Using Organic and Natural Cosmetic Products is Just As Important As Eating Organic
By now most of us know that we should be extra cautious when consuming GMOs and foods that aren’t organic, but it is equally as important to be aware of the cosmetic and household products our children are using or come in contact with.
The FDA has a similar approach to regulating personal care products as it does to food regulation (subpar), so it’s smart to get into the habit of reading all labels before you purchase products. There are thousands of chemicals the FDA overlooks and depending on which products, can get absorbed into your body. Many of the unregulated ingredients are synthetic chemicals, carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants.
Common Ingredients to Avoid
Propylene glycol: Also known as the chemical found in antifreeze. Propylene glycol is potentially toxic to the liver and kidneys, causes allergic reactions and is deemed not safe for infants or pregnant women.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: SLS, A very common ingredients in personal care products. According to the Environmental Working Group, SLS has been linked to cancer, skin irritation and endocrine (hormone) disruption.
Benzophenone, Oxybenzone, Octinoxate: These ingredients are often found in sunscreens. We could actually write an entire blog article on the toxic ingredients in sunscreens. These chemicals may cause cancer and hormone issues. The EWG strongly warns against using Oxybenzone on children.
Fragrance: Assorted fragrance mixes found in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc. have been associated with allergies, dermatitis and negative effects on the reproductive system. Tip: Stick to products that use essential oils instead!
Some of Our Favorite Kid-Approved Products
100% Pure – Natural Yerba Mate Sunscreen Mist – Finding a good sunscreen that is free from harmful chemicals AND comes in a spray is next to impossible! 100% pure’s natural sunscreen SPF 30 uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s the perfect product to bring to kids’ soccer games or beach days.
Whole Foods Bath Bombs – You’ve probably heard of LUSH Bath Bombs by now, but what you might not know is they are full of artificial dyes and scents. Whole Foods created a fizzing bath bomb scented with essential oils and free from dyes. Available in Coconut Milk, Lavender Vanilla, Oatmeal Shea, Muscle Soak, Milk & Honey, and Rose Petal.
Everyone Kids Soap – We love this gentle kid’s soap, especially the lavender scent! This product is natural, non-drying and irritant free.
The Honest Company Bar Soap – A great non-drying bar soap option. Free from SLS, sulfates, sodium tallowate, animal fats, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, DEA, EDTA, triclosan, synthetic preservatives, paraffin, tetrasodium etidronate and petrochemicals.
Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner – Kudos to Innerscense for creating a super clean hair care line that works just as good as the products available at salons. Their products are created from certified organic ingredients and promote health, moisture, shine and protection.