Before diving in, I highly suggest downloading the Think Dirty App and start scanning products. It rates your products 0-10. 0 being the safest, 10 being the most toxic. It tests for carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens. This is how I began cleaning out my home.
We know what we use. We like what we use. We’ve spent years and years cultivating and curating a collection of perfumes, foundations, deodorants, lotions, detergents, and all of our toiletry goodies. Now we’re told these things could be causing an imbalance in our hormones, a disturbance in our thyroid, and even cancers that are becoming more prevalent. One of the hardest changes I had to make, next to food, was getting rid of the products that were causing harm to my body.
I get it if you’re a skeptic. I didn’t think these products were causing me harm. That is until I learned what was in them, where they were sourced, and after I cut them out, how sensitive I became to the scents and fillers in these products. My migraines, that used to be chronic, have faded away. My stomach issues and nausea went from an hourly disturbance to almost non-existent. Yes, I’ve changed diet, supplements, and my entire lifestyle, but products were a big change in there.
I want to give you a few numbers, facts, and statistics that helped change my perspective a bit:
Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 (the federal cosmetic law that has not had a major overhaul in more than 75 years), the FDA has virtually no power to regulate the cosmetic industry.
The FDA’s authority over cosmetics is different from other products it regulates, such as drugs, food, biologics, and medical devices. Personal care products are some of the least-regulated consumer products on the market.
The FDA does not require that cosmetic ingredients be assessed for safety before they go on to the market, and they cannot issue a product recall.
According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at FDA, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.”
Women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, and men use about six. Teenage girls average 17 products a day. This can mean exposure to hundreds of chemicals just in the course of a morning beauty routine.
Another thing that blew my mind was that “fragrance” can be a trademark. That means not only can cosmetic companies put almost whatever they want in their products, they can also create a fragrance, trademark it, and hide even more ingredients there.
Without further ado, I want to give you a list of a few options to start swapping out for safer products. Remember, not every product works for every person, and not everyone likes the same scents, textures, and qualities of each product.
I’m going to have 3-ish different categories: 1) can be found in a store like Whole Foods or on Amazon; inexpensive. 2) can be found online only; moderately priced. 3) may have to be a member; higher end.
Here we go!
Product prices are based on in store, if you are making complete lifestyle changes, I highly suggest signing up for Thrive Market. You get a 30 day trial of their awesome prices. I almost exclusively shop there for all my dry goods now. You can't beat the savings.
Brands I trust:
Little note about skin care: If you’re making whole life changes and cutting out foods you are sensitive to, staying hydrated, supplementing your deficiencies, your skin will most likely start to clear on its own. You won’t need a harsh stringent and chemicals to burn away pimples and dead skin. With that being said, I still have my favorites!
TOOTHPASTE: (Fluoride Free*)
Young Living Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste - What I Use
*Can either be purchased with a customer account or membership (I highly recommend becoming a member for the wholesale discount and amount of amazing products and quality essential oils)
Native - Favorite Scent: Tea Tree
Primally Pure - Favorite Scent: Lemongrass
Beautycounter - Favorites: Citrus Mimosa body wash and bar soap // Lemongrass scrub
*Online Only - What I Use
Young Living - Favorites: Lavender bar soap // Thieves hand soap - What I Use
Beautycounter - Favorites: CHARCOAL BAR! // Nourishing Cream Cleanser // No. 3 mist
Young Living - Favorites: ART skincare line // Frankincense oil // Lavender lip balm
Beautycounter - Favorites: Tint Skin Foundation // Concealer Pen // Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
- Young Living - Favorites: Savvy Minerals Foundation in Warm no.1 and Dark no.2 // Diffused, Best Kept Secret, and Multitasker Eyeshadows // Mascara
See below for how I apply my make-up