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I Discovered The Secret To Strong Teeth

According to the National Institute Of Dental And Craniofacial Research

92% of adults 20 to 64 have had dental caries in their permanent teeth

I want to change this statistic and I believe it can be done!  Trina Felber, CEO Primal Life Organics and creator of Dirty Mouth Toothpowder

Surprising?  Not really when you know why!  Is there a safe solution to having strong teeth that resists cavities?  Yes… and it’s really pretty simple!  It is something that your dentist hasn’t told you because he may not know!Picture1

Dental health is extremely important- and most toothpastes could actually be doing more harm than good.  The harm comes from the toxins (artificial sweeteners, foaming agents and fluoride) they contain and the minerals they may leach from your teeth over time.  Further damage comes from the poisons that may enter your bloodstream through your gum tissue and the fact that most toothpaste does not contain any minerals to strengthen your teeth.  Fluoride it typically honored in the dental community to prevent cavities… but I believe that it is a poison that should not be a part of our dental routine.  Besides, I know there is a safer alternative that treats the root cause of cavities: demineralization!  So… if we replace the minerals that are lost then our teeth should be strong and healthy!

Have you ever flipped your tube over to read the ingredients??  I encourage you to really examine what you are brushing your teeth with.  Chances are, it could be filled with carcinogenic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic ingredients. 

These toxins can do more damage to your insides than you think (cancer, muscle weakness, memory loss, neurological problems, etc.).  Check out this warning that can be found on fluoride containing toothpastes!


Commercial toothpaste may clean your teeth, but they do nothing to improve the health of your teeth.

Your teeth are made up of minerals.  Because of diet and natural wear and tear, minerals are continuously being lost by the teeth.  It only becomes a problem (cavity) if these lost minerals are not replaced.

Problem: Minerals cannot be leached from your bloodstream, so you cannot take a mineral supplement and expect your teeth to benefit.  

These minerals must be present in your mouth either through your diet or your toothpaste.  Unfortunately, processed foods have little nutritional value including minerals, and whole foods these days are grown in mineral depleted soil.  Agricultural practices (including the use of fertilizers, pesticides and the like) have depleted the soil of nutrients to the extent that today, you would need to eat eight oranges to derive the same amount of vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Furthermore, the gums are very vascular and any sign of breakdown or inflammation (redness, bleeding) is a direct portal of entry for bacteria, viruses and toxins from your toothpaste.

You can replace the minerals in your teeth, but this must happen in your mouth… and the conditions must be right or remineralization will not happen.

What are the six conditions for REMINERALIZATION to occur?

  1. There MUST be minerals in the saliva (from food/toothpaste)carbonic acid
  2. CARBONIC ACID must be produced from water (saliva) mixing with CO2 (breath)
  3. CARBONIC ACID must be produced in proximity to a mineral molecule- which it DISSOLVES into it’s IONIC component
  4. Reaction MUST occur in CLOSE proximity to a demineralized spot that requires the EXACT mineral ion.
  5. Defective spot on the tooth must be CLEAN toothmineralso the mineral deficient spot is accessible.
  6. Carbonic acid converts back to CO2 and water which allows the mineral to enter the demineralized spot on the tooth.

Unfortunately, most commercial toothpastes contain glycerin- and glycerin leaves a coating on the teeth which will prevent remineralization from happening even if the minerals are present because in order for a mineral to be able to enter the enamel, the tooth must be clean (without a coating).  Furthermore, as discussed above, toothpaste does not contain minerals, just harmful ingredients that can even cause demineralization.

SOLUTION: It’s easier than you think!

I created a unique, safe solution for improving dental health.  Not only does it clean the teeth (very important to allow remineralization to occur), but it contains the exact minerals the teeth need to stay strong and replace the minerals that are lost.

My Dirty Mouth Toothpowder gently cleans the teeth and is made from three different 10_zpsasa5eywyclays that contain the exact minerals the teeth need to replace lost minerals. Interestingly, Dirty Mouth Toothpowder simply satisfies every condition that must be present for remineralization to occur.

If you don’t feel your teeth are STRONG and want a safe alternative, Dirty Mouth Toothpowder is and effective solution for children and adults.

I created Dirty Mouth Toothpowder because my daughter, at the age of two, had a defect in one of her molars.  The dentist did not feel the tooth would last a year and put a temporary filling in the tooth to try to buy some time.  I knew there had to be a way to strengthen the integrity of the tooth.  In my research, I discovered mineral rich clay and developed my solution for cleaning, healing and strengthening the teeth.  Clay not only provides minerals, it detoxifies the teeth and gum tissue as well helping to prevent gingivitis and dental diseases.

