Is that even possible? Are these products as good as the ones I am using now? How will I find a good replacement product? What am I gonna do with a bunch of toxic cosmetics I still have in my bathroom? Why even bother? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, I got a good news for you. I was there not that long time ago. And now, I completely switched to organic beauty and skincare products. How and why did I do this?
Why it is good to switch
First of all, I found many articles about harmful ingredients added to our body/hair/ skincare and makeup products. Some researches shown that many carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients are present in most known, popular drugstore and high-end brands (like chanel, dior, YSL). At first I was skeptical, but when I started analyzing I realized that if something is linked to cancer or being toxic it’s really not worth the risk and putting it on skin is just unjustified. Also there are many real testimonies from cancer fighters claiming that breast cancer is caused by toxic deodorants, skin cancer is caused by lotions, perfumes etc. I personally already have hormonal imbalance (thyroid disease), so endoctrine disruptors in cosmetics really are not what I’m looking for. I’m lucky now to live in the US where USDA certified cosmetics are truly safe and more available. If I get to chose – obviously I’d rather buy organic, certified and safe products.
Take it slow
You probably think that you’re used to some brands, they work for you and you are not sure where to start replacement. I suggest: take a deep breath, check the ingredients and do start to switch gradually. It doesn’t happen in one day. Also, some carcinogenic ingredients really have to be used in huge amounts to cause damage (of course I do not recommend to wait for it :D), the point is do not panic and do not throw away all your supplies right away. Start slow, but definitely DO IT.
How to start
You may want to download app like Think Dirty and scan your products barecodes to find out how toxic they are from 0 to 10. Over 7 – throw them right away, the rest you can finish before you’ll find a good replacement. Think Dirty app has its own base of products users recommend as a good replacement and the rate is usually not higher than 3 – so non toxic. Even though not all brands are in the data base yet, most of them you can find and eliminate dirty ones. However, there’s a trick! Not all of the brands are associated with the app that means some of them do not have control of what ingredients are put into think dirty app – for example, I checked my favorite ZOYA nail polishes and app says 9 for talc in them. It is not true, because zoya does not add talc to their products (at least that’s what they claimed – I asked the brand directly). Also, some other ingredients has been added to zoya chart in think dirty app, so just letting you know – check after scanning product if the ingredient list is the same in the app and on product before you judge the toxicity. Anyway, I still think that app is useful, since it shows you most of the brand’s correct ingredients list.
Look at my screens bellow. You may also be quite shocked how some ‘natural’ brands are 9 on the scale just because they added toxic fragrance to the product to smell nice, and ruined whole formulation by that… Very disappointing, but true story.
Only one from these brands is safe to use: Pacifica. St Ives, Kirkland, Almay and Guerlain… you know what I did with them >>> bye cancer!
Research brands that are truly organic and safe. Check if the ingredients are USDA certified! Other ‘certifications’ or vegan labels do not really matter – bran may have bought it. Check out my post for more.
I really did not realize that there are so many amazing and natural brands available in decent prices. I always post the best products on my instagram account, so you’re more than welcome to check them out!
Ask for samples. There’s nothing wrong in asking for samples. If you’re one of those lucky ones who has Whole Foods or other Organic Market around your neighborhood, go and get samples. If not, there are so many brands offering free (or very cheap) samples on their websites.
Check out for makeup: 14ecosmetics, alimapure, integritybotanicals
Mapleholistics for shampoos, conditioners and other body care products.
You can find a really great quality, organic stuff over there! 🙂
Check what organic beauty bloggers and clean-living fanatics (like me :D) recommend. Seriously, the brands they follow may be a great choice for you. Be curious, that helped me to find so many brands of which I had no idea before, and now I use them everyday.
If you’re not familiar with [toxic] ingredients names, simply research your product ingredients (ulta or particular brand’s web), copy them and go to website like cosdna. Paste list, click analyze and… there you go! From 1 to 9, how toxic your cosmetics are? I love that web, because I have acne prone skin and this shows me how comedogenic (pore clogging) any product is for my skin! I avoid ones over 4 points and … I do not have acne anymore.
Not as difficult as it seems
Many people including some of my friends and family are afraid that excluding silicones from their shampoo/hair mask will make their hair dull, or switching from Clinique brand ‘hypoallergenic’ (oho!) foundation won’t be good for their skin. I said that before and I’ll repeat myself – silicones in hair products do not treat your hair condition, they only make them look shiny, that’s it. Foundations – same story. Silicones makes skin look smooth, but they clog pores and cause blackeads. There are plenty of brands that do not add silicones and offer non-toxic alternatives for makeup like: 100%pure, Pacifica, Vapour Beauty, Jane Iredale, Au Naturale and I could point out many more…
It may sound complicated, but it is really not. Just avoid stores like Sephora or popular Drugstore’s brands and try to go to Whole Foods or other organic Store and if not, order online. I did that some time ago and I won’t ever go back to what I used, because these products are not worth it. I use organic and I am aware of what I put on my skin. Skin represents you, so isn’t it worth it?