The Importance of Switching out Your Body Wash for Non-Toxic Options:
Think all your personal care products are safe? Think again. Many toiletry and cosmetics products contain certain chemicals called endocrine disruptors, which can do harm. (1) These chemicals are linked with developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems. Even low doses of endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be unsafe and lead to health problems long term. (2)
How Do We Avoid These Chemicals:
I get this question a lot in my clinic, and it’s really relatively easy to avoid toxic chemicals in your home. First, it starts with educating ourselves. A great place to start is EWG, which stands for The Environmental Working Group. This nonprofit organization is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. If you have a favorite body wash or are concerned about harmful chemicals in your skincare items, you can easily search for an ingredient, brand, or product on their website.
Secondly, I suggest DIY products. Going back to the basics. There are many Non-Toxic DIY recipes out there, but this one is probably one of the easiest swaps you can do. It doesn’t take a lot of time, is cost-effective, and better for the environment with less waste.
So here goes: If you’re a visual person, I attached my quick 2-minute video tutorial here: -->
If you’re more of a DIY, give me directions and set me free type, I’ve added the steps below.
1: Grab your old body wash container and fill ¾ full of Castile Soap (I buy mine at Walmart). I’ve also seen it at Target, Walgreens, and CVS.
2: Add 2 TBSP oil of choice. Fractionated Coconut oil (liquid at room temp), Jojoba, and Almond are all great choices because they are gentle on the skin.
3: Mix well and let it sit overnight. It creates this creamy body wash that foams really well!
4: You can add in Essential oils of choice. I chose Lavender (just make sure you are using therapeutic grade oils). Also, remember certain citrus oils can make your skin sensitive to sunlight, so be aware of that.
That’s it, super simple! Share with your friends, and let’s stop putting toxic things in and on our bodies!