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Your skin is your largest organ and anything you place on your skin is absorbed into your body. That is why it is so important to make sure your skincare, personal care and beauty products are as non-toxic as possible. It is common to find horrific ingredients in make-up and nail polish like formaldehyde and hormone disruptors such as propyl paraben.
The EWG Skin Deep website is a great tool. Its purpose is to rate the toxicity of all major skin, hair and beauty products. Be forewarned, you will become addicted to searching all of your favorite products on this site. It is a huge time waster, in the greatest way.
How it works, from their website, “Skin Deep presents two ratings for products and ingredients, a hazard rating and a data availability rating. •The hazard score, a 0-10 scale from low to high hazard, reflects known and suspected hazards. A product’s hazard rating can be higher than the sum of its parts, if, for example, the product contains chemicals called “penetration enhancers” that increase the amounts of ingredients that soak through the skin. •The data availability rating – none, limited, fair, good or robust — reflects how much scientists know – or don’t know – about an ingredient’s safety.”
I am going to share with you the products that I personally use. They all fall within the 0-3 range on the EWG/Skin Deep database. This indicates low toxicity/hazard.
The Honest Company. I purchase a monthly bundle that I can customize each time. I buy my laundry detergent, cleaning items, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, shaving oil, body lotion, and hand soap from The Honest Company. Occasionally I add in some extra things like sugar scrub or air/fabric freshener. I love their products and have nothing but good things to say about them.
100% Pure. Like the name says the make-up is pure. It is all made from fruit pigment. I regularly buy lip gloss, foundation, mascara, and cheek stain from this company. They always include fun little samples of their other products in your order.
Josie Moran. I buy their Argon oil and cheek/lip color. I also peruse the site often for their specials. I have to admit I am a little miffed that their products are not on the EWG/Skin Deep website. It makes me wonder about them, but the ingredients seem to check out okay.
Beauty Counter. This is a new company to me. I have tried their “Countertime” line for mature skin. Although I look the same age as when I began the products, I still like them. Here is what the founder of Beauty Counter said about why she started this company.
“…I thought, we live in a country that regulates everything. So imagine my surprise when I learned that when it comes to the personal care industry, that’s simply not the case. Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption—without telling us.”
The other thing that I really like about Beauty Counter is that they have a “Never List.” It is a list of ingredients that they never use in their products and you should make sure are never in any products you use. Be sure to download and carry this list of ingredients to avoid. http://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list
My independent consultant is Corina http://www.beautycounter.com/corinadavis
This next suggestion is from a company that I have not personally used yet. I found them when I was playing on the EWG Skin Deep website. It is called Maia’s Minerals. Their products all rated a 0 (lowest toxicity) on the EWG website. You can order samples from them, which I have done. I have not received them yet so I can’t comment. At the worst, I will have some non-toxic travel size products http://www.maiasminerals.com/
Under arm care. I use baking soda instead of deodorant. You can check out my previous blog post to see why I do this and to get ideas for natural products if this is unappealing to you. https://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/throw-away-your-deodorant-and-or-antiperspirant/
Last, but probably most important to think about are feminine hygiene products. I recommend using organic tampons and pads. I use Natracare and Azalea brands. The skin around the vagina is highly permeable and is able to absorb more toxins than the rest of your skin. Conventional feminine products are chock full of chemicals. I love this demonstration of a conventional pad vs. an organic pad by Andrea Donsky at NaturallySavvy.com