is all about the ingredients.  The right ingredients.  Safe, organic, toxin-free, and harmful-chemical free.  Ingredients you can feel good about.  Ingredients you can trust for your family that are both safe and extremely effective.

One of the biggest questions I keep being asked is, “What should I buy first?” When I first responded to this question, I wrote a ridiculously long email back detailing the many products I would suggest and why.  I also mentioned how it depended on what she was looking for as there are so many different parts of the line (skin, face, body, sun, scent, kids, hair, home, smile, baby, garden, men, auto, bugs, pet, or candle).  She told me she appreciated my response, my enthusiasm, but she still felt incredibly overwhelmed.  Haha oops, sorry about that!  Living and learning!  So now I’ve condensed my answer to the Ava Anderson Non Toxic Business Kit and here’s why.

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The Ava Anderson Non Toxic Business Kit is a great sampler of the entire line.  You get products from avaSKIN, avaBODY, avaFACE, avaHAIR, avaBABY, avaMEN, avaHOME, avaSUN, and avaSCENT.  I’ll go into detail about what exactly you receive because that was my biggest question when I was considering purchasing the business kit.  The Ava Anderson Non Toxic Business Kit costs $99.  While this may sound like a lot of money right away, let me tell you why it’s worth every penny.

  • Close to $500 worth of products
  • 30% discount on all other products
  • No commitment, no minimum, or no annual fee
  • Receive 30% of sales back when others buy from you
  • Non toxic, organic products that you can trust

A quote posted on the Ava Anderson Facebook page really hit home with me:

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want. –Anna Lappe

Not only are the major manufacturers using harmful chemicals linked to disease in conventional products, but they are financially supporting a bill that would prevent states from passing legislation to prevent these chemicals from commerce in their states, due to a lack of the federal government to do so… HERE is more information.

Here’s the thing: you’re already purchasing products to use whether it’s skin care products, cleaning products, or items for the kids.  Why not invest in a line that’s good for you, your family, and the environment?  And here’s the kicker: Ava Anderson Non Toxic products are NOT expensive!  I’m constantly amazed at how reasonable the prices are – especially in comparison with other “natural” brands (which aren’t really so natural after all!).

Alright, so what’s in the Ava Anderson Non Toxic Business Kit?

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The 6-piece avaSKIN set which includes makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliator, toner, moisturizer, and the sugar lip scrub.  This set alone costs $99.95 so you’ve immediately made your business kit purchase worth it.  Plus, you get the eye cream, too.  A little goes a long way, so these products last a long time.

  • Makeup Remover: Gently wipes away face and eye makeup with ease – no need for two different makeup removers as this spray takes it all off
  • Cleanser: Antioxidant and enriching cleanser leaves the skin clean and refreshed
  • Exfoliator: Fine apricot kernels and skin softening ingredients buff away dry skin, dirt, and imperfections, leaving your skin fresh and radiant. Improves skin tone and texture
  • Toner: Non drying, non stinging, made with yucca, a natural antiseptic, and witch hazel which opens pores and removes impurities
  • Moisturizer: Enriched with antioxidants, conditioners, emollients, nourishing oils and vitamins, to achieve radiant skin with improved elasticity
  • Sugar Lip Scrub: Gently exfoliates and leaves them smooth, soft, and nourished
  • Eye Cream: Moisturizes and firms, while reducing fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and discoloration

ava anderson travel set

This travel set is awesome because you get a sample of the great avaBODY line with shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, shower gel, and hand & body lotion.  This travel set is not available for purchase outside of the business kit.

  • Shampoo & Conditioner: Designed to repair and restore, safe for color-treated hair, too
  • Hand Sanitizer: Organic essential oils work together to cleanse and moisturize hands naturally and safely – no alcohol
  • Shower Gel: Naturally citrus scented gel is packed with organic oils to leave your skin clean, soft, and smooth
  • Hand & Body Lotion: Delivers gentle hydration and moisture to the skin, leaves hands and skin soft, not greasy

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Three of my new favorite products!   The avaSCENT Hope smells SO good!!! I used my old perfume (aka probably filled with toxic chemicals) the other day because now I just want to use it up, and it gave me the biggest headache!  Yeah, won’t be doing that again.  I’ve never used “natural” makeup before, but I was pleasantly impressed with how well the mascara works!  There’s no smudging, flaking, clumping, or brittleness! The lip gloss comes in five shades, and I want to try their lip stick, too!