Clay…. It really works.  Five years later and the original “temporary” filling is still intact and the tooth is strong and healthy.  The dentist is baffled and believes the tooth will naturally fall out when it is replaced by her permanent molar.

Put the minerals where they are needed- the surface of clean teeth and your chances for having strong teeth drastically improve.  Dirty Mouth Toothpowder effectively cleans and whitens the teeth!  For added whitening power, try BLACK formula made with charcoal!

For more information about How To Improve Your Dental Health… please watch my informational video: How To Remineralize Your Teeth!


To support gum tissue health, check out Boost Gum Serum.  Made with 11 essential oils that fight bacterial, viral and fungal invasion as well as strengthen the gum tissue.


Acne Treatment, Yes to Tomato. Trust or Trash?

Skincare is not always what it appears to be. Marketing deception comes in many sizes, shapes and with many promises. n this episode, Trina talks about a product called Yes to Tomato that uses "health tomatoes" as it's obvious marketing tool to instill a sense of health and safety. The product treats acne prone skin and the promise of "clear skin" is identifiable on the package. Trina's Toxic Talk is her opinion as to the legitimacy of their claims and how safe this really is for your skin and body.

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Water In Skincare: TRUST OR TRASH?

A very common ingredient in commercial skincare products is water. Humans require water, so what could possibly be wrong with it being a main ingredient in your skincare product? In fact, many commercial skincare products, even the natural ones, list water as the first ingredient. So who cares if your product is mostly water?


Water may be the perfect liquid for your insides, but your outsides feel differently. It might just be where all destructive effects truly begin.

Don’t get me wrong; hydrating the skin is a good thing. However, most of the water in your skincare (lotion, cream, balm) evaporates before the skin absorbs it. As water evaporates, it takes with it many of the skin’s natural oils. This actually makes your skin lose moisture and contributes to dryness.

If water is listed first on your product: I say TRASH it!  Here’s why!

If water is the first ingredient on the label, it is likely that 75–95 percent of what’s in your product is simply water. Please notice… most water that is added to skincare is tap water.  Polluted tap water.  Not filtered or purified.  Also note: “herbal infusion” is a fancy term to disguise the word “water”.  Furthermore, if the product contains any oils (and most natural products do), an emulsifier is necessary to make the water and oil mix and not separate. Most common emulsifiers in skincare include cetyl alcohol and sorbitan oleate, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid and triethanolamine.

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) is a common emulsifier used in products that foam (shampoo, detergents, bubble bath, etc.) as well as in toothpaste.  SLS promotes the formation of a group of carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines. SLS also damages the epidermis and causes skin irritation. Children who soak in a tub of bubble bath, for instance, are especially vulnerable to urinary infections caused by SLS.

If an emulsifier is present, preservatives are always included to keep the product from spoiling, and parabens are the most common preservative. Parabens promote the production of estrogen and are increasingly linked to early puberty in girls. Naturally occurring parabens are found in some foods that are metabolized in the body (by the liver), lessening their estrogen-production effects.

One of the most common preservatives is the group of synthetic parabens. Unfortunately, synthetic parabens cannot be metabolized like naturally occurring ones. They increase estrogen production, disrupt hormone functions, and cause DNA damage.

Parabens are directly linked to breast cancer and cause negative reproductive effects in both females and males. Because of the vast array of cosmetics women use, it is estimated that women absorb about 50mg of synthetic parabens every day. And here’s a dose of irony: parabens in skincare products promote skin aging.

Here are some examples of personal skincare products, which consist primarily of water:

  • Mascara
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail polishes (some)
  • Self-tanning lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving foam or lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath foam
  • Conditioner
  • Creams, moisturizers
  • Foundation
  • Hair gel
  • Hair spray
  • Liquid eyeliner Make-up remover

Not every product included here will list water as the first or second ingredient, but the majority of commercial products will. Many expensive anti-aging serums are 70 percent water, and shampoos can be as much as 90 percent.

So, if water, emulsifier, and preservatives are part of the product, that means that the rest of the ingredients are the active ingredients—the reason you bought the product in the first place. For most commercial products, if you take out the water, emulsifier, and fillers, the active ingredients will only be between 2 to 25 percent! Clearly, what you are buying is filler, not active ingredients.

