Favorite Thing: Non-Toxic Personal Products

When I first took an interest in avoiding allergenic/carcinogenic/hormone-disrupting chemicals, I sat down one night with a legal pad and wrote down every category of product I regularly used, from hand soap to facial moisturizer to deodorant. For a few weeks, I researched other blogs, online stores like Amazon.com and Vitacost.com, and organic grocery retailers to see what alternative products were available, and what other users thought of their prices and effectiveness.  Then I filled in a few products to try for each category on my list and over time, have put them to the test for myself.

Balancing price, availability, environmental implications, and the toxicity score on Environmental Working Group’s Skip Deep database, I’ve honed in on favorites in each category. I continue to update this list over time as better products become available. Hopefully I can save you some time and headache figuring out your go-to products.

I try to buy as many of my products as possible from Vitacost.com because they stock products made with natural ingredients and their prices are more affordable than at Whole Foods or Amazon.com. Plus, there’s often an available coupon code that you can use there. I highly recommend that online store. Here’s my list of favorite products:

Astringent

Fave: Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

Why I Love It: Witch hazel is nature’s astringent and I haven’t found any better man-made alternatives. Dab some on a reusable towelette and swipe over clean skin. I like Humphrey’s because it’s organic and easy to find in most stores and online.

Runner-up:  Nope. Witch hazel all the way, baby!


Bug Spray

Fave: Honest Bug Spray

Why I Love It: This spray seems to work as well as mainstream bug spray at keeping buggies at bay and it smells just like citronella candles. The slim can fits easily into a purse or beach bag.

Runner-up: Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent


Deodorant

Fave: Lavanila Solid Stick

Why I Love It: Deodorant is challenging when it comes to finding a non-toxic alternative, because many of us are used to antiperspirants which almost always contain aluminum. [Read more about why aluminum-free is the thing to look for.] Lavanila is aluminum-free and their vanilla coconut, vanilla lavender, and pure vanilla scents all smell great. The solid stick rolls on smooth and doesn’t irritate my skin like some baking-soda based deodorants. Like most deodorants that aren’t antiperspirants, I often find myself reapplying a few times throughout the day, but with those yummy scents, I don’t mind. They also make a min travel size stick that’s great for a purse or desk drawer!

Runner-Up: Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream


Eye Makeup Remover

Fave: Pure Coconut Oil

Why I Love It:  I’ve tried a few things and the very best for removing eye makeup and not drying out skin is a dab of straight coconut oil. You can buy it at any health food store, and now at most grocery stores. Look for sustainably-sourced coconut oil. Read here about how I apply it with reusable towelettes.

Runner-Up: While traveling, I use Acure wipes, but they are drying for everyday use — and the packaging they are in is not recyclable.


Face Lotion: Daytime

Fave: Andalou Naturals Age Defying Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Facial Lotion SPF 18

Why I Love It: This moisturizer is the one that fits all my criteria — contains sunscreen, lacks excessive toxic chemicals, and is available somewhere I shop. With my pale skin, I need as much sunscreen as possible. But this eliminates the unnecessary added artificial fragrance that so many moisturizers have. And I can get this on Vitacost.com.

Runner-Up: Earth Science Almond Aloe Moisturizer Fragrance Free 


Face Lotion: Nighttime

Fave: Mineral Fusion Overnight Renewal Nighttime Recovery Face Cream

Why I Love It: No need to wear sunscreen at night, so after washing my face before bed, I apply this face cream. It moisturizes without feeling thick and heavy. Mineral Fusion products are typically available in Whole Foods stores.

Runner-Up: Nourish Organic Ultra-Hydrating Face Cream Pomegranate & Argan 


Facial Scrub

Fave: Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Facial Scrub Lemon Sugar

Why I Love It: My face doesn’t feel clean unless i really scrub it. I’m all about exfoliation, especially why dealing with breakouts. A dab of this starts out scrubby and then melts into a thick, soothing cleanser. It’s expensive, but you only need a small bit of it at a time.

Runner-Up: Mineral Fusion Skin-Renewing Facial Scrub


Mouthwash

Fave: Listerine Naturals

Why I Love it: WHYYYYYYYYY as a society do we think mouthwash has to be blue or green to work? It’s dye, people! #^%$! Okay, I’m done now, sorry. Fluoride is a must for my teeth and alcohol-free mouthwash just doesn’t work for me. So this is the best I’ve found that meet my criteria without dyes. It’s hard to find in stores, so I usually have to order it from Amazon.com or the like.

Runner-Up: I tried once to make homemade mouthwash but the gentle mineral water + drops of essential oil didn’t cut it. I may try again with an alcohol formula.


Shampoo

Fave: Acure Shampoo

Why I Love It: Unlike some other natural shampoos, it really lathers. The lemongrass scent is refreshing, and I also really like the coconut scent. Acure recently switched its packaging from squeeze bottles (not recyclable in all areas) to rigid plastic (recyclable). I would love to use a shampoo bar that eliminates packaging, but haven’t yet found one without sodium laureth sulfate.

Runner-Up: 100% Pure Mint & Kelp Volumizing Shampoo


Anti-Wrinkle Serum

Fave: Homemade Serum

Why I Love It: I found it very difficult to find an anti-wrinkle serum without allergenic or hormone disrupting chemicals. Because I make this, I know EXACTLY what’s in it e.g. jojoba, myrrh, and lavender oils. Using just a few drops each day means that a bottle lasts a long time before I have to remake the formula. You can buy the ingredient oils from natural food stores. I use this recipe via Savory Lotus.

Runner-Up: Nope. Homemade or bust!


I hope this helps give you some ideas!

If you want recommendations on other products that I haven’t listed here, comment below and I’ll be sure to respond.  There is some information I didn’t include above due to space limitations.

Published by thecapitolhil

Washingtonian, Blogger, Toxic-Free Convert, and Foodie

2 thoughts on “Favorite Thing: Non-Toxic Personal Products

  1. I love love love this! Thank you so much, I know I have been bugging you for awhile. Can’t wait to try this stuff. I recently discovered Acure as well and I LOVE their face scrub, and I’m going to try their shampoo and body wash tomorrow as both were on sale at whole foods. I also think you really need to try some lush products, like their solid shampoo bars which eliminate plastic bottles and are EXCELLENT. They are really good value for money. Maybe also their bath bombs/bubble bars? Although I am maybe going to try making some myself too. What about household products? Makeup? Next blog? I am still searching for the perfect non bio laundry detergent and bathtub scrub…. and mascara…and foundation. so let me know! ILove you Berry!

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