What's in your body lotion? Is your "all natural" body lotion actually safe? In today's This vs. That edition we're delving into the toxicity scores of some of the most commonly used body lotions to seek the truth!
Like mentioned in so many previous posts, we do not have many regulations in the United States to ensure that our bath and beauty products are safe- which is why I’ve become a Beautycounter consultant, to help educate and facilitate the switch to safer beauty products.
Beauty products from the store and salons (yes even and especially the “higher end” brands) contain very questionable and toxic ingredients and no warning label or disclosure information is legally required. This is a huge fault in our regulatory system and because of it we must self-educate to ensure our safety, health and wellbeing.
I use the EWG's toxicity database when looking up products. The EWG (which stands for Environmental Working Group) is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.
The EWG's mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. (Basically my mission to a T!) With breakthrough research and education, the EWG drives consumer choice and civic action. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
If you're using a product every daily or several times a week it's crucial it is rated with a low toxicity score. Your skin is a sponge so using products that contain moderate to highly toxic ingredients put in at risk of toxin accumulation which burdens your body's detox pathways and can contribute to disease and organ system distress.
When doing research for the Body Lotion edition of my This vs. That posts I realize so many fall at a Hazard score of 5, no matter if it's from a company that promotes a 'natural and healthy' image or not. I hate that because that just goes to show how effective green washing (disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image) is!! When I think Aveeno I think "safe, all natural, healthy" but it turns out many of their products are JUST as toxic as Jergens/Dove/Vaseline/Lubriderm). WAY TO GO AVEENO- YOUR MARKETING TEAM IS ROCKIN' IT! (Insert eyeroll here).
THE BAD & THE UGLY (High/Moderate Hazard):
Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion: Score 9
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion, Aloe: Score 8
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Non-Greasy Lotion with Pure Cocoa Butter: Score 8
Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion: Score 6
Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, Medium to Tan Skin Tone: Score 6
Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion: Score 6
Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion: Score 5
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion: Score 5
Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion, Extra Dry Skin: Score 5
Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion: Score 5
Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Non-Greasy Lotion, Aloe Fresh: Score 5
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Firming Body Lotion: Score 5
THE BEST & THE SAFEST (Low Hazard):
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