What I Use: Personal Care – With Cautions
I’m not a big fan of product recommendations, simply because the formulations can change at any time and if you’re not carefully reading each label, each time, you could think a product was safe when it wasn’t.
That said, I know that it does help to at least have a place to start from. It’s a lot of work to look through thousands of products to find the one you can use.
READ THIS BEFORE GOING FURTHER: To offer some help, below is a list of products I am currently using. Note that you may buy the exact same product and it may have different ingredients by the time you buy it. Because glycols are usually inactive ingredients, each batch can be different and you will not know for sure unless you read the label each time you buy the product.
Logona Shampoo: Hard to find in a retail store, but you can order directly from them online here. They have a commitment to using ingredients found in nature and they are very clear about their ingredients. They are cruelty-free and also have a gluten-free line as well as a vegan line and a fragrance-free line.
Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo: This shampoo is sodium laurel sufate and laureth-free (SLS), and contains no glycols. It has a scent, but I don’t react to it and it’s not too strong. I haven’t looked at their entire line, but often companies that don’t use SLS in their shampoos also don’t use glycols. Worth checking out. Order here, or in your local natural products store.
Honey I Washed my Hair Shampoo bar, by Lush USA has been a real lifesaver. Being able to travel without liquids is a goal for me. It’s super stressful to have to remember not to accidentally pack liquids in my carry-on bag, so I have finally managed to find alternatives. It leaves my fine grey hair bouncy and soft, with a faint honey smell. I love Lush products, but they do have several products that contain glycols, so you have to read the ingredients lists carefully.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap: Super simple and clean, this soap has been a staple in our house for thirty years. Subtle scents like almond or rose, good cleaning power, but gentle and safe. Fair trade, ethically sourced ingredients and a commitment to making the world a better place, you can find Dr. Bronner’s products in most natural food stores. The labels are a kick to read, but they reflect the enthusiasm the late Dr. Bronner had for unity and spirituality. A remarkable man with a great story.
Answers From Nature Age-Defying Body Lotion: I love the delicate scent of this product and it has wonderful moisturizing qualities. It’s rather thick, so I dilute it with water by about 1/3. They do have products with glycolic acid, which is a common ingredient usually derived from citrus fruits that I haven’t had a problem with, but it’s not in this lotion. All product ingredients are on the bottle as well as on the site.
Eco-Dent Tooth Powder: Most toothpastes have either PG, PEG, xylitol or sorbitol, so I use this powder. It’s another option for traveling. It’s not sweet, and isn’t foamy, so you may need to get used to it or find something else if those things are important to you. I like it and it leaves my teeth clean and breath fresh. A little goes a long way. Other products they offer do use xylitol or sorbitol, which are not a problem for most people. Available at some natural food stores or online at their site.
100% Pure Super Fruits Concentrated Serum: This stuff is heavenly, and you could eat it, if you were so inclined. When they say pure, they mean it. All ingredients are on the site, which is also where you can order it. Pretty spendy but worth it. I keep the serum in the fridge because it doesn’t have much in the way of preservatives. Heavenly stuff.
I’ve also used their chocolate mascara and it gives a nice, subtle look to lashes.
Red Apple Lipstick: Their colors are lovely and varied and they have a clean feel. Not sticky or overly wet-looking. These folks are real crusaders for quality lip products, and they’ll send you deals and info on a fairly regular basis if you’re on their mailing list. I don’t wear lipstick every day, and i don’t think about lipstick all the time, so they’re a bit much for me, but their lip products are wonderful. Ingredients for all products are on the site, and they send a little sample along with every order. Gluten-free, too.
Mineral Fusion Eyebrow Pencil: This glides on easily and stays all day. Product ingredients are on the site. Gluten-free, available at natural food stores and online. I also use their lipstick.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
I’ve used this – it’s a stick deodorant that doesn’t have glycols! It’s not an antiperspirant. There are two formulas – one uses baking soda, and the sensitive skin version uses magnesium as the active ingredient. The baking soda version is cheaper but I tend to react to baking soda if I get too much of it. The magnesium formula works best for me.
I use Trader Joe’s Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen stick, because it’s fragrance free, and like the Lush shampoo and Schmidt’s deodorant, it’s TSA-friendly. It’s also very small, which is good, because there’s no way I can use up a whole bottle of sunscreen in one season.
So there you have it – some places to start. If you find things that work for you, please add them to the comments. Remember though, that no one else can decide if something is safe for you. You have to take responsibility for making sure what you use is safe for you, and that means reading every label, every time.