Clean Cleansers

A few weeks ago, New York City-based wellness blog Well + Good NYC wrote about the not-so-awesome ingredients in favorite cheap face cleanser Cetaphil.  If you have ever wondered about the ingredients in your cosmetics, soaps, and lotions, this is a great crash course in some of the most frequently-used ingredients in common drugstore brands! So once you get good and freaked out over what’s in your soaps and lotions, what should you turn to instead?

Rachel has long been a fan of Skinny Skinny organic body products.  Their Organic Neem Soap with Tea Tree and Lavender is an excellent choice for washing your face, with ingredients that treat a wide range of skin conditions.  They also have great non-toxic nail polishes, body oils, and bar soaps in a variety of delicious scents.

Etsy is another great place to turn for organic and nontoxic body products made in small batches.  We’ve had good experiences with bar soap from Dress Green and Lavender Mint Intensive Care Cream - which unfortunately is currently out of stock - from BonghiNatura (great as a hand, foot, or cuticle cream alternative).

The Environmental Working Group keeps a fantastic database called Skin Deep, where you can search for your bath and body products to get an understanding of what those ingredients you can’t pronounce on the label mean for your health and the environment.  Under each category, you will see a list of widely-available products listed least-toxic first.

Your cleansers, moisturizers, and other cosmetics have a big impact on your health and the health of the environment.  Taking the time to learn about toxic ingredients and safer alternatives has a big impact on your overall health.