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All Purpose Cleaners

Some all-purpose cleaners contain the sudsing agents diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA). When these substances come into contact with nitrites they react to form nitrosamines – carcinogens that readily penetrate the skin. Many cleaners also contain “fragrance,” which can contain as many as 200 undisclosed chemicals.

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CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner

$3.94 (26 oz)

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Whole Foods Market All-Purpose Concentrated Cleaner

$ - in stores only (32 oz)

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Seventh Generation Organic All-Purpose Natural Cleaner – Free & Clear

$ - in stores only (32 oz)

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Eco-Me All Purpose Cleaner

$7.49 (32 oz)

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Dr. Bronner’s Sal’s Suds Liquid Cleaner

$18.00 (32 oz)

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Method All-Purpose Surface Cleaner in Ginger Yuzu

$3.99 (28oz)

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Green Shield Organic All Purpose Cleaner Degreaser & Fresh and Biodegradable Surface Wipes

$4.49 (35 wipes)

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Distilled White Vinegar available in multiple brands, ie Heinz

$14.99 (128 oz, 2 pack)

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Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster & Household Cleaner

$7.59 (55oz)

Baby Bath Products

A report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that 61% of children’s bath products contain formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, which are linked to cancer and skin allergies. Avoid using products that list ingredients that may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane such as sodium myreth sulfate and PEG compounds and products that contain formaldehyde releasing preservatives such as quaternium-15.

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Avalon Organics Baby Shampoo & Body Wash

$10.49 (8oz)

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California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash in various scents

$20.99 (19 oz), $11.29 (8.5 oz)

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The Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash

$9.95 (8.5 oz)

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Aveeno Baby Gentle Conditioning Shampoo

$4.96 (12 oz)

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Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Soap

$10.99 (16 oz)

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Butt Naked Baby Gentle Shampoo

$14.99 (6.7 oz)

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Badger Balm Chamomile & Calendula Baby Soap

$8.49 (4 oz bar)

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Shea Moisture Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo

$12.25 (13 oz)

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics Shampoo and Body Wash

$27.49 (34oz)

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California Baby, Shampoo & Body Wash

$35.99 (19 oz, 2 pack)

Conditioner

Many conditioners contain sodium laureth sulfate, a strong chemical detergent that causes foaming. While this chemical is not cancer causing itself, it is associated with possible carcinogens in some products. Other chemicals to avoid in conditioner are phthalates and parabens, which have estrogenic effects that have been linked to breast cancer.

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Beautycounter Rinse Everyday Conditioner

$24.00 (8 oz)

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Avalon Organics Olive & Grapeseed Extra Moisturizing Fragrance

$9.89 (11 oz)

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100% Pure Conditioner

$16.99 (8 oz)

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Miessence Shine Herbal Hair Conditioner

$22.90 (8.5 oz)

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Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque

$10.49 (12 oz)

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Ava Anderson Non Toxic Conditioner

$15.95 (16 oz)

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Aubrey Organics Conditioner in Camomile, Honeysuckle Rose & Island Naturals

$10.90 (11 oz)

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EO Sulfate-Free Keratin Conditioner in Coconut & Hibiscus

$8.99 (8.4 oz)

Deodorant

The main ingredient used in most antiperspirants is aluminum, which is a metal used to block sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Other chemicals to avoid in deodorant include parabens and phthalates, triclosan and propylene glycol.

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Ava Anderson Non Toxic Deodorant

$13.95 (2.65 oz)

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Terressentials Super Protection Deodorant

$10.00 (3 oz)

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Bubble & Bee Organic Pit Putty Stick

$10.85 (2.5 oz stick)

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Naturally Fresh Spray Mist Body Deodorant & Roll-On Deodorant, Unscented

$10.89 (4 oz, 2 pack)

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Aubrey Organics Calendula Blossom Natural Deodorant Spray

$16.89 (4oz, 2 pack)

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EO Organic Deodorant Spray

$4.40 (4 oz)

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Crystal Body Deodorant Stick, Fragrance Free

$7.19 (4.25 oz)

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Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare Deodorant for Men

$7.75 (2.6 oz)

Hand Soap

Many antibacterial hand soaps contain triclosan (or the related triclocarbon). Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. What’s more, a US FDA advisory committee found that use of antibacterial soaps provides no benefits over plain soap and water.

