The Hate For Pink October

by Holly on October 7, 2015


We all know October is breast cancer awareness month. It has also been named Pinktober because seemingly everyone everywhere plasters a pink ribbon on their products in the name of awareness. This makes me a little crazy for a few reasons.

1. Everyone is aware of breast cancer. In fact, I believe it would be hard to find a single person untouched by this disease in some way.

2. Many of the items touting the pink ribbon are linked to causing breast cancer.

3. 6 billion dollars will be raised this year in the name of breast cancer awareness! $6,000,000,000. Very, very little of that goes toward research for finding a cure. The percentages donated to research “for the cure” from some of the biggest fundraisers are abysmal- as little as 15%.

I am very passionate about this subject. It hits home for me. No amount of pink washing makes the disease any prettier.

So want can we do?

Think before you pink.

Do your own research and give directly to organizations that are actually making strides in finding links and not just profiting off of the cancer industry.

One I love is the Breast Cancer Fund.

And check out this post for reducing breast cancer risk:

Tips for preventing breast cancer.



Throughout our lives, we are all exposed to multiple toxins linked to breast cancer through our air, water, food, homes, and workplaces. Some of these exposures can be limited by our choice of household cleaners, beauty products, and food.

Xenoestrogens are manmade chemicals that mimic estrogen in our bodies and have been shown to increase women’s risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are found in many places in our environment, including personal care products and cosmetics in the form of parabens, food preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisole, baby bottles and canned food containing BPA, and plastic containers (the one that upsets me the most is bottled water) and plastic toys (phthalates).

Of the estimated 100,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States today, more than 90 percent have never been tested to determine their effects on human health.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 is the current law regulating chemicals in the United States. Major loopholes in this law include: (1) the chemical industry is not required to prove a substance is safe before putting it out on the market, and (2) manufacturers are allowed to keep certain ingredients secret from the public in the name of “trade secrets.”

My mom has breast cancer. I do everything within my control to decrease my risk, which is why I follow very strict rules for my personal care products.

99% of breast cancer tumors contain parabens. That is enough evidence for me to completely avoid them.

I also stay away from anything containing petrochemicals, and don’t buy products that list ingredients with “PEG” or “-eth” in their name.

In short, everything I use is totally natural, non-toxic, preferably organic, and if I can eat it, even better.

I started making all of my own cleansers and moisturizers, but then I had children.

After trying close to every skin care line on the market, I’ve finally found one that I love. It is totally natural and non toxic and doesn’t make me break out! I recently had a friend’s husband tell me how great my skin looked (!) and for someone who has suffered from breakouts my whole life, this was a great compliment. These products are the difference.

I don’t recommend anything unless I am whole heartedly behind it and that is how I feel about this line.

So if you’re in the market for new, natural skin care, or would like to try some fantastic home and cleaning products, I invite you to head over to my page and check it out!


Here are some of my absolute favorites:
The whole line of facial care– cleanser, moisturizer, make-up remover, and eye cream.

The dishwasher pods.

The pet deodorizer– this is the best stain remover I’ve tried. Weird right? It works!

The sunblock– not thick and goopy, and actually blocks the sun. I recently used it on my two boys all day at the sunny beaches of San Diego, and everyone came out unscathed!

The boo-boo stick. Great for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, etc. (Also free this month with a $95 purchase!)


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