COSMETICS, BODY CARE AND HOME CARE PRODUCT SAFETY
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Many cosmetics, body care products and home care products often contain toxic or somewhat toxic chemicals and even toxic metals. While things have improved to a degree, one must still be careful with these products.
BODY AND SKIN CARE
We do not recommend using any more products on your skin and the rest of the body than are absolutely needed, since most products contain some toxic ingredients.
ANTI-PERSPIRANTS AND DEODORANTS
Aluminum is a very toxic metal that should not be wiped or sprayed anywhere on your body, especially on a daily basis. To read more about it, please read Aluminum on this website.
Please avoid all products that are called anti-perspirants because almost all of them contain aluminum compounds. This should be on the label, but may not be.
The deodorant stone or deordorant crystal. These are no better than commercial anti-perspirants. These are stones that are also high in aluminum. It does not matter that it is a naturally-occurring form of aluminum.
Good deodorants: Making your own. Put some 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store in a spray bottle and spray it under your arms once or twice daily. It kills the germs that cause odor.
Another idea is to rub a little sweet-smelling liquid soap under your arms (see soaps below).
Buying deodorants. Health food stores sell natural deodorants that may work. Decent brands are TomÕs of Maine and Kiss My Face. Watch out, though, as some contain lots of chemicals.
Please avoid Weleda products, which contain aluminum, and definitely avoid deodorant stones and deodorant crystals.
Most regular hair dyes are very toxic and have been shown to increase the incidence of bladder cancer and other problems.
Better hair dyes: These include the all-natural hair dyes found at many health food stores. They usually contain henna or other natural products, and are much safer. If you donÕt need to use hair dye, do not use any.
LIPSTICK AND OTHER MAKEUP
Some brands of lipstick still contain lead. This should be outlawed because lead is very toxic. Ideally, do not use lipstick. It is not needed. If you must, then use an all-natural product from the health food store.
Use as little makeup as possible, as it all clogs the skin somewhat. If you follow a nutritional balancing program, you will develop a healthy glow and will need it less. The Dr. Hauschka products are good, but very costly.
Lotions. Try not to use lotions on your skin, or use them very sparingly. If you use a near infrared lamp sauna every day, your skin will definitely improve on its own. This occurs even better and faster if you use the sauna twice daily, not once.
If you must buy a lotion, good brands include Jason, Burts Bees, Kiss My Face (good shaving cream) and Aubrey Organics.
Look for soaps and shampoos with very simple ingredients, as few as possible, and no chemical ingredients.
SOAP, SHAMPOO, SHAVING CREAM AND SKIN LOTION
Shampoo. Most have detergent, chelating agents and other chemicals in them. Many people do not need to use shampoo. Just wash the hair with regular soap.
Some have powerful scents or odors that are purely chemicals, and best avoided.
Dandruff shampoo. Please avoid or use very sparingly Selsun Blue Shampoo and any other selenium shampoos, as these are somewhat toxic.
For dandruff, Head NÕ Shoulders Shampoo is fine. It contains zinc and will alter the zinc reading on a hair mineral analysis. However, it is not toxic.
Dandruff is a scalp infection that will usually go away if one follows a nutritional balancing program.
Body and hand soaps. Ideally, use as little soap and lotions on the body as possible. Products that are acceptable are:
- Grandpas Pine Tar Soap (not GrandpaÕs Shampoo). You can use it on your hair, as well as on the whole body.
- Authentic Black African soap by Alaffia. Get the unscented one.
These are the best.
Other soaps that are fairly good are:
- R.J. Ligett Bar Shampoo. This can be used as soap as well.
- Dr. Bronner soaps, especially the plain castile soap.
- Baby soaps are usually safe.
Shaving cream. Kiss My Face has a nice one that is all herbal.
Hair creams. Do not use products on your hair that make it shiny. These contain phosphorus compounds that are also somewhat toxic.
HOME CLEANING PRODUCTS
In general, all detergents are harsh to the skin and harsh on the environment. So, if possible, avoid using detergents for anything.
Also, liquid soaps are harder on septic systems and on the environment than dry soap powders or pellets, if you can find them.
Dr. BronnerÕs SalSuds is not too bad as a laundry detergent and general cleaner. Bon Ami is a fairly non-toxic general cleaner, as well.
KITCHEN AND BATH PRODUCTS
Dish soap. Try mixing Alaffia Black African Soap, Unscented with water, in equal proportions in a spray bottle. It works well to spray it on dishes, pots and pans.
If you must have a detergent, dilute some Citrasolv Valencia Orange flavor dish soap with water. It is sold mainly via the internet.
Sink cleaners. Bon Ami is about the best scouring powder to clean pots, pans and the sink. It is very non-toxic, inexpensive and easy to use.
Toilet cleaners. These usually have some chemicals in them to dissolve hard water deposits and other stains. CLR is one that is not too toxic and works well. You can buy a large container and put some in a spray bottle to use in the toilet area.
White vinegar, perhaps diluted with a little water, is another very safe and fairly effective cleaner for bathrooms. It is not as strong as CLR, but it is very non-toxic.
Glass cleaners. Products with ammonia such as Windex smell strong, but are not too toxic.
GENERAL HOME PRODUCTS
Glue. We suggest keeping a container of ElmerÕs Glue around the home for small gluing jobs. It is water-soluble when wet, so cleanup is easy, and it is a fairly non-toxic product.
NICKEL-PLATED JEWELRY AND METAL BRACES FOR TEETH
Please be careful to avoid metal braces for the teeth, and all metal dental wires, unless you are sure they do not contain nickel. Also, if you have nickel-plated jewelry, it can come off into your body. You can prevent this by coating the jewelry with clear polyurethane varnish or clear nail polish. Nail polish is very toxic and must be applied outside the house only so you donÕt breathe it.