I’m sure you heard about the various bad chemicals used in beauty and cleaning products, these are not regulated enough and it can be pretty daunting going into a natural food store for instance and trying to choose a ‘good’ product out of the myriad out there.
First if you are like me and are switching from your beloved brands that you were used to for years, that did magic on your appearance, to organic or more natural brands, it can be difficult to find a brand that works for you just as well, and also that is not laden with bad chemicals. Some brands sold even in the natural food store can use bad chemicals.
For cleaning products, you’d want to find something that really works on the dirt and grime while not releasing fumes of toxins into your home.
I want to share with you how I went about it and a couple of cool resources.
First, the beauty item that you love the most, just keep it, but change the rest!
Next, you should check out my blog entitled: “Keep Your Hormones in Check!” http://yourfoodlife.com/blog/keep-your-hormones-in-check/. This is extremely important to be aware of and this is one major reason you should be changing your products.
In terms of cleaning products, first of all, I’m sensitive to chemical smells, whatever had a bad or a not so natural smell for me, I threw out. Next I downloaded a list of the ‘bad’ chemicals from here: http://toxicbreakup.ca/ and printed it out and went shopping with that in hand! But you can also find lots of information online on creating your own cleaning products with very simple recipes using vinegar and baking soda.
For sunscreens, you can check out my blog entitled: “Getting the Right Sunscreen?” http://yourfoodlife.com/blog/getting-the-right-sunscreen/.
For other beauty products, I started just trying them out, but I didn’t know at first what are the bad ingredients to stay away from. Recently I came across two great resources:
- The Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org
It is a fantastic resource website for buying various products including cleaning and beauty products. They have evaluated and rated thousands of products in each category. Not only do they rate the products, but they rate the ingredients as well, so if you’re not sure about a certain type of ingredient, you can put it in their search bar and they will provide a rating with information like if it’s a carcinogen, if it affects the reproductive system, or other effects. You can also get the app for your mobile phone and type in the product name when you are in the store! Go to: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
- The Honest Company: founded by Jessica Alba! https://www.honest.com/
There are some good products out there, and there are some great products out there, I haven’t evaluated them all of course, but this one caught my eye. The Honest company makes beauty, cleaning and baby products that are safe and affordable. On their website, you can peruse the products and they disclose all of the ingredients. They have a list of 30 bad chemicals that they guarantee none of their products contain. You can buy their products online, however you need to subscribe and purchase a packet of products at a regular frequency, which you can control to some degree. I have evaluated the price and ingredients against what I currently use for several of the products and the price even with shipping (and the extra shipping to Canada), comes out to about 10$ per product, which is about the same price I already pay anyway. The ingredients used in their products are way much safer than the ones I used to use I’m still evaluating them to see if they give good results, but so far so good!