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What toxins are in my products?
Who knew there were so many different toxins and harsh chemicals in the products we use everyday?!
There is a super long list of all the ingredients you should look out for in personal care products.
I plan to make a post with all of those ingredients and why they are bad for us but in the meantime I’ll just list the ingredients to look out for in each category.
If you want to know more you can do a simple search for that ingredient and tons of things will come up.
I will start by saying that a lot of common ingredients have been shown to be endocrine disruptors, reproductive system toxins and linked to causing cancer.
YIKES! I don’t want any of those things to happen to me so we are careful to stay away from any harmful ingredients.
It may seem overwhelming at first and you may be thinking, “How am I supposed to change everything in my home?!” Just breathe.
You don’t have to do it all at once. We just changed things out as we used up our old stuff.
We used up our toothpaste so we replaced it with a cleaner choice and so on. It also doesn’t have to be expensive.
Check online and see which option is more budget friendly and which site/store has it for the best price.
The way we try to look at it is that we can either pay a little bit more now for these products or we can pay more in the future on doctors bills when the ingredients in the traditional products we were using caused us harm.
Anyway, let’s get into the products!
Ingredients to look out for in hand soap:
Sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrance, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan and dyes
Everyone Ruby Grapefruit Hand Soap
This product is EWG verified meaning it’s one they highly recommend. There is no SLS is this product and the scent in it is from essential oils. This is a great non toxic hand soap option.
This product is available in Target stores and also on Amazon.
Attitude Sensitive Skin Hand Soap- Chamomile
This product is also EWG verified but it does contain citric acid which isn’t awful but it’s not the best either. I would still recommend this product.
It is scented with extracts and is available on Amazon.
Puracy Natural Hand Soap
This product is scented with vanilla bean and lavender essential oil. It is ranked a 2 on the EWG scale. The reason for the 2 is an ingredient called Benzisothiazolinone which can irritate allergies. I would still use this product since there aren’t any major concerns.
ECOS Hypoallergenic Hand Soap- Lavender
This product ranks a 2 on the EWG scale. This is because it contains Cocamidopropyl Betaine and phenoxyethanol which can both irritate allergies.
It is scented with oils and extracts and doesn’t contain any other bad ingredients.
Ingredients to look out for in hand sanitizer:
Parabens, dyes, diethanolamine, propylene glycol, fragrance, ethyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride
I had a really hard time finding non toxic hand sanitizers that didn’t have a bunch of junk ingredients in them. I was able to find one store bought one that I would recommend.
Everyone Hand Sanitizer Spray Lavender Aloe
This product is EWG verified and it’s available at Target.
It is scented with essential oils and is a much better option than traditional hand sanitizers.
Ingredients to look out for in body wash:
Sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrance, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, triclosan and dyes
Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Soap Unscented Body Wash
This soap rates as a 1 on the EWG scale. This is a commonly used non toxic soap to help DIY things around your house.
You can use it as body wash, shampoo or even hand soap. I recommend the unscented one because while some of their scented ones use extracts and essential oils, a couple of them use fragrance.
Just read the label if you are wanting to use one of the scented ones to ensure they don’t contain fragrance.
Native Lavender & Rose Body Wash
This product is rated a 3 on the EWG scale because it contains Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, and Sodium Benzoate.
These ingredients can irritate allergies and have a low possibility of toxicity but I still feel this product is a lot better than most out there.
Also a little note, essential oils aren’t regulated so EWG sometimes rates them as a higher number when they are used as ingredients. They are not harmful and just take that number with a grain of salt.
*** I also want to point out that some Native products contain Fragrance so you should be on the lookout for that if choosing one of their products.
ATTITUDE Super Leaves, Hypoallergenic Energizing Shower Gel, Orange Leaves
This product is EWG verified meaning that it’s a great non toxic body wash choice! This product is available on Amazon.
Everyone Mint & Coconut Soap
This soap is also EWG verified. There are no fragrances or nasty chemicals in this product.
It is available at Amazon and some other scents are available at Target and on Amazon.
Ingredients to look out for in bar soap:
Fragrance, parabens, triclosan and dyes
Native Cucumber & Mint Bar Soap
This soap rates as a 1 on the EWG scale and is scented with oils and extracts. I personally love the smell of cucumber scented things so I will definitely be trying this out.
Nurture My Body All Natural Baby Bar Soap, Fragrance Free Certified Organic
This product only contains three ingredients and no fragrances so it’s very clean and a great option. Also, all of the ingredients are organic.
Even though it says it’s a baby soap it’s still a great non toxic bar soap option for adults and kids. It is a 1 on the EWG scale.
