The government hasn’t stepped up to the plate to implement stronger laws to make our personal care products safer. Companies just keep going on their merry way doing what they do because they are not being forced to make changes to have safer products.
So where does that leave us? We can demand change with our wallets; we can read labels and choose the safer product; we can educate others on the topic and let them know about the EWG’s skin deep database to find safe products; and we can experiment and make some of our own products right at home.
I strongly believe that it is so important to read labels; knowing not only what’s in our foods, but what is in our everyday personal care products.
Whatever we put on our skin gets absorbed right into our bodies, as if we had ingested the product.
Dr.Bronners “Magic” all in one soaps and in fact all their products are certified organic, certified fair trade and vegan with the exception of the lip and body balms (they use organic beeswax). Their packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled materials, which makes me smile!
And check out their ingredients list:
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Potassium Hydroxide (None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin)
- Organic Olive Oil
- Organic Hemp Oil
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Citric Acid
- Tocopherol ie.Vitamin E
Don’t really need to explain each ingredient- I think it is pretty self-explanatory, no? I could eat it. Maybe part of a cake? That is how I decide if I will put the product on my body. Would I eat it?
The “Magic” all in one soaps are not only for washing, but they have an abundance of other uses- laundry soap, body wash, face and hand soap, cleaning your home, add a drop for toothpaste, brushes dentures clean, a dash in water is the ideal breath freshener and mouth wash, 3 dashes in water to rinse sprays off fruit & vegetables, 1/4 oz in qt H2O is pest spray and a dash for no rash diaper-soap.
The EWG gives it a rating of 1-meaning it is not expected to be potentially harmful or toxic.
Besides using baking soda and apple cider vinegar for my hair; this is the only soap I have in the house.
Now let’s take a look at another everyday product- Dove all cool moisture beauty body wash and I will let you be the judge to whether it is safe or not.
Checkout their ingredients:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate
- Cocamidopropyl Belaine
- Lauric Acid
- Stearic Acid
- Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil or Helianthus Annuus (SunfIower) Seed Oil
- Sodium lsethionate
- Lauryl Alcohol
- Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid
- Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride
- DMDM Hydantoin, Methylisothiazolinone
- Tetrasodium EDTA
- Etidronic Acid,
- Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
- Blue 1
- Yellow 5
Half of the ingredients I can't even pronounce for starters. The two things on the list, I would consider ingesting is the water and the seed oil. The rest: not a chance. So why put it on my body?
The EWG gives it a rating of 5- meaning it is moderately toxic. I don’t know about you, but whether something is low or moderately toxic, it is still toxic no matter what way you put it.
Now which will you choose to keep your body clean? I personally will choose Dr.Bronners and will be experimenting with using the peppermint brand castile soap as toothpaste. I know some of you are cringing, but don’t knock it until you try it! I will let you all know how that one turns out!
Keep your body safe!
I did not receive any compensation and was not asked in anyway by the company to write this blog post. This was all done by my own free will. However, if someone wants to send me some free soap, I would not say no