The chemicals in Big Cosmo products (fragrance, emulsifiers, alcohol) also dry the skin.  As a result, the skin overproduces sebum to compensate- and you may end up with very oily skin.  When you remove the chemicals and put oil on the skin, your skin no longer needs to compensate and can decongest and function normally.  If the skin couldn’t decongest while under the “chemical influence,” acne may have been the result.  Ditch the chemicals, normalize and decongest the skin and acne may resolve on its own.

Primal Life Organics does not “water down” our skincare.  Our concentrated mixture adds nutrients, moisture and and protection against aging and the elements.   Because we do not add water- our products come in tiny bottles- but you only need a VERY small amount.  All of our facial skincare products are designed to last 2 months, but many get then to last up to 3 months used twice a day.

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Benzoyl Peroxide: Trust or Trash

Benzoyl Peroxide, commonly used in commercial topical acne treatments.  I used it for years, but recently took a closer look at what it really does to the skin and the body.

Trina takes us through the chemical facts about what really happens to our face and body when we use Benzoyl Peroxide to treat acne.  Should you trust or trash benzoyl peroxide?  Trina will tell you the truth!

An effective acne treatment you can TRUST: Banished Blemish Serum

A unique and premium blend of organic jojoba oil infused with cayenne pepper, organic menthol crystals and a blend of essential oils specifically designed for acne and acne prone skin.  Banished is an effective blemish spot treatment option for those looking for a natural, Paleo alternative to toxic chemical therapies and treatments.

Essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial, vulnerary (wound healing) and calming properties that help to treat and prevent acne. Essential oils are a more natural treatment to help manage acne.

Banished Primal Blemish Serum can:

  • Help to clear the infection
  • Reduce and control the amount of sebum produced
  • Minimize scarring
  • Promote and improve healing
  • Reduce redness and inflammation
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Help eliminate toxins
  • Diminish and help prevent whiteheads, blackheads and cystic acne

Mineral Makeup… Trust or Trash?


Trina’s Toxic Talk:

Did you know Big Cosmo deceivingly uses the term “Mineral Makeup” as a marketing term to grab your attention and gain your trust? The term “mineral makeup” is similar to the term “organic” and I urge you to investigate exactly what your makeup contains. Before you trust… read this!

Makeup Concerns Me! Often, makeup is applied daily in the morning and not washed off until night. Depending on what brand you are using, your skin could be smothered with toxic ingredients for 16 hours. If you are using mineral makeup, and feel it is a “safe” alternative to conventional makeup- think again.

A key selling point for mineral products is that they come from the earth and consist of natural minerals such as zinc and titanium. That doesn’t mean they don’t contain chemicals.  Minerals are made up of chemical elements, but since the companies don’t put in additional chemical ingredients they claim the products are pure.

Minerals sound harmless. They give the makeup their sheen, shimmer and vibrant color- yet, the mineral itself may not be the problem. All minerals must be processed and it is through this “processing” that chemicals are used and remain on the mineral. Big Cosmo will not tell you this… they don’t want you to see through their natural deceptions.

What Are Mineral Makeups?

There’s no legal or real definition of mineral makeup.  Bare Essentials sort of coined the term and brought it to the forefront in the 1990’s and began the “mineral makeup revolution”. Since the financial payoff was a huge success, Big Cosmo jumped on the mineral train. While it sounds good on the surface, I never take anything for granted. In order to gain my TRUST, it has to provide my external and internal structures with nutrients, not chemicals. On that note, lets take a closer look:

Mineral makeup, TRUST or TRASH?

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Minerals give mineral makeup their color, sheen and shimmer. But the minerals can be processed with toxic chemicals and contain heavy metals.

The premise (and silent promise) of a mineral makeup is that it uses earth-derived pigments like titanium dioxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, and mica instead of artificial colors like aluminum lake and FD&C colors.  However, there are no laws governing how mineral makeups are labeled. Unfortunately, Big Cosmo uses both synthetic and mineral compounds in their products and market them as mineral.

Marketing is the name of the selling game and when a buzzword brings in cold-hard cash, Big Cosmo jumps all over it! Mineral makeup is a fancy, made up term that may have revolutionized how Big Cosmo marketed makeup, but it did not revolutionize the ingredients in makeup.

Perry Romanowsksi, author of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions About the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day, doesn’t see it as a revolution. “All makeup is mineral makeup,” he says. “You’ll find the same mineral ingredients — titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, and iron oxides — in conventional products.”

