The idea of “green beauty” rests in a simple idea that’s been pushed aside for many years. The idea is this: Stop putting toxic chemicals and carcinogens on your body, and choose natural products instead.
Keeping the world healthy, both the environment and ourselves, is important. By swapping out products that offer more risks than benefits, for natural and health-conscious alternatives, we can each play a part in making sure the world, and our families, stay healthy and beautiful.
6 Personal Care Products To Ditch & Switch
Shampoo & Conditioner
Go look on the back of your shampoo and conditioner bottles. Unless you’ve already taken care to shop around for alternative shampoos, chances are the ingredients list include some of the following. Sulfates like ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, polyethylene glycol (PEG), triclosan, and fragrance are just a few of the common toxic ingredients found in shampoo. Besides potentially disrupting hormones and organ function, many of these not-so-healthy ingredients are also extremely harsh on your hair, stripping it of moisture and damaging your lovely locks.
Luckily, brands like Kogi Naturals, Original Sprout, and Maiga Organic offer safer and more eco-friendly options for clean and healthy hair care. You can take a look at the many different varieties available here.
Face Creams & Care
Yep, these products are often full of those toxic ten ingredients, too. Don’t feel like rubbing harsh chemicals and carcinogens all over your face? Check out some of our favourite alternative options to all that risky business, like the Zit Stick and P.O.T. Face Cream from Kogi Naturals, and MAIGA’s Facial Cleanser and Facial Scrub. With these natural alternatives, you can keep your face glowing radiantly in a healthier way.
Some of the most common toxic ingredients in body lotions are triethanolamine, retinyl palmitate, parabens, fragrance & parfum, DMDM hydantoin, and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). Does your lotion contain any of these? If so, maybe it’s time to switch to something that’s healthier for you and safer for the planet. Check out the many options for eco-friendly and non-toxic lotions here.
Pit stick may not enhance your looks, but it can do a lot to ensure you’re cast in the best light by not leaving a stink in the nasal passages of the people you’re around. The problem with common deodorants lays in their use of aluminum-based antiperspirants that clog your ducts and pores, and the toxic chemicals that are slathered over your armpits.
Moving away from the sticky and harmful residues, one of our favourite alternatives is a natural spray-on deodorant from The Honest Company. Using essential oils to offer three different scents, these non-sticky unisex deodorants are natural, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and long-lasting.
Many revel in the delightful splash of colour or sheen that a freshly dried manicure or pedicure leaves on your nails. However, there’s much more left behind in that pretty polish. Formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone are some of the toxic chemicals that are listed as ingredients for many brands of nail polish.
We’d like to encourage you to say good-bye to harsh, smelly chemicals and say hello to Piggy Paint. This kid-safe, pregnancy-safe, eco-friendly polish is as natural as mud! The non-toxic, low-odor, water-based formula provides a hypoallergenic and cruelty-free alternative in a wide variety of fun colours. Take a look at all the hues and find out more about Piggy Paint here.
Keeping our skin safe from sun damage is one of the most important beauty secrets to know, and a good reason to screen up in every season. Unfortunately, sunscreen is typically laden with a variety of biologically harmful chemicals, like Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, and UV Chemical absorbers. But fear not – there are alternatives! Among the natural and non-toxic sunscreens we stock, the Thinksport and Thinkbaby sunscreens are top-rated on the EWG skincare database. These are also water-resistant for 80-minutes and have an SPF of 50, so they have the power to keep your skin safe even in the most damaging rays of summer or winter vacations taken closer to the equator. For those of you who don’t need quite as much protection, check out this daily face and body sunscreen from Original Sprout.
So are you ready to make the switch? Don’t get caught up in the expense of the swap. You don’t need to throw all your current products into the trash. If you’re on a budget (who isn’t?) and still have some mileage left in your expensive bottles of product, use up what you have and slowly start switching over to healthier products as you run out.