Tastes like a coffee works like a laxative

I have come upon this amazing blog post not so much about the ingredients in the McCafe drinks but the side effects.  To put it nicely if your McCafe drink is with ice your bathroom trip will be anything but nice.

McCafe drink

McCafe’s beautiful cheap drinks

But how could this happen?! They look so innocent with their whipped topping and chocolate drizzle. Look at those little chocolate shavings!  How can you go wrong with coffee?

I needed to find out how one of the most elegant looking McDonald’s product could be guilty of such an abdominal crime.

Small notebook  uncovered the secret of the McCafe iced coffee.

” Premium Roast Coffee. Light Cream: Milk, cream, sodium phosphate, sodium polyphosphate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tetra sodium pyrophosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate, sodium citrate, carrageenan. CONTAINS: MILK. Vanilla Syrup: Sugar, water, fructose, natural (plant source) and artificial flavor, caramel color (with sulfites), potassium sorbate (preservative), citric acid, malic acid. Ice.”
^ For some strange reason I thought iced coffee would have 3 or 4 ingredients maybe like Ice, Coffee, Sugar, Milk –maybe I am being unreasonable


The 3rd ingredient is Sodium Phosphate which explains all the bathroom troubles
sodium phosphate – it is used to treat constipation and to clean the bowel before surgery, x-rays, endoscopy, or other intestinal procedures. Sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate enemas are also used for general care after surgery and to help relieve impacted bowels.”  – taken from Small Notebook


The bowel problems make sense considering the third ingredient is used to clean bowels. I can say I will be choosing a coffee with less ingredients and less consequences.

For your health,


On the Quest for the Best Lotion

Michigan winter brings a lot of things including cold weather, snow, and dry skin. I have used many hand lotions however one of my favorite brands is St.Ives. The smell of the lotion isn’t too strong and it doesn’t leave me hands feeling greasy. I was a little leery doing this posting because I was worried what I was going to find.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alchol, Urea, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydeolyzed Elastin, Butyrospermum Parkii, Dimethicone, Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethanolomine, Ethullhexylglycern, Disodium EDTA,  Phenoxyethanol

Wow am I happy I didn’t have a spelling test with words like that. The letters almost look awkward together.

1) Glycerin: Colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste
Why is it useful? Its a good solvent

Good or bad: Glycerin won’t harm you but high amounts of it will not moisturize your skin. Glycerin creates almost an illusion of moisture.

“High levels of glycerin has no proven increased benefit for skin. In fact, pure glycerin (100% concentration) on skin is not helpful and can actually be drying, causing blisters if left on too long as they can increase water loss by attracting water from the lower layers of skin (dermis) into the surface layers of skin (epidermis) where the water can easily be lost into the environment. “

Exert taken from Vivawomen

 2. Caprylic/Capric triglyceride– As written on Ingredients to Die for it is  a specific fraction of coconut / palm oil fatty acids resulting in only the more stable, and skin loving, caprylic & capric fatty acids which creates a dry, silky oil form of esters.

Why is it useful?

In skin care applications Caprylic Capric Triglycerides offer several key benefits:  they offer a noticeable silkiness in products, they exhibit excellent anti-oxidant properties to extend the natural shelf life, they offer skin nurturing benefits due to the skin loving nature of the specific fatty acid esters, not seen with common Fractionated Coconut Oil ( Ingredients to Die For)

3. Cetearyl Alcohol

According to Cosmeticsinfo.org ” The safety of Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that these fatty alcohols were safe for use as cosmetic ingredients.”



St. Ives Body cream

St. Ives Renewing Collagen Lotion

After reading through the rest of the ingredients I have concluded St.Ives is not “bad” for you but it won’t keep moisture in as well as lotions with a lower amount of Glycerin ( the ingredients towards the top of the label have higher concentrations) For areas like Michigan where winters are tough I would  encourage finding a lotion without Glycerin or a lotion with less Glycerin. This will keep your hands moisturized for longer :)


Here is an awesome post by Chic and Green about St.Ives “Apricot Scrub

Has anyone found a lotion they love and really keeps their hands/ body moisturized. Leave some feedback. My skin is aching for some good lotion.

