Something you may not know about our very own Abigail Karp is that she’s not only a basal Basal Body Temperature expert and herbalist extraordinaire but she is passionate about cleaning up all of those toxic chemicals that we smear on, bath with, and breathe in every day. Lucky for us (and our reproductive systems) she makes it easy with a few simple resources.
Local to Austin:
W3LL People: w3llpeople.com -Local company with Luxury Organic skincare and healthy makeup. Christine Stafford is a great contact here for “detoxing your makeup bag” consults and is herself a cancer survivor.
Whole Foods and Wheatsville Co-op: Carry a variety of cosmetics and Body care items, very helpful store consultants are available.
Salon O: salonodayspa.com/austin-day-spa-products.html offers a variety of products and services including non-toxic and vegan options. Ammonia Free hair color services are available here as well as through Danny Smith at Peacock Hair Salon peacockhair.com/danny/
**A Note on cost:
Organic products can be expensive, but consider switching to natural cosmetics an investment in your overall health and the long-term beauty of your skin!
Look for products that use safe physical barriers (zinc and titanium dioxide) to protect from the sun rather than chemical ones. Also avoid spray and powder sunscreens, which can be inhaled, and avoid products with an SPF listed as higher than 50.
The EWG Cosmetic Safety Database has an excellent sunscreen guide here: ewg.org/sunscreen/
Nail Polish and Remover:
Look for products listed as “5 Free” or “3 Free”
(Nail polish remover is particularly toxic)
“3 Free” are nail polishes without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.
“5 Free” are nail polishes without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
*A great safe soy based nail polish remover is made by Priti NYC pritinyc.com
Scotch also makes a non-toxic nail polish remover and line of polishes:
Dilute Dr. Bronner’s soap –This famous soap is often available at both natural food stores and mainstream stores, and can also be used for household cleaning and even pets!
Extra Gentle facial cleansers and moisturizer:
Earth Science clarifying or creamy facial cleansers and unscented moisturizer are a PH balanced natural alternatives to Cetaphil or Purpose facial wash. –Available at Whole Foods and most natural food stores and some mainstream stores. http://earthsciencenaturals.com
Konjac sponges (available online at mykonjacsponge.com or at Whole Foods).
–These natural vegetable fiber sponges provide gentle facial exfoliation and can be used for several months. They are a great alternative to a Clarisonic Brush for those wishing to avoid plastics!
(Ground organic oats moistened with water or yogurt can also be used on the face for gentle exfoliation.)
Extra Virgin Coconut oil or Jojoba oil make great all purpose makeup removers, moisturizers for the face/body, and work to smooth frizz and soften hair. (Those with acne prone skin should avoid coconut oil on the face and use jojoba instead.)
Shampoo and Conditioner:
Avoid products with Sodium Laurel Sulphate, artificial fragrance (parfum), and Parabens. Good brands include Aubrey Organics and John Masters.
Resources on the Web:
The EWG Cosmetic Safety Database is a great resource to check safety of products and ingredients, great for new moms!
Consumer Affairs (safer body care and cosmetics resources)
No More Dirty Looks: nomoredirtylooks.com
-A fun beauty blog with tons of information and product recommendations.
-Local eco friendly resources
-A great guide to homemade and commercial non-toxic cleaning
-Farmers Markets in Austin
Budget Friendly Natural Products:
*These stores carry many of the same products as Whole Foods and other retailers at discount.
High End Luxury Organic Products:
Ann Marie Gianni Skin care: http://www.annmariegianni.com
Saffron Rouge http://www.saffronrouge.com
Spirit Beauty Lounge http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com