Going “green” with beauty products wasn’t hard per se, but it definitely took some time and effort. When I first started reading about “green beauty” I was shocked by the number of harmful chemicals put in beauty products, and then saddened that I was putting those all over my body. I realized that pretty much every product I used had some sort of chemical on the “bad” list. Sadly, many products had multiple.
One thing I found when doing research on ingredients is that certain websites or books would list something as very harmful but never show or provide the research to back up their statements. I’m a pretty research/data-driven person, so for all of these, I have tried to find original research or official sources to back up why these might be harmful.
The below ingredients are ones I try to avoid whenever possible. The one exclusion being phenoxyethanol. While I do have concerns, it is in so many ‘natural’ products, it’s not a deal-breaker for me (but that doesn’t necessarily mean I like it).
- Aluminum Zirconium
- Formaldehyde, including quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Triethanolamine/Diethanolamine (TEA/DEA)