So after watching the very eye opening documentary, 'Toxic', about the cosmetics and personal care industry, it made me even more aware of what we put on our bodies and the bodies of our family.
Due to my lupus and being in the clean beauty industry I am very aware of the Dirty Dozen, and certain brands or products to avoid at all costs.
However, I must admit that I didn't event think about toothpaste until the documentary. It's frightening to think that something we all use, everyday, twice a day from age 1 may be harming us by releasing potentially toxic and carcinogenic chemicals into our bodies.
Here are a few suggestions of 'clean' products to try, that do not contain the Dirty Dozen.
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David's Premium Natural Toothpaste from The Detox Market
Neem Enamalizer Liquid Toothpolish
The Neem liquid interests me and I have just purchased this for myself!
Cha Naturals Organic Triple 0 Serum
This is my serum, made from organic Sacha Inchi oil which contains omega's 3,6,9 essential fatty acids to help keep skin healthy.
I like to use my Supernatural Oil at night. I rub two drops into my dry skin and wash off with a hot cloth.
You can also use unrefined coconut oil. This is very effective at removing any makeup or grime on your skin without leaving it dry. Plus, coconut oil is widely available and cheap. Just warm the coconut oil in your palms, rub over your face and wipe off using a hot cloth.
Tom's Unscented Long Lasting Deodorant
One of the most prevalent ingredients in personal care products is 'Fragrance' or 'Parfum'. Legally, manufacturers don't have to disclose what's in their fragrance, so if you see fragrance or parfum on the label, it will not be one ingredient, rather, many ingredients that could contain potentially harmful chemicals. Because it's not legally required to list out those ingredients we - the consumer - have no idea what's in them.
If you want to give it a go, why not try an armpit detox? I haven't worn deodorant for about 15 years, and no, I don't smell! This is a good guide if you are curious:
I didn't do an armpit detox but I'd be curious to hear from anyone who has!
Hif Hydration Support
My aunt in law who is very into organic and clean products gave me a bottle to try and I haven't looked back since. It's free from silicone and the usual detergents found in regular shampoo. It's gentle and not tested on animals.
Below are a few great websites that have clean products. Have a look around and browse to see what suits you and your needs. If you haven't heard about it already download Think Dirty, an app that rates products from 1-10, via a handy bar code scanner so you can see how clean a product is before buying.
The Detox Market:
My friend recently told me about The Green Beaver Company:
Sephora now has a green section where you can shop for cleaner and organic products:
And remember, go have a read of my Dirty Dozen blog post from earlier this year and scroll to the bottom for a printable list of chemicals to avoid.