Smart Consumerism: Drug Store and Amazon Brands I Go to for Safe Beauty
Known to little consumers, the FDA lacks up-to-date regulations on home and personal care products. There are over 1,400 harmful ingredients banned in the European Union. The U.S.? 30. Only 30 potential allergens, hormone disruptors, and cancer triggers are currently regulated in the United States- It’s time for that to change.
As a smart consumer, you can make educated decisions for yourself and the ones you love by understanding what is on your labels. This article was crafted to help you better understand the beauty industry and highlight affordable + accessible products available to you today.
I have been a huge fan of Shea Moisture’s products for years! Available at stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target and Ulta, as well as Amazon, Shea Moisture prides themselves on natural, organic and sustainably-produced products. Free from sulfate, parabens and never tested on animals. Shea Moisture is also a B-Corporation (a type of business that is legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment).
Shea Moisture specializes in curly, wavy and textured hair. I have personally been using their frizz defense shampoo for years. They also make body lotions, hair masks, coconut-oil products and more.
Tom’s of Maine
It’s likely you’ve already heard of this all natural brand commonly seen at pharmacies and markets like Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Tom’s of Maine is transparent about the ingredients they use, only sourcing natural materials. Their manufacturing and packaging practices are considered environmentally sustainable, and 10% of profits give back to non-profits in education and the environment.
I use Tom's of Maine deodorant, free from aluminum, a harmful ingredient found in many conventional antiperspirants. Tom’s also has quality toothpaste, a baby line, as well as body and lip care.
Alaffia Body Wash
If you are not sure where to start when it comes to safe skincare, start with body wash! Lathering soap on your body daily can increase your chance of harmful consequences if it’s filled with unsafe ingredients.
Alaffia, found on Amazon or at Whole Foods (In a huge bottle! Lasts me up to a year) is made with shea butter, a moisturizing oil found in West and Central Africa. In recent clinical studies, Shea butter has been proven to protect skin from climate changes, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and soothe irritated skin.
Alaffia participates in free trade and funds empowerment projects to help underprivileged populations in education, maternal health, and eyewear.
Doctor Bronner’s is rooted in five core values: hard work, employees, the earth, their community, suppliers and customers. They only supply organic, fair trade ingredients.
Doctor Bronner’s is known for it’s Pure-Castile Soap used to make a number of home and body products. I have to say, my favorite is their Lavender Hand Sanitizer. I use it to freshen up and always have a bottle with me while traveling! I typically purchase from Amazon, but have found their products at drug stores as well!
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Everyone products use Essential Oils to enhance daily life. They chose organic, cruelty free, non-GMO ingredients that are as close to the original plant matter as possible.
I grab a bottle of Everyone hand soap from Walgreens when I need it for a bathroom or the kitchen sink. The best part is the smell!
Acure is on a mission to steer people towards better for you skin and hair products. They source high-quality ingredients with no parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, paraffin, mineral oil or animal testing allowed! Find this affordable brand at your local Whole Foods or on Amazon!
Made from recycled materials and renewable bamboo, EcoTools makes it easy to get safer products in the hands of everyone. Partnered with Glamour’s The Girl Project, EcoTools supports female empowerment and true beauty.
Fluffy brushes, beauty blenders, and brush cleaner- I’ve tried it all!