A few friends have asked me lately which toxic-free products I use and like, so I thought it might be helpful to share my list here. When I first took an interest in avoiding chemicals, I sat down one night with a legal pad and wrote down every category of product I regularly used, from hand soap to face lotion, to laundry detergent, to toilet cleaner.
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 price and effectiveness. Then I filled in a few products to try for each category on my list and over the past year, have put them to the test for myself. Doing that research turned out to be a good plan of action because I didn’t have to start from scratch and go through 5+ products that were more hype than help. So I’m hoping to use my research to pay it forward to you. Here’s my exhaustive list of toiletries — I’ll share my favorite household cleaners later:
|Product Category||Favorite Non-Toxic Product||Why I Love It||Other Non-Toxic Products Tried||Would still like to try|
|Astringent||Dickinson’s Witch Hazel||Witch hazel is nature’s astringent and I haven’t found any better man-made alternatives. Dab some on a cotton ball and swipe over clean skin.||Witch hazel all the way, baby!|
|Bar Soap||Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps All-One Hemp Pure-Castile Soap Almond||I went straight for this bar after smelling all the bar soaps in a natural food store and haven’t looked back since. It’s terrific.||Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap|
|Body Lotion||Burt’s Bees Cocoa & Cupuacu Butters Body Lotion||I was looking for a big bang for my buck and at $10 for 12 oz. this seemed a better deal than most tiny lotion bottles. The lotion itself is great, but I’m open to finding other favorites||EO Essential Oil Products Everyone Lotion Coconut and Lemon||Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion|
|Body Wash||100% Pure Body Scrub Coconut||I LOVE this body scrub. Exfoliates skin, but very moisturizing and smells DELICIOUS!||Honest Shampoo & Body Wash||Absolutely nothing. I LOVE the 100% Pure Scrub|
|Bug Spray||Honest Bug Spray||This spray seems to work as well as mainstream bug spray and smells just like citronella candles.||Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent|
|Conditioner||Dermorganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque with Argan Oil||The Dermoganic masque smells great and really moisturizes hair, even when it’s been destroyed by hairspray and curling irons||Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque||Allafia Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner|
|Deodorant||Lavanila “The Healthy Deodorant” AND Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream||Deodorant is challenging when it comes to finding a non-toxic alternative. Read here why aluminum-free is the thing to look for||Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant||Nothing — I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!|
|Facial Cleanser||Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream Soap Bark & Chamomile||It’s the natural equivalent of Noxzema cream cleanser. Makes my face feel cool and clean.||Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Scrub||Acure Organics Facial Cleanser Superfruit plus Chlorella|
|Facial Moisturizer||Herbal Choice Mari Day Cream||Herbal Choice Mari is not a mainstream brand yet. But this lotion is so moisturizing even on dry winter skin, and the hint of orange essential oil adds a great scent. Love that it contains SPF too.||First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream; Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Lotion; Burt’s Bees Renewal Day Lotion SPF 30||Everyday Coconut Daily Face Lotion, SPF 15|
|Hairspray||Andalou Naturals Medium Hold Hair Spray Sunflower and Citrus||Honestly, non-aerosol hairspray doesn’t spray evenly. It just doesn’t. But regular pump spray bottles are more eco-friendly and I like the refreshing citrus scent of this spray. It does firmly hold flyaways.||Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray|
|Hand Sanitizer||Honest Hand Sanitizer Gel||The Honest gel feels slimy until you rub it in. Then you realize it’s actually just very moisturizing.||EO Hand Sanitizer Spray, Lavender|
|Make-Up Remover||Pure coconut oil||Yup I’ve tried a few things and the very best for removing eye makeup is a dab of straight coconut oil on a cotton ball. You can buy it at any health food store, and now at most grocery stores.||Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes||Pure coconut oil is the best thing out there!|
|Mouthwash||Tom’s Wicked Fresh||I initially tried making my own mouthwash but I didn’t feel the minty burn. So I tried Tom’s and it definitely freshens breath without fake dyes or chemicals||Tom’s Cleansing||Jason Sea Fresh Sea Spearmint Mouthwash|
|Nail Polish||Mineral Fusion||I thought that nail polish was inherently full of toxic chemicals but was thrilled to find more natural alternatives. This brand works as well as the standard OPI. 2 coats plus a top coat lasts a week.||100% Pure Nail Polish; Scotch Naturals; Piggy Paint; Zoya|
|Shampoo||100% Pure Mint & Kelp Volumizing Shampoo||The shampoo is sort of thin and runny but don’t let that deter you. A little goes a long way, and it really lathers unlike some other chemical-free shampoos. The mint scent is really refreshing and my hair feels really clean after using this shampoo.||Honest Shampoo & Body Wash; Acure Clarifying Shampoo||100% Pure Yuzu & Pomelo Glossing Shampoo|
|Sunscreen||Alba Very Emollient Sunscreen Sport SPF 45||Yes SPF 45. I am REALLY pale and SPF 15 is like, why bother? I previously tried Aveeno Naturals, but it had a cottage cheese, greasy consistency.||Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion SPF 50||MyChelle SunShield-Coconut SPF 28|
|Toothpaste||Tom’s Sensitive||I have always used Sensodine toothpaste and when I switched to a more natural alternative, I was glad to see that Tom’s has a variation for sensitive teeth. It’s the same taste and consistency as regular toothpaste, so I’m sticking to it.||Haven’t seen other natural toothpastes that are sensitive-teeth-specific.|
|Wrinkle Cream||Acure Argan Oil & Starflower Line Eraser||I was worried an oil-based wrinkle treatment would make me break out but Acure is great. I can’t say my wrinkles have been erased, but I think using it regularly going forward will help prevent them from deepening.||Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream||Alaffia Everyday Coconut Eye Cream|
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.