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Holistic Living: Toxic Ingredients Found in Everyday Personal Care Products

We live in a world where we are surrounded by toxins. Some we can’t avoid, but some we certainly can. And understanding the difference is what will change your life for the better!

Personal Care Products Are Some of the Dirtiest (or Most Toxic) Products

One of the most common misconceptions is that our personal care products are all safe and regulated by the FDA. This is not TRUE!  

In the United States, there is little to no regulation when it comes to the safety of the products we use on our skin every day.  

We wake up, we work out, we eat healthy foods, and then we unknowingly slather our bodies in harmful or questionable ingredients. Our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it matters.

It matters a lot!  

U.S. Regulations on Personal Care Products are Weak

The U.S. is dangerously far behind in regulating these harmful and toxic ingredients from our products. In the European Union, they have banned 1,400 ingredients from use in their products. In contrast, the U.S. has only banned 30!

Additionally, there is only about 1.5 pages of legislation addressing the personal care industry, and there hasn’t been a law passed to regulate the industry since 1938! 

So, what does that mean?

It is Up To the Consumer to Understand What They are Putting on their Body

It means we, the consumers, have to take matters into our own hands and be our best advocate. We cannot assume that when we walk in a store, that the products sold on the shelves are safe. Because many of them are not! 

We need to make informed decisions when buying.

But where do you start?

What do you look to avoid?

And what do you look for?

The good news – there are safe options out there, and thankfully, the “clean” personal care market is growing every day! 

Steps to Choosing Toxin Free Personal Care Products

Step 1: Check your current Personal Care Items

The first step you can take is to visit the Environmental Working Group’s, Skin Deep Database, and look up products by name and check their safety rating. The second step is to buy from brands you know and trust - the companies that are looking out for your safety when it comes to formulating their products. 

Step 2: Learn What Ingredients to Avoid
Top 12 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid

propello life holistic living personal care products top 12 toxic ingredients

One of the first things that I ditched were products that listed the word “Fragrance” in their list of ingredients because this is a major loophole in the industry. The word Fragrance can contain hundreds of chemicals that do not need to be listed individually because it can be considered a “trade secret” by the company selling it. 

It is for this reason that I choose to avoid all fragrance in my home, from laundry detergent and dish soap to shampoo and body lotion, even lipstick. Everything you can think of has to be fragrance free in our home and that is a great place to start! 

Step 3: Start with 1 Small Change, then build from there
Pick one personal item to switch out at a time as you run out of each item.  Next time you run out of deodorant, buy an aluminum-free brand.
Next time you squeeze the last toothpaste out of your toothpaste tube, find a brand that doesn't contain as many chemicals.
Run out of mascara? Find a better option.
Over the course of the next few months to a year, you will find yourself with a whole new, clean personal care arsenal that is better for your body.  
Not sure this is something you should worry about?  Check this out:
The average woman puts on 12 products from shampoo to skincare and makeup, before she walks out the door. 
The average man uses 3-4 products daily.
This means those toxic ingredients, day in and day out, over time have a large effect on our bodies and our health. 
In Hawaii, they have become the first state to ban Oxybenzone, found in most over the counter sunscreens. This harmful chemical is killing and bleaching the coral reefs around Hawaii, imagine what it is doing to our bodies when we use it (or to our children). Now that summer is here, we will be using sun screen weekly, if not daily. Make the decision to choose a toxin free option.  Your future self will thank you!

If this is the first time you are hearing any of this information, I always say, “you do better, when you know better.”

So, my advice to you is:
Start today.
Start small.
Just start somewhere! 
It’s about progress not perfection! 

Learn more about holistic living by reading our other blogs: Holistic Health: How To Eat Clean & Healthy

About the Author:

Jillian Donatelli – mom of 2, wife, and Director at Beautycounter


Instagram @jilliandonatelli

Facebook Group: Clean Beauty  

I’m also an advocate and consultant for a company called Beautycounter. We provide safe high performing personal care products and I’ve been enjoying our wide range of wonderful, safer products for about 3 years now. We also advocate for change in legislation both in the U.S. and in Canada. If you have any interest in joining me in the business of clean or even making a switch to safer products in your home, I’d be happy to help you!  Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime!  


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