Have you ever stood in the store aisle trying to figure out which shampoo is healthy and which is full of toxic ingredients? Have you tried understanding the crazy long words in the ingredient list and wondered if they are speaking a different language? Us too! 

Here are a few ingredients we automatically look for in personal care products. If we see them, we put the item back and walk away! It’s impossible to know every single toxic ingredient that can potentially be in personal care items, but here are the top 3 to look for that help you know if a product is most likely toxic or not.

1. Fragrance

Synthetic fragrances are very toxic and very different from essential oils. They are made from often very toxic chemicals If you see fragrance on any product, we recommend not using it. 

2. Sodium Laurel Sulfate

It is often found in soaps and shampoos. Sadly, it is a carcinogenic and also known to disrupt hormones. Another ingredient that you definitely want to stay away from.

3. Parabens

These can look like methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben on ingredient labels and are endocrine systems disruptors known for causing reproductive issues.

There are many more toxic ingredients out there that are regularly used in beauty products, but the goal is to remember some of the worst culprits and keep an eye out for those. It really is almost impossible to know every single ingredient that you don’t want in your products but knowing a few is a great start.

One rule of thumb is if you can’t understand the label just stay away from it! Your skin is your largest organ so you don’t want to put anything on it that you don’t want in your body. Many of our personal care items have only ingredients that can be found in any kitchen. They are so safe, they are truly edible and healthy for you. Now, we don’t recommend you eat your deodorant, but we do want you to have a deodorant so safe that when you put it on each morning, you don’t have to worry at all!