This Shopping Guide serves as a go-to resource of trustworthy websites that carry quality natural brands with clean ingredients. The goal of this list is to help you source the best eco-conscious shopping options available, while eliminating the hassle of scrutinizing every product label.
How to use this guide:
- These shops offer a range of sustainable, organic, and/or natural products that avoid the dirty dozen (see below).
- Remember to use discernment when deciding what ingredients you feel comfortable putting on your skin. Nobody decides what you’re ok with but you.
- Shops that carry the special HUB APPROVED symbol have partnered with me as affiliates* and/or offer an excellent, user-friendly shopping experience and fantastic customer service.
- Scroll over the HUB APPROVED boxes for products that have been curated to facilitate the process of lightening the toxic household load.
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List of the dirty dozen ingredients to avoid in personal care products*:
- BHA and BHT
- Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number (also listed in US as “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”)
- DEA-related ingredients (Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA)
- Dibutyl phthalate
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quarternium-15)
- Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
- PEG compounds (Also for related: propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol)
- Siloxane (ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”)
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Triclosan (a.k.a. anti-bacterial agent)
Have I missed any? Please contact me to share your ideas. I love discovering new eco-worthy sites.
*See David Suzuki’s list of the Dirty Dozen for more details