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EO Foaming Hand Soap & Liquid Hand Soap in various scents

$8.99 (12 oz)

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Leap Organics Organic Foaming Hand Soap in multiple scents

$8.99 (8.3 oz)

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Organic Essence Pre Organic Soap in multiple scents

$8.99 (8.75 oz)

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Terressentials Organic Real Soap for Hands

$7.25 (8oz)

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Nourish Organic Hand Wash

$7.99 (7 oz)

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Seventh Generation Natural Hand Wash in Fresh Citrus

$2.95 (12 oz)

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Avalon Organics Glycerin Hand Soap in Peppermint & Rosemary

$7.95(12 oz)

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Kiss My Face Peace Soap

$6.49 (8oz)

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Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Classic Soaps

$10.99 (16 oz)

Laundry Detergent

A common chemical found in laundry detergent are petroleum distillates, or napthas, which have been linked to cancer, lung damage and mucous membrane damage. Many detergents also contain “fragrance,” which can contain as many as 200 undisclosed chemicals.

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Eco-Nuts Organic Laundry Soap, Liquid Laundry Detergent

$8.96 (100 loads)

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Grab Green 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent

$8.00 (24 load pouch)

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Molly’s Suds Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

$29 (128 loads)

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Seventh Generation Natural Powder Laundry Detergent in Real Citrus and Wild Lavender

$14.39 (112 oz)

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Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster and Household Cleaner

$7.59 (55oz)

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Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap & Liquid Laundry Detergent

$8.99 (4 oz)

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Green Shield Organic Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear & HE Elite Care

$6.99 (38 oz)

Moisturizers & Lotions

The chemicals BHA and BHT are used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Both are suspected endocrine disruptors and BHA has been linked to cancer. Many lotions also contain parabens, parabens, which have estrogenic effects that have been linked to breast cancer.

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Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion

$11.89 (12 oz)

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Nourish Organic Body Lotion

$11.99 (8 oz)

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Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Hand & Body Lotion

$13.95 (8 oz)

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California Baby Calming Everyday Lotion

$11.29 (6.5 oz)

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SW Basics of Brooklyn Cream

$32 (3.75 oz)

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Acure Body Lotion

$9.99 (7 oz)

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Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Lotion

$7.99 (6 oz)

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Dr. Bronners Organic Lotion

$9.99 (8 oz)

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Antho Organic Body Butter & Face Serum

$17.95 (4 oz)

Shampoo

Many shampoos contain sodium laureth sulfate, a strong chemical detergent that causes foaming. While this chemical is not cancer causing itself, it is associated with possible carcinogens in some products. Other chemicals to avoid in shampoos are isopropyl alcohol, formaldehyde and propylene glycol. Look for shampoos that are plant oil based and petroleum free.

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Acure Organics Stem Cell Shampoos in various scents

$9.99 (8 oz)

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John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo

$16.00 (8 oz), $26.00 (16 oz)

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Poofy Organics Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo

$14.00 (8 oz)

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Beautycounter Clean Everyday Shampoo

$20 (10 oz)

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Aubrey Organics

$10.42 (8 oz)

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EO Shampoo in Coconut & Hibiscus

$8.72 (8.4 oz)

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Avalon Organics Shampoo in Olive & Grape Seed

$9.89 (11 oz)

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Bubble & Bee Organic Shampoo

$14.99 (8 oz)

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Dr. Bronners Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap

$10.99 (16 oz)

Shaving Cream

Chemicals to avoid in shaving cream include DMDM hydantoin, PEG/ceteareth/polyethylene, triclosan and “fragrance.” Companies don’t have to reveal what’s in their fragrances, which may contain as many as 200 unknown chemicals. Looking for words like “fragrance-free” or “sulfate-free” is a good place to start when searching for more natural products.

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Poofy Organics Shaving Gel

$16 (8 oz)

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Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Gel in Spearmint Peppermint, Lavender & Tea Tree Oil

$8.99 (7 oz)

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Pacific Shaving All Natural Shaving Oil

$6.95 (.5 oz)

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Aubrey Organics Creme de la Shave & Men’s Stock Shave Cream

$10.19 (6oz)

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Burt’s Bees Men’s Shave Cream

$8.69 (6oz)

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Avalon Organics Shaving Cream in Aloe-Unscented

$9.25 (8oz)

Sunscreen

Avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system. Another chemical to avoid is vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol, which may be linked to skin tumors and lesions. Look for sunscreens with the active ingredients zinc oxide, avobenzone and mexoryl SX.

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Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Sunscreen

$15.95 (2.9 oz)

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Elemental Herbs Kids Sunscreen – SPF 30+

$13.99 (3.5 oz)

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Beauty Without Cruelty Broad Spectrum Sunscreen – SPF 30

$15.95 (3 oz)

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Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Sunscreen with Hydresia – SPF 40

$12.39 (3 oz)

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Seventh Generation Baby Sunscreen – SPF 30

$14.29 (3 oz)

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Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick – SPF 30

$10.59 (.7 oz)

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Devita Solar Body Block – SPF 30

$20.49 (8 oz)

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California Baby Sunscreen Lotion (No Fragrance) & Stick – SPF 30

$18.79 (2.9 oz)

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The Honest Company Sunscreen – SPF 30

$13.95 (3 oz)

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Badger Sport Sunscreen – SPF 35

$15.10 (2.9 oz)

Toothpaste

Triclosan and sodium laureth sulfate are two chemicals commonly found in toothpaste that should be avoided. Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial chemical designed to kill germs that has been linked to hormone disruption and an increased risk of breast cancer. Sodium laureth sulfate is not cancer causing itself, but it has been associated with possible carcinogens in some products.

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Miessence Toothpaste

$10.30 (5.3 oz)

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Jack N’ Jill Natural Toothpaste

$12.99 (1.76 oz, Pack of 2)

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Jason Sea Fresh Toothpaste

$7.89 (6 oz)

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Nature’s Gate Crème de Anise Toothpaste

$8.25 (5 oz)

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Weleda Salt Toothpaste

$8 (2.5 oz)

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Tom’s of Maine Natural Toothpaste

$4.29 (4 oz)

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Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition is the largest environmental health coalition in the country, with over 300 coalition partners representing millions of individuals including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. The coalition is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.

Breast Cancer Fund

The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. The organization translates the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect health and reduce breast cancer risk. The Breast Cancer Fund is also a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a broad-based coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

Ecology Center

The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and demonstration projects. One of The Ecology Center’s major programs is HealthyStuff.org, which researches consumer product chemical hazards to promote chemical policy reform.

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World’s mission is to empower parents to take action and protect children from harmful chemicals. By working with manufacturers and supporting policy initiatives, Healthy Child has helped to transform the marketplace to encourage safer environments for children. For the past 20 years, Healthy Child has provided access to critical information that encourages smarter lifestyle choices to reduce toxic chemical exposure in homes and communities and communities to become a trusted resource for parents. Healthy Child’s vision is a world where every child has the opportunity to grow up in a healthy and safe environment.

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Why these products?

All of the products in our Safe Products Guides have been vetted by an independent advisory board consisting of scientists, green chemists, members of non-profit organizations working for safer chemicals and green product bloggers.

Our goal with creating these guides is to include products that are:

  1. Safe: Products that avoid known chemicals of concern
  2. Findable: Products that are widely available at stores or online via Vine.com
  3. Affordable: Products that can be found at all price points

We are not saying that these are the only safe products on the market. But we are saying that this is a good, simple place to start. Take the first step…Switch to Safer.


Who are the members of the advisory board?

  • Connie Engel is an expert on the conjunction of science and advocacy in the environmental breast cancer movement. She is the Science and Education Manager for the Breast Cancer Fund.

  • Sarah Janssen is a physician specializing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She serves on the executive board of San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and a staff physician at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. She was a past Senior Scientist for the NRDC, where she provided scientific expertise for policy and regulatory decisions on a number of toxic chemicals.

  • Lauren Heine, PhD is Co-Director of Clean Production Action. She co-authored the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals and applies green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment for sustainable business practices.

  • Bruce Akers is a Green Chemist who has been formulating Natural Products for over 20 years, and has brought well over a hundred of his formulations to market. He has been a Director of R&D for EO Products, and Method.  He has been on the advisory board of numerous NGOs in regards to product safety, and has been involved in the development of many of the industries most used standards.

  • Adria Vasil is the bestselling author of Ecoholic, Ecoholic Home and Ecoholic Body. She has been writing the weekly Ecoholic column for a decade. Prior to being a journalist, she worked as a researcher in the non-profit world investigating corporate practices.

  • Danielle Messina is a young breast cancer survivor, clean beauty advocate and author of green beauty blog, The Glamorganic Goddess. She's also the Healthy Beauty Advisor for Unite For HER, a regular contributor to LuckyMag.com, and consults for natural beauty brands, retailers, salons and organizations.