My desire for non-toxic products and cleaning solutions began years before I ever became pregnant with my son. I dappled in making my own cleansers, face products, and the like. I even vowed to make all natural sunscreen and give it to my group of springtime detoxers after hearing about all the hormone disrupters and carcinogens in commercial sunscreen. However, when I did become pregnant, my desire deepened… but my time lessened. I still wanted to use and share products that were natural and non-toxic, but I didn’t have the time to be making them. Enter stage right, a company who not only uses only the best, natural, non-toxic ingredients, but also has a message to share with the world, the same message I had been sharing with my students and clients all along.
Ava Anderson Non-Toxic is a direct selling company (meaning that you can buy their products through independent consultants and these consultants get a small percentage of the profit to help support their families). It is a company founded by a young woman, Ava, who upon finding out about all the harmful, and often hidden chemicals in our daily products, put her foot down and said “no”. “No” to using these products on her body. “No” to supporting these chemical companies and their indifference for our health. “No” to accepting that there wasn’t any other way. Being from a family who had experience in direct sales, she began her own company to find a solution to this problem.
I discovered Ava Anderson Non Toxic when a single product (which is now still my favorite) was gifted to my at my baby shower. The diaper cream. This diaper cream is unlike any other cream, in that it’s not just for your baby’s bum. It has uses that extend far beyond the crevices of your wee ones private area. Check them out:
The diaper cream began my journey in to learning more about these products. I wanted the absolute best for my baby, but also for myself, my husband, even my pets. Ava Anderson Non Toxic had a solution for everything. When I was opening my eensy, weensy yoga and massage studio three months after my son was born, I decided I wanted to sell Ava products in my eensy, weensy store. I became a consultant and stocked the shelves with samples. I thought surely these products would sell themselves, and in many ways they did. I however, I have learned over time that I am not the best at direct sales. I am simply not so awesome at keeping up with hosting parties, entering orders and calculating gifts, and the rest of what goes along with running that kind of business. I do however love to support my friends who are good at this kind of stuff, and my sponsor Jen Pignataro is one of them.
Even though I am no direct sales superstar, I still love the products made by this company. My favorites are: the shampoo and conditioner, because it is literally impossible to find another product that doesn’t have some form of chemical in it, the body butter, because mmmm, butter, and the cleaning products. All. of. them. Everything smells fresh, but not overpowering (because as my husband will tell you my nose has the sensitivity of a blood hound). And they work. Plain and simple. I don’t have to worry about chemicals, AND the products get the job done. What else can a mama ask for, really?
Oh, price. Yes, a mama can ask for price.
We are a family on a tight budget, as I know most other families of little ones are. These products are not as cheap as the ones you might find in your grocery store, unless you shop at Whole Foods, then you can ignore the rest of this paragraph. The ingredients in these products cost more because they are better. The phrase “you pay for what you get” applies here in a very positive way. You pay for amazing ingredients that won’t make you or your family sick. Period. The end. BUT…. these products are so effective, that a little goes a long way. For instance… I bought a bottle of the shampoo and conditioner in June 2014, and I am still using it. It’s March, 2015, the thing might actually last me the whole year. Granted, I wash my hair every other day, use sparingly, and occasionally dabble in other methods (like no poo, which I will save for another post). But I think you get my point.
Ava Anderson Non Toxic really is a great company. Their “Ava Hours” are all about educating people on what harmful chemicals they might be exposing themselves to without even knowing. It can be scary people, really it can. But not to fret. Once you are educated, you can make a choice. I choose Ava products as often as I can. Yes sometimes my wallet, and occasionally my husband (he’s still a bleach lover, or advocate, as he would say, much to my chagrin) point me in other directions. But overall I feel safer, and even cleaner when I use a product that I know has nothing to hide.
Have you used Ava Anderson Non Toxic products?
What do you love?
What are you still searching for a solution to?