The onset of this most beloved season tends to set off a flurry of primping and prepping. Depending on who you are—and what phase of life you’re in—the primping might involve upping your exercise routine to be bathing suit-ready, cleaning up your diet (bye carbs, hello green juice), and committing to drinking more water. The prepping is all about warm weather gear and stocking up on must-haves like sunscreen, bug repellent, and the elusive perfect beach hat.

This year, as you prepare, make sure to consider your health. If you don’t already know, it’s super important to avoid certain chemicals. Try a non-mineral sunscreen without oxybenzone, which has been linked to endocrine issues, to seek out effective insect repellants that contain Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) as an ingredient alternative to DEET, and to read the fine print to discover the safest nail polishes available (free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalates, and more) for sandal-ready toes.

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You may mainly be focused on finding a cute bikini or straw bag, but there’s one thing you’ll need for any steamy day beach or poolside: tampons. Your choices here are conventional or organic. The former is cotton that may have been grown with the heavy use of pesticides, rayon (derived from wood pulp), or a combo of both. Some rayon has been bleached which results in chlorinated toxins entering the environment. Some conventional tampons contain fragrance. A certified organic cotton tampon has not been grown with the use of pesticides. Look for organic tampons that are whitened without chemicals containing chlorine and free of added fragrances. Considering where it’s going, choosing organic is a no-brainer.

  • Summer Lovin’

No summer is complete without a fun fling. Whether it’s with someone new or you’re enjoying who you’re already with, natural sexual wellness products are where it’s at. Meaning: natural rubber condoms (nitrosamine-free, Fair Trade certified, sustainably produced) and organic personal lubricant (no petroleum or parabens, formulated to be biocompatible with a women’s body chemistry). Considering the intimate nature of these products and where and how you’re using them, it’s good common sense to take control of your sexual health by doing what’s natural.

To help you make Summer 2016 as healthy as possible, Seventh Generation and Sustain are teaming up to help you #getontop of your wellness routine! Enter to win a year supply of organic cotton tampons and all natural sexual wellness products plus a $500 gift card to Thrive Market.

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