This soap is available on Amazon.
Ingredients to look out for in lotion:
BHA, fragrance, parabens, triethanolamine, formaldehyde, phthalates and dyes
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lotion Peppermint
This lotion is rated as a 3 on the EWG scale but only because of the peppermint oil it uses.
Like I mentioned before, they don’t regulate essential oils so some of them score higher than they should.
The other ingredients in this are all a 1 or 2 so it is safe to use and I think it’s a great natural lotion option.
You can purchase this on Amazon. (This link is for a different scent because the peppermint isn’t in stock on Amazon right now).
Everyone 3-in-1 Lotion for Every Man Cedar & Citrus
This product is scented with oils and is EWG verified. This scent is geared toward men but Everyone has other scents for women also.
Attitude Super Leaves Natural Body Cream- Energizing, Orange Leaves
This lotion is EWG verified and scented with extracts. This is going to be one of the best natural body lotion options out there that is also easily available.
You can find it at some Walmarts and on Amazon.
Ingredients to look out for in sunscreen:
Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Titanium dioxide, PABA, and a lot more.
Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50
This product rates as a 1 on the EWG scale. We have used this sunscreen and love it. This is going to be one of the best store bought non toxic sunscreen options out there.
Attitude natural suncare hypoallergenic mineral sunscreen SPF 30, Fragrance Free
This product is EWG verified and is available on Amazon.
I love that it’s fragrance free and has really clean ingredients.
Ingredients to look out for in deodorant:
Aluminum, fragrance, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, phthalates and silica
Primal Pit Paste Lavender
This isn’t a traditional deodorant stick like you’re probably used to. It’s a paste that you apply to your armpits using your finger.
It is rated as a 1 by EWG and has really clean ingredients.
It is available on Amazon.
Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime Aluminum Free Natural Deodorant Stick
This product is a 1 on the EWG scale. It is scented with essential oils. I use this brand and it’s been my favorite natural deodorant that I’ve tried.
It is great at helping with sweat and odor.
***Some of Schmidt’s deodorants use natural fragrance in them so you should be on the lookout for that. Most of them are scented with essential oils but there are a few that aren’t.
Native Grapefruit & Bergamot Deodorant
This deodorant is rated a 1 on the EWG. It is scented with oils and is aluminum free.
Also remember that I said before that some Native products use fragrance so be on the lookout for that.
Purelygreat Natural Deodorant Stick- Lavender
This product is EWG verified. It’s scented with oils and is available on Amazon. They also have paste versions of their deodorant.
Ingredients to look out for in shaving cream:
Sulfates, emulsifiers, phthalates, fragrance, glycols, formaldehyde, isopentane, preservatives, parabens and propylene glycol
Guys! I tried so hard to find good clean shaving creams that you could purchase at the store or on Amazon but I had no luck.
All of the ones I found still have 1-2 harmful ingredients.
Honestly when I shave I just use conditioner because I’ve never been able to find one that is clean.
Ingredients to look out for in toothpaste:
Fluoride, artificial flavors and colors, synthetic dyes, phthalate, sodium lauryl sulfate, carrageenan, propylene glycol and triclosan
Burt’s Bees Zen Peppermint Whitening Fluoride Free Purely White Toothpaste
This product is rated a 2 on the EWG scale because it contains natural flavor.
Now this isn’t the best ingredient but it’s better than the flavoring used in traditional toothpaste.
It does also contain carrageenan but it’s still a pretty good option if this is the one you have available.
Dr. Brite Mint Natural Whitening Toothpaste with Activated Coconut Charcoal
This toothpaste is EWG verified. It is flavored with extracts and it is made in the USA. This toothpaste is also fluoride free!
I love that this has activated charcoal in it. Activated charcoal is great for whitening teeth naturally.
You can purchase this on Amazon.
Davids Natural Toothpaste Whitening Toothpaste
This product is EWG verified. It is flavored with oils and is free of all the harmful things in regular toothpaste. It does contain carrageenan.
Ingredients to look out for in chapstick/lip balm:
Petrolatum, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors or fragrance, BHA, parabens,
Burt’s Bees 4 Pack Beeswax Lip Balms with Vitamin E & Peppermint
This chapstick is flavored with oils and extracts and rates a 2 on the EWG scale. This is because of the peppermint oil.
You can purchase this at Target.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm – Peppermint
This product is ranked a 2 on the EWG scale because of the peppermint oil. All of the other ingredients are clean.
You can find this lip balm on Amazon.
I hope this post has shown you that natural non toxic products aren’t hard to find and they don’t have to be expensive.
What are your favorite non toxic personal care products?