Episode 012: Cleaner Beauty: Detoxifying Your Personal Care Products
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Here’s what we discuss in Episode 012 – Cleaner Beauty: Detoxifying Your Personal Care Products:
I started off telling a little bit about my story from discovering just how toxic my old products were, to going off the grid and either using nothing or making my own, to where I am now and why I’ve chosen to work with Beautycounter.
The mentor I mention is Liz Wolfe, and here is where you can follow and find out more about her and her incredible work:
- Her book, Eat the Yolks
- Her book, The Purely Primal Skincare Guide (previously called The Skintervention Guide, which is what I call it in the episode)
- Her web site: realfoodliz.com
- Her podcast, The Balanced Bites Podcast, co-hosted by Diane Sanfilippo
- Her Instagram
For local St. Pete residents, this is the clothing boutique Haley & I were mentioning!
We start with WHY DOES IT MATTER (why might we want to make the switch to safer personal care products and brands):
- The industry is largely unregulated. The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date. (I said 11 in the episode. My bad. Good news: it’s more than double that! THIRTY.)
- This is a short 3-minute video called We All Deserve Better, that gives a little more context to the situation.
- Many of the ingredients used are proven or at least very likely to be dangerous. Of the estimated 80,000 compounds allowed to be used in personal care product formulations in this country, many of them are KNOWN carcinogens, endocrine disruptors (think infertility, painful or irregular periods, thyroid imbalance, etc.), have been connected to learning disabilities, birth defects, the development of autoimmune conditions and allergies.
- THIS IS THE ARTICLE from Goop that I mention in the episode, “The 8 Known Carcinogens That Lurk In Most of Our Homes”
HOW TO GET STARTED SWITCHING TO SAFER PRODUCTS:
- Start slow. Look at the products you’re running out of or need to replace soon, and replace those items with a cleaner option.
- 100% Pure is the makeup company I started with when cleaning up my beauty bag. If you want to know which products I have from there, how I like them, and how they compare to Beautycounter or other Big Cosmo brands, I’m happy to expand in the Facebook group. Go ask me over there!
- THIS is the charcoal bar I mentioned that I started with when trying out Beautycounter.
- Ask for samples. I can get them for you from Beautycounter. And you can ask for them from other brands!
- Ask for recommendations from friends or trusted bloggers, or look at Google and Amazon reviews. Haley mentions using online reviews to land on her Thinkbaby sunscreen.
- Educate yourself. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s web site. Look up your products or their individual ingredients in their Skin Deep database. Look at their lists of safer or approved options. There is also some great information on the Beautycounter web site under the Safety FAQs section.
- Go by your tendency. This is the quiz where you can find out your tendency, according to Gretchen Rubin‘s framework. But here are the basics:
- Obligers: meet outer expectations from others fairly easily; struggle to meet their own inner expectations. So, get a friend involved with you in your safer swap journey.
- Rebels: struggle to meet any expectation — their own or from others. It might help to remember that switching to safer products IS a rebellious thing to do; the vast majority of the population is still not aware of any of this stuff, or inclined to find out. You’d also be rebelling against the lackluster protections offered through U.S. legislation and the giant companies who are not trying to do any better for their users.
- Questioners: Meet their own expectations just fine, because they question everything and are fully sold on something by the time they make a decision; struggle to meet outer expectations of others (need a good reason). In this case, educate yourself, but put a deadline or stopping point on it. This stuff can be a rabbit hole for Questioners. Instead of worrying about a perfect choice, just focusing on MAKING A CHOICE that is better than whatever you were using before. And remember, you can start slow. One product at a time.
- Upholders: Meet their own inner expectations and those of others with equal ease. You just need to decide to put this on your to-do list. And it’s done.
THESE ARE THE BEAUTY BRANDS DOING GOOD THINGS THAT I MENTION:
- Gressa Skin
- Vapour Beauty
- W3ll People
- Modern Minerals
- Ilia Beauty (love their mascara!)
- Root Pretty
- Alima Pure
- Antony M Cosmetics
- Axiology Beauty
- Juice Beauty
- Kjar Weis
- Beauty by Earth (ordering their dry shampoo and also their self-tanner!)
- Primally Pure (love their deodorant and every single thing I’ve ever tried from them)
- Primal Life Organics (love all their toothpaste and mouth products!)
HOW TO KNOW WHAT TO AVOID WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING:
THIS IS THE EWG ARTICLE listing the ingredients to avoid for all different product categories while you’re shopping.
NAIL POLISH BRANDS I MENTION:
- Acquarella (also have a nontoxic remover)
- SOPHi and Piggy Paint (same company) — Piggy Paint also has adorable nail art stickers!
- Keeki Pure & Simple
- Honeybee Gardens
- Ella + mila
TOOTHPASTE BRANDS I MENTION:
- Tom’s of Maine (look for no flouride and no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS); look up products in the EWG Skin Deep database before you buy.
- Dr. Brite
- Sparkoal (my friend Genevieve’s brand!)
- Primal Life Organics (also mentioned above)
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