Toxic Toiletries

May 15, 2010

 Last night my daughter had a sleepover at a friend’s house. When she was packing, I told her “Don’t forget to grab your travel toiletries”. You see, we both have a plastic baggie pre-packed with the travel size of anything we may need on an overnight – toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. I find it’s really convenient to  have the essentials pre-packed and ready to grab-and-go. Not to mention it’s an effective way to ensure she doesn’t forget anything she may need.

Anyhow, as I was telling her to grab her dopp kit, I realized – “Crap. That’s another thing we haven’t swapped out yet. Greeeat.” I have spent the past few months replacing all of our body products for healthier versions without toxins, but completely forgot to do the same for our little toiletry kits. So today I updated our travel toiletries. I went to Nugget Market (a family owned market here in Sacramento), and was able to find everything we need. These items can also be found at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and Whole Foods.

Here is a list of what I bought:

  • Avalon Organics Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner – Lavender: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead it contains organic sunflower oil, organic lavender flower extract, organic calendula flower extract, organic chamomile flower extract, oat, organic babassu seed oil, vitamin E, organic lavender oil, and other essential oils. 
  • Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo & Conditioner – Green Tea & Lime: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, preservatives, artificial colors, or animal ingredients (so it’s vegan). Instead the shampoo contains organic floral waters of rosemary, chamomile, & lemon, infusion of organic herbs of nettle, olive leaf, calendula, sage & lavender, organic aloe vera, lavender oil, green tea extract, wheat protein, and lime oil. The conditioner contains organic floral waters of lavender, hibiscus, & lemongrass, infusion of organic herbs of horsetail, rose hips, lemon, red raspberry & thyme, organic aloe vera, organic jojoba oil, lavender oil, green tea extract, organic sunflower oil, wheat protein, wheat amino acids, and lime oil. The bottles are 100% biodegradable. 
  • Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gel – Lavender: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, harsh preservatives, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead it contains organic lavender flower extract, organic calendula flower extract, organic chamomile flower extract, arginine, vitamin E, organic lavender oil, and other essential oils. The ingredients are 100% vegetarian, and not tested on animals.
  • Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel – Grapefruit: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, preservatives, artificial colors, or animal ingredients (making it vegan). Instead it contains organic waters of nettle, calendula, & chamomile, and vitamin E. The bottle is 100% biodegradable.
  • Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant – Fragrance Free: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, artificial colors, fragrance, or animal ingredients (vegan). It does contain willow bark extract, and lichen extract. It was not tested on animals, and the packaging is 100% biodegradable.
  • Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste – Cool Mint: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, fluoride, artificial colors, synthetic flavor, or animal ingredients (vegan). It does contain aloe vera, peppermint oil, olive leaf extract, Iceland moss, menthol, and tea tree leaf oil. It was not tested on animals.
  • JASON Sea Fresh Mouthwash – Spearmint: Does not contain propylene glycol, SLS, parabens, artificial colors, synthetic flavor, alcohol, or saccharin. Instead it contains grapefruit seed extract, organic blue green algae, dead sea salt, vitamin C, with hazel, aloe vera leaf gel, perilla seed extract, natural menthol, spearmint leaf oil, golden seal extract, echinacea extract, and marigold flower extract. It is a biologically-active mouthwash. *This does not come in travel size. I took a travel mouthwash bottle I had before and filled it up with this.

I was pleased to realize that we can use healthier products, even when we are out of town (without having to bring our full-size bottles around). All these products, plus a travel toothbrush, cover the basics. The only reason I got two different types of shampoo and conditioner was more out of curiosity, than necessity. I want to try each brand and see if one feels more effective than the other. For more information on these brands and their other products, visit their respective websites. (www.avalonorganics.com) (www.kissmyface.com) (www.jason-natural.com)

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