It can be frustrating to find beauty products without all of the bad stuff in it. Many times, it is much more expensive than the stuff you can buy at Walmart and Target and a lot of the time it just doesn't work very well.
But, did you know that companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient that they want?! The U.S. government does not review the safety of products before they are sold! Toxic ingredients are used in many of the beauty products available today. These toxic ingredients are endocrine disruptors that can lead to cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other illnesses. Our skin absorbs 60% of any topical product we use, so that's why it's so important that we are not putting these harmful toxins on our body.
Have you ever used the Environmental Working Group database? You'll want to check out this website if you haven't already. Their mission is to protect human health and the environment by creating online safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products. You can search for a brand of make up and it will tell you the ratings (as far as safety goes) for your beauty product.
For example, if you searched for Burt's Bees Baby Nourishing Lotion, you would see a rating of a 5, which is a moderate hazard. You want your rating to be as close to 0 as possible. I was pretty upset to see that the expensive lotion I was buying and that I thought was healthy for my baby, was actually full of bad things that are toxic for my baby. I might as well buy the cheapest brand possible.
So, yes, it does take a little extra work to find products that are not toxic. But, I definitely don't want to be putting harmful things into my body. Here is a list of products that have worked for me, and I hope they'll help you too.
Note: I am not a sales rep for any of these products, but some affiliate links are below. If you purchase through an affiliate link, your costs will be the same, but I will receive a very small commission. Thanks for your support!
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps -Peppermint
This body wash contains organic certified ingredients and can be used for cleaning the body as well as used to make natural household cleaners. I like the peppermint oil because it creates a tingly-cool and increases vitality and clarity.
Dr. Bronner's Baby-mild Liquid Soap (no essential oil scent)
To make it last longer, you can also dilute with water. We usually add 1/2 water to it and the 32 oz bottles lasts a LONG time!
Tear-free wash for Kids:
Nature's Baby Organics Shampoo & Body Wash
This is a tear-free formula without all the bad stuff. It has a calming scent from essential oils.
Derma e, Soothing Cleanser
I like this face wash. It's gentle and fragrance free.
Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin With Atomizer
I LOVE this stuff. See this article to learn more about it. It's a great price and it can bring benefit to all skin types.
derma e Pycnogenol Eye Gel with Green Tea Extract
This eye gel helps diminish the look of undereye puffiness...not that that ever happens to my eyes ;)
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
I use coconut oil. I love this brand, and we use it for cooking all the time too! I put some in a small container and just dip a cotton ball in it to remove my make-up each day.
Aim 2 Health Face and Neck Cream
For dry spots or when you need something extra moisturizing, I love using this. The aloe is very soothing.
I found a new make-up that I really like. It's similar to Bare Minerals, but the prices are a little better. You can also order samples on most of their products for only $1. I love their clay masks as well. From their site:
Elegant Minerals Makeup is free of all potentially harmful ingredients found in many commercial brands, such as: preservatives, talc, synthetic chemicals, carmine, parabens, artificial dyes, fragrances, bismuth, cornstarch, and various fillers. We do not use micronized minerals. We are confident you will love our mineral makeup and offer a 30 money-back guarantee.Mascara:
My favorite non-toxic mascara is actually from Target and it is the Boots No. 7 Brand. It gets a lower rating of 2 on EWG, although it is not a 0. I like that it costs under $10!
Epsoak Epsom Salt
In thinking about toxins, an epsom salt bath is excellent at removing toxins from the body. See this article here. This is, by far, my favorite brand, and it's well worth it to buy the 20 lb. bag, because you'll need to use 1-2 cups per bath. This has become a treat for me, and I try to take an epsom salt bath several times a week.
Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush
Read about the importance of skin brushing and how to do it here.
What are your favorite non-toxic beauty products?