Most natural mamas and mamas-to-be already keep a close eye on what foods and drinks they’re consuming. You know the drill; the one that includes scanning ingredient lists and staying clear of the inner aisles of the supermarket. But have you thought about the products you put on your body, not just in it?
Unfortunately, it turns out your favorite shampoo or lotion is potentially just as dangerous as some of those foods you’d never dream of putting in your grocery cart. Thankfully, there are companies that offer bath and beauty products free of toxins such as parabens and phthalates, two common chemicals you want to steer clear of.
Parabens may show up on packaging as methylparaben, propylparaben, or butylparaben. They mimic the hormone estrogen and can cause early puberty in girls, breast cancer in women, and reproductive problems in men. Phthalates are compounds found in packaging, plastic, and products that also have some sobering side effects. High level exposure to phthalates can lead to cancer and affect the human reproductive system as well.
Unfortunately, not all natural or organic products are free of these toxic Ps, as we’ll call them. That means you’ll still need to do your homework and scan ingredient lists—but you’re a pro at that by now anyway! Below is a roundup of some high-quality products without the addition of parabens, phthalates and several other unnecessary chemicals.
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil, $7
Le Couvent des Minimes Soothing Shower Gel, $15
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray, $28
Living Nature Balancing Day Lotion, $39
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, $18
Other brands that make personal products free of nasty chemicals include Earth Mama Angel Baby, Terressentials, Tom’s of Maine, California Baby, and Nature’s Gate. And what’s even better than discovering great bath and beauty products that aren’t destructive to your body? Conveniently purchasing them from the comfort of your own home, of course. Let’s give a quick shout-out for online shopping. Generally, you can buy products directly from each company’s website. In addition, though, these retailers offer many of the products shown above:
I’ve found many retailers list ingredients right along with other relevant product specifications like size and price. This makes it really simple to compare products and find safer skincare options. So consider the items listed above during your next shopping trip instead of those with questionable chemicals with names you can’t pronounce. Your body will thank you.