  • Hope: Fruity with passion flowers in the heart notes; accentuated by notes of orris, blond sandalwood, and cacao
  • Mascara: Formulated to increase lash length, thickness, curl, and separation
  • Lip Gloss: Moisturizing and conditioning with vitamins and antioxidants

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This stuff is awesome!  Every single one of Ava Anderson’s products rocks.  I mean, I’ve used a million lip balms before, and they just don’t compare to this!  And again and again, Ava Anderson’s products are all non toxic!  They all smell so good, too!

  • Spearmint Lip Balm: Organic shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils keep lips healthy, hydrated, and soft
  • Body Butter: Naturally rich in vitamins, maintains skin health and elasticity, helpful for dry skin conditions
  • Hand & Body Lotion: Delivers gentle hydration and moisture to the skin; leaves skin soft, not greasy
  • Shave Gel: Enriched with natural oils, non foaming, softens hair for easy, clean removal, gentler than regular soaps

Linking up with Healthy Diva as these are definitely HEALTHY products!

ava anderson nontoxic dishwasher detergent

When Ava Anderson first learned about how many toxic chemicals were in everything, she went through her house throwing out EVERYTHING.  I’m not that dramatic, but I will definitely be switching as I run out of things like dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc.  I have used these dishwasher pods because I wanted to see how they work, and they work great!

  • Dishwasher Detergent Pods: Biodegradable, fragrance free, and highly effective pods leave all glass, dishes, pots and pans sparking clean

ava anderson sun baby

I’m OBSESSED!  Hands down, best diaper cream and sunscreen I’ve ever used!  The diaper cream actually nourishes William’s skin instead of just being a barrier.  It heals diaper rash where other creams just prevent it from worsening.  It’s so hydrating that I’ve been using it on William’s eczema, and it’s definitely gotten better.  Diaper cream that’s not just for diapers!  There have been so many stories being published lately about how toxic chemicals are in sunscreens.  Ava Anderson Non Toxic is your answer.  I can’t even stand the smell of regular sunscreen anymore.  AANT all the way!

  • Diaper Cream: Hydrates, comforts, softens and soothes, good for eczema (YES!), rosacea, dry patches and other skin conditions
  • Sunscreen Lotion: Broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage, water resistant, best safe sunscreen on the market

Now you see!  Best new (well, since 2009 – new to me!) products out there!  I cannot recommend Ava Anderson Non Toxic products enough!  Don’t know what to get?  Start with the business kit to find your favorites! Just a reminder, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING when you shop my store and email me.  *Enter party code 125145* I would encourage you to take advantage of this free shipping offer, try some products out, and I know you’ll be sold! Or, if you’re already sold, let me know and I’ll help you get started with the business kit! You won’t be disappointed!

Which products from the business kit are you most excited about?!

Do you like chemicals?

Do you like chemicals?  How about TOXIC chemicals? I sure don’t.  Do you know what else I don’t like?  Rain.  It’s been raining all week long here in St. Louis.  Everything is flooded and everyone is missing the sunshine and being outdoors.  I know I am.  But that’s a story for another day.  Today we’re talking chemicals, those nasty little things that are harmful to you, your babies, your family, your friends, your pets, and the environment.

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ and it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to be absorbed into your bloodstream? YUCK!  I used to be more concerned with what I put in my body rather than what I put on my body, but after learning this fact, my mindset is definitely shifting.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still incredibly conscious about what I put in my body and try to nourish my body with mostly healthy foods.  However, now I’m learning so much about products and the harmful chemicals they’re filled with.  One might say I’m becoming a bit of an ingredient detective! Ha! With good reason though… Carcinogens, neurotoxins, reproductive mutagens, and endocrine disruptors have been found in the blood and urine of people all across the country.

do you like chemicals

What prompted this sudden interest (or disinterest?) in toxic chemicals?  I’ve always leaned more towards “natural” products and have tried to avoid toxic chemicals, processed goods, and unnecessary medicine, in general. (Not 100% because everything in moderation, and some medicine is really, truly needed. I do think it’s amazing how far scientists have come in the medical field. That’s a total digression though from my point today.)

