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Essentials of Clean Living

Non Toxic Products for a Naturally Clean Body

In addition to the foods you put in your body, toxins can also enter your system through the personal care products you put ON your body (lotions, soaps, deodorant, shampoo, etc.). 

And because you use these products on a regular basis, it is very important to make sure that you and your family are using products that are free from dangerous chemicals that can have a negative effect on your short- and long-term health.  

Transdermal Absorption

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and needs to be protected in order to stay healthy.  

The personal care products you apply to your body (creams, cosmetics, etc), must contain molecules that are small enough to penetrate your skin’s protective barrier. This is generally a good thing, unless there are chemicals added to the product that are also absorbed by your skin and are allowed to enter your bloodstream.

Sadly, U.S. regulations currently allow over 200 chemicals called endocrine disruptors to be added to personal care products; these toxins can mess with your hormones, potentially causing a variety of negative side effects including weight gain and an increased risk of cancer. 

Even worse, many products also contain penetration enhancers that enable the chemicals to penetrate even deeper into your skin, delivering these toxic substances right into your bloodstream. 

Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

The following list of chemicals, often referred to as The Dirty Dozen, can cause harmful side effects ranging from skin irritation, allergies, and asthma- to cancer, reproductive and developmental issues, and DNA damage. 

Be sure to check labels carefully and avoid purchasing products that contain one or more of these ingredients.


Found in lipsticks, moisturizers, and other cosmetics.

Known to cause cancer and affect reproduction.

Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives

Used in a wide range of cosmetics, as well as toilet bowl cleaners, permanent press clothing, and vinyl flooring.

Formaldehyde in the bloodstream can be linked to cancer.


Found in hair products, lip balms/lip sticks, and moisturizers.  

  • Classified as a carcinogen by the European Union. Can also cause skin irritation and allergies.

Coal Tar Dyes

Found in cosmetics, processed foods, and hair dyes.

Classified as a human carcinogen with the potential to cause cancer.


Used in cosmetics, hygiene products, food products, and pharmaceuticals.

Potential endocrine disrupters; may also interfere with male reproduction.


Used in cosmetics, hair products. deodorant, and moisturizers.  

May disrupt endocrine levels, affecting hormone production and fertility levels.

DEA-related Ingredients

Used in creamy or foamy products such as sunscreens, soaps, cleansers, shampoos, and moisturizers.

Can be toxic to aquatic organisms.

Synthetic Fragrances

Used in personal care/cleaning products, air fresheners, fabric softeners, etc.

Can trigger allergies and asthma, and have been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Commonly found in shampoos, shower gels, facial cleansers, household cleaning products and dish soap. 

Can damage the nervous system and interfere with human development.

Dibutyl Phthalate

Found in nail products and also used as an ingredient in "fragrances."

Fragrances are considered "trade secrets" and individual ingredients are not required to be listed.

PEG Compounds 

Polyethylene glycols are petroleum-based compounds used in cosmetic creams and lotions.

May be contaminated with ethylene oxide which is a known human carcinogen. 


Found in antibacterial cosmetics, toothpaste, cleansers and antiperspirants.

Potential endocrine disrupter shown to contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


When considering the number of toxic chemicals that are not banned in this country, the real challenge becomes finding products that are both SAFE and EFFECTIVE, and swapping them for products we currently use that we know are unsafe.

To get the ball rolling, take a few minutes to check all of the personal care products you have in your home (skincare, bath and body care, hair care, dental care, and cosmetics), and compare the ingredients to the toxic ingredients listed above. If any of the products you are currently using contain toxic ingredients, make a plan to replace them with non-toxic alternatives as soon as possible.

It can be overwhelming (and expensive) to swap out all of the toxic products at once, so my advice would be to replace one or two at a time, starting with the products that have the largest number of harmful ingredients and that you use most frequently. If you have children, you may want to consider replacing the products they use first, as kids are often more sensitive to toxic chemicals and their side effects than adults.  

Making the Switch to Non Toxic Products

It's helpful to find one company that carries a full line of clean personal care products (skin care, body care, hair care, etc.). This makes finding and ordering clean products much more convenient, and helps keep shipping costs to a minimum.  

I order all of my personal care essentials from Young Living; they offer a wide variety of high quality products for both adults and children (pets too :-) that are verified to be free from all of the harmful chemicals listed above. 

In addition, they have a Loyalty Rewards program where you can get a significant discount on monthly orders while earning free gifts and loyalty points to spend on future product purchases. 

You can view their personal care products listed by category below

    Clean Skincare

    Young Living has 3 complete lines of skincare products to accommodate all skin types. You'll also find specialty items such as CBD Beauty Boost, Wolfberry Eye Cream, and essential-oil infused lip balms.

    Clean Body Care

    Here you'll find essential oil-infused hand and body lotions, deodorants, sunscreen, insect repellants, pain relief creams, massage oil, and more. 

    Clean Bath Care

    Choose from essential oil-infused bath and shower gels, bath soaps, foaming hand soaps, shower steamers, and bath bombs, as well as men's body wash, aftershave, and bar soaps.

    Clean Hair Care

    Young Living has 3 shampoo and conditioner options to match your hair type: Conditioning, Clarifying, and Volumizing, in addition to hair and beard oils.

    Clean Dental Care

    Choose from a variety of essential-oil enfused toothpastes for adults and children, as wel as mouthwash and dental floss.

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