The average American woman uses about 12 personal care and cosmetic products daily while the average man uses 6. It’s easy to assume that the products we put on our skin or into our body everyday are safe. Unfortunately this is not the case. The chemicals in these products are easily absorbed into your skin and transported to every organ in your body.
Personal Care Products
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Body Wash and Soap Bars
- Body Lotion
- Face Wash
- Mouthwash and Toothpaste
The first time I watched this video I was amazed that personal care products used everyday like shampoo could be so dangerous. I became determined to find safer products for my family. It has been a bit of a slow process but I’ve shared our families progress below.
How to find Non-Toxic Personal Care Products
- Go through your bathroom and check for anything that is close to running out such as shampoo, body wash etc.
- Go to the EWG skindeep website and check the rating of what you currently use.
- Either look through the list of safe alternative products on the website, or next time you go to the store check the aisle to see whats available. If you have a smartphone you can use the app to scan the products at the store.
- REPEAT until you have a non-toxic personal care routine.
I found something called a “shampoo bar”. At first I wasn’t sure but I gave it a try. My first shampoo bar was from Etsy and I have to admit that it wasn’t great. The soap bar came came with a lathering bag that didn’t lather well. It didn’t work well with my long hair and my husband didn’t like it all. I gave up on the idea of a shampoo bar for a while. Then I ordered from a different Etsy shop. It was such a different experience. It lathered well and it was a big bar that lasted forever. Now I love shampoo bars and I don’t like to go back to regular shampoo.
I’ve always preferred to use soap bars rather than body wash. I’ve convinced my husband to use soap bars along with me. We’ve been using all natural goats milk soap bars from Whole foods. We haven’t had an issues and I avoid buying the commercial bar soaps like “Dove”.
We haven’t made a lot of progress in this area. I have a few homemade recipes I want to try out and I’m interested in ‘lotion bars’. However the one Lotion Bar I bought from Etsy was tiny and unsatisfying.
Face Wash and Makeup
I’m not much of a makeup fan. I only wear makeup for special occasions so I can’t really give any testimonies on good makeup brands. Since I don’t use makeup, I don’t really use face wash either. Water and soap from the shower is all I need.
I currently use Tom’s of Maine. I’m not convinced its the safest, but I haven’t gotten around to finding a safe alternative. There is a difference between an antiperspirant and deodorant. It’s much better to use a deodorant otherwise you are blocking your pores with chemicals. I’ve seen a few recommended and even homemade recipes that I might try sometime. From personal experience I do not recommend switching from your current brand right before any important social events, just in case the new brand doesn’t work for you.
Personally I don’t care to use mouthwash however my husband likes to use Listerine. After learning about all of the stuff they put into mouthwash I tried making a homemade version. Unfortunately he didn’t like it much so its back to the drawing board. Here is a recipe if you feel like giving it try.
When I was a kid my dad used to buy Tom’s of Maine and I didn’t like it. One day I decided to switch back to Tom’s of Maine brand toothpaste. It took a bit of getting used to the difference, but now I prefer it to the usual Colgate or Crest. I’m not 100% convinced that this is the most natural and healthiest toothpaste, but I’m sure its better than others . I haven’t tried any homemade toothpaste, but another one of my favorites is Oral Shine.