Mineral makeup ingredients aren’t simply mined, pulverized, and poured into compacts. Most “minerals” are not pure and need purified and decontaminated to be included in skincare formulations. Titanium dioxide, for instance, is a popular mineral makeup ingredient. It starts out with natural titanium; but it undergoes an extraction and purification process in the lab. That’s a good thing.

“There isn’t any natural source of titanium that’s pure enough to be used in cosmetics,” Romanowski says. “It’s all contaminated with things like mercury and lead.”

Unfortunately, the purification process is done using toxic chemicals that are know to cause cancer, skin disorders and organ dysfunction. What is left is a mineral (purified ingredient) contaminated with toxic chemicals. (That’s TRASH).

While mineral makeup may sound good to the health enthusiast, reading the label may also make it appear as a healthy choice because of what is left out. Minimal investigation into the top toxins included in skincare and makeup quickly reveals a list with these common ingredients: preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. Many savy “mineral makeup” companies have excluded these ingredients from their formulations trying to convince knowledgeable and strict “label readers” that mineral makeup is safe and toxin free. (More TRASH)

The most common mineral makeup formulations are powder, however, as I disclosed earlier, the ingredients used in mineral makeup are not really different from liquid formulations at all… and Big Cosmo will take every dollar they can. So, the more recent trend was to refer to liquid makeup (foundations) as “mineral makeup” as well.

For most Big Cosmo formulations, liquid = water.

Have you heard my T3 talk about WATER? Water (polluted water- because Big Cosmo does not purify it for you- TRASH) has no place in skincare or makeup.   In fact, it impossible for mineral makeup companies to create a liquid foundation with a pared-down (almost healthy) ingredients list. Microbes thrive in water, so liquid formulations must include some kind of preservative. Without it, contaminated products can lead to skin infections. Most preservatives destroy your internal health.

Women have been advised to scan makeup labels for bismuth oxychloride, the ingredient that gives makeup its pearly finish. It can cause skin irritation and acne flare-ups.

A little TRASHY irony…. Companies like Bare Essentials and Jane Iredale use bismuth oxychloride as their main “mineral” ingredient. Interestingly, bismuth is rarely found in its elemental state (as a pure metal) in the earth. It is usually obtained as a by-product of mining and refining lead, copper, tin, cobalt, silver and gold.

Let’s Take a closer look

Bismuth Oxychloride

Bismuth oxychloride is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining mixed with chloride (a compound from chlorine), and water. It is used in cosmetics because of its distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and its fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin. Bismuth is a heavy metal. In fact, it is the only heavy metal that is not considered toxic.

The biggest concern with Bismuth oxychloride is that it frequently causes skin irritation and sensitization such as redness, itching, rashes and inflammation. The fact that most mineral makeups use large quantities of bismuth oxychloride (more concentrated in powder formulations) means the possibility of skin irritation/inflammation is very high. Because it can cause significant inflammation and irritation, particularly with sensitive skin, it can worsen acne to a cystic level and cause Rosacea to flare.

Inflammation is an allergic response and is a signal from the body that something does not agree with your composition. Because of its molecular crystalline shape, many individuals experience itching from bismuth oxycholorine, which worsens when they sweat.


Lead is a toxic metal that can have neurologic and cognitive effects. Toxicity can also inhibit fertility and triggering joint/muscle pain. As recently as the FDA’s 2009 study of best selling crimson-tinted lipsticks, it was even found that all analyzed samples contained varying degrees of lead (quite possibly from ingredient contaminants or the pigments themselves), some as much as 10+ times the acceptable limit.

Even at relatively low levels, lead can have profound effects in both children and adults.

Children:   Decreased academic achievement, decreased IQ, and decreases in specific cognitive measures, increased incidence of attention-related behaviors and problem behaviors

Adults:   Decreased kidney function, maternal blood lead associated with reduced fetal growth


EWG rating “3”.

Mica is what gives makeup the flecks of sparkle. It can also make concealer appear more natural. Mica gives make-up products such as eyeshadow, nail polish, lipstick and concealer their shimmer.

By covering flecks of mica in titanium dioxide, the pearlescent product can reflect all the colors of the rainbow. Adding in iron dioxide can help to craft earthier and more gold hues. Most concerns regarding mica are related to inhalation during application. Mica is known to damage lung tissue that can lead to fibrotic lung tissue and cancer.

