Organic Bras

The fabric used in the manufacture of organic bras is made up of non-toxic materials; usually it’s cotton or hemp. The elastic can be a problem for some people because it has petrochemicals in either the rubber (or spandex) of it. For others it is hardly noticeable, if at all. And for most people it goes away after a few washes (oh, all right, a lot of washes for the severely sensitive). An organic bra is a great choice for someone sensitive to chemicals because:

  1. the fabric won’t have been treated with chemical based dyes
  2. the product won’t have been washed in harsh chemical detergents
  3. it’s less likely to cause problems and won’t need to be washed (and aired) many times by the owner before it can be worn.

Not only are these all great reasons to buy a bra made from organic materials but it’s also an excellent ethical and environmental choice too!

Styles

Most styles, traditionally, have been designed as a cross-over bra, or yoga top. But as demand has increased the finer, lacier details are coming available. Generally, they don’t have underwire, so if you’re larger than a D cup, the search could be on! But you could try Jane’s plus cup.

What (and where) to Buy

Rawganique: The Organic Pima Cotton Lady Lace Bra is designed with a lace insert for those desiring a more feminine style. 100% cotton fabric and it has adjustable straps and band and is machine washable.

The Organic Cotton Bralette can be worn on its own as a yoga-style top. It’s made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex; it comes in sizes S-M-L and is machine washable and made in the USA. It comes in natural, two-tone jade, and terracotta.

The Organic Cotton Energy Sports Bra is one of the few sports bras available made with organic fabric. It has doubles straps that cross and weave at the back in an attractive pattern and it is made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex. Available in Black and Bluestone, and Cocoa in sizes S-M-L.

Cottonfiled US: options are the Bra Top 100% organic cotton knit sports-style bra, with a latex-free elastic band in black or natural. It’s made in the US. This, just maybe, is the perfect bra for someone who is severely chemically sensitive, or has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

Or, the Graceful Sports Bra: 92% organic cotton, 8% lycra (elastic and latex free).

Blue Canoe: in the US (they ship internationally) (see below for AUS distributor) have a huge variety of styles: nursing, crossover, cami, yoga and simple bras in an assortment of colours. For women who require more room Jane’s plus cup goes up to an extra large.

Blessed Earth: are the Australian distributors for Blue Canoe bras.

Queen Bee: sold in Australia, organic nursing bra with discreet inseam pockets on the inside to put breast pads in.

Gaiam: traditional Yoga style bra Australia, ships internationally.

Cheers and good luck!

Where do you get your bras? Have you ever had problems with the materials? Any tips for us people–sensitive to chemicals–still finding our way?

Have you read ‘Take off your bra!’ yet?

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Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Take off your bra!

Okay, I’m having a terrible day, all because I drove my daughter to school this morning. (We usually leave at 8.00 am to avoid the traffic but today we were running late and left at 8.20 am, and had to crawl our way through the backstreets, and noxious traffic fumes that stung my eyes and nostrils like the fumes from caustic soda.) And now I’m sitting, writing this, with a nasty headache, my sinuses are pounding out pain from behind my face, and I’m trying not to think about the stupidity of not taking my mask with me.

That reminds me, I  need to add ‘ALWAYS CARRY A SPARE MASK IN THE CAR’ to my tips on ‘How to improve your life when sensitive to chemicals’ on my Maskology page. Then maybe I’ll remember.

 

Perhaps I wouldn’t have to if I could just whip off my bra (yes, in early morning traffic) and put it over my face.

This bra doubles as a face mask (for two)

Today I’m going to entertain myself (and hopefully, you) by writing a review on a bra. And a mask. It’s a bra that can be used as a mask. Yes, really. Why review this? Because it’s funny, funny in a laughing-hilariously-nearly-peeing-in-my-pants-funny type of way. Every time I read about it!

Because the whole idea of a chemically sensitive person (you know, the wear-a-mask-everywhere-they-go-type of chemically sensitive person) using a bra as a mask just cracks me up.

If you have chemical sensitivities and you have to wear a mask going out, I do hope you enjoy this blog entry. At least a little bit. And if you are a teenager, well you’re going to laugh anyway, but perhaps you’ll stop pointing and laughing at us chemically sensitive people when you spot us in shopping centres wearing masks, just for long enough to consider that IT IS RUDE to ridicule others. Oh, that’s right, (some of) the YouTube generation like to do that. Well, YouTube this (see YouTube below)! It’s just a friggen mask for charlie’s sake; it’s not like I’m out shopping while wearing a bra over my face. Now that would be funny… And weird…

Now, if you are a feminist (grass roots) you’ll like this too—well, the title anyway. By the way, have you ever considered that over 70% of people with chemical sensitivities are women aged between 30 and 50? Ever considered why? Or the fact that the majority of chemical based (fragrance) products are marketed towards the female side of the population? Well, this post is not about that. But do stay tuned by subscribing to this blog!

I don’t mean to make light of the catastrophe of 9/11 or the fall of Baghdad (or any other past, present, or future event with people getting caught in dilapidating buildings) but this mask would only be handy for attempting to survive this type of calamity. Or perhaps, if you’re at work and a newsflash on your Iphone notifies you of a sudden outbreak of SARS, or H1-N1 (swine flu) well then, you’ll have it covered in a nut shell bra-cup.

Okay, now watch Dr. Elena Bodnar, inventor of the Emergency Bra, take of her bra while demonstrating how to deploy it onto a suitably docile theoretical physicist (Think Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory!) at the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Oxford University during the IgNobel UK Tour 2010.

 

Note to non-chemically sensitive people: If you use Linx/Rexonna (or other petro-chemical/solvent laden sprucer upper-er) do not, I repeat, do not take of your bra in an emergency and offer one of your cups to a chemically sensitive person—it’s a really nice offer though! (Depending on their level of sensitivities) they may never make it out of the disaster area and your effort to help them will only suffice in hindering their escape (and even your own). You will be better off  either (1.) putting both masks on your own face, wrapping a towel around their head and carrying them out of the building; (2.) tell them to find their own way out because you sprayed on so many chemicals in the morning that you (obviously) don’t give a hooter’s boob about anyone else’s wellbeing; or (3.) go fragrance free for the good of your fellow man/woman, and yourself by using fragrance free products that don’t come out of an aerosol can and don’t contain artificial fragrance, and then, by all means, whip of your bra for the good of all human-kind…

Do you use a mask? Would you use this in an emergency? If you don’t use a mask, would you consider wearing a bra/mask just in case? If you were in this situation which would you choose option: 1, 2, or 3?

UPDATES:

(If you came to this page looking for bras suitable for people with chemical sensitivities—my site statistics show this has been happening—then you could try Blessed Earth (AUS), GAIAM (AUS), The Allergy shop (AUS), Rawganique (US), Cottonfield (US), Blue Canoe (US).)

(If you came to this page looking for actual masks to protect yourself from other people’s personal care products, chemicals, or other allergens, AESSRA (AUS) sell 3M masks, I Can Breathe (US) (AUS) sell masks suitable for light (depending on the individual’s sensitivities) exposures.)

(If you’re interested to see what fragrance free personal care products look like in Australia then click here. For laundry care, here.)

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
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