The Safe Cosmetic List

The cosmetic industry, is worse than I thought. Considering my new knowledge, I’ve found it overwhelming to change my cosmetic favorites quickly. Too often, I ordered something new online that boasted ‘natural’ and 'good for you’, only to receive the product and find something terrible in the ingredient list.

If you’re just as disappointed as I am, you’ll want to know about alternatives that are nontoxic and support companies that use safe ingredients (not just one safe product line out of many others that are unsafe).

Below is my list of good for you cosmetics made by companies with morals. 

To review the products, I run each ingredient through the iPhone app Cosmetifique, check David Suzuki’s website for safe and not so safe ingredients, and run it through the site also mentioned below called EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics. If any ingredient with a moderate risk factor is added, it comes off my list.

There are, of course, a lot of companies not on my list. All large, well known companies sold at places like Shopper’s Drug Mart are generally bad. When they claim to leave some ingredient out, they’ve most definitely left something else in.

My list below reviews the alternative brands - the companies that are generally smaller and well, purer. 

It’s my hope that you find this of some help in your own search.

The Pure YES List:

Baking Soda

Simple. So simple! This solution has by far, the least impact on the environment, and your bank account. There’s hardly any packaging that comes with buying Baking Soda (a little goes a long way!), and it’s cheap. And it works for many cosmetic uses including a facial cleanser and deoderant.

Purely Great Deodorant

Simple ingredients - one of the best deodorant’s out there. I use the Patchouli (even though it’s listed for men), but I find it works best. Housed in Toronto!

Cocophera

They make a great line of products ranging from deodorants, to shampoo and conditioner, using a whole lot of coconut. While their site is under construction, email for a list of products - they’re great! Housed in Toronto! I use their conditioner.

Stark Skin Care

Purely natural and plant based. Made in Montreal, Canada. 

Skin Essence Organics

An awesome product line and a Canadian company. They guarantee a complete list of ingredients, 100% natural and free of chemicals or harmful additives. I personally use this line for moisturizer, exfoliants and face masks.

Earth to Body

A family run business, dedicated to Natural ingredients and honesty. Also Canadian! Their website explains exactly why they’ve chosen ingredients and certain packaging, including plastic. While plastic obviously isn’t the best for packaging, I love that they’re honest about why and where they’ve used it. They’re not hiding anything here.

Resources:

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics

A good resource to tap into and spend some time on. You can find out rather quickly if your products are good or bad on the hazard scale. Their rating system is good, however, when something has been rated green & low hazard, it’s often accompanied by a limited data rating. This means it’s rated low hazard only from the information they can acquire, which, if rated limited, isn’t too much. Some products in their database exist with a low hazard and high data rating - those are the ones you want to use. 

No More Dirty Looks

An amazing blog resource that posts different people’s natural, skin care routine weekly.


The not so great, (but thought to be great before) list:

Arbonne:

Their website promotes their safety policy for ingredients, but upon receiving a few products I reviewed the list of ingredients and sure enough, there were a few questionable ones. Most notably, Dimethicone which is a derivative of D4: “Environment Canada assessments concluded that cyclotetrasiloxane and cylcopentasiloxane — also known as D4 and D5 — are toxic, persistent, and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms i,ii . Also, the European Union classifies D4 as a endocrine disruptor, based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function iii, and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility.” I emailed them asking why it’s in their products. They replied only tooted it’s benefits, not mentioning anything about the risks. Sigh.

Jason

Use an ingredient called BHA. Bad stuff. “BHA and BHT can induce allergic reactions in the skin [1]. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies BHA as a possible human carcinogen [2]. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has also listed BHA as a Category 1 priority substance, based on evidence that it interferes with hormone function [3]”

Know of a great product? Please share with me here!