i know i’ve posted on this a few times already, but i still get A LOT of questions about whether a certain product someone has/has found is okay to use.
hopefully this post helps sort that out 🙂
keep in mind, i am VERY picky about my products. if i even see a single ingredient i don’t like, it doesn’t even get advertised on my blog. so here’s how to tell if your products are safe-
what to AVOID in your beauty products:
- sulfates (SLS, sodium laureth (lauryl) sulfate, anything that has a form of “sulfate” in the name)
- silicones (anything ending in -zane, -xane, -cone, or -conol)
- parabens (methylparaben, etc. anything ending in -paraben)
- FD&C colors
- mineral oil
- any type of “alcohol” in hair products
- any type of nanoparticles in make-up (if you see something like iron oxide and it’s not labeled “non-nano,” 99.99% of the time, it’s not okay. nanoparticles can pass through the skin and directly enter the bloodstream. i’m lookin at you, bare minerals…tisk, tisk…)
- if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably a no-go. look up the ingredient in the EWG database
what to look for:
- organic ingredients
- USDA certification
- EcoCert certification
- cruelty-free label (if that concerns you)
- ingredients you can pronounce and completely 100% know what they are
common products i’m asked about –
- bare minerals – no. besides adding silicones to some of their makeup products, their powders aren’t non-nano, meaning the iron oxides and everything else are passing right through your skin and into your bloodstream. you don’t want that.
- wen- no. wen actually does still have silicones in it, despite what they say, especially their creams. they also have sulfates, PEG, and “parfum,” which you don’t want near your hair or scalp. and to top it all off, i have trouble trusting a company that won’t post a full ingredients list. sorry wen, “key” ingredients don’t count. whatchya hidin?
- aubrey- depends on which product. i’m personally not crazy about their skin care line, but their hair care line is better.
- lush- overwhelmingly, no. stay FAR away from their bottled shampoos and conditioners!! they have sulfates (and the WORST one, SLS!), parabens, FD&C colors, & parfum. as for some other beauty products they offer that don’t have nasty stuff in it, it’s way overpriced. you can find tons of dupe recipes where you can control the ingredients, and not spend an arm & a leg.
- organix- NO. if there’s one hair company that drives me insane, it’s THIS one. they aren’t organic at ALL. their hair products (ingredient toxicity wise) are NO better than any other mainstream hair product line i tell you guys to avoid. organix shampoos/conditioners are chock full of silicones, sulfates (despite the advertising), DMDM, PEG, and “parfum,” none of which you want on your hair or body.
and always, ALWAYS check the EWG Skin Deep database. just be sure to look at EVERY single ingredient. and you can copy/paste each ingredient and put those into the search bar in the skin deep database as well. it’ll score them on the same 1-10 scale. it’s pretty neat!
for the sake of time, questions asking about specific products will be answered last from here on out 😦 i just don’t have enough time in the day to research all this stuff right now. but now you’ll learn what’s okay/not okay, right? 😀 it’s all about being educated consumers! the only reason i can glance at a list and say “yay or nay” is because i’ve spent so much time researching all the ingredients and becoming familiar with their forms. it’s not hard, promise!
i love all y’all! thank you for all the kind words and praise! right back at ya, AE readers!!! ❤ it’s so cool to have other hippie-hearted people to talk to!
i am DEFINITELY starting a list of companies i like/don’t like, as far as ingredients go. i know i do that when i recommend products, but don’t you think it’d be cool to have some sort of master list to check out? yay or nay??