February 1st, 2016

Personal Care Products: An Honest Look at What’s in My Shower

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Over the years I’ve been asked many times about which personal care products I use. As a fun way to share, I thought I would give you a sneak peek into some of the products currently in my shower.

We all know the personal care products marketplace is constantly changing and the marketplace is extremely confusing for consumers. Finding safe, non-toxic products that work isn’t always easy. The government does no safety testing of products or their ingredients, nor does it approve new products before they’re placed on the shelves in our stores.

If we want safe products we’re forced to become experts by doing extensive research before investing in a product.

I’ve spent some time researching safer products and shared a few of my favorite green beauty products, shampoos, body lotions, nail polish and lipstick. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of what other trusted sources are using. Micaela over at Mindful Momma shared her favorite creamy facial cleansers.  Lindsay from LindsayDahl.com shared some of her finds for safe and effective exfoliators for face and body.

Non-toxic personal care products are constantly evolving, and ingredients are always changing. Part of my job is to test out new and improved personal care products and let you know about them.

My overall advice when making the switch to safer personal care products is to replace products you’re currently using with a safer version as they run out. Take the time to educate yourself and to do the research, then make the switch.

And here’s that sneak peek into my shower for that rare opportunity to check out the personal care products I’m currently using.

Personal care products on the top shelf in my shower

Personal Care Products: What's in My Shower

Avalon Organics Cream Shave ($8)

We’ve been using this for many years. As you can see from the photo, we need to replace it. Maybe we’ll make the switch to something different. I always use the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database as a starting point for determining whether or not something’s safe. Avalon Organics Cream Shave received a 3 out of 10 (on a scale of 0-10 for low to high risk), which reflects a few questionable ingredients.

Tom’s of Maine Lightly Scented Baby Shampoo and Wash ($9)

Even though this is “baby” shampoo and wash our entire family uses it. It’s great for sensitive skin and is made without artificial ingredients found in most conventional body washes. It fared just OK on EWG’s Skin Deep site, receiving a 4 out of 10 with the concern focused on the added fragrance.

Acure Organics Conditioner ($19)

I’ve been using this along with the Acure Organics Shampoo for quite a while. I really love them both. I visited the company website and liked what I saw. Their mission is to create high quality skin care products made from the purest, fair trade, natural and certified organic ingredients. The smell is interesting (can’t quite place my finger on what it is) and mild. The Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database has rated this product a 3 (on a scale of 0-10 for low to high risk). 

Bella Organics Refreshing Jasmine Facial Cleanser  ($38)

I’m hooked on this foaming facial wash, made with a variety of organic oils and peppermint. It’s a bit pricey, but a little bit goes a long way.

And on the lower shelf in my shower.

Personal Care Products: An Honest Look at What's in My Shower

Acure Organics Shampoo ($8)

I recently spotted Acure Organics Shampoo on the shelf at my local Whole Foods Market and decided to give it a try. The shampoo makes me hair feel silky and soft. The Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database has rated this product a 1 (on a scale of 0-10 for low to high risk). 

Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser ($43)

Another pricey product, but it’s one that’s well loved and always in the shower. It really makes my skin feel clean and fresh. I love that it’s formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Juice Beauty never tests their products on animals.

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap Bar ($8)

I’m hooked on this soap. It doesn’t have an overpowering scent and does the job. It’s made from certified organic ingredients. The packaging is bio-degradable and there’s no animal testing. Great bar of soap. Buy the 6 pack for a big discount (6 for $26).

What’s your favorite personal care product in your shower? I’d love to hear what you use and love. 

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7 Responses to “Personal Care Products: An Honest Look at What’s in My Shower”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I might have to try the Dr. Bronner’s bar soap. I like the Shea Moisture brand baby wash and shampoo. I have tried both the raw shea and more recently the olive and marula and like them both. Perfect for my dry and sensitive skin. The kids like them too.

  2. Hi Marsha, I haven’t heard of Shea Moisture before. I’ll have to check it out. I like Dr. Bronner’s bar soap-it comes in several different scents and doesn’t dry out my skin like other bar soaps.

  3. Love posts like this! I just did a similar one and plan to do more : ) it’s a fun transition but can be totally stressful.

  4. Thanks Emily! My advice is to always take small, manageable steps that work for you. I’d love to see your post!

  5. Love this post! It’s so frustrating to stand in the health and beauty aisle and choose the most responsible, most effective products. Thank you!
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  6. It’s so frustrating Megan. There are so many products to choose from and many of them claim to be safe when they’re not. It’s nice to see what others are using and to find a few safe products that actually work!

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