Every day you are using personal care products may expose you to more than 168 synthetic chemicals. "Many have known or suspected links to serious health problems like cancer, infertility, birth defects, and hormone disruption." (Click here for full story)
After I educated myself on all these awful products I went on a personal-care product purging spree. Below is what I replaced in my daily routine along with a list of some ingredients to avoid.
What's in my medicine cabinet?
Deodorant: Aluminum-Free such as Tom's of Maine
Lotion: Extra Virgin Olive Oil (once absorbed you won't smell like a Italian restaurant:)
Shampoo/Conditioner: Aveda Products (Trader Joe's Tea Tree Shampoo is a cheaper option)
Moisturizers/Eye Cream: Burts Bees
Hand Soap: Trader Joes "Next to Godliness" Lavender & Chamomile
Bar Soap: Trader Joes "Tea Tree Oil Natural Vegetable Soap" (this stuff is great and CHEAP!!)
What I look for in a label:
NOTHING with the word paraben, no synthetic dyes, sulfite's, phthalates, triclosan (and that's only some)
Click Here to find out what's in your personal products
In general if you can't pronounce the ingredient it's most likely not safe for your skin. Also, the shorter the ingredient list the better! And remember, it's about reducing your exposure.
Below article provides a great breakdown of the dangers of each ingredient: