Bathroom Analysis: From Shampoo to Mouthwash
This is a picture of all the personal cleansers currently in use in our bathroom. To analyze these products, I went to the Environmental Working Group's website, specifically their Cosmetics Database, to find answers. This database uses a numeric rating system from 0 (low concern) to 10 (high concern). When examining each product, it is important to note that each product receives an overall rating, and a rating on each chemical contained in the product.
From left to right, following the pictured items, here's what I found:
Seventh Generation Bubble Bath: Scored 2, with a high concern of skin/eye/lung irritation. My kids don't really go nuts over a bubble bath, and we use it infrequently enough that I'm not going to throw it in the trash. But I will probably replace it with a homemade or organic version when the bottle is empty.
Listerine Cool Mint Mouthwash: Scored 3. I've read about making your own mouthwash, and I'm willing to give it a try once the bottles are empty. I bought a blister pack from BJs so it might be a while before I post a replacement recipe.
Earth's Best Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash, Lavender: Scored 3. Two ingredients concern me: linalool and lauryl lactate. The former given a rating of 5, concerning allergies and immunotoxicity, and the latter for concerns with cancer, ecotoxicology, and use restrictions. This stuff is pretty expensive, too ($12/bottle). I plan on making my own once this bottle is empty.
The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Wash: While this item wasn't specifically listed, TBS's Lavender Body Wash was, and the ingredient list is pretty similar. Overall, it received a rating of 4, but one ingredient, geraniol, received a 7 for ecotoxicology, allergies/immunotoxicity, and use restrictions. Another ingredient, limonene, received a 6 for developmental/reproductive toxicity, ecotoxicology, allergies/immunotoxicity, and irritation. While I do love TBS's soaps, I will be making my own once my giant bottles are gone. It may be a while, I stocked up during their last sale!
Dove shampoo: Overall, scored a 5, with a whopping 8 for fragrance! Yikes. We pay a hefty price for things to smell good. I will be making my own once this bottle is empty.
Dove conditioner: Overall, scored a 5, and similar to the shampoo, scored an 8 for fragrance. I'll need to do some serious research for a conditioner/recipe that works for me and my fine/slightly greasy hair.
Irish Spring body wash: Overall, scored a 5 with 8 for fragrance. Sorry, hubby, but Mamma's replacing your soap. I love you too much to take any risks, especially with something so mundane as soap.
Mary Kay Timewise facial wash: Scored a 5, with a score of 7 for propylparaben. Timewise doesn't look so smart now, does it?
Aveda be curly shampoo: Not listed specifically, but other Aveda shampoos are, and their scores range from 3-5. Since I will be replacing the Dove, we will have one bottle in the shower for the both of us!
The Body Shop Satsuma hand soap: Only the bar soap was listed, and that received an overall rating of 4, with fragrance rating an 8. I will be making my own hand soap in the future when my supply runs out.
Colgate toothpaste: Overall rating of 3, seems pretty safe to me. But are there better alternatives? Yes! Tom's toothpaste (many listed) scored as low as 0. I'm making the switch.