Yoga teacher training taught me about the potentially harmful ingredients used in everyday products. One of our instructors was a naturopathic physician who suggested we check what’s in our products using the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database page on Environmental Working Group’s website. I’ve since tried to switch to products that are free of such chemicals. Some products were more effective than others. Deodorant, for instance, didn’t work for me. I’m still on the quest for a natural deodorant that does its job.
Here are two recent purchases and my thoughts and findings on each:
- C. Booth Triple Action Rosemary Mint Bath, Shower and Hair Wash: This was an impulse purchase. I saw the bottle and thought I would try it. The label says you can lather it into a shampoo or body wash or use it in the bath. I preferred to use it as a shampoo. The lather wasn’t as sudsy as a typical shampoo but my hair felt smooth and clean. I didn’t notice any residue. I didn’t use it as a body wash because I prefer other scents. The price was not unreasonable, at about $7. The product label says it is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and petrolatum. A search in the EWG database shows it has a hazard rating of 9, however. Concerns include cancer, biochemical or cellular level changes, additive exposure sources, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive) and data gaps.
- Alaffia Rooibos & Shea Antioxidant Facial Cleanser: The wash had a nicer smell than a previous natural face wash I had used. It also had more of a lather, though still not as much as a non-natural wash. I have used a natural product before that dried out my skin, but I noticed that after one wash my face was smoother with this face wash. The package says it’s for oily or combination skin. I didn’t really see any improvement on my breakouts, though other factors may have contributed to that (stress). I may consider a different face wash from the same company in the future. Note: I didn’t find this particular product in the Skin Deep database.
Alaffia advocates for fair trade and empowerment. Its website says, “We encourage empowerment through our community projects, our women’s cooperatives, and education and involvement in our customer communities. We firmly believe that the cooperation of people across the world is as essential part of building sustainability in all our communities.”