Some New Favorite Things

justins organic peanut butter cups

Organic chocolate peanut butter cups? Enough said! The guilt that accompanied our afternoon peanut butter cup indulgence has finally disappeared thanks to Justin’s organic peanut butter cups. We love the dark chocolate. Justin’s makes a variety of organic nut butters and other treats and is dedicated to locally sourced ingredients and sustainable packaging.

Toms Whitening ToothpasteFluoride is toxic to human health. It lowers children’s IQ, disrupts bone growth and interferes with thyroid function. Studies have shown that fluoride is ineffective in dental applications. Tooth decay is caused by acids in your mouth, typically created from sugar being metabolized by bacteria (not from lack of fluoride). We are overexposed to this toxin due to the fluoride in our tap water – which is actually a combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride and both are classified as toxic hazardous waste by the EPA. They are captured pollutants from the phosphate mining industry that get added to our tap water so that they can be dumped in controlled amounts instead of being treated as a hazardous waste (read more about water fluoridation and the phosphate mining industry in this mini documentary by Mike Adams, executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center and in this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola). Needless to say we are avoiding this toxin at all costs. We have used this fluroide-free toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine for the past one year and there are no cavities to report!

Available for $5.39 at

Tom’s of Maine shares each ingredient’s purpose and its source.

Burts Bees Facial Cleansing TowelettesSince using these Burt’s Bees Sensitive face wipes to remove makeup before our evening cleanser, we have noticed a significant reduction in acne! We love this unscented type free of harmful additives and perfumes. Available at most pharmacies, natural food stores, Bed Bath and Beyond, and online at


We would not have survived winter without this rose-scented hand cream made by Jurlique. Oils from safflower seed macadamia provide moisture while vitamin E, carrot root extract and Aloe Vera calm and protect the skin. This product is free of parabens, petro chemicals, synthetic dyes, chemicals and fragrances. Available for purchase at Jurlique stores and online at

Written and posted by Jessica Cerka in New York

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