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Safe, Healthy Cosmetics for Everyone: A Guide

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

In our increasingly electronic world, it's more important than ever to be conscious of the products we put on our skin. Our phones and computers are covered in germs, so why would we put anything else on our bodies that aren't clean? In this guide, we'll discuss some of the safest and healthiest cosmetic options available to everyone, regardless of your lifestyle.

About the Healthy Living App by the EWG

The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Healthy Living app is a great way to keep track of your daily environmental impact. The app allows you to input different data points like the type of transportation you use, the food you eat, and the products you use. It then calculates your Carbon Footprint and gives you tips on how to reduce it.

EWG believes in transparency. They make it easy for you to understand how your product or company stands against other similar ones, by providing a 1-10 score (with 1 being the best). You'll also find out what chemicals are found on their products and where those toxins come from.

This is a great tool that you can utilize when you go to the store to pull up and scan products and see how it is rated by the EWG. Once you start the app on your device, there is an option at the very bottom that allows you to scan the labels of products you wish to buy.

We put up a few items from our list to test with this app.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant, Rose + Vanilla

This one came back as a 3. However, the fragrance was marked an 8, which is part of why it's not certified by the Environmental Working Group. Overall, it still rates better than some of the other options out there, but there are multiple scent options from this brand that rate lower, so you just need to do your research! They also have unscented versions available for those who want their deodorant without any added scents or chemicals.

Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing Shampoo

Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing Shampoo is a great choice for those looking for an EWG-certified product. Most of the ingredients are graded with a 1, which is the highest rating possible. The shampoo is made with organic lavender, which is known for its calming and relaxing properties. It also contains saw palmetto, which is an ingredient that is known to help with hair loss. The Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing Shampoo is a great choice for those who are looking for a gentle and nourishing shampoo.

Beauty Counter Products

Beauty Counter products are highly recommended. Not only are their products Environmental Working Group certified, but they also follow European standards for eliminating toxic ingredients. Their shampoos and conditioners are consumer favorites.

Herbal Essences

This line of Herbal Essences shampoo is a surprise because it's rated 1 star by the Environmental Working Group. It only has one ingredient that can be questionable, but other than this little flaw in their rating system they came back clean! So if you want to stock your guest shower or need something quick and easy for guests who come over often then this product will work great.

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap is a liquid soap that is certified by the EWG as having a rating of 1. This soap is made with organic ingredients and is free of synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals. It is also vegan and cruelty-free. This soap can be used for washing the body, hair, face, and hands. It is also safe for use in infants and children. This is available in several scents, including lavender, lemon, almond, eucalyptus, and peppermint.

Everyone Lotion, Unscented

This moisturizer is perfect for those who are looking for a product with no traces of ecotoxicology. The environmental working group has certified this moisturizer as well, so you can be sure that it is gentle on the environment.

They also make a kid's bath soap. Though they have unscented variants, lavender and orange-scented ones are available as well! Their environmental working group certification is proof that these products won't harm our planet.

Badger Active Mineral Sunscreen Cream