We’ve become much more conscious of what we put into our bodies. It’s easy to find organic food up and down the aisles of your local grocery store. With all the attention we put into keeping the chemicals out of our food, we sometimes don’t think about the other ways our body absorbs harmful toxins: through our skin. Ladies, it’s time we turn our attention toward our personal care products. I’ve compiled a list of the most used products and great eco-friendly alternatives:
The jury is still out on whether deodorant increases your chances of breast cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. We do know aluminum build-up in the body will cause dementia; however, this is from aluminum that has been ingested. Aside from aluminum, there are other chemicals in deodorant, so you can take your chances, or you can make the switch to something natural. Now, I’ll be honest: I’ve tried many natural deodorants and have had little luck finding ones that work…until now. Check out these natural deodorant and anti-perspirant alternatives:
Native, founded in San Francisco, never uses aluminum, parabens, or sulfates in their deodorant. In fact, there’s nothing in their list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, and they never test on animals. With almost 9,000 reviews, they’ve received a 4.5 star rating (out of 5). And they offer interesting scents you won’t find from other deodorants, like charcoal, cucumber & mint, and blackberry & green tea.
Blissoma specializes in care for demanding skin types. If you suffer from extremely sensitive skin, allergies, or other skin problems, they can help. Every product they make contains certified organic botanicals, bioavailable vitamins, essential fatty acids, and skin-soothing seed oils. Their products are also cruelty-free, certified vegan, and made in-house in the U.S. Blissoma makes deodorants sprays for medium protection and deodorant sticks for strong protection.
Hello makes oral care products from responsibly-sourced ingredients and materials, from sustainable bamboo and stevia to boxes made from 100% recycled paper printed with soy-based ink. Their toothpastes are free of dyes, artificial sweeteners/flavors, parabens, triclosan, microbeads, and gluten. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free. Try their new activated charcoal whitening toothpaste.
Jāsön makes one of the best natural whitening toothpastes I’ve ever tried. The Powersmile whitening paste in powerful peppermint contains bamboo powder (to gently scrub teeth), calcium carbonate and baking soda (for whitening), and grapefruit seed and perilla seed extracts (to fight sugar acids).
Thesis is a family-run business dedicated to the development of natural and organic products. Nothing in their products is synthetic or chemically processed (some products you have to shake well before use) and they package in eco-friendly apothecary glass containers. They have an Exotic Patchouli Shower Gel infused with Aloe Vera and hemp oil. For those of you that don’t enjoy the smell of patchouli (I’m one of you), they have an unscented version, as well.
SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS
Avalon Organics makes a line of hair-care products that are formulated with organic botanicals and essential oils. The line contains no GMO’s, harsh sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances/colors, or parabens. Avalon products are NSF/ANSI 305 certified, vegan, and cruelty-free. They have a vast array of shampoos and conditioners for all hair types to choose from.
Another brand to try is Lather. Lather is a carbon-neutral business that uses EcoPure in their packaging, recycled materials, and soy-based inks. And their products are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and colors. They make hair washes, crème rinses, conditioners, and repair products, among other things.
Traditional hairsprays are loaded with harmful chemicals, and many of them test on animals. Furthermore, adding styling products to hair and then using hot styling tools that heat the chemicals releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be breathed in. Style Sea Salt Spray is a great alternative to chemical hairsprays.
This styling spray by BEAUTYCOUNTER is suitable for all hair types. Made with Himalayan pink salt and red algae extract, the spray restores shine and enhances curls, giving your hair that beachy look. The majority of the packaging this product comes in is recyclable. The company also prohibits the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and bisphenol A (BPA) in their product packaging to prevent these chemicals from leaching into the product. Customer reviews have earned the Style Sea Salt Spray 4.5 stars.
If you shave, you should consider replacing your disposable plastic razors with a durable, reusable safety razor. Albatross Designs makes a beautiful razor called the Flagship Butterfly. It creates zero plastic waste and they have the Albatross Blade Take Back Program which will take both your Albatross blades or non-Albatross blades! They also sell a shaving soap made with responsibly-sourced, plant-based oils.
For those of you that prefer to wax, try MOOM. MOOM makes organic, 100% natural hair removals waxes and wax strips. And the best part is they make products for women and men and they make products for different areas of the body: Bikini & Brazilian and Face & Eyebrows, for example.
