Choosing Safe Beauty and Hygiene Products
As a natural healthcare provider, some of the most commonly asked questions that I receive revolve around the best products to use for daily living. Personally, I am on a mission to help people find the safest products! We must take pride in ourselves and be aware of the harmful chemicals that we put in as well as on our bodies. This article is designed to help you in choosing safe beauty and hygiene products.
Our skin is our largest organ and quickly absorbs everything that we touch. A staggering 60% of all of the soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, medications, and many other daily products, are delivered straight into our bloodstream.
This includes nutrients but also includes harsh chemicals, heavy metals, toxins, endocrine disrupters, carcinogens, etc. Today, we are becoming more aware of the harmful effects of these commercially made products. I will not spend much time discussing the problems with these products but instead will focus on showing you the products that are safe and effective. This article here written by Angel Jockers goes into detail on the problems with commercial beauty and hygiene products.
What to Look Out For
The industrial boom put our nation on a track to make products in larger quantities for the cheapest rate possible and also to have the longest shelf life possible. While this method did achieve cheaper and more convenient products, it significantly impacted the quality of our nutrition and personal hygiene products.
We all want to be our healthiest but it can be very intimidating to begin searching for the best products to use and know what can be trusted. Besides, who has enough time to research everything they buy? This is a compiled list to make the process much easier!
Look For Quality and Effectiveness
One thing that I cannot sacrifice is the quality of a product. I want something organic, natural and safe, but I also want it to work! Organic and completely natural products will definitely be the safest items to apply to our skin.
When looking at the safety of products, we can break this down into four separate groups.
- Edible: If your product is considered edible (such as using coconut oil as your moisturizer), this would be considered the safest for your skin and I definitely recommend using edible products if they are working for you!
- Organic: 100 percent organically made products will be the next safest. Once again, if you have found a completely organic and natural product that works for you, keep using it!
- Safe: Safe brands would be the next best thing. This is where Beautycounter falls and a lot of the products that I will discuss are actually from Beautycounter. These products are at least 80 percent organic and include synthetic materials that have been thoroughly tested for safety. These brands will not use harmful synthetic materials in their products. Synthetic materials are used to preserve the effective quality of a product, meaning that they work really well.
- Not safe: Not safe brands are everywhere. This includes everything from Maybelline, Bare Minerals, Neutrogena, You can learn more about harmful make up products here.
What is the point of using something if it doesn’t work? I had a hard time finding all natural products that I felt like truly worked when it comes to my skin and hair. Dr Jockers’ wife, Angel, introduced me to a company called Beautycounter and I fully support their mission and their products. I am so excited to be a part of this team!
BeautyCounter’s Stance on Chemicals
Beautycounter has initiated a movement to demand that our government begin testing the chemicals that we put into our products and onto our skin every single day. We refuse to be the guinea pigs for the thousands of chemicals in our products that have never been tested.
Other countries are banning chemicals, which the United States still deems as safe, due to the associated risks with cancer, hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. I am excited to be part of the movement that is demanding thorough testing of our personal care products!
Beautycounter also values quality so they do have some synthetic materials in their products in order provide the best cosmetic results. Any and all synthetic chemicals have been thoroughly tested for safety. They primarily stick to organic and natural ingredients.
I use several of their products in my own life and not only do I feel good about what I am putting on my skin, but I have also noticed a big difference in my skin. My skin is softer, more toned, appears less tired and more vibrant. I used to have semi-regular acne breakouts, which have gone away since using these products.
In the Shower
Acure is also a fantastic brand and will probably work better for women who have dry, damaged, or curly hair. You can find their shampoo and conditioner here. Another great brand is Attitude. Here is a link to their fragrance free shampoo. You can also try their hypoallergenic conditioner.
I absolute LOVE Trader Joe’s Shaving Cream with aloe vera and vitamin E. This product has dramatically reduced red bumps and in grown hairs in those sensitive areas! It is not a foam and feels really soothing. Primal Life shaving cream is another great brand!
My go to for soap is definitely Dr Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castle Soap. Peppermint is my favorite! This leaves a slight tingle that makes me feel so fresh and clean. It smells amazing because of the organic essential oils that are used! The soap bar is also available and there are different smells including but not limited to:
The great thing about the Dr Bronner’s liquid soaps is that you can water them down and make them last longer and they work just as good. Basically about a 1:1 ratio of water to liquid shampoo will work well for most people. If you are looking for homemade soap bars, Makes 3 is another great brand.
