toss the toxins with our clean beauty challenge

The Ugly Truth: Are potentially harmful chemicals hiding in our daily beauty routine?

Are there toxins in my daily beauty routine?

One fine day back in 2005 a message popped into my email box with a subject line that read: ‘Is your shampoo making you fat?’ followed by a list of their top 5 ingredients to avoid and then challenged you to see if your daily beauty routine was as clean as marketing implied.

Yikes! I was beyond disappointed to find that my beauty drawer needed some cleaning up. So here’s the dirty truth to answer the question, "Is your shampoo making you fat?"

Harmful chemicals are added to the cosmetics we use everyday for various reasons. Although allowed in small quantities by the FDA, the average woman uses as many as 20 cosmetic products on any given day. Some of those chemicals are known to disrupt the delicate balance of our hormones, mimicking hormones, and blocking or exaggerating our natural hormonal responses, in turn possibly causing weight gain.

Don't think you could possibly be using 20+ products per day? Let's count them together...

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Mouthwash
  3. Shampoo
  4. Conditioner
  5. Soap/Body Wash
  6. Shaving Cream/Lotion
  7. Body Scrubs
  8. Body Lotions/Butters/Moisturizers
  9. Deodorant/Antiperspirant
  10. Face Wash
  11. Toners
  12. Face Moisturizers
  13. Face Serum
  14. Sunscreen
  15. Self Tanning Products
  16. Face Primers
  17. Foundation
  18. Bronzer
  19. Blushes
  20. Highlighters/Illuminators
  21. Eye Shadows/Liners
  22. Mascara
  23. Setting Sprays/Powders
  24. Lip Balms/Gloss/Colors
  25. Various Hair Products
  26. Nail Polish/Gel/Acrylics
  27. Hand Sanitizers... and how many times do you wash your hands a day? How many times do you re-apply lotion? Easily 20 product applications per day, I'd say.

I know you’re busy and the task of changing the way we do things is never easy but I'm here to help. I want to make it simple for you. Our family has slowly been upgrading the products we use to more natural alternatives. Our Cosmic handcrafted soaps, Uncle Harry's toothpaste and Primal Pit Paste natural deodorant are just a few of our favorites and the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is a great resource I've used for years.

avoid toxins in my beauty with a clean beauty challenge

Face the Clean Beauty Challenge: Using the card below, gather up all the bath, body, hair, skincare, fragrance and makeup products you use on yourself and your family and carefully read labels separating out the products that contain the ingredients below, this is your starting point- these are the products that are in desperate need of a natural upgrade. Join us in our Cosmic Clean Beauty Challenge Facebook Group and share your progress with us on Facebook, Instagram or both-ha! Tag Cosmic Bath and Beauty, #cosmicbeauty #cosmiccleanbeautychallenge so I can find you.

top synthetic ingredients to avoid in skincare and cosmetics

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Happy cleaning friends!