The cosmetic industry is highly unregulated. Many of the thousands of chemicals found in skin care products are known skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters, and are carcinogenic. It’s time to trade in your traditional skin care line for something natural. After all, cultures around the world have been using natural ingredients for skin care for centuries, why not you? Here are two great options with two different price points:
Kahina Giving Beauty offers an eco-friendly alternative to skin care without compromising on the luxury. Native Moroccan Argan oil and other high-quality ingredients from around the world are used to make skin care products here in the U.S. The line’s ingredients natural and organic ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced. The company pays the Berber women of Southwest Morocco who extract the argan oil fare wages. Also, a percentage of the company profits is donated to programs that improve the lives of these women and their families.
Tata Harper uses 300+ ingredients from over 68 countries to create complex skin care formulas. The company uses intense concentrations of the most effective ingredients, and every product is free from GMO’s, toxins, fillers, artificial colors and fragrances, and synthetic chemicals. Products are made in small batches with a batch number etched onto the bottle that you can trace to see how fresh your product is.
Drunk Elephant makes two sunscreens: Umbra Sheer and Umbra Tinte. The company does use some synthetic ingredients in their products; however, you won’t find “toxins,” sensitizers, and irritants on their ingredient list. They stay away from what they call the “Suspicious 6:” essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrances/dyes, and SLS. Both their sunscreens are SPF 30, but the Umbra Tinte has a hint of tint for a glowing finish.
Sun Bum makes sunscreens that are reef-safe for those of you that like to snorkel or dive. The NOAA has determined that sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinate are harmful to coral reefs. Sun Bum has neither of these ingredients in their product. They are also paraben free, PABA free, oil free, fragrance free, petroleum free, and cruelty free.
Cocokind makes a customizable chlorophyll mask. The antioxidant-rich mask is made from four ingredients: organic spirulina powder, organic wheatgrass powder, organic chlorella powder, and organic ylang ylang oil. It comes in powder form, allowing you to mix it with whatever carrier you want: water, milk, yogurt, honey, rosewater, or whatever your skin needs.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California. The mask removes dirt and impurities from the pores without using additives, fragrances, or animal products, The product is 100% bentonite clay. To use the mask, you must mix the dry, powdered clay with equal parts water or 100% raw apple cider vinegar.
Makeup is chock full of bad chemicals: plastic microbeads, parabens, and triclosan…just to name a few. Aside from the chemicals found in makeup, the packaging is almost always made from plastic, and most packaging can’t be recycled.
Kari Gran, an eco-friendly beauty brand, uses naturally-derived, organic, wild-harvested, non-GMO ingredients in their hand-poured makeup. Their products also don’t contain petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, chemical additives, known toxins, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances. They make foundation, blush, eye shadow, concealer, and lip color (among other things.
Another great brand to try is RMS Beauty. RMS products contain raw, food-grade, and organic ingredients. Their packaging is minimal, and all of it is biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable. They have a great selection of products for the face, lips, and eyes.
Perfumes contain harsh chemicals and artificial scents that can be bad for your skin. Many women opt out of perfumes for essential oils. That’s a great alternative, but there are some eco-friendly perfumes out there you don’t need to feel guilty wearing.
Earth Tu Face Jasmine Balm is a handmade botanical perfume that comes in a seashell! The company infuses pure flower oils of Jasmine Grandiflorum and Jasmine Sambac with safflower oil and raw, unfiltered beeswax. They’ve also added in 100% plant-derived vitamin E to nourish the skin. They carry two other scents, as well: Leaves + Wood and Geranium + Vetiver.
Pour le Monde makes three all natural perfumes. Part of the profit from their eu de parfums go to charity. Each scent donates to a different charity. Together is a light floral scent with lemon, bergamot, jasmine, violet, and lilac. Together helps Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club. Envision, an oriental, unisex scent, helps the National MS Society; and Empower, a citrus, unisex scent benefits Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Heeling Autism.
Brite Homes is committed to promoting a responsible, eco-friendly lifestyle. We build energy-efficient, solar-powered homes across the state of Florida. Together, we can make a difference and hand over a better planet to our children. If you know of other amazing eco-friendly products, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.