Toothpaste- In addition to oil pulling with coconut oil, I also use this all natural toothpaste called Earth Paste. This is free of fluoride and foaming agents. It is all natural and also has great results! The peppermint added will also leave you feeling fresh and clean when you are done.
Here is a mouthwash recipe that uses 100% all natural essential oils: 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan salt, one pinch of baking soda, and one drop of organic peppermint, clove or tea tree oil. Add all of these ingredients together and then swish and spit.
An already made mouthwash that is really great is Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Wicked Fresh Mountain Mint Mouthwash. Another great mouthwash is Oral Essentials mouth wash, which is made up of Dead Sea Salt, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, French Essential Oils and Non-GMO Xylitol.
If you are not a fan of coconut, but would like to participate in oil pulling, this Organic Oil Pulling Mouthwash may be just for you. This contains coconut oil and anise star essential oil, which gives it a unique flavor. Activated charcoal is also added, which makes this a mild formula that whitens the teeth and kills off bacteria.
Most deodorants on the market contain toxic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfates and aluminum. Most of the natural, non-chemical based deodorants on the market don’t work very well. Fortunately, there are a few that are good.
Most natural deodorants will not last all day and will have to be reapplied every 4-6 hours. Honest Deodorant Lavendar Vanilla is going to be the best deodorant for someone who sweats and wants their deodorant to last all day. Even with that, I would still plan on reapplying at least once throughout the day.
The Healthy Deodorant can be trusted for nervous sweat- you know the kind you get when you are in an interview, on a first date, or public speaking. Not only does it keep the sweat away, but it also leaves a light clean and powdery scent.
Erbaviva is another great brand of deodorant made from essential oils. Purely Great is another terrific brand of non-toxic deodorant. They have unscented, lavender, and citrus available! Of course, I cannot forget my organic minty floss from Radius.
There are a number of great beauty products through Beautycounter and other brands. Not all of these are organic and edible, but the ones we have listed are safe and they are effective…so they work well!
I write a lot about Beautycounter because I have the most experience with these products, however, you will notice that after doing a lot of research, I found a number of products you can get on Amazon.com that are fantastic!
My go to for facewash now is Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Cream Exfoliator. I have never seen my face so clear and vibrant looking! I am hooked! Although this is a gentle exfoliating cleanser, it is very effective. The non-abrasive jojoba beads help slough off dry skin, while organic coconut oil and aloe soothe and hydrate.
They also have a Nourishing Cream Cleanser, which is great for removing make-up and the grime from your busy day. It contains witch hazel to tone skin, and coconut oil and aloe to help hydrate. Another great, organic facial cleanser is Beauty By Earth which you can find on Amazon here
Using a charcoal mask is an effective way to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities, and soothe. The charcoal and clay mix found in this formula helps to improve the skin’s overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. You can just put this mask on for 10 minutes and enjoy a good detoxifying face mask as if you were at the spa.
This charcoal bar can also be used to cleanse the skin daily without any drying effects. It contains green tea and coconut oil and can be used on the body and face. I personally love my charcoal bar and love the way it makes my skin feel.
I had a really tough time finding a charcoal mask and bar that are approved by EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Other products listed had little data collected to fully support them and were hard to find. There are other charcoal masks and charcoal bars available on amazon.com but I am weary of the ingredients found in them.
I have taken the Activated Charcoal tablets from drjockers.com and opened up the capsules in order to mix it with coconut oil and make my own home made charcoal facemask as well.
As far as a good moisturizer goes, some people do really well with just using coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for its anti-aging and antimicrobial properties. It is also great for hydrating the face without leaving it oily. It only takes a tiny little drop and you can cover your entire face.
Here is a great moisturizer that you can make at home with just 3 simple ingredients.
½ cup coconut oil
1 tsp liquid vitamin E
12 drops of lavender essential oil
First, melt the coconut oil but don’t overheat it. Mix in the liquid vitamin E and lavender essential oil then let it set and rub it on your face.
SaneRe Organic Skinfood is made from avocado and praised sea-buckthorn which both help deeply hydrate dry skin without clogging pores. This can be used daily or nightly as a moisturizer. They have a lavender calendula night cream, a rosemary lavendar day cream and many more.
