Natural ingredients often have really useful and beneficial properties -- so why are there so many chemicals tied up in your medicine cabinet and beauty products? Thankfully, there are plenty of great products that do the same or better as the chemically loaded brands you’re already familiar with. Check out these five natural basics to keep in your home, and share or retweet the article for a chance to win one to try out.
Waxelene, The Petroleum Jelly Alternative Petroleum jelly is a useful household staple, but consumers have been concerned with its relation to carcinogens and lipid pneumonia. Thankfully, you can err on the side of caution by choosing this natural alternative -- Waxelene. Its ingredients (beeswax, soy oil, and rosemary oil) are certified organic and come in sustainable, recyclable glass jars and convenient, travel-size tubes, manufactured in a 100% wind powered facility. Use it to safely moisturize pretty much any part of your body, the way you normally would with petroleum products -- without the worry. Curious about it? Enter to win a free sample -- all you have to do is share this article on Facebook or retweet it!
The Natural Dentist Fluoride Free Peppermint Toothpaste You’ve definitely heard about the benefits of fluoride, but how much do you know about the downsides? While fluoride is good at crippling bacteria, it also is a toxin in excessive amounts. Too much fluoride in your body can lead to cosmetic stains on the teeth (dental fluoridosis) at the very least, and researchers have posited that it could be related to other health issues. It’s generally been considered that the fluoridation in drinking water needs to be lowered, and it’s certainly not necessary for good oral hygiene, so switching to fluoride free toothpaste is a pretty good bet -- especially if you have sensitive teeth and gums. This toothpaste by the Natural Dentist uses antiplaque and antibacterial properties in peppermint and sage oil for a fresh, clean, toxin-free mouth.
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo Chemicals aren’t necessary to get you clean, but they’re everywhere in hygiene products. Sulfates, for example, are added to shampoos to make them lather -- but they can be harsh on textured, curly, ethnic, and/or color treated hair, causing frizziness and dryness. They can also make your scalp itchy and generally compromise hair health. Clean, natural ingredients are often better at balancing the weight and texture of hair anyway. Take this formula by Carol’s Daughter. It uses aloe leaf and clover extract to clean, moisturize, and soften hair. The lack of chemicals keeps your locks extra shiny and hydrated -- plus, no parabens, synthetic dyes, or fragrances to make you worry about bad reactions.
Acquarella Nail Polish Remover Acetone is a solvent that’s used in things like paint thinner and epoxy – which personally makes me feel a little weird about using it on my body. Good thing there’s now such a thing as water-based nail polish remover. Acquarella makes this fragrant, vegan, acetate- and oil-free formula. You buff your nails first to loosen nail polish debris, then use this remover. That way, the drying agents of conventional nail polish removers won’t make your nails harsh and brittle. The only downside is that it is formulated for use with Acquarella’s polishes, specifically – but they’re also non-toxic and come in a wide array of colors.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day All Purpose Soap Bar This soap bar is cruelty-free and biodegradeable. It uses aromatherapy and essential oils to nourish your skin and calm you mentally, and can be used for hands as well as body.