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I know you've heard about all the harmful chemicals that are lurking in your shampoo. Your sunscreen. Your toothpaste. It seems like these unpronounceable ingredients are in everything. But take heart. We've gathered up some of our very favorite personal care products, and all of them are natural. That's right, no scary stuff.
There has been a lot of concern over deodorants in recent years. Many antiperspirants and deodorants you see on store shelves contain dangerous chemicals, and those absorb straight into your body through your largest organ: your skin. Also, the body sweats to release toxins. If you block the sweat in, those toxins just stay in your system indefinitely. Not good. So many of the natural deodorant options are not antiperspirants, that is, you will still sweat when you wear them. That's good. They do take away body odor, though, and fairly effectively.
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal Deodorant works better than most we tried when it comes to keeping away odor. We wore it in the heat of summer and detected no unpleasant smells. However, if you're one who sweats a lot, you can also use baking soda throughout the day to absorb extra moisture.
Your standard sunscreen might keep you from burning, but it also contains all manner of carcinogens and other harmful ingredients. That's why we love Badger Sport Sunscreen SPF 35. You can count the number of ingredients on one hand. It is water and sweat resistant for more than 80 minutes, 100 percent natural and 94 percent certified organic. This is one sunscreen you can choose for your family without hesitation.
Bubble & Bee Organics' products are all just awesome, but we were especially impressed with their facial cleansers. The certified organic Honey and Rosehip cleanser left our skin feeling so soft and nourished. The smell is delicious and even your hands will feel extra supple after using this water-free, synthetic-free, gluten-free cleanser. The website boasts, "No Bad Stuff."
Jenuinely Pure's Moisturizing Serum is a perfect daytime moisturizer for oily or combination skin, while their Moisturizer (cream) is great as a night cream for normal skin. Both of these products have earned a ranking of "0" on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics database, which is the highest grade a product can receive regarding purity. The serum is made up of oils, and it may seem counter-intuitive to put oil on an already-oily face, but trust us… this will not make your face oily. The Moisturizer is similar in texture to margarine, and if worn during the day it sometimes heats up and makeup can get smudgy. But it's perfect as a night cream and will leave your skin supple and radiant in the morning.