February 21, 2009

Eco Friendly and Affordable Body Care


With medical bills, college loans debt, and entry level jobs, most young adult cancer patients cannot stroll into Whole Foods and shell out $39.95 for a 5-oz. bottle of Dr Hauschka’s body moisturizer. But, that doesn’t mean you have to slather your skin or wash your hair with superfund site sludge either.

Beth, the blogger at smartfamilytips, has scoured the extensive Skin Deep Cosmetics Database in search of personal care products that are low in toxicity, affordable, and available outside of the bourgeoisie bodycare belt. Beth’s list includes products available at Target and CVS, and ranging in price from White Rain to Burt’s Bees. An important note that Beth makes is that just because one specific Pantene, L’Oreal, and Maybelline product is on the list does not mean that all of those company’s products are eco friendly.

Another option is to crack open the kitchen cupboard and your fridge. I’ve been using olive oil all winter long to moisturize. I have yet to wash my hair with eggs.

Has cancer made you want to reduce the toxins you apply to your skin and hair? If so, how does it affect your wallet? What brands do you choose to use? Do you ever venture into homemade beauty products?

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  1. Beth @ Smart Family Tips Says:
    February 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    Hi Kairol,

    Thanks for the link to my post. I do hope it will be helpful to a lot of people. I plan to add more product categories in the coming week (like soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) and well as a list devoted to baby & kids’ products.

  2. Cathy Bueti Says:
    February 23rd, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    I am definitely always looking for healthier less toxic stuff to use on my skin and hair. And as you said it can put a huge dent in the wallet! So the hard part is finding affordable products. For my hair I recently discovered a line called “Giovanni Organic Hair Care”. I found it in my local health food store and I think they also have it at Target. I love it! It only costs like 6 bucks for 8 oz bottle. For lipstick I love Burt’s Bee’s lip shimmers…they are inexpensive and have some really nice colors that stay on pretty well. Now, where I am really challenged is in the natural chemical free deodorant dept! I have yet to find one that works good enough to not leave me stinkin after a short time! lol My search continues for that. I have not tried any homemade stuff yet.

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