Reducing toxins in your life: Cosmetics

March 14, 2009

The Cosmetic Database* is an eye opener. Have you ever counted how many cosmetics or personal care products you use in a day? Chances are it’s nearly 10. And chances are good that they include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products if you’re a man, and cosmetics if you are a woman. And what about your children? On any given day you might rub, spray, or pour some combination of sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo, lotion, and maybe even insect repellant on their skin.

Here’s a list of things you should most definitely try to avoid.

These are some of the safer cosmetic products I have switched to so far as they have very low chemical hazards:

This Lady Mitchum Clear Gel Unscented Deoderant I am trying scores very well, as does this Almay One Coat Triple Effect Mascara (Blackest Black) that has a low risk.

It’s a long process and I am still looking for body moisturiser, shower gel, and soap. Giovanni line of hair products looks worth a try, and that’ll be my next experiment.

So far I have not had to compromise on product performance, or pay any extra, but it takes some time to find them in normal drug stores so be prepared to shop around in new and unfamiliar territory.

* Thanks for the link Justine.


5 Responses to “Reducing toxins in your life: Cosmetics”

  1. SJR Says:

    Anarres Health has some even better products if anyone else is interested. All made from scratch with zero toxins.

  2. SJR Says:

    Decided to try sun screen, shampoo and conditioner from this line: It uses 100% all natural ingredients that you don’t need a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering to understand.

  3. theramsays Says:

    LOVE Giovanni hair products!!! Def. try them!

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  5. Ericka Says:

    I love Giovanni’s Cucumber Song lotion. Just ordered the body wash. Like the hair products, too. Discovered them in an Embassy Suites Hotel in San Diego, CA. Good job!

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