So you buy organic food, shop at the local farmers market and own more reusable bags than there are days in month – but what about your personal care? Did you know that you are exposed to more than 100 chemicals found in cosmetics, soaps, and other personal hygiene products before leaving the house each morning? Sad but true.
But before you swear off showering forever, you should know that there are other safer, greener options out there for you. Read on to get the lowdown on some of our favorite basic beauty supplies.
Let’s start in the shower. For shampoo and conditioner, go with a combo that’s fragrance-free and lacks the synthetic scents that can be derived from crude oil and contain carcinogenic derivatives. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that synthetic fragrances often contained hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction. Our solution? A shampoo and conditioner ranked first overall by the Environmental Working Group, so you know it’s that good.
Castille soap isn’t just for cleaning floors. My favorite brand, Dr. Bronners, with 18-in-one uses, goes above and beyond the shower. It contains a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, that when combined with pure essential oils creates a refreshing, velvety lather that cleans effectively without being aggressive.
Out of the shower, you’ll want to nourish your skin with a lotion like this that combines emollient-rich olive oil and healing aloe. And it works under makeup too!
Now that you have the basics, keep in mind that this transition won’t happen overnight. Just remember to read labels and look out for the major three no no’s: parabens, phthalates and triclosan. Once you find a product that fits the bill, it may or may not work for you—this is especially true when it comes to deodorant! Everyone’s body chemistry is different so allow yourself at least two weeks for your body to detox and adjust.