Personally my favorite moisturizer is Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating Day Cream. This has really helped soften my skin and improved its elasticity. There are omega-rich natural oils and vitamin-rich fruit extracts that help with hydration and brightening of the skin while acmella flower extract helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I have found that the majority of my clients prefer using the rejuvenating line with Beautycounter because of the great anti-aging results that they see! You can find the rejuvenating product line here. You can find everything from creams, anti-aging radiance serums, toner pads, eye creams, and more.
Other Hair Products
I finally found a hair spray, called Feed Your Hold, and it is free from alcohol, parabens, and sulfates. The hold isn’t as fine as chemical hair sprays, but it is definitely strong and will hold your hair in place.
Natu Reviving Mist is great for reviving broken and damaged hair. It also adds great volume to hair that has lost its bounce and volume boost. It is full of nutrients and minerals that are readily absorbed and begin restoring the deficiencies in your hair.
John Masters Organics is a great replacement for hair gel that is full of heavy synthetic materials. This product is all natural and helps revive your hair as well. It is great for styling your hair and holding it in place.
Raw Elements has produced a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and it is water resistant as well as suitable for all skin types and tones. This is a great organic, all natural and non GMO product.
This sunscreen from Beautycounter, goes on like a lotion and has a light lemon or citrus smell. It is a 30 SPF and works great for sensitive skin! It is created with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. Aloe helps hydrate skin, while antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts fight free radicals. There is also a stick version of the lotion.
A baby’s skin is so fragile and must be taken care of as well. This little baby bundle contains a gentle all-over wash that is tear-free and cleanses the entire body and hair daily. There is a Soothing Oil, which absorbs easily and nourishes the skin.
Lastly, there is also a Daily Protective Balm in the bundle, which acts as a layer of protection for sensitive and delicate skin. This is safe enough for newborn babies and will conquer any dry or irritated skin with shea butter and jojoba oil.
Some parents reported that after using this bundle, they found that their baby’s seemingly incurable eczema, had cleared up. They were so excited about seeing healthy skin on their baby for the first time! This diaper rash cream from Beautycounter is soy and nut free and contains non-nano zinc oxide to prevent and heal redness and diaper rash.
Comparable baby products include this Baby Mantra 3 in 1 bubble bath, shampoo and body wash. It contains aloe vera and lavender oil that will leave your baby smelling fresh. A safe soothing oil would be the Baby Mantra massage oil with apricot and avocado oil.
Here is a safe baby powder from BabyTime. This contains a talc free and non-irritating formula especially designed for sensitive skin. It is enriched with sweet wild rose and probiotics for a super soft touch and wonderful smell. It’s a baby powder that promotes health!
Here is a great diaper rash cream from Attitude. It contains zinc and is hypoallergenic and vegan approved.
For Kids, I know that I anticipate using Beautycounter’s products because they are who I currently trust. All of their products are tested to be safe, hypoallergenic, and have also been proven to be effective for children with sensitive and irritated skin.
Other safe brands include Dr Bronners (See above)
Makes 3 is 100% handcrafted and has great reviews. Try out the different scents!
Fresh Monster also has a 2 in one shampoo and body wash available in Ocean Splash
Home Water Filtration
Lastly, I would recommend using filtered water not only in the kitchen and daily drinking water but also in your shower. Aquasana provides a fantastic shower water filter that is easy to install and they also provide whole house filtration systems.
Getting a whole house water filter is the best approach to clean up the chorine, disinfectant byproducts and much more. The whole home filter improves your shower quality, drinking water and your air quality because you don’t get toxic chlorine fumes ending up in your air from your dishwasher and toilet bowl.
If you are in an apartment or rental home or are just not able to afford the whole house water filter, than you can begin with the shower filter and a portal drinking water filter. Aquasana provides a fantastic shower water filter that is easy to install and a point of service water filter.
Portable Water Filtration
This travel filter, known as the Berkey Water Filter, can be used for keeping a steady flow of clean water ready for you no matter where you go. It can also be used in your apartment or home for cooking and drinking water. It is definitely worth every penny.
When I began using filtered water, I noticed that my thinking became clearer and my skin softer. My hair also felt much healthier. These findings are also very common among my clients once they make the switch to filtered water. It makes a difference when we remove the heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, toxins and medications that have been discovered in our tap water.
This article has been written to help you find the safest and most effective hygiene products on the market. It is so tough to research and find great quality products so we hope that this list has made it a little easier for you!
We know that this was not an exhaustive study of all the products on the market, but we believe you will find the safe and effective products you need in the list we provided. Take pride in yourself and be aware of the ingredients that you use on your skin!