Unethical Enterprise: Microbeads

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What It Is Microbeads are minuscule pieces of plastic that are often smaller than a grain of sand. Despite their tiny size, they pack a horrific punch against our health and the environment. ¬†Where It's Found Personal care products such as toothpaste, exfoliants, and soap are common sites for microbeads due to their ability to …

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Non-Toxic Shower Routine

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Before Shower Aloette Restorative Enzyme Peel Once a week, I like to give my combination skin a good exfoliation session before I jump in the shower. It can be really hard to find exfoliators without microbeads (more on these in my next post!), so I instead opt for a natural enzyme peel--plus, I find they …

Conscious Company: Method

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Who They Are Method was founded in San Francisco in 2001 by designer/marketer Eric Ryan and chemical engineer Adam Lowry with the goal of creating a range of green cleaning products. Their slogan, "People against dirty," encompasses it all: virtually every layer in they production process is made the most sustainable--and squeaky clean--it can be. …

Toxin Spotlight: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)?

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What It Is It may seem odd that I combined two entirely different chemicals into one post, but I promise that all will become clear by the end of this post. In the mean time, I will provide (as always) a basic description of each ingredient. Polyethylene glycol and its many related compounds (PEGs) are …

Non-Toxic Night Routine

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Face¬† The MakeUp Eraser This zero waste lifesaver is the perfect first step to anyone's night routine. The MakeUp Eraser is as good as you have heard in the advertisements: it removes makeup quickly, easily, and thoroughly with only the addition of warm water. I tested my face after the first time I used it …

Toxin Spotlight: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)?

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What It Is BHT and its relative butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are synthetic antioxidants that are most commonly used as preservatives. Where It's Found BHT is primarily found in cosmetics, especially lipstick, foundation, eyeliner, and some moisturizers, among others. That being said, this ingredient does not stop at your bathroom cupboard. BHT is also found in …

Conscious Company: Sukin

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Who They Are Hailing from the great Down Under, Sukin launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2007 with the goal of providing their customers with environmentally sustainable and affordable natural skincare. Despite the brand's youth, they have already been identified as Australia's Number One Natural Skincare Brand, and in 2010 they won the Governor of Victoria's …