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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.”
Yesterday I received my full blown Family Essentials Bundle from The Honest Company. If you read my previous post, you know that I started with the sample pack, liked it and ordered company’s non-toxic household cleaners and body products.
It was a sad day as I realized how excited I was over dishwasher rinse aid. Nonetheless, I broke into the cutest box I have ever seen to find my shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, sun block, bug spray, dishwasher detergent, rinse aid and laundry detergent. I have tested all of the products except the conditioner.
I LOVE everything. I even tested out the old bug spray as I took my dog on a walk at dusk… in Texas, where the mosquitoes are as hungry as Willie Nelson after he steps off his tour bus. I did not get one mosquito bite.
Yesterday, I stupidly went on a four mile walk at 1:00 PM. It was a lovely 105 degrees. I used the sun block (and a hat) and did not get a sun burn. I did almost get a heat stroke which would have interfered with my late afternoon wine tasting party, but I rallied. I don’t think it had anything to do with the good sun block though.
There’s really not too much I need to say about the cleaning products except that they work. They are non-toxic. It makes me happy. I like the name of the company because it’s actually true. I just wonder if the products will last a full month. I’ll let you know.
I’ve been vigilant in trying to replace all of our household and personal care items with non-toxic equivalents. It’s been challenging. So I was thrilled to find out about Jessica Alba’s business, The Honest Company. It was born out of her frustration similar to mine, finding TRULY non-toxic baby items, skin care and cleaning products.
This is their company pledge that their products are Honestly FREE of: phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DMP, DEP); PVC; formaldehyde; alkylphenols; benzene; TEA (Triethanolamine); MEA (Monoethanolamine); parabens; phosphates; chlorine; chlorinated or brominated solvents; ceteareth 20; polyethylene glycol (PEG); resorcinol; bronopol; quaternium 15; nanoparticles; triclosan; sulfur oxides; organohalides; hexavalent chromium; DMDM hydantoin; organophosphate pesticides; 1,4 – dioxane; SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates); optical brighteners; mineral oil; petrolatum; BPA (bisphenol-A); a-chlorotoluene
Sounds good, I was sold.
I was a tiny bit miffed to find out that I had to give my credit card and get enrolled in their monthly automatic delivery system to sample their products. I could of course cancel at any time, blah, blah, blah. So I paid the $5.95 shipping for their sample pack that included shampoo/body wash, face/body lotion, laundry detergent, healing balm and hand soap.
A few days later the samples arrived in a truly adorable package. I have to say that I loved each of their products. I opted for a full order of their Family Essentials Bundle. The way it works is that every month you get to mix and match five skin care/cleaning items for $35.95 plus you can add in 3 more items at a discounted price. If you opt for the five product bundle you have to pay $5.95 shipping. If you add in the extras and get to $50 in products you get free shipping. Have I mentioned they are very business savvy in addition to making TRULY non-toxic items that come in precious packaging? Jessica Alba, you do surprise me.
I recommend that you check out their website and see if it might be of interest. If you have a baby, they have a non-toxic diaper/wipe deal that looks good.