First up, dental care. Did you know a lot of common toothpaste brands have really high toxic ratings? I didn’t. But I took a class locally a few months back and was really convinced I needed to change them out. I tried a homemade toothpaste (I didn’t make it; I bought it from a local farmer’s stand), and if I’m being totally honest – it was gross. And I didn’t feel like I could travel with it. I didn’t want to completely give up, so I found the best store-bought things I could. And I am really happy with what I found.
This toothpaste looks and tastes pretty normal. It’s better than a lot of the more natural brands and has a lower rating (remember, lower=better). I am very happy with this toothpaste, and I like that it’s pretty easy to find. I get mine at Whole Foods.
This mouthwash is half the toxic rating of what we used to use. It does taste like sea salt, which was weird to me at first, but then I really got into it. I am still looking for an even cleaner product, but in the meantime, I like using this and it’s much better than what we were using previously! Let me know if you have any suggestions.
I am new to this brand, but I love it A LOT. First of all, it smells like citrus, and it does not burn my eyes (I have really sensitive eyes and always seem to accidentally rub sunscreen into them). It’s the best I’ve ever used. It is kind of expensive, but it does last a long time for the face. If you want a less expensive alternative for all-over sunscreen, try Burt’s Bees or The Honest Company.
If you search “sunscreen” on the Think Dirty app, you can see that there are lots of VERY toxic products in this category, even ones that are sold at health food stores and ones made for children, which is a bummer. We’re all wearing sunscreen in an effort to be healthy, so it doesn’t make sense to choose products that have a 10 out of 10 toxicity rating. I feel like this product is especially important since we use so much of it all over our skin. Here’s a helpful link.
This is another product line I found locally at Poppy & Monroe (it’s on Amazon too!). This blush is very close to the Nars Orgasm blush I used to use (which was also rated a 10 for being toxic – when does it end??), but I loved the color and was happy to find an alternative. I also really love their peach color for a more neutral look. I’m going to try their eyeshadows next.
I hope this has been helpful!! All of these products stack up in quality against the toxic ones I used to use. Some of them I had to try 3-5 things before I found a good one. So please know that I am very passionate about this subject and excited to share it. But at the same time I never want to come off as preachy or depressing because when I first started getting into this, I found it very overwhelming, expensive and frustrating for a while. I get that! So I’m here to help if you need me! :)) xx -Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson.