My New Year’s Resolution this January was to switch to all non-toxic products. The problem was, I really didn’t know where to start.
I figured my laundry detergent and deodorant were bad, so I went with brands that had “natural looking labels.” It wasn’t until I stumbled upon an app called “Think Dirty” that I learned the truth about toxic products.
I downloaded the app and spent the next three hours searching and scanning every product I could think of—from my lipstick to my air freshener—to discover almost all of them were as deadly as poison. I’ve found lots of other helpful apps and website, such as EWG.org, but the Think Dirty app is my go-to.
Let’s look at the details of JUST A FEW products I used daily:
Ponds Nourishing Moisturizing Cream- 8 out of 10
-DMDM Hydanton: “possible carcinogen”
-Methylparaben: “SOME STUDIES OF BREAST TUMORS SHOW A BUILD UP OF METHYLPARABENS IN THE BREAST TISSUE”
***ummmm, excuse me? ***
“mimic estrogen and can act as a potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptor”
TRESemme Hair Spray- 8 out of 10
-Fragrance “possible carcinogen
I was pretty crushed about this one because it seemed to be the only hairspray that worked for me. This little bottle of mist has been my companion at everything from prom to Rent-A-Princess parties to competing at Miss America.
Mrs. Meyer's Liquid Hand Soap Rhubarb- 8 out of 10
-Fragrance: “possible carcinogen”
Note: I bought this because I thought it was a “clean” product. Nope.
CoverGirl Mascara- 7 out of 10
Phenoxyethanol: “can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea”
Methylparaben (see pond’s dry skin cream for side effects)
I've found that mascaras are all really "dirty." Everything from drug store to high-end brands are all equally as bad. Sigh.
Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin- 8 out of 10
-Fragrance: “Possible carcinogen”
L'Oreal True Match Foundation- 8 out of 10
-Diazolidnyl Urea: “FORMALDEHYDE RELEASING AGENT”
-Methylparaben: (yes, the same one that’s related to breast tumors)
The even crazier part is that I only picked out a small fraction of the products I used for the sake of the length of this post. I could go on forever listing toxic products.
It has changed my perspective and my passion for makeup. I haven’t stepped foot in Sephora ALL YEAR. For anyone who knows me, this is a big deal. I was a VIB member, meaning I spent an arm and leg there. In fact, I spent so much money there that I got free makeovers that I could do DAILY. The artists there would joke with me and say, “why don’t you just drag an air mattress in here to save you from driving home at night!” Yup. It was that bad. But I’ve come to realize almost everything in the store is toxic. I haven’t bought a thing since December. I should probably call the store and let them know I’m still alive.
My Game Plan.
My motto is, “every time I run out of something, replace it with a clean product.” This way it’s less overwhelming and less expensive than throwing everything out and starting over all at once.
So far, I’ve replaced: deodorant, mascara, foundation, concealer, toothpaste, perfume, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, hair spray, laundry detergent, dish soap, nail polish remover, sunscreen, self tanner, facial cleanser, facial day and night creams, heat protectant spray and baby powder.
But I’ll be honest, parting with your favorite products can be HARD.
I’ve found myself giving every excuse in the book: “But I CAN’T live without my favorite self-tanner!” “This clean mascara doesn’t work as well as the dirty one!” “The clean deodorant isn’t an antiperspirant. I NEED an antiperspirant so I don’t have sweat marks.”
So, I had a little come-to-Jesus moment with myself. Even though I feel like there’s certain products I **need** to live, I must realize they are toxic. I’m 22-years-old, do I really want to use deadly products every day for the next 70 years?! I think not.
I challenge you to do the same. Whether you have your own come-to-Jesus moment or simply start paying more attention to the ingredients in your products, my job here is done.
Happy non-toxic shopping,