Did you know that Europe bans 1,371 toxic chemicals from their personal care products and the US bans only 11? Ummm what?

Anyway, after having baby William, I’ve been VERY aware of what I’ve put on William and what he eats.  He has patches of eczema on his legs and belly, and I haven’t been too successful in completely eliminating it.  The doctor suggested a steroid cream which I would use if I absolutely had to, but I wanted to try a more natural way first.  I reached out to my friend Hannah who achieved her Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard and works as an epidemiologist.  Needless to say, she knows her stuff. First, she suggested starting William on an probiotic as that’s a relatively “easy” thing to do.  I did and continue to give him probiotics, but his eczema didn’t get any better.  Next, she asked me to look at the products I was using and start reading the labels.  She didn’t mention anything about her business, but I was surprised to see chemicals in all the products… even ones that were labeled “natural.”  When I asked which brands she recommended, without hesitation, she replied, “Ava Anderson Non Toxic.”

I started doing my own research and learning about Ava Anderson Non Toxic.  I liked what I saw, and went to check out the price tag and was pleasantly surprised at how affordable the products were! Not what I was expecting, and certainly not what I had been paying!  Still not 100% sure that I wanted to switch my dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, body soaps, shampoos, lotions, and the whole nine yards, I hesitated.  Then, my pediatrician informed me that I should be brushing William’s teeth with toothpaste.  I’d been brushing, but not with toothpaste.  He’s 14 months old; this concerned me.  I certainly didn’t want him ingesting toothpaste!  Again, I reached out to Hannah to inquire about which brand to purchase.  Her response, “Ava Anderson Non Toxic.”

That’s what sold me.  As I mentioned before, I always paid more attention to what I put in my body rather than in it.  With William especially, I was even more concerned with what he puts in his body.  I wanted to avoid the chance of William “eating” any toxic chemicals whatsoever, so I took a leap and joined Ava Anderson Non Toxic.

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I am now an Ava Anderson Non Toxic Independent Consultant.  I’ve been immersing myself in reading and listening, so I can learn as much as possible about the philosophy, products, benefits, and more.  That’s where I learned that your skin is the largest organ and it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to be absorbed into your bloodstream.  Eek.  That’s where the shift in my mindset came.  I’m now becoming an “ingredient detective” and really looking at what’s in my products that I use on a daily basis.  I feel much more comfortable using Ava Anderson products because:

Ava Anderson Non Toxic offers quality skin care, cosmetic, bath and body, and home care products without harmful chemicals. This revolutionary lines contains NO parabens or PEG’s, NO synthetic “fragrance” or dyes, NO hidden ingredeints or contaminants, such as phthalates, nitrosamines or formaldehyde, NO Glycol, NO Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and NO Petroleum Byproducts and NO animal testing. All products are Gluten free. More avaSKIN and avaBODY lines are Vegan. Recyclable packaging too!

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This is just the beginning. I joined the Ava Anderson Non Toxic movement because I truly believe in the message and I wanted to help share it.  And to be honest, I wanted a discount when purchasing the products since I knew I’d be using them frequently and for the long run.  I’ll be sharing more of what I’m learning as I see relevant. Please let me know if there is a specific topic or issue you’d like me to cover.

Since this is my first month with Ava Anderson Non Toxic, I am offering FREE SHIPPING to anyone that makes a purchase by June 30, 2015, no minimum, no maximum, no commitment.  Because I want to get the products in your hands, this promotion is coming out of my own pocket. I want you to try the products, feel the benefits, see the difference, and make a small change in helping yourself and the world reduce the use of harmful chemicals while still enjoying quality products.

Shop avaandersonnontoxic.com/itzlinz and use the party number 78046 (for July 2015).  Email me at [ itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com ] for FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more.

Which category of Ava Anderson Non Toxic are you most interested in learning more about or trying for yourself: skin, face, body, sun, scent, kids, hair, home, smile, baby, garden, men, auto, bugs, pet, or candle?