Skin on skin. Soft caresses. Touch.
- Aluminum: especially in antiperspirant. It has been linked (but not proven) to breast cancer and Alzheimer's. There are aluminum-free deodorants and a deodorant crystal you may want to try.
- Parabens: this preservative in one form or other (e.g. methylparaben) is universal. There are suspicions it may be a carcinogenic. This is one of the first ingredients you should check for and try to eliminate.
- Fragrance: this category can be a huge catch-all of chemicals. Avoid this unless they are essential oils.
- Sulfates: a foaming agent used in everything from dish liquid to shampoo, this can be quite harsh.
- Organic. Like food, these ingredients are grown without synthetic materials.
What to do - Use "Natural/Green" Personal Products
- Commit to "going natural" with your products.
- Look at the ingredients list of your personal products. If there are chemicals you don't like (see above for guidance), get rid of the product.
- Replace it with natural products. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of lines to choose from in several price ranges. Moderate price lines include Burt's Bees, Weleda, Tom's of Maine, Collective Wellbeing, Jason, Kiss My Face, Hugo's Naturals. Higher end lines include Pangea, Korres, John Masters, Jurlique and the venerable Dr. Hauschka. You can find them anywhere - Whole Foods, fancy drug stores, natural food stores, Sephora, the Body Shop, online. I evaluate products by how absorbable they are (I don't like products that leave a greasy film), how far they need to be shipped (the more local the better to avoid excess carbon tolls) and if they are packaged in plastic. That being said, I really like Collective Wellbeing body moisturizer even though it's in plastic, and Weleda smells heavenly and has a nice small ingredients list, though it takes a while to absorb. Ingredients have been around for so long, I don't think they need to be tested on animals anymore so I avoid that as well.
- Don't forget to recycle the bottle!