How to Choose Eco-Friendly Personal Care and Beauty Products

How to Choose Eco Personal Care and Beauty Products

What does it mean to be green all over? You can be green from head to toe, all it takes is a little knowledge and consistent effort. Think about everything you put on your body. Be aware that your skin absorbs what ever it is exposed to. Consider the effects of skin care products, make-up and soaps on your overall health. My rule has always been, if I can’t safely ingest it, I don’t put it on my skin.

Looking your best should not require vast amounts of money and countless products. High maintenance isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing for you or the planet. And if you are on a budget, eco-friendly, all natural choices will sometimes be more affordable.

To start, here are some questions to think about when evaluating your personal care product arsenal:

  • What chemicals are contained in this product?
  • Is this product oil /petroleum based?
  • Does this product work the way its advertising claims?
  • Can I ingest this product safely (not suggesting you try)? If not, should I be putting it on my skin?
  • Is this product tested on animals, or worse, did an animal have to die to create it (consider fish oil products)?

Know exactly where you are spending your hard earned cash!


Coose all natural beauty products!
Coose all natural beauty products!

We have been sold on the idea that beauty can be bought in the newest bottle of wrinkle cream or cellulite remedy. Advertisers have sunk huge budgets into convincing us that we need these products. It is their business. It’s about money.

I have decided that I am just fine exactly how I am. Sure, I want to look great – but beauty is not in a bottle. I hope you will join me in accepting yourself in all your natural beauty and not fall for any more advertisers gimmicks that are aimed at your wallet, damage the environment and are actually bad for your health.

I am not saying that you have to go au naturale all the time! There are so many wonderful natural and organic options that do not test on animals and are careful to use recyclable packaging. Check them out and I’m sure you will find they are better than the chemical alternative!

  1. Read all labels - stay away from petroleum based products (and reduce the demand for fossil fuels).
  2. Avoid chemical filled tampons: Use organic tampons/ pads or try reusable cloth pads, or menstrual cups.
  3. Use non-toxic soaps that don't contain SLS. Check shampoo labels for this ingredient as well.
  4. Try henna hair colors. They don't have the dangerous and smelly chemicals of traditional hair color.
  5. Look for eco-friendly nail care and polishes. Most nail polish contains formaldyhde, a known carcinogen, among other chemicals.
  6. Simply use less products! There will be less waste, less chemicals in your home and on your body and you will save some cash.
  7. Make your own beauty / spa products using all natural ingredients.
  8. Let your hair dry naturally. Do you really need to use the blow dryer?
  9. Don't use curling irons or straightening irons, or avoid daily use.
  10. Avoid jheavily perfumed lotions unless they are natural fragrances.
  11. Cut back on personal care products - see what you can do without!
  12. If you are a woman - skip a day or two shaving.
  13. Schedule an all natural day each week (or more) where you do not use any cosmetics, shampoos, hairspray, etc.
  14. Do not use aerosol hairspray or deodorant.
  15. Use an all natural deodorant. Regular deodorants contain chemicals that could be harmful to your health long term. Chemical antiperspirants contain aluminum salts and have been linked to breast cancer.
  16. If you go to the salon for haircolor, explore all natural color alternatives, or stretch the time between visits a little further. Better yet, stop altogether!
  17. Buy organic, chemical free sunscreens or don’t rely on sunscreens for protection. The American Cancer Society recommends limiting your direct sun exposure during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm.
  18. Try using a combinations of baking soda and water to brush your teeth and avoid the wide range of chemicals found in toothpastes. Try an all natural toothpaste.


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John Chancellor 7 years ago from Tennessee

Amy, a great resource is cosmeticsdatabase.com. They rate a very large number of cosemtics for potential danger. Each product is given a rating and you can click on the product and find the basis for the rating. It is very surprising. Check it out, you may change some brands you have been using.


Jmell 7 years ago

yikes....I've been doing the one day a week green thing for years! And as for the expensive creams etc - count me out. I even reuse the bottles or jars for other things (like candle holders and coin collections)


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GoldCoastAnnie 7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Amy, great hub. So true most people have no idea how many chemicals people are putting on their face. A friend of mine has a chemical free skin care range beauty-without-chemicals.com, but she says all the same things about reducing the numbers of chemicals we subject ourselves to each day. And John, cosmetics database is briliant.

Great information, hope more people read it.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi John, thank you so much for the suggestion! I know that many of the products marketed as "all natural" are not truly safe enough to eat or chemical free. I will certainly check that site...I'm sure I will be surprised by what I find!

Jmell - I love the idea of re-using the jars for candle holders or to hold other small things. Great tip!

Thank you Gold Coast Annie! I hope more people read up on this important issue too and recognize that it is their responsibility to protect themselves from chemical exposure.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

We do our best to reduce chemicals in our home - I think washing powder is a particularly important one, because it touches so much of your skin all day and night, with clothes and sheets and so forth.


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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Some of the best skin care products come off the kitchen shelf. I thank you for reminding me of that fact.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

LondonGirl -I agree - that is one of the first changes I tell people to make! Washing your clothing and linens in "regular" brands will leave you with chemicals on your skin all day, and simply having the product in your home is bad for the indoor air quality. Like when you walk through the soap / detergent isle in the store, the smell is overwhelming. When it is done washing your clothes, it moves on to pollute the waterways and kills wildlife! I could go on all day about the dangers of detergents! Some of them contain carcinogenic fillers and are not required by law to list it in the ingredients.

Thanks Cashmere - the kitchen is a great place to find safe, natural skin care products!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Do you use soap balls, ever?


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

No, I can't say that I have. I have seen all natural lavender ones for sale. Are they generally good and green?


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

yes, fantastic for a low-chemical choice. And they work, too!


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you LondonGirl! I will try them out! :)


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

as much as possible i try to avoid beauty products to avoid different kinds of chemical being applied on my skin specially on my face.


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks Midnightbliss! There are so many healthy all natural options for skin care and eco-friendly beauty products. It's so much better for your health to avoid chemicals on your skin!


Bree LeFay 5 years ago

Thanks for this helpful and informative post

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