Pure mica is a mineral pulled from the earth in sheets or rock form. Once mica is mined, it is transported to a manufacturing facility where it is processed and treated for a number of applications, including makeup. During processing, chemicals are used that contaminate the powder. Since processing is standard, these chemicals are not listed or disclosed by Big Cosmo. Mica is also a skin irritant and can aggravate or cause skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis.

Iron Oxides

EWG rating “2”. Iron oxides are naturally occurring mineral deposits. Iron Oxides used in cosmetic products is an inorganic compound consisting of any one or combinations of synthetically prepared iron oxides that includes hydrated forms of iron oxides. These compounds are used as the pigments and coloring. Iron Oxides used in cosmetic and personal care products are synthetic. Because some of the starting materials for synthetic Iron Oxide may come from the earth there may be trace amounts of heavy metals present.


Hydrous magnesium silicate – which goes by the alter egos of French chalk, asbestine, beaver white and agalite – possesses anticaking properties, which allows cosmetics to be applied to the skin very smoothly. This naturally occurring, widely used mineral has been a staple of infant care for centuries but has nevertheless been deemed potentially carcinogenic, particularly with respect to the lungs and ovaries.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep rates talc a “3” on toxicity level and report that talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Studies by the National Toxicology Panel demonstrated that cosmetic-grade talc free of asbestos is a form of magnesium silicate that also can be toxic and carcinogenic.

Nanomaterials (Nano Sized Particles) – Metal Oxides

Metal-oxide nanomaterials can have an electron-transfer effect when they come into contact with human cells that contain electronically active molecules.

These oxidation-reduction reactions have the potential to generate oxygen free radicals in the body. These free radicals are highly reactive oxygen molecules that damage cells, triggering acute inflammation in the lungs of exposed humans and animals. A nanomaterial has a particle size between 1 and 100nm.

The Verdict:  TRASH I say!  Throw the mineral makeup in the trash.  It is not trustworthy of your health!

There Has To Be An Alternative!tumblr_inline_mt1jdzmxN61qz4rgp

There is. Mother Nature! Plants, flowers, herbs, clays are made up of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and contain natural pigments. I can’t know for sure, but I picture Cleopatra smashing a rose blossom and applying the pigment to her cheeks. Now that is natural color!

ALL Primal Colors Makeup is ON SALE September 12-14th to celebrate the release of our Concealer and Primal Colors two year anniversary!

Primal Colors Makeup by Primal Life Organics… Food from the earth.


Primal Colors Makeup: Foundation, Concealers, Cheek Stains, Lid Stains since 2013. Made from real food and clay.

Yes, makeup can be good for your skin! I created the food alternative. Makeup (foundation, lid stains, cheek stains and concealer) that uses foods, plants, flowers and clays for coverage, color and beauty.

Colors come from cranberries, beets, hibiscus, spirulina, cocoa and clays. Have you ever made beets and craved the color of the juice? Drink a green juice and marvel at the intense color knowing you are drinking in a plethora of nutrients your cells need!

Never any mica, titanium dioxide, lead, bismuth oxychloride, nanomaterials… only food for your skin. The amazing thing about clay and food, when blended together, the color is completely natural. Clays help detoxify the skin, so they are perfect for those suffering from acne, rosacea and other skin conditions. Clay also balances oil production and over dryness, oiliness and helps control shine. Many feel just as fresh at the end of the day as they did when they first applied their makeup.

Because food and clay are healing agents, many find relief or improvement from skin conditions.


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Primal Colors is unique and can be applied both wet and dry. Part of the fun in using Primal Colors is discovering both techniques and mastering your favorite. It takes approximately three applications to feel comfortable with the application process. Once you have the technique down, application takes no longer than traditional makeup application.

Taylor-Make Your Foundation

The best feature of Primal Colors Foundation it that since you do get to taylor-make your wet foundation, you can customize it to fit your needs and make just the right amount for one application.  This prevents bacterial growth ( a problem with all wet foundations that can aggravate acne and other skin conditions) and allows you to customize the foundation for your skins current needs.  A little dry?  Add a drop or two of your favorite facial oil to the mix (my favorite is C-ex Vitamin C Face Serum).  A little oily, just add your moisturizer or serum to your face, do not allow it to “soak in” and apply your wet foundation with just water and powder.

Because you mix each application, your powder lasts longer, has less risk of bacterial contamination and remains fresh without any preservatives or nasty ingredients.  That you can TRUST!  I promise!Fresh Seal

Instructional videos, demonstrations and informational webinars are available on each website. For more information, check our Primal Colors by Primal Life Organics.

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