Think about the products you use in a day. From what you use to get ready in the morning, to what you eat off of during the day, to whatever you do at night. Now go read the ingredient label. Do you see any of these toxic ingredients in this post on the label? If you answered yes, keep reading.
If you did read that post on toxic chemicals in your beauty products, you probably understand why I have a tab dedicated to safe beauty. But it’s not just beauty products that could be putting things into your body that you probably don’t want in there. It’s pretty much everything. It’s crazy how many chemicals we ingest every day. It could be obvious like car exhaust that we inhale while walking down the street. Or, you could be totally unaware of it like the fact that most receipts are coated in BPA – an endocrine disruptor that messes with your hormones and is linked to diabetes and obesity. But don’t freak out yet.
I’ve said this a few times before. My approach to safer products is to make changes gradually and where they make sense for you or your lifestyle. Don’t run home and throw out all your shampoo just because you see it has a PEG (a substance that causes you to absorb more toxic chemicals) in it. Remember that harm is done over years and years of use – if not decades. What I’m saying is there is time to turn things around. Finish that tube of concealer and swap it out for a safer option. Need ideas on what to swap out next? Here are some of the most commonly used products that can contain toxic chemicals.
I am a chapstick addict. I have been for years. Which means that I care a lot about the chemicals in my chapstick since I use it so often! After finding out that the commonly used Aquaphor contains Mineral Oil (common cause of dermatitis), I went in search of an alternative. There was no way I wanted to be swallowing that or risking dermatitis on my lip area! I found this homeoplasmine by Boiron and so far, it does a pretty good job. Generally speaking, products made in the EU are safer since their ingredients are more heavily regulated than here in the US.
I don’t know about you but I use bodywash almost every day. Matt actually found this tea tree oil based product on Amazon and after a brief adjustment period, I’m hooked. There are no chemicals in it – just a whole lot of good stuff. It’s minty fresh so while it might not smell like your typical feminine bodywash, it does leave you feeling super clean. With no risk to your health!
I use soap at least 15 times a day. If you’re drinking the right amount of water, I’m assuming you do the same. While Method soap is a step in the right direction, Beautycounter makes a hand soap (and hand lotion) that I actually trust. There tend to be a lot of chemicals in products that suds or foam up so check this list when you’re reading the label on your soap!
While I don’t personally wash my hair every day, I know a lot of people that do. But here are the facts. Your scalp is really absorbent. Shampoos and conditioners also usually contain some set of these toxic ingredients. Common offenders includes SLS, SLES, and ALS. Beautycounter, a brand that I’ve talked about here and here, just launched an entire new haircare line and it is legit. I’ve been using it for a month and my hair appreciates it!
I switched to glass Tupperware years ago. After the BPA scare and in conjunction with our wedding registry, it felt like the right time. I’ve never looked back. While a little clunkier to carry around (and the occasional “OMG I think I broke it” moment), I feel much safer. Since I try to cook from home as much as I can and meal prep, I figured this was a good investment to make!
I hope this post helps! Remember, make changes in a way that suits you. These were a really easy switch to me. While adjusting to new products is always different, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything with these safer products!
What products have you found that are safe alternatives? What ones do you already use? Which ones do you want to swap out?