Our Favorite Non-Toxic Personal Care Products

By Marilee Nelson |

We’ve had a lot of you ask us what our favorite personal care products are, so we thought compiling a list of what we use (along with some other great options) would be helpful! Ensuring that the products you bring into your home are free of harmful chemicals (ex. synthetic fragrance) is crucial to creating a healthy home, and that’s especially true for the products you put onto your body! With a market that has (thankfully!) grown rapidly over the past few years, it can be hard to sort through all of the “safe”, “natural” and “non-toxic” claims. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope this makes your search for the really clean stuff a lot easier! And we are big believers in the saying "variety is the spice of life" even when it comes to personal care products. Just like you wouldn't eat the same foods everyday for years, your skin and hair like when you mix it up a bit!

Here are some ingredients that we typically avoid:

synthetic fragrance, phenoxyethanol, parabens, phthalates, BHA, BHT, formaldehyde releasing preservatives, MIT – isothiazolinone family, benzalkonium chloride , sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, artificial colorants, retinol, retinyl palmitate, hydroquinone, PEG ingredients, PEG ingredients, polysorbate 60 and 80, polyethylene glycol

Also, we recommend looking for your brand in the EWG database. If it is not in their database, then you can compare your ingredients using this link.

You can also investigate the ingredients one by one. Go to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Type in each ingredient into the search bar. The ingredients are rated from 1 - 10 - with 1 being the safest to 10 being the most toxic. Ideally, the safest ingredients to put on the skin will be rated 1. We also love the Think Dirty app for checking particular products. We recommend only using products rated 0.

And now for our favorites...

Skin Care/Face Care

Face Wash:

Face Moisturizers: Toners/Mists/Wildcrafted Perfume: Acne Treatments/Masks

Body Care

Body Wash/Soap:

Moisturizer: Body Scrubs:

Hair Care

Shampoo:

Helpful Hint for Dry Hair: Every three washes or so, try adding 1 drop (from a dropper) of organic argan oil into shampoo before lathering to help prevent hair from getting too dried out. Fun Fact: We've decided we're going to try out our Concentrate as a shampoo. If you want to try it too, let us know what you think! Conditioner: Hair Spray: Dry Shampoo:

Baby

Shampoo & Body Wash:

Moisturizer: Deodorant Insect Repellent
Because this can be an everyday problem in the South! Sunscreen

Oral Care

Toothpaste & Teeth Whitening:

Mouthwash:

Nails

There really aren't any perfect nail polishes, but these are the best options we know of if you don't like to go bare nails.

Make-Up

We finally put together our list! See it here. What are your favorite personal care products? Comment below!

 

Marilee Nelson

Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.