Top Tips to make your home a healthy house - Toiletries

Reduce your exposure to pollutants
Over the next few months we plan to provide you with a fairly simple but effective course of action to significantly reduce the level of pollutants you are having to cope with every day. It needn't be expensive and it needn't be done all at once.

We are well aware that one can pick from a variety of research studies to emphasise virtually any point of view. What we would like to do is to offer you the tools to make a few changes that we believe will have lasting benefits to your health and wellbeing.

Cosmetics and Toiletries
At the very least we all use soaps or shower gels, shampoos and toothpaste. When you choose your toiletries do you actually know what they consist of? We are focusing below on 5 of the most common harsh chemical ingredients.The effects of single product use is very different from the accumulation of using a combination of many products each day. Consider not only the toiletries you use but the cleaning and laundry products too. We advise reducing the number of products containing harsh chemicals and using organic whenever possible.

Do you know what's in the toiletries you use?

  • Sodium Laureth and Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
    Foaming agent and engine degreaser. Found in most shampoos, toothpastes and foaming products.
  • Ethyl Alcohol
    Used primarily to enhance the ability of the substance to penetrate the skin but can cause irritation and drying of the skin. 
  • Parabens
    Used as a preservative in many cosmetics, toiletries and even food products. 
  • Synthetic Colours
    Used to enhance the look of the product. Synthetic colourings are present in many toiletries and cosmetics. 
  • Synthetic Fragrances
    Present in most toiletries unless you specifically choose organic products that are either unperfumed or that use organic essential oils to give them a gentle fragrance. 

Click here to read more about the ingredients you may be using.

Reduce your exposure to harsh chemicals
As with many of the synthetic chemicals used in products today we do not know what the cumulative and long term effects will be. There are plenty of organic alternatives on the market, with or without essential oils. Better to be safe than sorry.

By choosing organic make uptoiletries and toothpastes you are reducing your body’s exposure to a whole host of harsh chemicals without compromising on the beneficial effects. Toothpaste is one product people often assume does not contain any harmful ingredients but reading the labels you will find even toothpaste for baby teeth contains many harsh chemicals.