Replace Your Cosmetics with These Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Research shows that the average woman applies as many as 515 chemicals in her daily grooming and makeup routine. These potentially toxic additives can not only harm human health, but also pose problems for the environment in the form of PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products as pollutants).

The EPA notes the problem of PPCPs, saying chemicals associated with pharmaceuticals and personal care products are proven to be present in our water supply – mostly as a result of normal human activity such as showering. So, with a little help from the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep database, Earth911 rounded up these 10 safe, nontoxic and eco-friendly replacements for common cosmetics and beauty products. Read on to clean up your beauty routine, keep harmful chemicals off your skin and help prevent PPCPs from entering the environment.

Editor’s Note: EWG’s SkinDeep® database scores products on a scale of 1-10 based on the known hazards associated with ingredients listed on labels. Products scored from 0-2 are considered “low hazard,” while products ranked 7-10 are classified as “high hazard.”


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  1. All these products look good, with the exception of the lip-gloss with “soothing” peppermint. Peppermint, along with all other mints and citrus, as well as lavender and a host of other natural ingredients are known skin irritants and can cause breakouts, inflammation, and are far from “soothing”.

    Just because an ingredient is natural, or even organic, it does not mean it should be applied to the skin.

    I am really surprised that the author of this article didn’t do better research!

    1. Not every one has skin that is irritated by the ingredients you mentioned. Mine isn’t bothered at all and I’ve used them all.

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