When you’re out shopping and trying to remember what products are safely recommended or what ingredients are best to avoid, all while the kids are acting up in the cart…it starts feeling impossible to start reading through confusing ingredient lists. Well the kind folks at EWG (Environmental Working Group) have produced a printable wallet card listing ingredients to avoid while shopping for cosmetics and personal care products so you have something to quickly refresh your memory. I printed off something similar in the summer when searching for non-toxic sunscreens for my kids and found it very handy!
I also found this list of products to avoid very interesting from the EWG site..hmmmm off to check if my liquid hand soap contains triclosan…
Cosmetic products to avoid:
• Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids
• Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene, and all dark permanent hair dyes
• Liquid hand soaps with Triclosan, aka Antibacterial hand soaps
• Nail polish & removers with fermaldehyde
• Skin lighteners with hydraquinone
I just checked my liquid Softsoap (common brand of liquid hand soap) and although it doesn’t contain Triclosan, it does contain an ingredient on the ‘naughty’ list: DMDM Hydantoin. This ingredient is listed on EWG as a toxic contaminant. To think I started the de-tox of toxic household products 8 months ago to discover stuff like this is very frustrating. Makes me realize I haven’t even scratched the surface. You can’t trust the big names in the beauty industry since my Softsoap is manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive. The only name bigger than these two companies is Johnson & Johnson and many of their personal care products for babies contain phthalates and chemicals. Yuck!
One large store that is North American, UK wide that I’m really impressed with is Whole Foods. I’ve heard they conduct secondary testing of products they carry. This means they do not just trust what companies tell them blindly so they run testing in-house. They also have a list published on their site of unacceptable body care ingredients. It’s great to know that every ingredient the Environmental Working Group listed on their printable wallet card is included in this ‘unacceptable’ list from Whole Foods. They can’t guarantee that none of their products will contain these ingredients, but at least they’ve publicly announced that they are taking ever effort to source products not containing them. To view the ingredients on this list, click here. Hmmm I see a large forum on the Whole Foods site too. Hard to find forums talking about natural topics…might be worth checking out. For a list of Whole Foods locations, click here.
We all know I’m a big fan of EWG, but it’s nice to see there are other companies looking out for our health by carrying natural products, minus the chemicals. One Mommy Footprint reader recently told me that Whole Foods carries their own line (365 Everyday Value brand) and the prices are very reasonable. (Thanks Sabrina!) Shopping for natural products no longer needs to break the bank!
January will be the month of talking about ways to rid your home of toxic products and link to places to find healthy alternatives here at Mommy Footprint. Next up is natural nail polish….I’ve been looking to paint my twin’s nails since the summer and I’ve finally found a safe, biodegradable brand! Stay tuned.