Guess what everybody? After a few flops, I’ve finally found a few body products that I like!
Finding safe, effective, and affordable body products has been quite a challenge. (If you missed why I am doing this, read this.) Many of the most promising looking products are stupidly expensive, and cheaper ones tend to be the most toxic. Walking into the body products section of Whole Foods is so intimidating when I don’t know what I want, and we have spent hours standing in those isles looking up the safety of products/ingredients on our phones before buying anything. Hopefully this post will help save you some shampoo isle angst.
Without further ado, the winner is…. Acure Organics! Acure was recommended to me by a nice Whole Foods employee who liked their fair trade practices and sustainable philosophy. From their website:
“Acure Organics is a family owned and operated company founded on sustainable principles to provide the highest quality natural, fair trade, and certified organic skin care and personal care products that are paraben free, cruelty free, sulfate free, USDA organic and effective.”
Unlike some natural shampoos, Acure’s lemongrass scented one smells good and lathers well without the slimy feeling of synthetic shampoos. At $10/8oz bottle, it is not cheap, but Whole Foods has it on sale occasionally. In comparison, miessence organic shampoo is $24 for the same volume.
I’ve also been using Acure’s Superfruit Facial Cleanser. I tried to go without a designated face wash for a few weeks, but my face was not a fan. Acure’s face wash smells good, removes makeup effectively (not that I wear much anymore), and makes my face feel nice- not too greasy or dry. It isn’t in the EWG database but I don’t see any problem ingredients. I like that this product is a gel and doesn’t contain any plastic exfoliating beads, which are accumulating in the environment.
My last successful shower product is bar soap made by Dr. Bronner’s in citrus scent, which Whole Foods sells for $3.50 a piece (a steal!). I’ve always preferred bar soap over liquid body wash, but it’s also more environmentally friendly and less likely to contain questionable ingredients. If you look at your body wash, you’ll find many more ingredients than in a simple bar of soap. That’s because most of them are full of multiple surfactants and emulsifiers. Bar soap is also cheaper and doesn’t come in a plastic bottle.
Finally, here are some of the products we tried and didn’t like:
- Burt’s Bees Shampoo: We were pretty ambivalent about this product. It lathered well and smelled nice, but has a very long ingredients list including “fragrance” and Burt’s is owned by Chlorox.
- Andalou Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner: I originally bought this stuff because it was on sale. It smells like a creamsicle and didn’t feel like it did anything.
- We also tried out various bars of soap, choosing based on price, scent, and lack of plastic wrapping. Many were locally made or totally unpackaged, but were very scummy.
My advice for sifting through body products to find some you like:
- Have set standards for what you want to pay and what ingredients you will or will not tolerate, especially some of the lesser known questionable ingredients. For example, know if you’ll accept phenoxyethanol (a preservative) and whether you trust a brand that says their fragrance is safe without actually publishing the ingredients. Trying to find the product that is rated lowest in EWG while in the store is not an effective way to shop.
- That being said, don’t be afraid to do some ingredient googling on the spot.
- If you’re in a natural or organic type store, such as your local co-op, ask somebody who works there what they think about various products.
- You can always just buy online instead.
Good luck in your quest to detoxify your shower! I’d be happy to answer any specific body product questions you may have along the way.