ecoFriendly Personal Care Products


ecoFriendly Personal Care Products

ecoFriendly Personal Care Products

There is an infinite selection of personal care products available. Here are a few choices you can make that will be better for both the environment and yourself.

Basic Hints

  • Use fewer products. You will expose yourself to fewer chemicals.
  • Buy in bulk and avoid what you don't need. It saves in packaging and money.
  • Read the labels. Try to avoid the worst chemicals, which include:
    • Placenta extracts - can give off hormones
    • Mercury - found in mascaras and eye drops
    • Lead acetate - hair dyes
    • Animal parts - mink or emu oils, etc.
    • Hydroquinone skin lightener
    • Phthalates

Hair Dye

hair dye

  • Avoid dyes containing coal tar and ammonia
  • Try to use henna-based dyes
  • Avoid hair dyes during first trimester when pregnant
  • Follow the instructions - don't leave on hair, any longer than recommended

Oral Care


  • Don't swallow fluoride toothpaste
  • Avoid fluoride toothpaste if your child is to young to spit properly, or if your municipality adds fluoride to the water.
  • Look for "natural" toothpaste, often made with baking soda.
  • Use a toothbrush made from recycled plastic
  • Avoid conventional mouthwash

Deodorant and Antiperspirants

  • Avoid products with parabens
  • Avoid antiperspirants containing aluminum salts
  • Look for a natural product. You made need to try a couple to find one that works well for you.

Nail Polish

Nail polish

  • Avoid nail polish with dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde or toluene. If a nail polish is unlabelled, don't use it.
  • Don't use nail polish if pregnant
  • Don't use nail polish on kids
  • If you must use nail polish, apply out of doors

Sun Protection

sun protection

  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and follow the directions - apply 20 minutes before going into the sun and reapply as directed.
  • Avoid PABA if you have sensitive skin
  • Don't use sun lamps or tanning booths
  • Blocks with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will provide some UVA and UVB protection
  • Cover up from the sun. Don't rely on sunscreen alone.
  • Limit exposure to sun during hottest part of the day
  • Wear a hat with a brim
  • wear sunglasses that block 99 % of UVA and VUB


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