On a Quest to Find Non-Toxic Personal Care Products

Over the past few months, I have been slowly changing my personal care products to healthier, non-toxic, organic ones.  It isn’t easy!   There is a lot of information out there about personal care products, and I’ve learned that just because something is labeled “organic” or “all natural”, doesn’t mean that it is non-toxic!  I have discovered that some of the products I have used for years contain some toxic ingredients.  And I’ve purchased products that left my skin very irritated (Luckily, I was able to return them for a full refund).  I’m still on my quest for non toxic skin care products and I welcome any advise you may have!

I have found the Skin Deep data base  and the Guide to Less Toxic Products to be very helpful, but the list of all the harmful ingredients is a bit cumbersome!

Then I found this infographic on MindBodyGreen showing 12 ingredient categories to avoid.

The Daily Green groups this into six big  ingredient categories to avoid and I found this to be a list I can more easily work from!

6 Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products

  • Petrochemicals
    Examples include petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol (often used in skin astringents and perfumes or colognes).
  • Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
    Examples include sodium lauryl ether sulfate; sodium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl ether sulphate (most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, along with various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
    Examples include ethylene glycol (used in firming lotions) and propylene glycol (found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).
  • Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives 
    Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben (found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)
  • Synthetic dyes
    Examples include anything with F&DC preceding it, usually followed by a color and a number. (F representing food, D&C representing drugs and cosmetics), other color additives, including caramel, lead acetate, manganese violet, and more.
  • Artificial fragrances
    Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren’t required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark

I think I have to print out the list and bring it with me (along with my reading glasses) when I go to buy beauty products, and I have to study the list of ingredients.  As I said, it isn’t easy!