Inspired by our recent YouTube clean beauty episode in The Wellness Experiment, we’re cleaning out our beauty cabinets and making room for natural skincare and haircare that aren’t loaded with harsh chemicals. In the episode, Geri and Erin walk through a USDA-certified organic skincare company, Erbaviva, learning about what chemicals to look out for in our products and why. “One of the scary facts that I keep hearing is how many pounds worth of chemicals the average American woman absorbs into her body through her skin,” says Brown, Co-Founder of Erbaviva.

Get inspired by watching the episode here, checking out the natural DIY beauty videos above, and taking note of the chemicals listed below!

  1. PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE): Found in nail products
  2. SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS): Found in facial products, kitchen and bathroom cleansers
  3. PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-): Found in creams, lotions and deodorants
  4. PHENOXYETHANOL: Found in perfumes, soaps and cosmetics
  5. FORMALDEHYDE: Found cosmetics, lash glue, baby soap & hair dye
  6. BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE): Found in lipsticks and moisturizers
  7. COAL-TAR DYES: Found in cosmetics and shampoos
  8. DEA COMPOUNDS (DIETHANOLAMINE): Found in cosmetics, to make creamy or sudsy
  9. PETROLATUM AKA “PETROLEUM” and”LIQUID PARAFFIN”: Found in hair care
  10. SILOXANES: Found in facial products, deodorants and hair care

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