For you health,



Sodium what?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate– an organic compound found in most hygiene and cleaning products.

The same ingredient in your all purpose cleaner can be found in your shampoo… that doesn’t seem right though.. but it is the sad truth. The second ingredient in most shampoos and face washes ( right after water) is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Why is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate put into so many products?
 is a cheap ingredient that gives most products the ability to lather. It is also highly effective at removing oily stains and residues.

What are other names for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
SLS likes to hide under multiple names including:

  • Sodium monododecyl sulfate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium monolauryl sulfate
  • Sodium dodecanesulfate
  • Sodium coco-sulfate
  • Dodecyl alcohol
  • hydrogen sulfate
  • sodium salt
  • n-dodecyl sulfate sodium
  • Sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt

 What are some common products that contain SLS ?

  •  Household cleaners
  • Toothpastes
  • Shaving creams
  • Bubble bath formula
  • Face wash
  • Shampoos

What are the side effects of SLS? 

  • Canker Sores
  • Skin Irritation
  • Respiratory Illness

It might not give you cancer but it will irritate your skin. 

There is a melange of articles about SLS debating the toxicity and how “toxic” it really is. I have personally come to the caution that I would rather ere on the side of caution.Even if it doesn’t cause cancer why would I want dry skin and thin hair?

More on : Effects of SLS
Healthy hair and SLS

Healthy skin and SLS



 For your health,


A new kind of toothpaste

After reading all the ingredients in my toothpaste AND asking my dentist about it. (Yes I asked my dentist why there was artificial sweetener in my toothpaste ) I decided to invest in some natural toothpaste. I was skeptical about natural toothpaste and really did not think  it would leave my teeth feeling as clean as normal toothpaste, but it did.

Natural Toothpaste

Jason Natural Cinnamon Toothpaste

I bought Jason Natural Cinnamon Toothpaste on Amazon. I paid $12.20 for 3 tubes of this stuff and it was worth every penny.

Taste: 4/5 The cinnamon compliments the spearmint
Texture: 4/5 This toothpaste is a bit more “pastey” as compared to commercial ones which have almost a gel texture.
Price: At $0.68 an ounce I would say this was a steal.

Overall I would recommend it to anyone!

 For your health,


& The quest for truth began

One day I was casually scrolling through Facebook when a post caught my eye. The headline said “TOOTHPASTE IS DANGEROUS”.  In my head I thought “now people are saying toothpaste is dangerous what next,” however I read on.  The article discussed individual ingredients and their toxicity. I sat their in disbelief thinking this cannot be true so I decided to do some of my own investigating  I grabbed my toothpaste and was shocked by what I found.


Glycerin – which coats the teeth with an oily layer which prevents minerals from entering your teeth. Here is an amazing blog post about glycerin and teeth from Artistta . She also offers a recipe for homemade toothpaste at the bottom of the post.

Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS)–  It is present in nearly all shampoos, hair dyes, bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes ,cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts. If its in all of those products it can’t be bad right? If its delivered from coconut oil it is practically natural… Wrong.  Mercola.com brings up numerous studies where SLS has been proven to be moderately hazardous

Sodium Fluoride– This ingredient is the most debated. Dentists claim it is necessary to prevent tooth decay while studies show Fluoride harms more than it helps. Fluoride like Glycerin prevents minerals from getting into the enamel.  Why is Fluoride bad for you? 

After spending just a short time researching the contents of my toothpaste I realized there were probably much worse items I use daily, such as make up, face wash, and mouth wash. This is a blog dedicated to finding out the truth about products most of us use daily. It is difficult to stop, read, and analyze labels while making simple purchases like toothpaste however the ingredients in many of our favorite products can be harming us.


If you have any products you would like me to research just comment and I will do my best to fulfill your requests!

For your health,